What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file placed on your computer by a website to store a small amount of information.  They cannot be used to identify you and they cannot be used to put viruses or malware on your computer.  For more information we suggest reading the Wikipedia article and the BBC’s guide to cookies.

Why do we use cookies?

Storm’s website uses cookies to improve your experience and provide us with information to make further improvements.  Generally cookies are used for two purposes: to remember a preference or setting that you have specified on the site (e.g. to remember that you are logged in) or to measure how people interact with the site.  Storm only set cookies which we think are necessary.

First Party Cookies

These are cookies we set and we are in control of.

- PHPSESSID: This cookie will be set when you are browsing our blog.  This is used to remember whether you have logged in.  No personal information is stored.

Third Party Cookies

These are cookies set by tools and services we use to deliver our website.  For example, social sites like Facebook and Twitter set cookies whenever you see a Like or Tweet button.  External content from sources such as Vimeo, YouTube and Flickr might also set cookies.  Storm does not have control over third party content providers use of cookies.  For more information on the use of such cookies, please refer to the privacy and cookie policy on the 3rd party’s website.

Storm is aware of the following 3rd party cookies being set:

- __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz: These are set by Google Analytics, a service which lets us collect usage data about our website.  All data is collected anonymously and presented in aggregate.

- guest_id: This is set by Twitter when we request our latest tweet to show you on our home page.

Controlling Cookies

If you don’t want cookies to be set on your computer, you can change your browser’s preferences to alert you to a new cookie or block all cookies immediately.  You can also use tools within your browser to delete cookies that have been set, often on a per-site basis.

Preventing cookies from being set will likely degrade your browsing experience and cause many websites and features to not work correctly.

For information on how to manage cookies in various browsers and on different devices visit www.aboutcookies.org.