Cookie policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. This means the website can recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same site.

A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device’s hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website. Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.

Cookies make your experience of using websites faster and easier. They allow websites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a ‘shopping basket’ of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.

Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes. You can restrict or block cookies set by Sense but this may limit your use of some functionality, such as customising the homepage. Finding information about Sense services and other core pieces of content will still be possible even with cookies disabled. Sense uses third-party suppliers who set cookies on our websites on our behalf to deliver the services that they are providing or to record usage.

How to manage your cookies

Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device. To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as if you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on ‘Help’ and then ‘About’. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.

To find out how to allow, block, delete and manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to and select the browser and version you are using. You’ll also find information about how to delete cookies from your computer. If you use a mobile phone to browse the Sense website or other sites that use cookies, please refer to your handset manual for guidance.

Cookies used on the Sense website

The following are cookies you may come across on this site.

First-party cookies

Cookie namesDescription
colorAccessibility display options (the controls are at the top of the page)
Drupal.toolbar.collapsedInterface display options for logged-in users
SESS*Temporary anonymous user identification for storing settings
has_jsRecords if your browser supports JavaScript (technology used to present animated and interactive content)
__utmaGoogle Analytics tracking cookies. To record information about which pages you have landed on and how you have navigated through the site. This data enables us to understand:
  • which pages people visit on the site
  • which internet browsers are being used
  • what is popular
  • which interactive tools are used
For more information visit Google's Privacy policy, or for technical details, Google developers
weCookieSet to record that the user has been informed of this policy page

Third-party cookies

ProviderDomainsCookie namesDescription
Twittertwitter.com_twitter_sessFrom our Twitter feed display and 'Tweet' article-sharing button. For more information visit Twitter Privacy policy
original_referer Typeface provider. For more information visit Fontdeck's Use of cookies

First published: Tuesday 12 June 2012
Updated: Friday 29 June 2012