A cookie is a small text file placed by the server of a website in the browser on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. The cookie contains a unique code that enables your browser to be recognised during your visit to the website (known as a 'session' cookie) as well as during subsequent, repeated visits (known as a 'permanent' cookie). Cookies may be placed by the server of the website you are visiting, or by partners with which this website collaborates. A website server can only read the cookies that it has placed itself. It does not have access to any of the other information that there may be on your computer or mobile device. Cookies are stored on your computer or mobile device in the browser folder. The contents of a cookie usually consist of the name of the server that placed the cookie, an expiry date and a unique number code.
Cookies generally make interaction between the visitor and the website easier and faster, helping the visitor to navigate between the various sections at a website. Cookies can also be used to make the content of a website or the advertising displayed at the site more relevant for the visitor and also to adjust that content to his or her personal tastes and requirements.