What is a cookie?
A cookie, also known as a web cookie, or browser cookie, is a data file that is stored on your computer or mobile phone by a web browser, which can collect data such as what buttons have been clicked on, how much time has been spent on a web page, and other actions you may have carried out. Cookies also have the ability to remember actions and record preferences which allow certain pages to be served in a particular way.
Some examples of cookies come in the form of session cookies, which expire as soon as the user leaves the website. Other cookies, such as third party cookies, are set from different websites, like Google, and can be present on your device for months or up to a few years.
What cookies are used?
- Wilson Browne: session cookies
- Recaptcha: this cookie is used to distinguish between humans and (spam) bots
- Google Analytics: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. Also used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour, and tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
- Feefo: this checks the browser supports online translation, where applicable.
- Doubleclick.net: used to help us track paid for advertising such as Google adverts
- Vimeo: a video hosting site that we use to store embedded videos. Collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as which pages have been read.
- Facebook: Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real-time bidding from third-party advertisers.
Specifically, we use Google Analytics cookies. These cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
Management of cookies
If you have decided that you don’t want cookies placed on your device, you can alter your web browser settings so that it alerts you when cookies are sent to it, or you can reject cookies altogether. You can also remove cookies that have already been placed.
However, if you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are placed on your computer or mobile device, then you can do this through your browser settings in the Help section, located in your browser menu. Here it will explain clearly what to do.
Most web browsers allow easy management of cookies through browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.