Cookie Policy

How does Crankit website uses cookies?

A visit to a page on Crankit website ( may generate the following types of cookies:

1.Site performance cookies

This type of cookie remembers your preferences for tools found on Crankit website, so you need not re-set them every time you visit Crankit. Examples include:

- Whether you see the latest or the oldest article first

- Video streaming speeds which are compatible with your browser

- Volume settings for our video player

2.Anonymous analytics cookies

Every time someone visits Crankit website, the software provided by other organisation generates an 'anonymous analytics cookie'.

These cookies can inform us whether or not you visited the site before.

Your browser will inform us if you have these cookies and, if you don't, we generate new ones.

This enables us to track how many individual users we get, and how often they visit the site.

Unless you are signed in to Crankit, we cannot use these cookies to identify individuals. We use them to gather statistics, for example, the number of visits to a page. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as your username and email address.

3.Geo-targeting cookies

These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in; from the information your browser supplies when you click on a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and we use it only to help target our content such as whether you see our location-based home page and advertising.

4.Registration cookies

When you register with Crankit, we generate cookies that let us know whether you are signed in or not. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with and whether you are allowed to have access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate any comments you post with your username.

If you haven’t selected 'keep me signed in' option, your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer. While you are signed in, we combine information from your registration cookies with analytics cookies; which could be used to identify the pages you have seen on Crankit.

5.Advertising cookies

These cookies enable us to know whether or not you've seen an advertisement or a type of advertisement and how long it has been since you've seen it.

We also use cookies for targeted advertising. We may also use cookies set by other organization/s for accurately targeting advertisements. For example, we may show adverts about holidays if you have recently visited the articles section of our site. These cookies are anonymous – they store information about what you are looking at on our site, but not about who you are.

We also set anonymous cookies on certain other sites that we advertise on. If you receive one of those cookies, we may then use it to identify you as having visited that site on  your next  visit to Crankit. Thus, we can then target our advertising based on this information.

6.Third party advertising cookies

A lot of the advertisements you see on Crankit are provided by other/third party organisations. Some of these organisations use their own anonymous cookies to track how many people have seen a particular ad, or to track how many people have seen it more than once.

The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies, and we have no access to read or write these cookies. These organizations may use their cookies to anonymously target advertising to you on other websites, based on your visit to Crankit.

Other third party cookies

On some pages of Crankit website, other organisations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application and / or to customize the application for you. Because of the way cookies work, neither our website can access these cookies nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on Crankit website.

For example, when you share an article using a social-media sharing button (for example, Facebook) on Crankit, the social network that has created the button will record your action.

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, the visitor will not be able to post any comment unless he/she sign in by enabling cookies.

All present browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. Usually, you can find these settings in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful. Alternatively, you can use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer

Cookie settings in Firefox

Cookie settings in Chrome

Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.

If your primary concern is about the third party cookies generated by advertisers, then you can turn these off by going to the Your Online Choices site.

You can also visit the trade body representing these advertising platforms for more information: Network Advertising Initative.

They have provided a website where you can control all third-party online advertising.

(Please note that there are many more networks listed on this site than those which we use at Crankit.)

Useful links:

If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:

Microsoft Cookies guide

All About Cookies

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:

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