Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences,
and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the
to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won't
recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.
example, on your location and/or browsing habits.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what's in your shopping basket.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting ('first party cookies') or they may be set by other websites
who run content on the page you are viewing ('third party cookies').
First Party Cookies
First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting and they can only be read by that site.
Third Party Cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example,
the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The
website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Flickr, and these
sites may set their own cookies.
More significantly, a website might use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their
website. These may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites. This is known as
Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user's device
when the browser is closed.
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted
when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one
browsing session. For example, this type of cookie may store your login details, so that they are remembered
when you next visit a site.
Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and game content to their users. Adobe utilise their own
cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar
purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users.
Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies (the cookie types listed above are all set via your
browser); rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one
cookie. You can control how much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what type of
information is allowed to be stored.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (the ICO) who enforce privacy laws in the UK have stated that getting “implied consent” for cookie use is okay.
Currently we use two cookies, one is a session cookie, only valid while moving around our website, and the second, a persistant cookie, who's only job is to remember that you have accepted our cookies.
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