Cookies and How We Use Them

Cookies are small ‘packets’ of data downloaded to your computer which communicate with websites in order to provide information to those who operate them. For example, they may help website operators improve your experience on their website or to distinguish you from other users.

When you log into the website using your email address or via a link in an email, a cookie is set which stores an alphanumeric identifier that enables the browser to keep you logged in until you log out.

free etn central uses a cookie named Google Analytics (which is part of the ‘Google Analytics’ service) to analyse the use of this Website and other websites more generally. Google Analytics uses cookies to collect and create statistical and other data about website and internet use. The information gathered from the Website will be used to create reports about the use of the Website and about internet use more generally. Google will store and use this information. Google’s privacy policy is available at: WWW.GOOGLE.COM/PRIVACYPOLICY.HTML.

Google Analytics is a persistent cookie which is stored on your computer and will remain installed even after you have left this Website. You may have already downloaded Google Analytics from another website.

We publish Google Adsense interest-based advertisements on our website. These are adverts tailored by Google to reflect your interests, which it tracks using the “DoubleClick” cookie. The DoubleClick cookie is widely distributed by a number of websites and you may well already have a copy of them on your computer before visiting the Website. Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to the Website and/or other sites on the Internet.

You can view, delete or add interest categories associated with your browser using Google’s Ads Preference Manager, available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/. You can opt-out of the Adsense partner network cookie at: http://www.google.com/privacy_ads.html. However, this opt-out mechanism uses a cookie, and if you clear the cookies from your browser your opt-out will not be maintained. To ensure that an opt-out is maintained in respect of a particular browser, you should use the Google browser plug-in available at: http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin.

Refusing Cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies in the following way:

  • In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector
  • In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies setting by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”
  • In Google Chrome, you can disable all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Under the Bonnet”, then selecting “Content Settings”.