The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR). The Regulations were revised in 2011, and the ICO is responsible for enforcing these rules.
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things, e.g. remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.
These cookies are essential for running our website. Without the use of these cookies, some parts of our website would not function.
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.
Third party cookies are generally used for advertising. We do not use these cookies on our website.
However, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies.
You are not obliged to accept cookies and may modify your browser so that it will not accept cookies. The browser you use to surf the web not only allows you to see the cookies that you have got but also allows you to control their use.
You can control them by allowing them, deleting them individually or deleting all of them. You can also set your browser to not accept cookies altogether. If this option is selected, you should be aware that many websites will not function properly or at all. It may be possible to set your browser to not accept cookies and ask for your consent before each cookie is set on your device. This gives you control over what is set on your device, however has the drawback of slowing down your browsing experience.
Further information about cookies can be found on the Information Commissioners Office website.