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 to improve your experience on a website - e.g. remember your preferences, record what you have put in your shopping basket, and count 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.

For information on Cookies, including how you can disable, block or delete cookies, please visit the ICO’s website here.