Universal Ratings, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help us customise your experience. Find out more about cookies and how you can control them
This page contains information on what "cookies" are, the cookies used by Universal Ratings's website, how to switch cookies off in your browser, how to specifically switch off advertising cookies, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.
1. What are "cookies"?
"Cookies" are small text files that are stored by the browser (Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on Universal Ratings's website may generate the following types of cookie:
Site performance cookies
This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on Universal Ratings's website, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit.
Anonymous analytics cookies
Every time someone visits our website, software provided by another organisation generates an "anonymous analytics cookie". These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don't, we generate new ones.
This allows us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site.
Unless you are signed in to Universal Ratings, we cannot use these cookies to identify individuals. We use them to gather statistics (the number of visits to a page, etc.). If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as your username and email address.
These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from the information supplied by your browser when you click on a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and we only use it to help target our content and advertising.
These cookies allow us to know whether or not you've seen an advert or a type of advert, and how long it is since you've seen it.
We also set anonymous cookies on certain other sites that we advertise on. If you receive one of those cookies, we may then use it to identify you as having visited that site if you later visit Universal Ratings. We can then target our advertising based on this information.
Third party advertising cookies
A lot of the advertisements you see on Universal Ratings are provided by other organisations. Some of these organisations use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once.
The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies. These organizations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to Universal Ratings.
Other third party cookies
On some pages of our website, other organisations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on our website.
For example, when you share an article using a social-media sharing button (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) on Universal Ratings, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
3. How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.
4. Useful links
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful: