Cookies are pieces of text that are downloaded to your computer when you visit a website and the majority of websites use them. Your browser communicates to the website via these cookies each time you visit the site in order to recognise you and manage what you see on the screen.
There are different uses for cookies, but they fall into the following main groups:
- Essential cookies that enable you to move around the website and access its features. For example some are used to keep you logged in during your visit. These types of cookies do not collect information for marketing purposes and don’t record where you’ve been on theinternet.
- Cookies to improve your browsing experience, for example remembering preferences and settings and determining whether you are a first time visitor or a returning visitor.
- Analytic cookies – these are used to collect information about how people use the website. They do not collect information that may identify you, rather they are identify trends of website usage across visitors.