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In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics. We use cookies on OU News to determine the usefulness of our site and to see how effective our navigational structure is. We do not release this information to third parties.

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. You do not need to have cookies turned on to use our website.

Changing cookie settings in your web browser

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To find out more, consult your browser’s help function. Here are links to the relevant pages for some common browsers.

Managing and deleting cookies

Managing analytics cookies

You can opt out of our third-party analytics cookies by using link below. This will take you to the relevant third party’s website and generate a ‘no thanks’ cookie, which will stop those third parties setting any further cookies. These changes will apply to all websites that you visit.

Don’t forget that by not allowing analytics cookies, this stops us from being able to collect information about how visitors use our websites in order to improve them.

Here is information about how to opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.

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Further reading

Information about cookies can be found at All About Cookies.