Cookie Policy for Explained.Today

The explained.today website use cookies. By continuing to use this website you are giving consent to cookies being used.

We use cookies to personalize content and ads, to provide social media features and to analyze our traffic. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners.

Why do we have a cookie policy?

The European Parliament brought in a law, commonly known as the EU Cookie Law or EU E-Privacy directive, that perhaps had the well intentioned aim of helping consumers make informed choices about what cookies they accept on their computer. What the law has accomplished is a lot of work for webmasters and a detrimental online experience - unless of course you happen to like sites giving you notifications about cookies and offers to read a plethora of cookie policies like this one.

If you would you like to know more about the EU cookie law then we recommend that you read the article "Why the cookie law is total clownshoes".

What are cookies?

A cookie is a tiny file that is downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience and to help websites to work. As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or 'break' certain elements of the sites functionality.

For more general information on cookies see the Cookies explained.

Disabling Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately in most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.

Third Party Cookies

We use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

Third party analytics are used to track and measure usage of this site so that we can continue to produce engaging content. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site or pages you visit which helps us to understand how we can improve the site for you.

The Google AdSense service we use to serve advertising uses a DoubleClick cookie to serve more relevant ads across the web and limit the number of times that a given ad is shown to you.

For more information on Google AdSense see the official Google AdSense privacy FAQ.

Several partners advertise on our behalf and affiliate tracking cookies simply allow us to see if our customers have come to the site through one of our partner sites so that we can credit them appropriately and where applicable allow our affiliate partners to provide any bonus that they may provide you for making a purchase.

The Cookies We Set

Were it it not for the EU Cookie Law we would not set any cookies (beyond the third party cookies already mentioned). The EU Cookie Law indirectly requires us to - as there is no other practical mechanism to record that you have viewed the cookie consent prompt. (Once you have viewed and dismissed the cookie consent a cookie is used to record that you have done so, that way we can avoid showing you that annoying message the next time you open a page.) It is a legal obligation of all websites within the EU to ask for consent or to make you aware that they use cookies.