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The cookie policy of The Fortnightly Review 2012 (revised 2015).

This notice is required by the EU directive known in the United Kingdom as the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

This site uses cookies – small text files placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences and provide anonymous tracking data to third party applications, such as Google Analytics.

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or visiting the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.

The Fortnightly Review is not a commercial product and makes no direct use of cookies, other than to provide a pleasant reading experience. If cookies matter to you, then please have one of ours. No charge. Our cookie facts are simple: we do not profit from the use of cookies. We do not use cookies to harvest personal information of any kind. We have never actually seen a cookie as described in the EU directive known in the United Kingdom as the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. We do not understand how to harvest personal information from a cookie. If you wish for us to have any personal information, you must opt to provide it to us, for example by subscribing to our email list or sending us email. We believe we use cookies to improve your access to our site; to measure our online performance; to support the delivery of data you have requested and to support sharing information through social media, such as Twitter or Facebook, but we have no idea how we do this. Our slight understanding of cookies comes from Silktide, an apparently software company. To experience the way in which lawyers invest this concept with whimsy, see here.

Apparently, cookies are issued automatically on visiting our site, unless you have disabled cookies in your browser settings. The cookies that we use on our websites only collect anonymous information. They do not collect personal information. “Collect” is a bit misleading since it suggests a repository of some sort — a box of cookies or an album filled with them. Cookies of all lands. But we have difficulty assigning any comprehensible properties to cookies. We are reliably informed that they distinguish your visit from other visits by other users. Since we are unwilling to analyze visitor information, your visit is the same to us as other visits — which is not to say we are indifferent to your interest in our work. It’s really only the cookie aspect of all this to which we are hugely, vastly, monumentally indifferent.

You can block cookies by adjusting the appropriate setting on your browser that allows you to refuse all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies, we understand you may not be able to access parts of our site, or you may experience reduced functionality when accessing certain areas or features.

You may contact us about our cookie ‘policy’ such as it is. We freely admit that which we have just made obvious: we know very little about any of this (or for that matter about much of what issues from EU departments). However our address is The text of the directive is here. A website intended to register dissent from the EU directive is here.

Thank you for your interest in our cookies. That is all.