Lauriane Povey

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.

What is the purpose of cookies?

Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user’s preferences or registration details for a future visit.

Web sites use cookies mainly because they save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Web sites often use cookies for the purposes of collecting demographic information about their users.

Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users’ web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies for site analytics to find how people generally use the website and so we can customise it better for people. We also have it for people logging into their accounts and the shopping cart. You can choose to disable cookies but parts of the website will stop working.

How do I control the cookies?

There are many different ways to control the cookies on website and is dependant on which browser you are using. For more details on cookies and how to remove them visit AboutCookies.org