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You may have noticed that this week you are now seeing a green message at the bottom of the screen on announcing that your use of the site means acceptance of our use of cookies for analytics, personalization and ads, with a link to our privacy policy for more information.

In 2018 the European Union introduced a set of laws called GDPR that penalize any company that does not collect very specific permissions from its website users, using very particular language.

Compliance with these rules was challenging for a variety of reasons, so we made the decision (along with some other news outlets such as the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times) to block users who fall under this law from accessing our site until we were able to offer a solution.

By adding the permission message at the bottom of the screen, we can now allow access to readers in the EU again. (Welcome back! We missed you!) After clicking “accept,” you should not be prompted to grant permission again for a year, unless your browser is set to not allow certain types of cookies.

How we use cookies and why

To understand how we are doing — Cookies help us understand how many people visit our site, what they are reading and how they use our digital products. We use this data to help us understand what our readers are interested in and to plan for the future.

To control access to content — Our paywall relies on cookies to keep track of whether or not you are logged in, and if you are logged in, whether or not you have a subscription. (Users who are logged in without a subscription can read three more pages a month than those who are not logged in.)

To provide a better experience for subscribers — If you are a subscriber, when you log in we show you fewer ads and surveys than we show nonsubscribers.

To make the ads you see more relevant to you — Cookies allow us to show you ads personalized to your interests. This is why if you look at products on some websites, ads for those products will then appear elsewhere on the internet, including on our site.

Our privacy policy goes into greater detail and provides links for opting out of advertising personalization.