What is a cookie?
Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to this website on each subsequent visit (1st party cookies), or to another website that recognises that cookie (3rd party cookies).
Why cookies are used
Cookies do lots of different and useful jobs, such as remembering your preferences, and generally improving your online experience. Some cookies collect anonymous data about your computer and browsing history for statistical purposes.
Different types of cookie
- Session cookies enhance the experience of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser.
- Persistent cookies last after you have closed your browser, and allow the website to remember your actions and preferences.
- Strictly necessary cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features.
- Performance cookies collect information about how you use the website.
- Functionality cookies