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Cookie Policy

This pages outlines how cookies and web beacons are used on this website. It forms part of our privacy policy.

What are Cookies and Web Beacons?

A "cookie" is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information back from the browser.

A "Web beacon" is an invisible image file which provides limited information such as cookie number, time and date of URL request, and identifies which page was requested.

What We Use Cookies for

We, and third parties with whom we partner, use cookies and web beacons to deliver the website's services, personalise content and ads, and to measure and analyse traffic. By using this site, you agree to its use of cookies.

We may use cookies to identify you when you visit the https://www.bristol.org.uk site and to build up a demographic profile.

We may use cookies to allow registered users to be presented with a personalised version of the site.

We or our third party advertising partners may place and read cookies on your browser and/or Web beacons to collect data in the advert serving process.

Managing cookies

Most up-to-date browsers have options to block or limit the use of cookies, however many websites will not work properly or at all unless cookies are enabled. Browsers typically have the following options:

  • List and delete cookies individually
  • Block all cookies
  • Block third party cookies
  • Automatically delete all cookies when your browser closes

You will have noticed that many websites interupt your visit with a message notifying you that cookies are being used. Cookies provide essential functionality for many websites. So keep in mind that adjusting your cookie settings will affect the other websites you visit.

If you were to block all cookies, many websites would not work properly or at all. If you were to delete all cookies, any preferences and customisation would be lost across all websites you visit. Deleting all cookies also removes "opt-out" cookies - strictly necessary cookies that signal to websites that you wish to opt out of cookies in general. Hence by deleting all cookies, you would subsequently need to opt out from each website all over again to set the "opt-out" cookies again. Consequently we would advise against blocking or deleting all cookies.

If you do wish to change how your browser handles cookies, different browsers have different mechanisms by which cookies can be blocked, deleted or limited. The following links provide browser-specific help on managing cookies:

How to manage advertising cookies

Our advertising partners may use cookies to serve relevant advertising. If you disable these cookies, you will still be shown advertising but it may not be as relevant.

Each advertising technology provider sets its own cookies and it is possible to turn these cookies off on a cookie-by-cookie basis. You can find a list of advertising technology providers here.

Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on https://www.bristol.org.uk. Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to you based on your visit to https://www.bristol.org.uk and other sites on the Internet. You may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Further details on Google's use of cookies are available on the following page: How Google uses data when you use our partners' sites or apps.

Where can I get more information about cookies?

For further information on cookies and privacy you may find the following resources useful:

If you want to contact us about cookies you may do so via our contact form.