What are Cookies?
Cookies are small files that are used by website owners to speed up the user experience, it’s something we all live with as website users, if cookies didn’t exist the fluidity of our internet use would be affected. A cookie is a file that is downloaded to a user’s computer that enables the website to recognise it and display previously viewed content (such as items in a shopping basket, previously viewed items and logging in information).
Cookies come in various types. Session cookies are only present whilst the user is browsing the website and enable the website to remember selections that the user has made. Persistent cookies remain on the users’ machine after the website has been exited and will generally remain active for a set period of time, these enable the website to recognise the return of the user and recall selections that the user had made on their last visit.
The Cookie Law
Failure to comply can result in fines of up to £500,000 and so ignore the warning with peril.
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