Cookies? No, not fortune cookies!
Cookies are tiny files created on your computer by your web browser. They are used to store small bits of information to allow webpages to do more than just display pages.
When you log into a website, your web browser will save a small file (cookie), containing an ID number, to your computer. When you then look at other pages on the same website, your web browser will look at this cookie, and pass the number back. This allows the website to know that is it you browsing, so will show you pages that only you are allowed to see e.g Your account details.
Why are cookies important now?
In the UK, this came into power via an update to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations which UK based business are required to adhere to. Failure to follow these regulations could result in enforcement actions from the Information Commissioner’s Office, and ultimately a fine.
Businesses in the UK are subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. This piece of legislation details what your responsibilities are when it comes to looking after the ‘personal data’ you are collecting about your customers and employees.