Last revised on 09 October 2013
A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent from a website and stored on a user's webbrowser. Every time the user accesses the website, the cookie is sent from the browser back to the website. A cookie will exist either until the browser is closed or until a specified expiry date.
A session cookie is used to record stateful inormation about a session. Information like a shopping cart contents or the information to indicate that a user has logged into the site will be stored as a session cookie.
At VocalEyes we use session cookies and persistent cookies.
- phpsessid - This cookie tells us whether you have logged in or not. If you have logged in, we can retrieve your details and personalise the site.
- optIn - This cookie tells us whether you have viewed the opt in message. If you have, we do not display it any further.
We do not store or permit any cookies supplied by third parties.
Cookies and personal information
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you but personal information that we store may be linked, by us, to the information we store in the cookies.
Most browsers will allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:
- in Internet Explorer (version 10) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking "Tools", "Internet Options", "Privacy" and then "Advanced".
- in Firefox (version 24) you can block all cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options", "Privacy", selecting "Use custom settings for history" from the drop-down menu, and unticking "Accept cookies from sites".
- in Chrome (version 29), you can block all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Content settings", and then selecting "Block sites from setting any data" under the "Cookies" heading.
You can also delete existing cookies. For example:
- in Internet Explorer (version 10), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835).
- in Firefox (version 24), you can delete cookies by clicking "Tools", "Options" and "Privacy", then selecting "Use custom settings for history", clicking "Show Cookies", and then clicking "Remove All Cookies".
- in Chrome (version 29), you can delete all cookies by accessing the "Customise and control" menu, and clicking "Settings", "Show advanced settings" and "Clear browsing data", and then selecting "Delete cookies and other site and plug-in data" before clicking "Clear browsing data".
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