The ‘cookie law’ was passed by the European Union last year, but the UK government allowed an extra year’s grace before treating it as law here. That period of grace ceased at the end of May 2012.
The new law affects millions of websites across the EU. To find out how it affects yours, read on.
What are Cookies?
A cookie is a small text file that a website can store on your computer to help keep track of a variety of things, for example if you want to stay logged into a website, or your preferences within a website.
Our cookies help us to:
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn and Twitter
- Make it easier to improve our website
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass data to advertising networks
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
- Pay sales commissions
- Google Analytics
- Session Cookies
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.
- Remembering your search settings
- Allowing you to add comments to our site
- Social Website Cookies
- So you can easily ‘Like’ or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site. The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
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Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. Doing so, however, will limit the functionality of our website (and a large proportion of the world’s websites) as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.