What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file that’s dropped onto your computer when you visit a website. Usually, each cookie holds two pieces of information: a website name and a unique ID. Once the cookie is on your computer, the website ‘knows’ you’ve visited before and can see that information to give you a better online experience.
Are there different types of cookie?
Yes- there are two types, broadly speaking. ‘Essential’ cookies are those used by things like shopping baskets and checkout services; online security features make use of them, as do websites that would like to help web pages load faster, ‘Non-essential ‘cookies are the files that are used for analytical purposes – perhaps to count website visitors, or to give return visitors a personalised greeting for example. We like the UK’s international Chamber of Commerce descriptions of our cookies:
So, who needs to ask before putting cookies on a computer?
Technically, since May 2012, every website must ask permission before it transmits a ‘non-essential’ cookie to a visitor’s computer. It’s a common courtesy, really. The UK’s international Chamber of Commerce has a great document that explains cookie obligations in detail. You can find it here: at this link
“By using our website, you’ve consenting to our use of any cookie in connection with providing you a service. You can change your cookie settings at any time through your browser or only allow cookies from specific website by making them ‘trusted websites’, but some of our services may not work if your browser is set to refuse our cookie.”