What are 'Cookies'?
A cookie is a text file saved to your computer's hard disk by a website so it can remember who you are. Cookies only record pages of a website that have been visited by your computer and the duration of the visit to those pages. These remain on your computer until you leave the website and allow you to carry information across pages of the website without having to re-enter information, for example when putting items into a shopping basket, or logging in to a site. Some cookies will stay on your computer after leaving the website. For a more detailed explanation, see the types of cookies below.
Also called a transient cookie, a cookie that is erased when you close the web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from your computer. They typically will store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.
Also called a permanent cookie, or a stored cookie, a cookie that is stored on your hard drive until it expires (persistent cookies are set with expiration dates) or until you delete the cookie. Persistent cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific website.
What is the new directive?
Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.
What does it relate to?
This directive relates to website users' consent of Cookies created by a website.
For more detailed information about cookies, how they work on your computer and how to delete them or allow them to remain on your computer, please visit www.ico.gov.uk/cookiesadvice