Cookie Policy

Cookies are small text files that (depending on your browser settings) are deposited on your computer's disk when you visit a site and may be sent back to that site when you visit again. We use cookies to store user preferences and certain other pieces of data in the course of providing our services. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept all cookies, but you may be able to configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to warn you when a cookie is being set. However, some NewsNow features and services may not work properly if cookies are disabled.

Some cookies may only be set if you have registered with NewsNow and have logged in. Some other cookies are only set if you have not registered or have not logged in. Some cookies may be set whether you have registered and have logged in, or not. Some cookies are only set for the mobile version of the site, some are only set for the 'classic' (non-mobile) version of the site, and some are set for both, as indicated below.

The cookies listed below do not contain any information that, in itself, personally identifies you and do not provide us with access to the rest of your device. We may, however, associate the information contained in cookies with personal information that you have provided to us separately, such as when you submit an enquiry via a website form.

Below is a list of cookies that we set, and details of what we use them for.

NewsNow News

Cookie name(s)DescriptionNon-registered or non-logged in usersRegistered and logged in usersClassic siteMobile site
NEWSNOW Browser identification cookie. We issue each browser accessing NewsNow with an anonymous unique ID. We use this to estimate the number of users visiting the site from time to time. YYYY
NN_Session Session cookie. This cookie is set on certain pages on the site, and is used to assist us in accounting for traffic. YYYN
nnah Recently read articles cookie. This cookie stores a list of your recently read articles, and it enables us to display them on the page to make it easier for you to revisit articles you found interesting. YYYY
NNconv Data conversion cookie. When we introduced registration and login facilities to NewsNow, we changed the way we stored user settings and histories in cookies. This cookie contains no settings data; it only indicates that we have successfully migrated cookie data to the new system, and that we do not need to do it again. YYYY
NN_Eng User engagement cookie. This cookie is used to measure the level of user engagement, and is used to help target advertising. YYYN
nnusrst Settings cookie. This cookie stores settings, including the font size, whether headlines should be set in bold, and all the publications you have hidden or highlighted. It enables us to respect these settings when you navigate between web pages, and return to NewsNow from the same browser and computer. YNYY
nn_sp Web site version preference cookie. This cookie stores your preference for the mobile or classic version of the NewsNow web site. YYYY
NNNewsfeedHistory Most visited topics cookie. This cookie stores the topics and searches you visited most often. It enables us to present the "My Most Viewed" list so that your favourite topics are just a click away. YNYY
NNAU Authentication cookie. This cookie is used to identify your account when you are logged in to NewsNow, and is required for us to be able to provide a personalised experience when you are logged in. It enables us to recognise your account when you navigate between web pages, and (should you not have logged off) when you return to NewsNow from the same browser and computer. NYYN
flo Maintenance cookie. This cookie stores no user data. We set it to be able to show a message in the rare occurrence that we need to log you out in order to carry out essential system maintenance. NYYN
uky Data encryption cookie. This cookie is used to secure your settings (such as font size, etc) when we send a page to your browser. NYYN
NNFavourites Mobile favourites cookie. This cookie stores the topics you favourited on the mobile site. It enables us to redirect your browser to your favourite homepage when you revisit the site, and to display a list of your favourite topics so that they are just a click away. YN/ANY
NN_JumpLinks Jump links cookie. This cookie stores your preference as to whether or not to display 'jump links' to individual topics at the top of a page. YN/ANY
NN_RT_(suffix) Ad retargeting cookies.
Any cookie whose name starts NN_RT_ may be set when you browse the web site of a third-party advertiser with which NewsNow has a relationship (either directly or indirectly via its advertising provider(s)). Any such cookie will then be sent to the NewsNow web site when you subsequently access it and may be used by NewsNow (in conjunction with its advertising provider(s)) to target adverts related to the relevant third-party advertiser at your browser. No personal information is interchanged or stored during this process. You can enable and disable targeting of adverts for a variety of advertisers (for the web browser you are currently using) by visiting this page.
YYYN
nn_sid Session tracking cookie. This cookie is used by us to compile statistics on how long users spend on the NewsNow web site and how often they visit it. YYYN
nn_ab User testing cookie. This cookie is used to to test improvements to the site with selected users. YYYN

NewsNow Classifieds

Cookie name(s)Description
rub_LS_UK Recent searches cookie. We use this cookie to store a list of the most recent searches made by a user. We use this information to show you the number of new ads that match your searches since your last visit.
rub_abtest_(suffix)AB testing cookies. Any cookie whose name starts rub_abtest may be used to test different designs and functionality, in order to improve your experience of the site.
ASP.NET_SessionId Session ID cookie. This cookie is used to establish a 'user session', so that information can be presented on NewsNow Classifieds that persists between pages. This cookie is not stored when you close your browser.
ASPXFORMSAUTHAuthentication cookie. This cookie is used to identify your account for NewsNow Classifieds when you are logged in to NewsNow, and is required for us to be able to provide a personalised experience when you are logged in. It enables us to recognise your account when you navigate between web pages, and (should you not have logged off) when you return to NewsNow from the same browser and computer.
rub_TrafficSourceAbTesting  Traffic source cookie. We use this cookie to track how you found NewsNow Classifieds, eg via a search engine, a saved search, etc. Such information is aggregated, and no individual user is tracked. No personal information is stored in this cookie.
rub_mc_(suffix)Saved search cookies. Any cookie whose name starts rub_mc_ is used to facilitate you being able to save a search for a specific section of NewsNow Classifieds.
rub_fbPageLike cookie. This cookie stores whether or not you have seen a message encouraging you to 'like' NewsNow's Facebook page, in order to avoid showing you the message again once you have dismissed it.
rub_rbPageLike cookie. This cookie stores whether or not you have seen a message encouraging you to 'like' a specific page on NewsNow Classifieds, in order to avoid showing you the message again once you have dismissed it.
rub_LikeAfterUnsubscribeLike cookie. This cookie stores whether or not you have seen a message encouraging you to 'like' NewsNow's Facebook page after having unsubscribed from a saved search, in order to avoid showing you the message again once you have dismissed it.
rub_desktop_from_mobileMobile device cookie. This cookie stores your preference for either the mobile or classic versions of NewsNow Classifieds when accessing it from a mobile device.
rub_trending_pagesTrending pages cookie. We use this cookie to determine if the user arrived at a trending search result page via an internal link on NewsNow.

Third-party cookies

Please note that our business partners’ or other websites that may be accessible via the Site may also use cookies, over which we have no control. You should check the privacy and cookies policies posted on the relevant third-party websites for further information on such cookies (including details of how to reject or delete such cookies).

The Site also uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how users use the Site. The information generated by Google’s cookies about your use of the Site (including your IP address) is anonymous and will be sent to Google and held on Google’s servers in the USA in accordance with Google’s privacy policy (available at http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/privacy/). Please note that Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.