Cookies and how they benefit you
Almost all websites – including this one – store small files called cookies on your computer or mobile phone when you browse. Cookies store information to help make sure you get the best out of a website.
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Pass data to advertising networks
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
Under a new law about cookies we need your permission to store them on your computer or device. Like many organisations we need to take time to make sure the website complies with the law, and we’re working very hard to make sure we can record permission from our visitors.
More about our cookies
Our own cookies
The cookies we use help make sure:
- The site remembers your search settings
- You can add comments to our site through Facebook
- The site remembers your preferences about colours, text size and layout.
There is no way to prevent these cookies being stored on your computer other than by not using the website. You can delete the cookies using your browser after you leave the site.
We like to share YouTube videos with you to show how your support helps us improve the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. YouTube wants to download ‘third-party’ cookies to your computer through our site. We can’t do anything about that at the moment, without taking every video down – which wouldn’t be a fair response for other visitors.
Social website cookies
We know that Stonewall supporters like to have their say on our work, and to share information with their friends. So, we have ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons on some pages to help you link to pages on Facebook, Twitter and other websites.
Anonymous visitor statistics cookies
We want to know that our website helps us fight homophobia – and to do that we need to make sure it looks, feels and reads well for our visitors. To help us do that we use Google Analytics to learn lots about our visitors – including which countries they’re in, what sort of computers or devices they’re using, how long they read pages for, and which pages they see. It’s not about identifying individual users – it’s all about getting a clear idea of how we need to improve the site so it works well for everyone.
Google Analytics also helps us learn how people find out about the site – for example, which search engines they use, and which words they use to search. This helps us make sure many more people can learn about what we’re doing to promote equality for everyone.
Turning cookies off
If you’re worried about spyware – creepy programmes that track you and target adverts at you – we want to be absolutely clear that we don’t use it. Most anti-spyware programmes simply delete cookies that they think come from spyware – and, as we’ve said, you can always do that with cookies from this website. You can learn more about managing cookies with anti-spyware programmes.