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They improve things by:

  • remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs

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How we use cookies on the GDS blog

The GDS blog uses cookies in several places – we’ve listed each of them below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last.

We don't use any of our own cookies on the GDS blog however we do make use of cookies set by other companies in several places.

These "third party" cookies are set by other companies' tools which we are using to help run this site. These cookies are not controlled by us so you should check the third party websites for more information about these. We've listed each of these cookies below with more details about what they are used for with links to more information.

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