What are cookies?
A cookie is a small piece of text sent to your browser by a website you visit. It helps the website to remember information about your visit, like your preferred language and other settings. That can make your next visit easier and the site more useful to you. Cookies play an important role. Without them, using the web would be a much more frustrating experience.
There are three kinds of cookie.
- Essential cookies
Certain cookies are essential for saving settings or preferences during your visit or until your next visit to a website. If you decline cookies from a particular website, the site will ‘remember’ your preference by placing an essential cookie. Without this, you would have to answer the same questions each time you visit.
- Tracking cookies
Some cookies inform the website which pages you are viewing, in what order, and for how long. Using this information, the website can compile statistics that will help it adapt to its visitors' wishes.
- Third-party cookies
Some websites contain cookies from third-party websites. When placed on your computer, they automatically activate handy extras, like Google Maps (with interactive route description), a Facebook 'like' button, or a Twitter messaging option. These cookies inform the website you are viewing whether you are logged into Google, Facebook or Twitter.
This website uses all three kinds of cookies.
No personal information
The cookies placed by this website contain no personal information. They cannot be used to identify you. This would require a combination of type-3 cookies and your login details for third-party websites (which can often be traced to individuals). Without additional information, cookies cannot threaten your privacy.
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