What are cookies? Privacy online.

Not something that you might like to dunk in your tea.

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A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago.

Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals' browsing histories — a major privacy concern that prompted European and US law makers to take action in 2011

Cookies on this site

There are 5 different types of cookies:

  1. Strictly necessary - We don't have any of these.

  2. Functional - These are used by the ShareThis social connector for sharing pages.

  3. Analytics - We use Google Analytics to collect anonymous data on traffic to the site.

  4. Targeting - We don't have any of these either, as we don't have adverts on the site.

  5. Other third-party - When we embed third-party content in the site (like Youtube videos, or Flickr photos) then the serving site may set cookies. Unfortunately, there's nothing we can do to prevent or control this.

This site uses Google Analytics to track and aggregate anonymous browsing behaviour. We use this service to see what pages are most popular so that we can write better content and structure our site for a better user experience. You can find out more about the cookies Google set here. Google also provide an opt-out facility.

There is no advertising on this site, and as a result there are no cookies from advertising providers. However, we do use the ShareThis social connector in places to facilitate integration with a number of social networking sites. You can read ShareThis' Privacy Manifesto online.

Managing cookies

You can manage your cookie preferences from within your web browser. For instructions on how to do this, we recommend visiting the website of your browser vendor.

There are also a number of cookie management guides available online. You can find more via your favourite search engine.

EU cookie law compliance

In order to comply with the EU 2012 cookie law, we've taken a number of steps:

  1. Audited the cookies used on this site.
  2. Made sure this cookie policy exists, explaining what cookies are and what cookies this site uses.
  3. Put a link to the cookie policy on every page of the site (in the footer).
  4. Provided guidance on how cookies can be managed, including linking to opt-out pages.

As a small site with limited resources we understand that we are complying via the Implied Consent model, as described in the steps above.