WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer, which hold information that a website can read. This information is used to allow the publishers of any website to provide you with a greater viewing experience. For example, cookies can be used to speed up the download for sites you have previously visited, or to authenticate your visit and prevent you from having to log in every time you visit the website, or to store information you have provided the website on an earlier occasion such as passwords etc.
Cookies are further categorised into four different areas:
Cookies that are categorised into the 'Necessary' category are necessary in order for the website to operate and enable services that are specifically asked for, such as shopping basket functionality or online billing services. The website cannot function without these cookies.
Cookies that are categorised into the 'Performance' category are used to improve the performance of a website, for example, to collect non-
Cookies that are categorised into the 'Functionality' category are used to offer additional functionality to a website. For example, a cookie could store the region you live in, or the language that you have selected to browse the website in.
Cookies that are categorised into the 'Targeting' category can be used to offer you more relevant advertising on a website and are used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement. Many companies such as Amazon, Virgin, Yahoo, use external companies to provide and serve adverts on their websites. These companies may use information (not including personally identifiable information) about your visits to those and other websites, in order to personalise advertisements on the sites, relevant to your interests or web browsing habits. For example say you googled Yamaha motorbikes, you might experience adverts on another site you visit featuring Yamaha motorbikes.
MANAGING OR BLOCKING COOKIES
EU COOKIES LAW
You can find out more about the EEC;s legislation regarding cookies here.