What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, that is sent to your computer or mobile device browser from a website’s server and is stored on your device’s hard drive.
Cookies can’t carry viruses, and can’t install malware on the host computer or mobile device.
The data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.
It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.
Thee are four categories of cookie types:
- Essential - Required for your website to function, for example to mark someone as being logged in.
- Non-Essential but harmless - Not essential to core functionality but doesn’t get used for tracking a user.
- Fairly Intrusive - Used to track people but do not provide personally identifiable information, for example Google’s Analytics.
- Very Intrusive - Used to track people and provide personally identifiable information.
Only essential cookies are used on this website and they are required for this website to function, therefore they fall outside of the remit of Statutory Instrument Number 336 of 2011 European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011.