What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file that’s saved on your browser and stores information as you navigate the internet. They were invented to count how many web browsers visited the Internet’s first websites. For example, a cookie may contain a unique number attributed to you. This number allows us to recognize your browser without being able to establish your identity.

How do cookies work?

When you visit a website that uses cookies, your web browser stores a cookie on your device. If you come back, the cookie recognizes your unique identifier and you’re considered a repeat visitor. They become the building blocks of your browser’s memory.

Over time, the internet evolved and so did cookies. Today, they remember items in your shopping cart or your preferred settings, allowing you to log in to websites automatically or resume playing videos where you left off.

How does CBC/Radio-Canada use cookies?

Every time you interact with CBC/Radio-Canada online, you create data and we send you data. This basic exchange of information is how the internet works. Without it, there is no internet.

Cookies can tell us:

  • What CBC digital properties you visit (websites or apps) and how often
  • What written, video and audio content you consume
  • How you navigate our sites (what you click on and what you share)
  • Your location
  • What kind of device and browser you use
  • Your IP address

The data you share helps us build better digital products and offer more content that’s relevant to you. Read more about how cookies shape your CBC experience.

The vast majority of the information you create doesn’t have any indicator of who you are, personally. And, when you do sign-in to our sites or apps, we think it’s important you understand how we use your data.

Our advertising partners use cookies to show you ads. They’ll look at the cookies you already have on your browser and decide whether and which ad they want to place on our site for you to see.