What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. The Regulations apply to cookies and also to similar technologies for storing information. This could include, for example, Local Shared Objects.
To find out lots more about cookies in general and the different types, take a look at cookiepedia – the leading information resource all about cookies.
- A cookie is used to remember the goods a user wishes to buy when they proceed to the checkout or add goods to their shopping basket.
- Certain cookies are providing security that is essential to comply with the security requirements of the seventh data protection principle for an activity the user has requested – for example in connection with online banking services.
- Some cookies help ensure that the content of your page loads quickly and effectively by distributing the workload across numerous computers
- Cookies are used for analytical purposes to count the number of unique visits to a website for example.
Each brower has its specific way to enable or disable cookies. Here you may find how to disable cookies → seven ways to disable cookies
The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet. It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not.