For the Client’s information, a “cookie” is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that the Company stores about Clients may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
The Company uses both session and persistent cookies on our website.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
– in Internet Explorer (version 10) cookies can be blocked using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”;
– in Firefox (version 24) cookies can be blocked by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”;
– in Chrome (version 29), cookies can be blocked by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.
Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
If cookies are blocked, the Client will not be able to use all the features on the Company’s website.
The Client can delete cookies already stored on his computer; for example: in Internet Explorer (version 10), cookie files can be manually deleted (look at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835); in Firefox (version 24), cookie files can be deleted by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history”, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; in Chrome (version 29), cookie files can be deleted by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”.
Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.