When you visit a website a file is saved to your device for tracking purposes and this file is called a cookie. It records the website’s name and gives it a unique ID so that your internet browser knows that you’ve been there before.
This can be useful for the functionality of a website providing the ability to keep you logged into your account, remember which items you’ve placed in your shopping basket or remember the preferences or settings you’ve chosen.
But cookies can also contain personal information that you may be unaware of including:
- Account usernames and passwords
- Email addresses
- The duration of your visit
- Which links you’re clicking on
- The pages you’ve visited
Do I need a cookies policy?