At the end of May 2012 the EU Cookie Directive (EU Cookie Law) came into effect. The law exists in order to improve security online, and to increase data privacy on the web.
The law is targeted at providing users with a much higher degree of control over the information that websites store about them, and also how websites can then use that data.
In order for websites to run their normal functionality, cookies are necessary, for things such as shopping basket contents, language settings etc.
If a site is based outside the EU, but is targeting users within the EU it will be necessary to comply with the EU cookie law.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files of text that websites send to your computer so that they can deliver their website content effectively. Generally speaking, cookies make websites more user friendly by remembering some of your details so that you don’t have to re-type everything each visit.
Cookies also remember your username and passwords for many sites, so you don’t have to add it on each visit from that machine.
You can specify variables such as language, text font size, etc so useability is improved.
|Cookie name||Cookie function|
|These 3rd party cookies created by Google enable the use of Google Analytics to track certain aspects of your visit to this website.|
|These cookies are used by embedded YouTube videos.|
|AID||Google Ad Services|
|APISIDHSIDSIDSSIDNIDSAPISIDPREF||These third party cookies created by Google enable the use of Google Maps on the website.|
|Google services including accounts and apis use these cookies.|
How to disable cookies
All of the above cookies can be removed from your PC and your internet browser allows you to determine whether to accept, not accept or be warned before accepting cookies.
These settings can be found in the advanced preferences of your browser:
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) click: Tools menu / Internet options / Privacy
- Google Chrome click: Options / Under the Bonnet/ Content Settings/ Cookies
- Mozilla Firefox click: Tools menu / Options / Privacy / Cookies