What are cookies?

Cookies are little files of data which are sent from a website that you visit, to your browser and they are then stored on the device you are using to access the internet.

Why does the Crick website use them?

Cookies allow us to perform a variety of functions that help us to provide the best user experience for visitors. These functions for example would involve helping us to identify which articles or sections of the website are the most popular or the journey a visitor takes when viewing content.

Which cookies does the Crick website use?

We have outlined below the cookies that are used by the Crick website and the function that they serve:

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These cookies are used by our website through the Google Anayltics service to track the usage of the website by visitors. We cannot identify any individual user using analytics data but it provides aggregate statistics that show popular content and visitor journeys through the site.

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We also use a third party service, AddThis, which provides options for visitors to share content found on our website through email and social networking services (Facebook, Twitter,etc.). This data is used in aggregate form so that so that we can monitor the most popular sharing tools.

You can find out more information about the AddThis privacy policy here.

What if I want to change how cookies are used?

By clicking on the link below you can set how our website uses cookies:

Click here to change the cookie settings for the Francis Crick Institute website

We have three levels of settings available:


We will set a necessary cookie only. This cookie would save your preference settings.


In addition, we would be allowed to use cookies used by Google Analytics so that we can track in aggregate form visitor information for our website.


This would also allow visitors to use the AddThis service so that they can use social network services to share information. AddThis would use visitor information in aggregrate form to track the popularity of different social networks used for information sharing via their service.