What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on a user’s computer (or mobile device) that is created when a user visits a website using a program called a browser (for example Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari).
A cookie isn’t a program itself and doesn’t actively do anything on a user’s computer. A cookie cannot be used to identify a user personally but they do contribute to improving a user’s experience of a website.
A cookie simply allows the website to read the contents of the cookie text file. The text file itself simply contains a unique identifier code; the site name and some digits and numbers.
Why are Cookies used?
Cookies do lots of different jobs, such as:
- remembering what items a user may have added to a shopping basket or an itinerary as the user moves between pages on a website.
- saving a user’s preferences to allow them to customise a website
- measuring what users do on a website to ascertain which parts of a website are popular, how long they spend on a website, how often users return, where they come from etc
What Cookies are used by this site?
Cookies are set by this website (first party cookies) but may also be set by other websites (e.g. You Tube) that run content on the website’s pages (third party cookies).
Cookies can be set to remember a visitor for the duration of their visit (session cookies) or to remember a visitor for repeat visits (persistent cookies).
Here are the standard cookies used by this website:
First Party Cookies
|Google Analytics _utmc||Session||End of browser session||Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the |
|Google Analytics _utmt||Persistent||10 minutes||Used to throttle request rate.|
|viewed_cookie_policy||Persistent||1 year||This cookie is used to remember that the cookie bar is closed.|
How do I disable cookies?
Each browser has different settings which allow a user to adjust their particular cookie permissions