The law regarding how cookies are used and allowed came into force in May 2012 after a yearlong EU directive.
The Cookie Law is a new 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, like a smartphone or tablet.
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.
What is a cookie anyway?
Cookies are little files that almost all websites use as a kind of memory. They are stored in your browser and enable a site to 'remember' little bits of information between pages or visits.
We sometimes embed video content from websites such as YouTube. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from these websites. Similarly, when you use one of the share buttons on our website, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these cookies.
Do I have to consent to cookies?
Please bear in mind that if you do this, certain personalised features of this website cannot be provided to you.
Cookies and questions?
If you have any queries concerning your personal information or any questions on our use of the information and cookies in general, please contact the Communications team via email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is an industry body that provides in depth information about cookies. For further information visit the IAB website.