Cookie Policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user’s web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.

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’).

Cookies do a lot of different jobs, and there are four types of cookies:

Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required to operate/view the website, for example logging into the forums.

Performance cookies: These allow a browser to tell the website which pages it is visiting. This enables the performance of the website to be monitored, and shows how many visits the website has, which areas are most popular, and which areas can be improved.

Functionality cookies: These allow the browser to remember the preferences you have set for the website, for example text and colour preferences.

Targeting cookies: Unlike the cookies listed above, these allow the browser to store and send information to ‘third parties’ about your visit. These are used to tailor advertisements or social media content to your interests.

What cookies do we use?

The below table lists the cookies used at Talk Whatever Online:

Name
Description
Expiration
Category
_utma
Part of Google Analytics, this cookie tracks the number of visits you make to this site and the time of the first, the previous and the current visit you make.
2 years
Performance
_utmb
Part of Google Analytics, this cookie tracks your activity on our site per session.
30 minutes
Performance
_utmc
Part of Google Analytics, this cookie may be set for backwards compatibility.
end of session
Performance
_utmz
Part of Google Analytics, this cookie tracks the type of site you have come from before visiting our site; for example, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link.
6 months
Performance

To find out more about the cookies used in our forum software, click here.

What cookies do our advertisers use?

The advertisements seen by users of the site are served by a number of third party ad serving providers. The cookies accompanying the ads allow them and their advertisers to monitor the effectiveness of the ads (e.g. by using statistical analysis cookies) and make the ads more relevant to you (e.g. if you use our sites from outside of the UK, you may get ads from your local country).

If you would like to opt-out of an individual organisation’s cookies, please use the links below:

European Union: YourOnlineChoices.eu

United States: AboutAds.Info

Managing cookies

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Please be aware blocking all cookies from our site may prevent certain areas working correctly.