What are cookies?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded on to your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things, eg remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.
The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). PECR also covers the use of similar technologies for storing or accessing information, such as ‘Flash cookies’ and device fingerprinting.
The ICO is responsible for enforcing these rules.
How do the cookie regulations affect me?
You may come across information about cookies and similar technologies on websites and be given choices about how some cookies are used. This might include, for example, being asked to agree to a cookie being used for a particular service, such as remembering your preferences on a site.
How can I control my cookies?
You can use your web browser to:
- delete all cookies;
- block all cookies;
- allow all cookies;
- block ‘third-party’ cookies (ie, cookies set by online services other than the one you are visiting);
- clear all cookies when you close the browser;
- open a ‘private browsing’ / ‘incognito’ session, which allows you to browse the web without recording your browsing history or storing local data such as cookies (you should however be aware of the limitations of this feature in a privacy context); and
- install add-ons and plugins that extend browser functionality.
Where to find information about controlling cookies
- Microsoft Edge cookies information
- Internet Explorer cookies information
- Chrome cookies information
- Firefox cookies information
- Safari cookies information – mobile devices and desktops
- Opera cookies information
- A number of websites provide detailed information on cookies, including AboutCookies.org and AllAboutCookies.org.
- The European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance website Your Online Choices allows you to install opt-out cookies across different advertising networks.
- Google has developed a browser add-on to allow users to opt-out of Google Analytics across all websites which use it. This is also available in the Chrome web store.
- Some browsers include a feature known as ‘Do Not Track’ or DNT. This allows you to indicate a preference that websites should not track you. However, whilst DNT is available in many browsers, websites are not required to recognise its request, so it may not always work. You can get help on how to use DNT in Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera.
- Internet Explorer has a feature called Tracking Protection Lists which allows you to import a list of websites you want to block.
- For more information on how private browsing works as well as its limitations, visit the support pages for your browser: Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari (mobile and desktop) and Opera.
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
This is a list of cookies that are necessary for our website’s functionality.
|trusselltrust.org||This cookie is necessary for making credit card transactions on the website. The service is provided by Stripe.com which allows online transactions without storing any credit card information.||HTTP||1 year
|__stripe_sid||trusselltrust.org||This cookie is necessary for making credit card transactions on the website. The service is provided by Stripe.com which allows online transactions without storing any credit card information.||HTTP||1 day|
|google.com||This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. This is beneficial for the website, in order to make valid reports on the use of their website.||HTTP||179 days
|tfaforms.com||Registers which server-cluster is serving the visitor. This is used in context with load balancing, in order to optimize user experience.||HTTP||7 days
|global.siteimproveanalytics.io||Used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimise response times.||HTTP||Session
|CONSENT||youtube.com||Used to detect if the visitor has accepted the marketing category inb the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for GDPR-compliance of the website.||HTTP||5977 days|
|CookieConsent||trusselltrust.org||Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain.||HTTP||1 year|
|m||m.stripe.com||Determines the device used to access the website. This allows the website to be formatted accordingly.||HTTP||2 years|
|test_cookie||doubleclick.net||Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.||HTTP||1 day|
Analytical cookies help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on its usage.
|trusselltrust.org||Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.||HTTP||2 years
|_gat||trusselltrust.org||Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.||HTTP||1 day|
|History.store||trusselltrust.org||Contains a visitor ID – this is used to track visitors’ navigation and interaction on the website for internal website optimisation.||HTML||Session|
|image.aspx||global.siteimproveanalytics.io||Registers statistical data on users’ behaviour on the website. Used for internal analytics by the website operator.||Pixel||Session|
|vuid||vimeo.com||Collects data on the user’s visits to the website, such as which pages have been read.||HTTP||2 years|
Marketing cookies help us to measure the success of our advertisements and target them at people who may be interested in supporting our work.
|_fbp||trusselltrust.org||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.||HTTP||3 months|
|_gcl_au||trusselltrust.org||Used by Google AdSense for experimenting with advertisement efficiency across websites using their services.||HTTP||3 months|
|ads/ga-audiences||google.com||Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitors online behaviour across websites.||Pixel||Session|
|events/1/#||bam-cell.nr-data.net||Presents the user with relevant content and advertisement. The service is provided by third-party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers.||Pixel||Session|
|facebook.com||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.||HTTP
|i/jot||twitter.com||Sets a unique ID for the visitor, that allows third party advertisers to target the visitor with relevant advertisement. This pairing service is provided by third party advertisement hubs, which facilitate real-time bidding for advertisers.||Pixel||Session|
|IDE||doubleclick.net||Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user.||HTTP||1 year|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||youtube.com||Tries to estimate the user’s bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos.||HTTP||179 days|
|WIDGET::local::assignments||soundcloud.com||Used by audio-platform SoundCloud to implement, measure and improve their embedded content/service on the website – the collection of data also includes visitors’ interaction with embedded content/service. This can be used for statistics or marketing purposes.||HTML||Persistent|
|youtube.com||Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.||HTTP
|youtube.com||Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video.||HTML||Session