What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that a website asks your browser to store on your computer or mobile device. The cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences over time so that it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit or action. Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for targeted advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies are used by the majority of websites and do not harm your system.
What are the different types of cookies?
A cookie can be classified by its lifespan. By lifespan, a cookie is either a:
Session cookie which is only stored on your computer or mobile device during your web session and automatically erased when the user closes the web browser.
Persistent cookie which remains on the user’s computer/device for a pre-defined period of time even after a user closes the web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again.
What are the different categories of cookies?
Cookies can be generally categorised as follows:
Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use a website effectively, such as when buying a product and/or service, and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on a website cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
Performance cookies: These cookies enable monitoring and improving of the performance of a website. For example, they allow counting of visits, identifying traffic sources and seeing which parts of a website are most popular.
Functionality cookies: These cookies allow a website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. For instance, providing you with news or updates relevant to the services you use. They may also be used to provide services you have requested such as viewing a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised.
- Track your use of our website. This enables us to understand how you use the site and track any patterns with regards how you are using our website. This helps us to develop and improve our website as well as products and/or services in response to what you might need or want.
- To enable the functionality of customized search etc.
- We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics. Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data (Link to https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245)
Some people prefer not to allow cookies, which is why most browsers will give you the ability to manage cookies within the browser settings.
You can block cookies at any time or you may be able to manage cookies on a site-by-site basis, giving you greater control over your privacy, disallowing cookies from all sites except those that you trust.
Most browsers have an option to ‘Clear Browsing Data’ which will delete cookies and other tracking technology data stored on your computer or mobile device.
However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (Including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Last updated: 15/08/2018