What is a cookie?
- A cookie is a small file automatically downloaded onto a device such as a computer or mobile phone when you visit a website.
- It allows the website to recognise your device if you return to the same website.
- Cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.
There are two types:
Session cookies – these are temporary and are automatically deleted when you close your web browser. The next time you visit that particular site it will not recognise you and will treat you as a completely new visitor as there is nothing in your browser to let the site know that you have visited before.
Persistent cookies – these remain on your hard drive until you delete them or they expire. How long a cookie remains on your browser depends on how long the visited website has programmed the cookie to last.
How and why are they used?
They are used for a variety of purposes including the following:
- They enable a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task.
- By recognising that you may already have given a username and password, you don’t need to do it for every web page requested.
- They measure how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use.
- They provide analysis data to help us understand how you use our site and services.
If you visit the same website using different devices or web browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera), each browser will download cookies separately, so if you wish to block or delete them, you will need to do this separately for each browser that you use.
How can I block or remove cookies?
Cookies can be blocked or deleted individually, or all together, from your web browser. Some web browsers offer a ‘private browsing’ or ‘incognito mode’, which will automatically delete all cookies and browsing history when you close the browser window.
The majority of features on choosehowyoumove.co.uk should function normally if you decide to block cookies, however we rely on anonymous monitoring of people’s use of the site (through cookies) to improve your overall experience.
- To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, please visit: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
How can I find out more about cookies?
You can find out more about cookies by visiting the following sites:
- youronlinechoices.eu/uk – a guide to online behavioural advertising
- bbc.co.uk/webwise/guides/about-cookies – BBC Webwise
- ico.org.uk – UK Information Commisioner’s Office