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Cookie Law

Under EU Law (e-Privacy Directive), visitors to a website have to be advised that a web site uses cookies to store information on their computer or mobile device.
A website operator could face a large fine if their website doesn't comply with the EU directive.
To read more about the EU cookie law see the: Information Commissioners Office website

What are cookies?

Cookies are a much maligned and misunderstood process, and contrary to popular opinion in some quarters do not generally present a threat to privacy because they can only be used to store information that the user has volunteered or the web server already has. Generally speaking, the information stored in a cookie is fairly anonymous unless you have bought something, or submitted a form to the website.

Cookies are seen by some people as an invasion of privacy because they enable a website or third party advertiser to build up profiles of users without their consent or knowledge, yet few people question loyalty and reward cards offered by high street shops and supermarkets which send data about spending habits and taste back to the card operator without the users knowledge.
Cookies are small text files that are stored on a user's computer. Most modern and/or dynamic web sites such as those driven by PHP, ASP or CGI need cookies to in order function correctly.

Cookies contain a small amount of data relating to both the website and your visit to the website. 

Information stored in a cookie is returned to the web server whenever your web browser requests a web page from a server. .

A cookie is often set when/if you log in to a website, and is a small lookup table usually containing pairs of (key, data) values - for example (firstname, Frank) (lastname, Jones). Without that cookie information being available you would almost certainly need to log back in to the web site whenever you viewed any 'private' web pages because the server would have no 'memory' of whether you had logged in or not.

Once the cookie has been read from your computer by the web server, the website will be able to deliver any personalised or private web pages if you are logged in, or ask you to log in if not. Cookies can also be used to customise web pages appropriate to you, and your geographic location. Currency used in your geographic location could be automatically set by the website you are viewing if you were online shopping for example.

There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are temporary and are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, persistent cookies store information relating to your last visit and remain stored on your computer until they are deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.

Cookies are maintained by your web browser, so the method for deleting them will vary depending on which browser you are using.

Browser Cookie Acceptance & Control

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies.

In Internet Explorer, you can refuse all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy", and selecting "Block all cookies" using the sliding selector.

In Firefox, you can adjust your cookies settings by clicking "Tools", "Options" and "Privacy".

Deleting Cookies

You can delete cookies stored on your computer, the way to do that varies from browser to browser, and the following information is a brief overview about how to delete them from the most common browser types.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 or 9.0
Select the 'Tools->Internet Options' menu item, and then click the 'Delete...' button under the 'General' tab. Check the 'Cookies' option, check/uncheck other options as required and click 'Delete'.
Note - the 'Tools' option can also be accessed by clicking the 'gear' icon in Internet Explorer's toolbar.

Firefox 7.0
Select the 'Tools->Options' menu item (may be under the Firefox button) and click on the 'Privacy' tab. Click the 'remove individual cookies' link, and you will be shown a list of all cookies stored by Firefox. You can select which cookies to delete and then press 'Remove Cookies', or you can simply click 'Remove All Cookies' to delete them all.

Firefox 3.0
Select the 'Tools->Clear Recent History' menu item. Choose the time range you wish to clear, then check the 'Cookies' option, check/uncheck other options as required and click 'Clear Now'.

Google Chrome 5.0
Choose 'Options' on the 'Cutomsize and control' menu, then open the 'Under the Bonnet' tab. In the 'Privacy' section, click on the 'Clear browsing data...' button then check the 'Delete cookies and other site data' option and check/uncheck other options as required. Choose the time period you wish to clear and click 'Clear browsing data'.

Apple Safari 5.0
Choose 'Preferences...' on the 'Settings' menu, then open the 'Security' tab and click the 'Show Cookies' button. Individual cookies can be deleted by selecting them and clicking 'Remove' or they can all be deleted by clicking 'Remove All'.

Please Note: If you delete all the cookies on your computer, some web sites may require you to re-enter the information which was previously stored in their cookies when you re-visit their web site. Blocking or deleting cookies could have a negative impact upon the usability of some web sites.


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