Cookie Policy

COOKIES NOTICE

Last updated on 17 July 2019

BBC Global News (“BBCGN”), commercial subsidiary of the BBC, publish a number of commercial websites and mobile apps (our “services").  Your trust is important to us and we are committed to being transparent about our data practices, protecting your data, and complying with data protection law. This notice describes how specialist technologies, such as cookies, are used to support our services and the options available to you.

Find out:

To learn more about our wider data practices please read our Privacy Policy.

HOW COOKIES (AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES) ARE USED ON OUR SERVICES

Cookies are used on our services for the following purposes:

  • As ‘Strictly Necessary’ to run the Service. Some cookies are necessary for effective operation of the service. For example to enable you to navigate the service, to remember your cookie preferences, to keep our service secure and for system administration, such as preventing fraudulent or disruptive activity;
  • To provide additional functionality that improves your experience or that you have requested. For example, to remember your preferences and settings.
  • To analyse and improve performance of our services. For example, to help us to know how many users we have, which parts of our sites are most popular, what browsers are used (so we can maximise compatibility), the country or region where our users are located, and the demographics and interests of our users. This enables us to understand better who is using our site, to ensure we are reaching our target demographic, and to improve and tailor our services accordingly. We might also use cookies to measure the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns (online and by email).
  • To provide social media functionality, referral links and third party embedded content. We sometimes provide sharing buttons to enable you to share content via social media or we use third parties to provide video content on the service. These companies may use cookies stored on your browser/device which are associated with your account with them or otherwise enable them to track your use of their services. Details of which are used on this service are provided in the next section. Please be aware that these companies are responsible for these cookies and their use of your data.

OUR SERVICE PROVIDERS AND PARTNERS

We contract with specialist companies to provide services and functionality, including analytics and advertising.  Our primary partners are detailed below, with links to their privacy notices and cookie opt-out pages (where available). Some of these companies act as a data controller and are responsible for how your data is used and their handling of your data is subject to their privacy notice.  We take steps to ensure that their use of your data is fair and proportionate, for example by vetting their security and data practices.

SERVICE PROVIDER

COOKIE NAME(S)

COOKIE CATEGORY

PURPOSE

DURATION

OPT-OUT

Google Analytics

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Analytics

This is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate use of those services and compile a report for us.

Up to 6 months

Install the browser plugin here to opt out

Brightcove

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Functional

Used to recognize if you have previously been on site and record settings across site visits

End of session

N/A

 

YOUR CHOICES: MANAGING COOKIES AND “OPTING OUT”

 

You can opt out of cookies and tracking by our contracted service providers by using the opt-out links provided above.

Managing cookies and local storage on your device


Web browser cookies: You can choose how web browser cookies are handled by your device via your browser settings including to refuse or delete all cookies. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences or follow the instructions provided at: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/, which provides information for the most common browsers. 

Local Storage (Flash and HTML5): The most common browsers clear your locally stored data when you choose to delete/clear your cookies and web browsing data. Alternatively, you can manage your Flash cookie settings via the settings panel on the Adobe website.

The ‘Do Not Track’ function on your web browser


This is a feature offered by some browsers which, when enabled, sends a signal to request that your browsing is not tracked. However not all companies respond to such requests and we can’t control whether our partners will or not so we advise also using the options listed above.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions or concerns about BBCS’s use of cookies and other tracking technologies please email us at: dataprotection@bbc.com.

GLOSSARY: WHAT ARE COOKIES?

Web Browser Cookies


A cookie is a small text file that is sent by a website or technology provider to your computer or mobile device where it is stored by your web browser. The cookie stores a unique identifier, a string of characters, which enables a website or technology provider to recognise your browser or device, for example when you revisit a page or site or click on a link or advert.

Cookies may be stored by the website you are visiting (a “first party cookie”) or by another organisation providing services to that website, such as an analytics company, advertising network or social media platform (a “third party cookie”). They will either be stored for the duration of your visit (a “session cookie”) or they will remain on your device for a fixed period (usually several months, or longer) to remember you across multiple browsing sessions (a “persistent cookie”).

Other types of local storage, such as Adobe Flash Cookies and HTML5 Storage


Many websites use local storage technologies that are similar to cookies but enable larger amounts of data to be stored. This means they can store information like your preferences, game data and viewing history on your device rather than on their own systems.

Tracking technologies, such as web beacons and page tags


Website publishers and technology providers use embedded code to record how you interact with them (recognising your browser/device via the unique ID stored in their cookie or the device Advertising ID). They are used to help website and app publishers to better analyse and improve their services and to target advertising based on your browsing behaviour and interests. For example, by knowing which web pages you visit or which elements of a page you viewed, when and for how long, whether you viewed and/or clicked on an advert on the site or whether you opened or clicked on marketing emails sent to you.

Tracking via Apps


Companies are unable to use cookies within Mobile Apps. Instead they use unique identifiers associated with your device, such as the device Advertising ID (a random and resettable ID on your device), and other data such as your geo-location or your network location. This data is used in the same way as cookies, e.g. to analyse and improve  services and to serve marketing and advertising to you (if the App is funded by advertising).

 

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