How does the BBC use cookies?

Page updated: 12 July 2018

We use different types of cookies for different things, such as:

  • Analysing how you use the BBC
  • Giving you a better, more personalised experience
  • Recognising when you’ve signed in
  • Giving people outside the UK the international version of the BBC website (which has adverts).

Read on to find out more about the different kinds of cookie we use. If you like you can turn BBC cookies on or off here.

Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies let you use all the different parts of BBC website. Without them, services that you’ve asked for can’t be provided. 

List of strictly necessary cookies

Functional cookies

These help us personalise the BBC to you by remembering your preferences and settings.

List of functional cookies

Performance cookies

These help us understand how people are using the BBC online, so we can make it better. And they let us try out different ideas. We sometimes get other companies to analyse how people are using the BBC online. These companies might set their own performance cookies.

List of performance cookies


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