Cookies on emouseatlas

EU Law

The EU law on cookies demands that website users, are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on websites and consent to cookies being stored on their computer.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites.

When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

Common types of cookies

Session cookies

These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what values you entered in a search box.

Persistent cookies

These cookies are still stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser which allows your preferences on websites to be remembered. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, for example, remembering your preferences on a website (your language choice or your user name on a particular website).

First and Third Party cookies

This refers to the website placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting. Third party cookies are set by another website; the website you are visiting may have advertising on the page and this other website will be able to set a cookie on your computer. Third party cookies on the main web browsers allow third party cookies by default. Changing the settings on your browsers can prevent this.

Our use of cookies

We use cookies to manage interactive sessions. For instance when performing database queries. This helps to "remember" information about the queries and their results to avoid repetitive input from users.

We occasionally use cookies to hold "collections" of data, much like an online shopping cart.

We also use 3rd party cookies from Google Analytics to track visits to our web site. This helps us to monitor and improve how users interact with our web pages.

We do not store any personal information in cookies.

If you continue to use this website we will assume that you are happy to accept cookies.

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