A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user's computer. 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 does a cookie look like?
Below is the content of a typical cookie. This one is from Hotmail and has the file name firstname.lastname@example.org (.txt is the standard filename extension for text files):
HMP1 1 hotmail.msn.com/ 0 1715191808 32107852 1236821008 29449527 *
The codes will only make sense to Microsoft's MSN Hotmail servers.
There are two main kinds of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies. Session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser, whereas persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
Can cookies threaten users' privacy?
Cookies are stored on the computer's hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive - so a cookie can't read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user's e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain website.
Cookies on our website
Third party cookies
When you use this website, you may also be sent the following third party cookies. Horsham District Council uses a number of suppliers and link to other other websites outside our control who also set cookies on the our website on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, please visit the third party cookies page.
How to control and delete cookies
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the Horsham District Council website.
Horsham District Council use a number of suppliers who also set cookies on both the bbc.co.uk and bbc.com websites on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see sections 4 and 5 below.
OUR SITE COOKIES
All the above cookies expire at the end of the session
A cookie is a small text file that resides on your computer. Cookies are used to remember your settings when you revisit a website and to identify how visitors navigate the site.Cookies provide valuable information to website owners to adapt and make changes to the site in order to improve the user experience.
Cookies are anonymous and contain no personal data. If you never register or leave personal information at a site, the only confirmation they give is that you are a returning visitor. The cookie will only contain information that you freely provide to a website.
The first section of the cookie defines the name of the cookie and the value assigned to the cookie.
A cookie can be persistent cookie or a session cookie.
A persistent cookie does not expire at the end of the user session /visit. As long as the cookie remains, data can be sent back to the server everytime the visitor visits the site. Persistent cookies allow for vital pieces of information, such as how the visitor first came to the website, to be recorded. Persistent cookies are also known as tracking cookies.
A session cookie / non-persistent only lasts for the duration of the user session/visit. The cookie is deleted at the end of the session by the browser.
1ST PARTY COOKIE:
1st party cookies are cookies set with the same domain (or subdomain) as the website. In the context of this audit, 1st party cookies are cookies that have been detected within the Header of the page.
3RD PARTY COOKIE:
3rd party cookies are cookies set with a different domain than that of the website.
The domain from which the cookie was set.
When the cookie is set to expire