What are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files stored on your computer when you visit certain web pages. Using the websites controlled by BPI (www.bpi.co.uk; www.brits.co.uk; www.classicbrits.co.uk; www.brittrust.co.uk; www.mercuryprize.co.uk) sometimes involves placing cookies on your device, for example, your computer or mobile phone.
Cookies can either be “session-based” – which means they are deleted when you leave the BPI website, or “persistent” – which means it will stay on your device after you leave: this allows the website to remember you when you come back.
Cookies are used in other ways to improve your experience of the BPI websites, by (for example):
- Enabling us to recognise your device - so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task;
- Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested;
- Measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast;
- Remembering what you’ve put in your shopping basket, so you don’t lose it if you navigate to another page.
Some of the cookies we use are essential for the BPI websites to function properly. Without them, your experience of the sites won’t be complete. Others are to improve the performance of the websites.
If you would like a full list of the cookies we use, please e-mail us at: [email protected]
Your Privacy is important to us
The law states that we can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of the BPI websites (for example, the cookie that enables us to remember what’s in your shopping basket), but that for all others we need your permission to do so.
Cookies used include:
(1) Analytics cookies that anonymously remember your device when you visit our website. They keep track of browsing patterns and help us to understand of visitors use the website. We use that information for customer analytics. Your browser may use similar cookies for similar purposes.
(2) Some of our cookies help us remember your devices so that we can provide the appropriate website experience. For example, remembering your settings preferences and customise how we present our services according to the screen size of that device.
(3) We have no access to third party cookies and third party organisations have no access to ours. The third party organisations that place cookies, including your browser (such as Firefox, MS Edge and Google) will have their own privacy policies.
(4) When you share stories using social media, for example Facebook, the social media company will load a cookie and identifiers to track this.
Restricting, Blocking or Deleting Cookies
However, if you'd prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from any of the BPI websites (or any other website), you can use your internet browser to do so. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phone's handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences.