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Cookie FAQ

What actually is a cookie?

A cookie is essentially a form of very tiny text file which is then placed onto the operators hard drive.

It is made by the web page server which comes form the computer which operates any website.

Are cookies potentially dangerous?

No not all they are just tiny pieces of text file.

They are not programs and they can’t be created into code.

They offer no threat of viruses and that’s why they are still allowed to be displayed on a website

What is the history of Cookies?

Cookies were first developed in early 1995 by a corporation called Netscape communications.

The word cookie itself does appear to come from america with the tradition of sharing and gaining actual food cookies.

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How to comply with the cookie law

If your business/company is located here in the UK, your site needs to meet the new cookie regulations.

You literally have to tell your visitors about which cookies you use and how people are able to delete/ control them.

How we can help you?

We believe that you should have a privacy policy for every single page.
Even better is to provide a data protection notice visible to all visitors coming to your website.

Appropriate working of the privacy policy:

We might store certain info about your use of cookies Which we will be able to access whenever you visit our website in the near future. We do this and then after explain why you use the cookies.

The wording of your policy will depend on what actual cookies you use.

Data Protection Notice

Your data protection notice should make visitors aware of:

  • The identity of you and your company
  • The purpose of why you want to process personal data
  • Then any other information you feel that the visitor should be aware of e.g. why you want to store and gain access to information on the visitors computer
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Cookie Law

In the month of may in 2011, new laws came into play which affect most of the internet’s web sites.

If a certain website uses cookies they must show information to visitors of that site under the Electronic Communications regulations 2011.

UK Regulations

1. The person owning the website we not be able to gain info or store it.
Or somehow gain info that is stored.

2. The UK regulation requires the subscriber or the user

Has provided clear information about all the purposes of storing info, gaining info and that they have given there consent

3. Certain electronic communication networks are shared with various people used to store and gain access to terminal equipment which gains information on more than one time then the requirements have been met.

4. the paragraph one shouldn’t apply technical storage and access to any information for the purpose of transmitting electronic communications.

What do these regulations mean?

The regulations simply mean that the sites operator cannot store or gain access to any information that is stored within the computer of a user.

They can only access or store information if the user has been provided with clear
information about the store and purposes.

Penalties 

You can get a penalty for not complying with the requirements which can result in a maximum fine of £550,000 this is for extreme cases.

Before is was only ¬£5,000 for not following the requirements and companies didn’t really care so they would disobey but with increased fine it has made companies think twice.

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Deleting Cookies

The majority of cookies are fairly simple to delete.

Windows

Deleting cookies on Google Chrome

  • Tap on “tools” and then click “options”
  • Next is “under the bonnet” the privacy section and then “clear browsing data” option
  • click “delete cookies and other site data” to remove all the cookies on that particular list
  • Then it’s “clear browsing history” to get rid of all traces of the websites you have visited.
  • Next “Empty the cache” to get rid of cached site pages
  • You can removed saved usernames and passwords
  • Then “Clear browsing data” finally close when your completely finished.

Opera

  • you can delete any amount of cookies at the end of any browsing session, by selecting the privacy option
  • Then press preferences
  • Next tap on the manage cookies option and delete whatever cookies you’d like too

Apple

Safari

  • First of all click on preferences on the safari menu
  • choose the security icon
  • Then the show cookies button
  • Next press the cookies you want to delete and delete them

Mozilla

  • Press on the tools menu then tap on cookie manager
  • Select manage stored cookies
  • then choose which ones you want to delete and delete
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Controlling Cookies

All very popular browsers allow you to some sort of control over cookies.
You at home can set whether you’d like to accept or deny cookies, You can even set up a way for your certain browser to tell you every single time a cookie is offered to you.

Its different for windows PC’s and Apple products

Windows

On Google Chrome

Click on The tools option and click on “options”. Then you have to tap on “Under the bonnet” next locate “privacy” and then click on “Content Settings” tab. Then finally click on Cookie settings and select the settings that you want.

Mozilla

First of all click on “preferences” which is on the edit menu.

Press Privacy and security, finally click on cookie and set your settings from there.

Opera

First of all you need to go to the main menu, then preferences which is at the very bottom of the menu.

Tap on Privacy and click on one of the options available to you. Please note: You might have to edit your own cookie settings on the actual server/domain.

 

Apple

Internet explorer number 5

This ones very easy just click on preferences, tap on privacy and security and finally cookies then edit it from there.

Safari

Tap on preferences at the edit menu. Next click on Security and the cookie settings will be shown to you in the same window and then choose how you’d like it.