The Law & Its Regulation
What are cookies?
A cookie is a piece of text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website browser and only that browser can retrieve or read the contents of that cookie - each cookie is unique to your web browser.
How they work
When you visit a website for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and if so sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. Cookies may come from different sources such as the website itself, advertising banners or other graphics that make up a webpage.
Types of cookies
Session cookies – these cookies last as long as your current visit to the site or up to a certain amount of time if you keep the site open without using it.
Persistent cookies – these cookies remember information from previous visits, for example, names and details from online forms. They are used to collect anonymous statistics about how many people use the site and to maintain any settings you have changed.
The benefits of cookies
Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier and without cookies the website will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page. By using cookies, a site will know that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors web content to take account of this based on what you have looked at or done previously. Some cookies are more sophisticated. They might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you clicked, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes. They can also be used to store data on what is in your shopping cart.
Concerns about cookies
Control your cookies
Almost all web browsers allow you the option to block cookies. This means you can choose to block all cookies or choose which ones to accept. This can however make web browsing difficult as some sites do not work or work less well with cookies disabled. To find out more about cookies including how to see which cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, please click on the following link www.allaboutcookies.org.