A cookie is a piece of data that is stored by a website within an internet browser. When you visit that website again, the data can be read again by the website.
Cookies provide a way for websites to remember things that an internet browser has done in the past e.g. which buttons may have been clicked, whether a user is logged in or not or which pages on the website a user may have visited.
In general there are four categories of cookies as follows:
These allow sites to record the actions of a visitor, e.g. adding products to a shopping basket. We use these cookies on our site.
These allow sites to record how a website is navigated, what pages are visited, etc, for example by using Google Analytics and other statistics software. We use these cookies on our site.
These allow a website to remember your details, e.g. if you comment on a blog, or add content to a site. They also allow websites to store choices you make, such as text size and provide services you have requested, like using Google Maps. We use these cookies on our site.
These allow tracking of your browsing habits and display relevant adverts to you. At the time of writing (10 August 2014) we do not use these cookies on our site.