The website stores a corresponding file (with same ID tag) to the one they set in your browser and in this file they can track and keep information on your movements within the site and any information you may have voluntarily given while visiting the website, such as email address.
Cookies are often indispensable for websites that have huge databases, need logins, have customizable themes, other advanced features.
Cookies usually don't contain much information except for the url of the website that created the cookie, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. Due to the little amount of information a cookie contains, it usually cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.However, marketing is becoming increasingly sophisticated and cookies in some cases can be agressively used to create a profile of your surfing habits.
Third Party Cookies
Third party cookies are set by other organisations that we use for different services. For example, Immediate Media Co uses external analytics services and these suppliers may set cookies on our behalf in order to report what’s popular and what’s not. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Flickr and these sites may set their own cookies.
Session Cookies are stored only for the duration of your visit to a website and these are deleted from your device when your browsing session ends.
This type of cookie is saved on your device for a fixed period. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one usage session. For example, if you have asked us to remember preferences like your location or your username.
This is a type of cookie which is collected via Adobe Flash media player – a piece of software which you probably have on your computer to help you watch online videos and listen to podcasts.
Have a look at Adobe's website if you want to control Flash cookies on your computer. If you use the Firefox browser you can also get an add-on to detect and delete Flash cookies.
Web beacons are usually tiny transparent images that help website owners track the activity of users on certain web pages. They can also send the website owner, information in cookies such as whether an email with a web beacon in it has been opened.
If you would like to opt-out of Google Analytics, Google has developed a tool that works with major internet browsers to permit you to opt-out. For more information and install their opt-out tool, please click here:https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Most browsers have tools that allow you to delete, block or view the cookies that are set on your computer - for detailed information on doing this in your browser please visit the website of the company who provides your browser. Here are links to the most popular web browser's websites:
For further information, you may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wider variety of browsers.