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Updated on 25 April 2013
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Cookies and your privacy
No. Cookies are not viruses, Trojans, spy ware, or worms or any other kind of malware.
No. Cookies are not programs. They can’t install things you don’t want on your computer.
No, cookies can’t see what is on your computer. Nor can they collect any other information from your computer, nor snoop on your files.
No. A cookie can only be read by the site that gave you the cookie in the first place. And of course you can see your own cookies, as described later.
A cookie contains seven main pieces of information:
Yes. You can control what cookies you get, and which cookies you keep, and whether
or not information about your browsing activity is captured. This next section tells
you how to control your preferences.
We are not suggesting you use all the different tools and techniques described below. They will not all be appropriate for everyone. It is however important to understand that there is a range of options and tools available, and it’s up to you to decide which if any of them to use.
Virtually all modern browsers allow you to see what cookies you’ve got, and to delete
them individually or delete all of them.
Many browsers can also be set up to ask consent for each individual cookie before it is set. This gives you very fine control over what cookies you get, but it can slow down your browsing experience if you have to check each and every cookie.
Most browsers also give you the right to block third party cookies. Most of these third party cookies will be the behavioural advertising cookies. Therefore blocking 3rd party cookies is effectively .
Some browsers let you block cookies from particular sites. So for example if you are happy to get cookies from a site you trust, but you don’t want to get cookies from a site you don’t particularly trust, you can set up your browser to black list the site you don’t trust and refuse any cookies it tries to give you.
Most browsers will let you delete all cookies when you close your browser. You should be aware that any preferences including any opt outs you have set will be lost if you do this.
Finally, you can tell your browser to block all cookies from being set. You should be aware that if you do choose this option many sites will not work as smoothly as you are used to, and some functionality that is reliant on cookies to enable services you want to use will not work at all.
The links below take you to the help sections for each of the major browsers, that will tell you how you can manage your cookies: