Cookies Policy (1)
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting which is referred to as a first party cookie or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing, this is a third party cookie.
Types of cookies
First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting and they can only be read by that site.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Flickr, and these sites may set their own cookies.
Session Cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
Persistent cookies are saved on your computer for a fixed period of time and are not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use this type of cookie to store your preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit.
Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and game content to their users. Adobe utilise their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing preferences or tracking users.
Flash Cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies as mentioned above, rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose what type of information is allowed to be stored.
What is in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the site name, some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences, what’s in your shopping basket and gives you an overall more efficient experience of the website.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit invasive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without the users permission. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website.
Where can I find more information about cookies?
You can find out more about cookies including how to disable / enable and delete them at the following website www.aboutcookies.org.
How do I turn cookies off or delete cookies?
You can opt-out of receiving cookies from a range of ad servers (including, among others, Doubleclick, Videology, AudienceScience, Flashtalking and Microsoft) by visiting www.youronlinechoices.com and following the instructions provided.
Generally you can't delete Flash cookies with browser controls, but Adobe's website at www.adobe.com provides information on how to delete or disable Flash cookies. If you want to delete cookies from the browser on your mobile phone, you will need to refer to your handset manual.