How we use Cookies

Net Communities uses a number of tools from third party suppliers which also set cookies on websites that we operate on our behalf in order to deliver the services that we require to run our websites effectively.

Rest assured Net Communities will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by Net Communities you can do so in your browser settings or by using opt-out services which are detailed below. For more information about how to set your browser cookie restrictions, please refer to your browsers help function.

Please be aware that restricting cookies will seriously restrict the functionality of our websites.

Types of Cookies

The cookies that our websites use can be broken down into 3 distinct categories.

Performance

We use a number of tools to help us assess and improve the performance of our websites. In certain circumstances these tools will utilise cookies to anonymously track a users path through our websites. This gives us valuable information to help us improve your user experience.

Functionality

Sometimes we deploy enhancements to our websites to provide increased functionality using third party services. These enhancements could include providing users with related content both within our sites and via external links. In addition, we provide easy to use share buttons to enable users to quickly share content via social networks. These services can deploy cookies to track content that is relevant to you so we can provide you with a better and more personal service.

Advertising

We use cookies to serve you with advertisements that are relevant to you rather than ones that are not. This means, for example, that if you are viewing articles and content related to mobile phones, then the adverts you see may also be related to mobile phones or related products or services. In this way we are able to offer you advertising for offers and products that are relevant to your specific needs at the correct time.

 

Cookies We Use

If you would like more information about the cookies used by ourselves and third party servicess, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their details and individual privacy policies listed below.

Cookie Type

Analytics

Net Communities commonly uses third party analytics services to measure the effectiveness of our websites.

Use the following links to review their privacy policies and cookie opt-out procedures:

Quantcast - http://www.quantcast.com/how-we-do-it/consumer-choice/privacy-policy/

Google Analytics - http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

Chartbeat - http://chartbeat.com/privacy/

comScore - http://www.scorecardresearch.com/privacy.aspx

 

Content Sharing

Across our websites, we provide the ability for users to share content across social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gogole Plus, Pinterest and others through the use of convenient share buttons. These buttons can, in some cases, utilise cookies to identify when a user has shared a piece of content and track the popularity of that content.

Use the following links to review their privacy policies and cookie opt-out procedures:

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/about/privacy/your-info

Twitter - https://twitter.com/privacy

Google+ - http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/

LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/static?key=privacy_policy

Digg - http://about.digg.com/privacy

StumbleUpon - http://www.stumbleupon.com/privacy

Slashdot - http://geek.net/privacy-statement

Tynt - http://www.tynt.com/tynt-users-opt-out

Disqus - http://docs.disqus.com/help/30/

 

Personalised Content

On a lot of content pages, we provide links to related content to provide a better user experience by providing easy access to further content which may be of interest.

Use the following links to review their privacy policies and cookie opt-out procedures:

Outbrain - https://www.outbrain.com/privacy

Plista - http://www.plista.com/en/infos/privacy

BT Buckets - http://btbuckets.com/site/optout

 

Ad serving (targeted)

So we can provide users with adverts for products, services and offers that are more of interest to users, we use targeted advertising services based on a users interests.

Use the following links to review their privacy policies and cookie opt-out procedures:

DoubleClick - http://www.doubleclick.com/privacy/index.aspx

AOL - http://privacy.aol.co.uk/

For more information on Cookies, please visit the About Cookies website , www.aboutcookies.org

In addition, for more information about Behavioural advertising, please review the Your Online Choices website at http://www.youronlinechoices.com

This information is correct as of 23rd May 2012