This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies. This page contains information on what 'cookies' are, the cookies used by F1SA, how to switch cookies off in your browser, how to specifically disable third party advertising cookies, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.
What are 'cookies'?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on F1SA may generate the following types of cookie:
Anonymous analytic cookies
Third party advertising cookies
Anonymous analytic cookies:
Every time a user visits our website, our web analytic software generates an anonymous analytic cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, F1SA will generate new ones allowing us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals, they are used for statistical purposes only.
These cookies are anonymous, they store information about the content you are browsing, but not about who you are.
Third party advertising cookies:
A lot of the advertising you see on F1SA is 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 F1SA 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 F1SA.
Other third party cookies:
On some pages of F1SA, third parties (PayPal, Social Networks, News Sharing Sites) 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, F1SA cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by F1SA.
For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on F1SA, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. 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.
Internet Explorer cookie settings
Firefox cookie settings
Chrome cookie settings
Safari cookie settings
If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.
You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initiative.
They have provided a one stop place that gathers all of the opt out controls. Please bear in mind that there are many more networks listed on this site than those that we use at F1SA.