Cookie Policy

Introduction and General Terms

Like all companies and organisations, BTR News uses a website to support its business and provide you with information, resources, links to events and much more.

We are obliged to tell you about Cookies and what information these may gather and how it is used. If you need more information, you can contact us by email to info@pbsanews.co.uk

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded or dropped onto your computer or device automatically. This is stored on the hard drive. Each website you use will drop cookies if your browser allows it. There are generally three types of Cookies:

  • Session / Functional/ Essential / Strictly Necessary (the ones that are needed for the website to function properly).
  • Permanent / Persistent (the ones that remain for six months max and remember details like logins and passwords).
  • Third-party / Analytical / Non-Essential (those used by other websites and advertisers or for analytics or browsing habits).

Our use of Cookies

Our website uses Functional and Third-Party cookies.

The Functional cookies are those that are necessary for our website to work. For the Third-party cookies, you should read the section below on how to decline these. If declined, the Third-Party cookies will not be placed on your device.

Third-Party cookies do provide us with analytical data about the use of our website, which resources or pages were viewed and more. We need your consent for these.

Cookie Name / WhoPurpose Type & Expiry
UserBTRNewsSame-site connections.Functional 10 days
_ga Google Analytics This enables us to understand how our website is used, which in turn, enables us to improve our website and the services offered through it. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Please note that we have no control over how your data is collected, stored, or used by websites other than our own and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.Third Party
up to 2 years
_GID Google Analytics Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.Third Party
1 day
_GAT_GTAG Google Analytics Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.Third Party
Session only
_GRECAPTCHA  GoogleHelp protect against cyber-crime and abuse by collecting hardware and software information.Third-Party Functional
Session only
_NID  GoogleThe NID cookie contains a unique ID that Google use to store your preferred settings and other information, such as your preferred language, how many search results to display per page (e.g. 10 or 20) and whether to enable the Google SafeSearch filter.Third Party
6 months
_fbpFacebookMarketing and Tracking purpose. Used by Facebook to store and track visits across websites and deliver a series of advertisements.Third Party
3 months
c_user  FacebookStores unique user ID.Third Party
2 years
datr  FacebookMarketing and Tracing purpose. Used by Facebook to provide fraud prevention.Third Party
2 years
dpr  FacebookPixel tracking – used by Facebook.Third Party
2 years
fr  FacebookUsed by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products.Third Party
3 months
sb  FacebookUsed by Facebook to improve friend suggestions.Third Party
2 years
spin  FacebookUsed by Facebook; functionality not clear.Third Party 1 year
xs  FacebookUsed by Facebook to store a unique session ID.Third Party
1 year

We do use scripts or native social media buttons to link you to our social media and these may build profiles of your use. These are known as Third-party cookies, and some are listed above. We recommend you read the privacy and cookie notices on each social media platform for more information about these.

The data that the Cookies collect

During your visit to BTR News, the pages you see, along with a cookie, are downloaded to your device.

Depending on the type of cookie, limited personal data about you or your device or your use of our website will be collected. This may include:

  • Data that identifies you or your device.

Your IP address (an IP address is a number that can uniquely identify a specific computer or other network devices on the internet), login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types, geolocation information about where you might be, operating system and version.

  • Data on how you use our website.

Your URL clickstreams (the path you take through our site), products/services viewed, page response times, download errors, how long you stay on our pages, what you do on those pages, how often and other actions.

We use analytics software to look at IP addresses and cookies for the purpose of enhancing your user experience. This information is not used to develop a personal profile of you and the log files are regularly purged.

How do I stop cookies?

All computers and devices (including the internet browser you use) have the ability to decline cookies. This can be done by activating the setting on your browser, which enables you to decline cookies – you can search for information on how to do this by checking the ‘Help’ menu of your browser.

Unfortunately, choosing to decline cookies can impact on the use of our website and you may not be able to take full advantage of our website features.

Other Third-party cookies

Any advertising featured on our website may also incorporate cookies over which we have no control. These cookies may be dropped (downloaded) when you click on the advertisements.

Future Cookies

As many companies and organisations do, we are constantly developing our website and services, to provide the best experience and most up-to-date services that we can for you. Developments can include the use of tracking cookies that will help us analyse how people have found our website amongst other tracking services. We recommend that you review this cookie notice from time to time as we will update the list of cookies if any new ones are implemented.

More information

Further advice is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office on their website at: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/online/cookies/ – including how to control cookies on your browser.