What are cookies and how do they work?
Session cookies only last during a single visit. When you close your web browser the session cookie information is automatically removed from your computer.
Persistent cookies are stored by the user’s web browser even when the web browser has been closed, so that the next time a user goes back to the website that originally set the cookie, the web site can read information back from the cookie. Persistent cookies have an expiry date which controls when they are automatically deleted. This can be anything from a few minutes to several years, depending on your own browser settings.
We use session cookies for two purposes:
- Two session cookies are set that temporarily store a unique identifier for each visitor to the website. This identifier is a random series of letters and numbers and doesn’t contain any personal or identifiable information. It is used to help count the number of visitors to our website.
- Two cookies are set by the computer systems that run our website. These cookies are used as part of the process of sending web pages to the user’s web browser and are essential - no website using Microsoft technology will work without these cookies.
We use persistent cookies for the following purposes:
- We use our own cookies to remember when a previous Member returns to the website. By using a persistent cookie for this, a customer can close their web browser and come back to our website subsequently and still be able to access their account to which they were logged into on a previous visit. This cookie is essential for the better functioning of our website as without it customers would need to log in every time they revisited the site.
- A number of persistent cookies are also set by the computers that run our website. These cookies are solely used to record technical information necessary for our web servers to work properly. No personally identifiable information in stored in these cookies.
Can I say “no” to cookies?
Of course you can! You will need to update the preferences on your browser.
Where can I learn more about cookies?
Here are some useful sites:
Information Commissioner’s Office http://www.ico.org.uk
All About Cookies http://www.allaboutcookies.org