What are cookies?
Cookies are delicious treats in different flavours like chocolate or vanilla. But cookies are also found on the internet, on every website you visit. You can’t eat it, but they’re useful doing various jobs.
A different kind of cookie
A cookie is a small text file which asks your permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, this file stores your specific preferences and needs, making it easier for you to navigate the site and switch between pages. You will enjoy browsing the internet as it’s faster and supports your needs efficiently. It also helps analyse web traffic.
Like cookies in a jar, there are different cookies used on the internet. Cookies used on our websites are categorized as outlined the ICC UK Cookie Guide and set out below. By using our website, you agree that we can place the following 4 types of cookies on your computer.
1. Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are strictly necessary to enable you to move about the site or to provide certain features you have requested.
2. Performance cookies
These cookies collect info about how you use a website: which pages do you visit most often, do you get error messages from these pages. These cookies don’t collect personal information that identifies you. These cookies collect aggregated information which is completely anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
3. Functionality cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
4. Targeting or advertising cookies
These cookies are used to show adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
Cookies? No thanks!
You may decide to disable or delete cookies. Please note that if you do, you will not be able to access a number of the applications offered on websites. Deleting or disabling cookies will only apply to browsers and computers you are using at the time. If you use another computer or browser, you need to rejecting the cookies again.
How to disable cookies:
How to disable third-party advertising cookies
Most of the cookies used on our websites can be rejected on an individual or comprehensive basis. Go to www.youronlinechoices.com/. This website also tells you which of the cookies are currently active on your browser.
More cookies info at www.allaboutcookies.org or www.youronlinechoices.eu or see a video explanation at www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow/data-on-the-web/cookies.