A ‘cookie’ is a small text file that is placed on a user’s computer hard drive by a website. There are several types of cookie and the most common are often referred to as ‘session’ cookies. These are used to keep track of information needed by a user as they travel from page to page within a website. These cookies have a short lifetime and expire within a few minutes of the user leaving the site.
We use benign, short lived ‘session’ cookies and ‘first party’ cookies to tell whether a website user has logged-in and where to find details that can be used to pre-fill parts of on-line forms. They are also used to track anonymously which areas of the site are popular and which are not used. This allows us to target carefully our website resources.
Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011