Cookies

How we use cookies on our websites

We use cookies and similar tools across our websites to improve their performance and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file sent to your browser by a website that you visit. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences. Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’). They can make your next visit easier and make the site more useful to you. Cookies play an important role. Without them, using the web would be a much more frustrating experience.

There are many functions cookies serve. For example, they can help us to remember your username and preferences, analyse how well our website is performing, or even allow us to recommend content we believe will be most relevant to you.

Certain cookies contain personal information – for example, if you click to “remember me” when logging in, a cookie will store your username. Most cookies won’t collect information that identifies you, and will instead collect more general information such as how users arrive at and use our websites, or a user’s general location.

What sort of cookies do we use?

Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:

  1. 1. Essential cookies

Some cookies are essential for the operation of our website. For example, some cookies allow us to identify users and ensure they can access the subscription only pages. If a subscriber opts to disable these cookies, the user will not be able to access all of the content that a subscription entitles them to.  Other essential cookies include the ability to add Items to a Shopping Basket and to enable the Checkout process.

  1. 2. Performance Cookies

We utilise other cookies to analyse how our visitors use our websites and to monitor website performance. This allows us to provide a high quality experience by customising our offering and quickly identifying and fixing any issues that arise. For example, we might use performance cookies to keep track of which pages are most popular, which method of linking between pages is most effective, and to determine why some pages are receiving error messages. We might also use these cookies to highlight articles or site services that we think will be of interest to you based on your usage of the website.

  1. 3. Functionality Cookies

We use functionality cookies to allow us to remember your preferences. For example, cookies save you the trouble of typing in your username every time you access the site, and recall your customisation preferences, such as which regional edition of the website you want to see when you log in.

We also use functionality cookies to provide you with enhanced services such as allowing you to watch a video online or comment on a blog.

  1. 4. Behaviourally Targeted Advertising Cookies

Clarion Events and our advertisers use cookies to serve you with advertisements that we believe are relevant to you and your interests. For example, if you read a number of articles on motoring on topgearlive.com or on other sites, a car manufacturer might infer you are interested in this topic and serve you with its car advertisements. You might see these advertisements on topgearlive.com and on other sites that you visit. However, we do not tell our advertisers who you are.

Does anyone else use cookies on Clarion Events websites?

Advertisers sometimes use their own cookies to provide you with targeted advertising. For example, advertisers may use a profile they have built on sites that you have previously visited to present you with more relevant advertisements during your visit to one of our websites. We believe that it is useful to our users to see advertisements that are more relevant to their interests. If you are based in the European Union and would like to learn more about how advertisers use these types of cookies or to choose not to receive them, please visit www.youronlinechoices.eu. If you are based in the United States and would like to learn more, please visit www.aboutads.info/choices.

We also use or allow third parties to serve cookies that fall into the four categories above. For example, like many companies, we use Google Analytics to help us monitor our website traffic. We may also use third party cookies to help us with market research, revenue tracking, improving site functionality and monitoring compliance with our terms and conditions and copyright policy. 

Our privacy policy explains how we protect your privacy in our use of cookies and other information.

How can I see and manage my cookies in my browser?

All modern browsers allow you to see what cookies you've got, and to delete them individually or delete all of them. Visit aboutcookies.org for comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly

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