What are cookies?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. Websites are able to read and write these files, allowing them to store things such as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for your browser, providing a shortcut to avoid entering the same information. Each web domain can only access cookies stored by that specific web domain, meaning that only the nativemonster.com servers can access the cookies set by the nativemonster.com domain. Most web pages contain elements from multiple web domains. Therefore when you visit nativemonster.com, your browser may receive cookies from several sources.
How will disabling cookies change my experience?
Whilst it is important to be aware of the privacy implications of cookies, disabling cookies may negatively impact your online experience by preventing logging in, notifications and customisation. Specifically on nativemonster.com, geolocation services, comments, polls and surveys will no longer be fully usable and your site performance will be less optimised.
A visit to a page on nativemonster.com may generate the following types of cookie:
Site performance cookies
One cookie is set by our network hardware to provide faster access times and more reliable sessions.
Anonymous analytics cookies
These cookies cannot be used by us to identify individuals, they are used for aggregated statistics only. This allows us, for example, to tell which stories are the most popular and better optimise our content for the interests of our users.
Social sharing cookies
We deliver several different types of video to users of nativemonster.com, some appear in the content of stories, whilst others may appear on the homepage or in categories. Our video partners are Muzu, Brightcove, ITN, Yahoo! and YouTube.
Some video components may display video adverts from third parties which operate similarly to display advertising but may use flash cookies rather than traditional cookies.
We sell space on some of our websites to advertisers - they pay for the content you enjoy for free.
As part of this, we use several services to help us and advertisers understand what adverts you might be interested in. These cookies hold information about the computer - they don't hold personal information about you (ie it's not linked to you as an individual). But they might hold a record of what other websites you've looked at - so we could show you a car advert if you've previously visited a motoring website.
These are the services we use and how you can control those cookies. Please note that turning off advertising cookies won't mean that you are not served any advertising merely that it will not be tailored to your interests.
Third party adverts
Many of the adverts you see on nativemonster.com are generated by third parties. Some of these third parties use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once. The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and nativemonster.com has no access to read or write these cookies. These third party advertising cookies may be used by those third parties to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to nativemonster.com.
Other third party cookies
Third party content may be introduced on an adhoc basis. These components will often be included to compliment a story such as a live chat or timeline.
When these components are supplied by third parties they may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, nativemonster.com cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by nativemonster.com. If any element is used frequently it will be added to this policy in more detail.
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, you may find that some aspects of nativemonster.com stop working or work less well if you do this.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.
Browser cookie settings
We do not recommend turning cookies off when visiting nativemonster.com, as geolocation services, comments, polls and surveys will no longer be fully usable and your site performance will be less optimised.
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Internet Advertising Bureau's (IAB) consumer site.
Local storage is a browser technology, similar to cookies in that it allows a website to store information on the users device. Whilst there are some technical differences between the two technologies, from a user perspective they are used by websites in a similar way.
Disabling local storage
As with cookies, please refer to the help documentation provided by your browser vendor for assistance with disabling functionality. The links to cookie management as above will provide a solid starting point, browsers often group the two items together under a title of ‘local data’ or similar.