What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file which is placed on your computer’s hard drive when you visit some websites. Each cookie has a name and stores a value. They allow web applications to respond to you as an individual.
When a cookie is set, it is given an expiry date. This is the date that your browser will automatically remove it from your computer. When you re-visit a website, the expiry date can be updated to maintain the cookie. Cookies can also be set to expire as soon as you leave a website, when you close your browser, or when you restart your computer. These are called ‘session variables’ or ‘session cookies’ and they are used to keep track of your actions within a website. Some session variables are essential for a website to function properly, such as websites that you log-into for example.
You can manually delete any existing cookies stored on your computer – please refer to the help documentation for your browser of choice for more information on deleting, enabling and disabling cookies, on the following links:
Internet Explorer 9
Internet Explorer 8
Types of Cookie and How We Use them
Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. They enable us to tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes, by gathering and remembering information about your preferences. Cookies can be grouped into 4 categories based on their purpose or function.
By using our website/online service, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.