A cookie is a small text file that is placed on your computer or mobile device by a website server whenever you visit that website. The cookie contains a unique code that enables it to recognise your browser when you are using the website (this is known as a ‘session cookie’) or on later return visits (a ‘permanent cookie’). Cookies may be installed on your computer or mobile device by the server of the website you are visiting or by partners with which the website collaborates. A website server can only read cookies it has installed itself; it cannot access other information contained on your computer or mobile device. Cookies are stored in the browser folder on your computer or mobile device. The content of a cookie usually consists of the name of the server that has installed the cookie, an expiry date and a unique numerical code. Cookies generally make the interaction between the visitor and the website easier and faster and help the visitor navigate around the site. Cookies can also be used to make website content or adverts more relevant to the visitor and to tailor them to the user’s personal taste and needs.
You can decline the installation of cookies by altering your browser settings. The following website explains how to decline cookies for the most commonly used browsers: http://www.aboutcookies.org/
You can delete cookies that have already been installed on your computer or mobile device at any time.