A cookie is a file which is downloaded onto a PC when certain webpages are accessed. Cookies allow the webpage to store and gather information such as browsing preferences and to keep sessions logged-in, amongst other things. The user’s browser saves cookies onto the hard-drive only during the current session, occupying minimum storage space and not damaging the computer. Cookies do not contain any type of personal information and the majority of them are deleted from the hard-drive upon ending the browser session (named session cookies).
Most browsers accept cookies as a default and security settings either allow or prevent temporary or stored cookies.
In order for cookies to be used by a website the user’s permission is required through the activation of cookies on their browser.
In using this website, the user accepts that information collected will be handled in the form and for the purposes previously mentioned. The user additionally understands that the handling of this data may be rejected through the selection of the appropriate settings on their browser. If the ‘block cookies’ option is enabled on their browser this may prevent the user from making full use of all the website’s functionalities.
Users may allow, block, or delete cookies saved onto their PC through the browser settings on their computer for any of the following browsers: