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What are Cookies?

Cookies are a short term memory used by the internet. They are stored in your browser and enable a site to ‘remember’ items of information between pages or visits. Almost all websites use Cookies to store information in web browsers.

Cookies are mainly used to make the web experience better, by automatically logging you in to a site on return visits, or remembering certain settings.

However some Cookies are used to collect data across websites you have visited, creating a ‘usage profile’. This profile can then be used to decide what content or adverts to show you.

Cookie Law

The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to obtain consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer or any other web connected device.

It has been designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected by websites, and enable them to choose whether or not they want to allow it to take place.

The secondary use of Cookies (tracking for contents or advertising) is what the EU wants to raise awareness of with the new Cookie law.

Under the old laws websites could place Cookies on a visitor’s device without their knowledge or consent. Now all businesses running websites will need to ask for the viewer’s consent before storing a Cookie on their computer.

Cookies and Stockport College

Cookies are used on our website. Our website aims to give you an excellent user experience, whilst we value your privacy. Cookies do not contain any personal information about you and cannot be used to identify an individual user. They are used to help you when you return to a website.

BY CONTINUING TO USE THIS SITE YOU AGREE TO COOKIES BEING SET ON YOUR MACHINE.

For more information about Cookies, visit: Information Commissioner’s Office website.
 
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