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What are cookies? A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, it contains the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally-identifying information.

When you visit a website that uses cookies 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 sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before and, in some cases, tailors what pops up on your screen to take account of that fact. Cookies might also record how long you spend on each page, what links you click, and your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online browsing would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

Most common cookies Session cookies: These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons – for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website. They can also be used for security to access your Internet banking or email.

Persistent cookies: These cookies are still stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser which allows your preferences on websites to be remembered. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes – for example, remembering your preferences on a website (your language choice or your user name on a particular website).

First and third-party cookies: This refers to the website placing the cookie. First-party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting. Third-party cookies are set by another website – the website you are visiting may have advertising on the page and this other website will be able to set a cookie on your computer. The main web browsers allow third-party cookies by default. However, changing the settings on your browser(s) can prevent this.

Exceptions: There are some exemptions to the above where it is essential for a website to store information on your computer – for example, to provide a service to you that you have requested.

Blocking cookies Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies (block) or delete cookies that already exist. Please refer to your browser help files in order to find out how to accomplish this.

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