What are cookies?
Often it’s useful for a website to remember certain details about your visit, like settings you’ve changed. Most websites also collect anonymous usage data in order to improve their visitors’ experience.
Cookies are designed to keep your data and computer secure:
- they can only store a small amount of text
- all cookies have an expiry date
- they can only be read by the author that set them (though some websites allow third parties to set cookies on their sites)
- you can choose whether or not to receive cookies
- you can delete them from your browser
Types of cookies
The main function of cookies is to help make the user’s browsing experience as smooth as possible. Different types of cookies do this in different ways.
These allow sites to remember some of the user’s actions during a single browser session and they expire when you close your browser window. For example, they’re used to remember what you’ve put in a shopping basket.
These are stored on a user’s device between browser sessions to remember their preferences or actions across the site. For example, any settings they change during a browsing session will be remembered when they return to the same site later.
First party cookies
These cookies are set by the same website that you’re visiting, and can only be viewed by that site.
Third party cookies
These are set by a domain other than the one being visited. A website might use an embedded video from YouTube, for example, which might set its own cookies.
Cookies on this site
Our website uses:
Analytics and customisation cookies: These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites are being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customise our websites for you. We use first party cookies to collect information about how visitors use the site in order to help us improve it and customise it for you. They’re first party because only this domain sets them and no other website has access to the data.
Social networking cookies: These cookies are used to enable you to share pages and content that you find interesting on our websites through third party social networking and other websites.
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Why we love cookies
We think cookies make the Internet a better place. They’re safe, anonymous, and give people an easier, faster experience on websites. Cookies let sites remember if you wanted to save certain details, show developers the pages no-one ever visits, and recall what you’ve put in your shopping basket.