A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. There are different types of cookies:
Session Cookies – allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. Session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term.
Persistent Cookies – are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.
First and third party Cookies – Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user - the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.
Cookies for the purpose of analyzing the usage of our site, how people use and move around it, how many users look at our site and how often. This helps us improve the content of our website and how it works.
The information collected by our cookies is not personally
identifiable, it only includes general information about your computer
settings, your connection to the internet e.g. operating system and
platform, IP address, your browsing patterns and timings of browsing on
the Site and geographical location.
You can learn more about cookies and how to reject cookies using different types of browser by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org