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What happens when I use BBC online services?
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What happens when I use BBC online services?
When you use BBC online services, cookies record information about your online preferences. They allow us to tailor our websites to you. For example, if you have set up a BBCiD membership account with the BBC, cookies will be set to ensure we can keep you logged in, until you choose to log out.
You have the ability to set your device to accept all cookies, to notify you when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. Although, if you reject all cookies many services we provide will be adversely affected.
You can register an account with BBC iD. This lets you write comments, send pictures, videos and music, take part in quizzes and games and personalise your favourite sites. When you register with BBCiD, we will use your personal information to manage your registration. For example, we sometimes need to provide you with password reminders.
We also collect your IP address - an IP address is a number that can uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on the internet. We use this to help us understand what content our audience is interested in, to block disruptive users, and to determine whether you are accessing the services from the UK or not.
If you're outside the UK, you will see the international version of the BBC website, which features advertising. A certain amount of this advertising is tailored to the individual user. We use cookies to work out what advertising might be most relevant to you based on the areas you look at on our sites and your IP address information. This is a practice widely used by other major Web publishers and is known as "behavioural targeting". The tracking system is anonymised and therefore it does not know who you are: it simply uses the limited information available to it to serve ads to you which it believes are relevant. Click here to find out more about our behavioural targeting system and how you can switch it off if you wish.
See our full Privacy Policy for more information
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