A cookie is a small data file that is stored on your computer or mobile device to remember a specific piece of information.
Cookies are used by many websites to remember users' preferences, for example, or to record the contents of a shopping basket, or to record the number of visitors to the website.
The rules governing cookies and similar technologies were changed in 2011, and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is responsible for enforcing the them.
Most cookies expire after a specified time, but you can manage them yourself, including deleting them from your computer, or telling your browser to notify you before a cookie is set or not to accept them at all.
Read the ICO's cookie advice for more information.
- recognising that you may already have entered information (such as a username and password or postcode) so you don't need to repeat it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using our services, so they can be made faster and easier to use
Our cookies are not used to identify you personally, only to make our websites work better for you.
Cookies may or may not be set during your visit, depending on what they are designed to do and whether they are dependent on certain actions triggering them.