What are cookies?

Cookies are little files of data that are sent from a website that you visit to your browser and are 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. This helps us to provide you with a good experience while you browse and to improve the way our sites work, for example by making sure you can find what you need.

We collect personal information about visitors to our website,, if they fill out a form on our website, participate in a survey or register for an event.

Our website places cookies (text files) on your computer which can identify your browser and automatically collect information about how you use our website.

We use the information provided by cookies to determine the number of people visiting our site. It also helps us to better understand how people find and use our website. With this information we can continually improve our website and service.

Please remember that if you use a link to go from our website to another website or if you request a service from a third party this Privacy Notice will no longer apply once you have left this website. Your browsing and interaction on any other website is subject to that website’s own rules and policies.

Last updated

6 January 2023

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Dan Fitz, General Counsel and Company Secretary

Our cookies store the following data:

  • time of visit, pages visited, and time spent on each page of the website
  • interactions with site-specific widgets
  • referring site details (such as the URL a user came through to arrive at the website)
  • type of web browser
  • type of operating system (OS)
  • flash version, JavaScript support, screen resolution, and screen colour processing ability
  • network location and IP address
  • document downloads
  • clicks on links leading to external websites
  • errors when users fill out forms
  • clicks on videos
  • 'scroll depth' (how far you scroll up or down on a page).

You will generally have to provide consent for cookies to be placed on your computer and for the use and storage of personal information relating to you provided by the cookies.

You can withdraw your consent at any time by updating your cookie settings. In circumstances where consent is not needed for cookies to be placed on your computer (for example, where a cookie is needed for the operation of our website or for the provision of a service to you), the use and storage of any personal information provided by the cookies will be based on legitimate interests.

The legitimate interests we are pursuing are the operation of our website and promotion of our research and activities.

Third-party cookies

As well as the cookies we set, we may use third party cookies and other similar technologies set by other websites when you visit them to help us to understand some simple information about the age, location and interests of the people who visit our sites.

Third parties may use these technologies to collect or recieve information from our website and elsewhere on the internet and use that information to provide measurement services and to target adverts.

We only ever use this information in aggregate, and never associate it with any personal information that might identify you.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics, Google Analytics demographics and interest reporting, and integrated services that require Google Analytics to collect data via advertising cookies and identifiers.

Google Analytics is a tool that helps website and app owners to understand how their visitors behave. It uses a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google.

It also uses some cookies set by other websites to help us understand more about our site's visitors.

Need more information on cookies and how to control or disable them in your browser?

For general information about cookies, and how to control and disable them in your web browser, please visit All About Cookies.