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Cookies Policy

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored in the hard drive of your computer by your browser.

How does the use cookies?

When you visit we send one or more cookies to your computer or device that uniquely identify your browser. Like many website, uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. In particular, cookies are used to keep a record of your preferences and to keep you logged in between visits if you so choose. This permits us to provide you with a more personalised experience. We also use temporary session cookies which enable a visitor’s web browser to remember which pages on this website have already been visited.

Like all websites, our servers automatically record ‘log files’ containing information about the volume and characteristics of our website traffic e.g. IP address, numbers of pages viewed, length of time spent on site. We use log files to build pictures of how our site is used that help us to monitor and improve the service. We cannot identify you from your log files.

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to

Here is a list of all the cookies that we set and how we use them

Cookie Name Typical stored value Purpose Expires
Audience Measurement – These cookies are used to collect information about how our site is used. This information helps us understand our audience and improve the site on an aggregate basis. This information is not used to track individual users. It includes number of visitors to the site, where visitors are visiting from, how many pages they look at and how long they stay on the site.
Google Analytics
__utma Randomly generated number Usage stats 2 years
__utmb Randomly generated number Usage stats 30minutes
__utmc Randomly generated number Usage stats On browser exit
__utmz Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached Usage stats 6 months
UID Hexadecimal-ip-numerical User id 1year 354days
UIDR Numerical (same as end of UID) Real user id 1year 354days
mf_session Alphanumeric string:numerical string Usage stats On browser exit
mf_user Boolean value Usage stats 90days
Bm_map string *identify location of user 1 Jan 2030
Cid Alphanumeric string:numerical string *client id 1 Jan 2030
Sid Alphanumeric string:numerical string *session id On browser exit
Ad Serving – These cookies are used to serve adverts. It helps us count the number of ads and display different units.
CfP This is a unique ID for the browser, so we know if an ad has already been place On browser exit
JEB2 Alphanumeric string This is a unique ID for the browser, so we know if an ad has already been place 2 years
Social Media and e-mail -These cookies are used to log into the site with Facebook. They also help us know when you visit from a link in one of our e-mails.
fbs_# Facebook user information Used by Facebook for user identification 90minutes
sailthru_bid Alphanumeric string Indicate a user came from a shared email 3hours
Site Interaction – These cookies allow you to interact with the site by voting and rating comments, logging into the site, recommending articles you haven’t read already and allow you to subscribe to notifications among other features.
like_comment_# Record a vote on a comment 2days
dislike_comment_# Record a vote on a comment 2days
polls Comma separated numbers Record all polls voted in 1 year
switcher Used to determine if the user wishes to see the desktop site rather than the touch site on a mobile device 1 year
jSID Alphanumeric string Used to identify user session 30minutes
jUID Alphanumeric string Logged in users identification 2 years
jrnl_wall_first Indicate if a users wants their first comment shared through Facebook or Twitter On browser exit
viewed_stories Comma separated numbers 2days
awselb Alphanumeric string Amazon Web Services load balancing identifcation 20minutes
comment_author_# Users name Name of the logged in user 347days
comment_author_email_# Users email Email of the logged in user (if provided) 347days
comment_author_url_# Users Facebook or Twitter link URL of the users Facebook or Twitter account 347days
subscibe_email Users email Indicate a user wants to subscribe to comments with this email 1 year
subscribe_key Alphanumeric string Key to check validity of users provided email 1 year
subscribe_checkbox_# Indicate a user checked or unchecked the Subscribe to comments form 347days
mycitycode City or country code Location code for the location the user has indicated they would like weather information for 30minutes
calc_id Number The ID for the results on the Budget Calculator 1 year
calc_h Alphanumeric string Key to check validity of Budget Calculator user 1 year
notice_cookies Boolean Indicates that the user already saw the Cookies Notice bar 1 year
jrnl_app_page int Restrict number of times we offer a user the smart phone native apps 1 year
jrnl_app_id Alphanumeric string Random text used to limit number of times we offer a user the smart phone native apps 3 years
strapline-* Alphanumeric string Restrict number of times we ask user to participate in a survey 90 days
my_feed_dismiss Boolean Restrict number of times we offer a user the personalised news feed banner 3 years
my_feed_prefs Record a users preferences for the personalised news feed 3 years

Cookies are created not just by website but also by other websites that run ads, or other elements on the website.  We use third party advertisements to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geo-targeting purposes or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited.

Can I disable Cookies?

Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can modify your browser preference to reject all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is sent or to accept all cookies. Your browser’s help screen or manual will tell you how to do this, but please note that disabling cookies may reduce the functionality of this Site and other websites or result in slower downloads.