Amayesing Cakes 2009 | amayesingcakes.co.uk
Info - Cookie Control
A cookie is created at the request of the website a user is viewing. The
website requests the web browser create a small text file with a small
amount of information, which it can access whilst you are viewing the
website. The information is usually to provide some functionality such as
a shopping cart to enhance the users experience on the site.
The information saved in a cookie has a name of the cookie, and a value
(which can be a numeric or text value). Other information includes the
domain the cookie is for (e.g. aboutcookies.org.uk), the path/page on the
website (if not specified then the cookie is for all pages on the domain),
cookie expiry date and time, if the cookie is HTTP only (ie cannot be
Cookies are used on websites to provide enhanced functionality on
improve the users experience.
Examples of website cookie use include:
An online store can record items in your shopping cart whilst you are
browsing the store.
A website can display different content, if you have never visited a site
before. An example is many sites show a cookie warning on first visit to a
Allow a website to save any preferences set by a user, so that next time
the settings don't need to be set again. Some is setting your home town
on a weather website.
Can tracking browsing habits. An example is an online store can suggest
more useful additional items to buy, based on the previous pages visited.
For a website that requires you to login, it allows you not to have to type
in your user name and password every time to visit the site (or view
different pages on a site).
A session cookie for a website only exists whilst the user is reading or
navigating the website. When the user closes their web browser these
cookies are usually removed.
A persistent cookie for a website exists on a users computer until a
future date. For example the cookie expiry date could be set as 1 year,
and each time a website is accessed over this period the website could
access the cookie.
A HttpOnly cookie can only be used via HTTP or HTTPS, and therefore
theft via cross site scripting (XSS).
A secure cookie can only be used via HTTPS. This ensures the cookie
data is encrypted, reducing the expose to cookie theft via
First-party cookies are cookies set with the same domain (or its
subdomain) as your browser's address bar. Third-party cookies are
cookies set with domains different from the one shown on the address
bar. The web pages on the first domain may feature content from a third-
party domain, e.g. an advert run by www.advertexample.com. Privacy
setting options in most modern browsers allow you to block third-party
Cookie security and privacy
Cookies are text files stored on your computer, and therefore cannot be
used to infect your computer with a virus or allow malicous code to run
on your computer. So cookies are not deemed dangerous, however
there maybe concerns over privacy.
Cookies cannot access any other information on your computer, so the
privacy concerns relate to tracking of your sites you browse.
Most modern broswers allow you to manage cookies saved on your
computer. For example you may wish to accept all cookies or reject all
To amend the cookies settings:
Click on the chrome menu.
Click + Show advanced settings at the bottom of the page
Under the Privacy section click the Content settings button
In the Cookies section you are able to change the settings, such as allow
cookies, remove all cookies, block third party cookies.
Further, more detailed instructions are available here:
Internet explorer 8, 9 and 10
Select the Tools menu (ALT-X)
Select Internet Options
Click the Privacy tab
Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.
For more specialised settings click on the Advanced button, check the
Override cookie handling checkbox and modify the settings to suit your
Further instruction are available here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-
Click the Privacy tab
To clear cookies, select the remove individual cookies link.
To amend the cookie settings, change the Firefox will dropdown in the
History section to Use custom settings for history.
Further instructions are available here: http://support.mozilla.org/en-
Choose Safari settings menu
Click the Privacy tab.
In the Block cookies section, specify whether the browser should accept
or reject cookies from websites.
If you want to see which websites store cookies on your computer, click
If you set Safari to block cookies, you may need to temporarily accept
cookies to open a page. Repeat the above steps, selecting Never in the
“Block cookies” section. When you’re done with the page, block cookies
again, and then remove the page’s cookies.
Further details are available here:http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11913
With new devices being created all the time, including tablets and
phones it is not possible to list every browser for every device. The best
advice is to consult the manufactures website for further instructions
Recently all EU countries introduced new rules surrounding the use of
cookies on websites, this was an amended E-Privacy Directive of 2009.
Each EU country then were require to amend their laws accordingly.
The UK introduced the amendments on 25 May 2011 through The
Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment)
Regulations 2011. The relevant section is below:
6. - (1) Subject to paragraph (4), a person shall not store or gain
information, or to gain access to information stored, in the terminal
equipment of a subscriber or user unless the requirements of paragraph
(2) are met.
(2) The requirements are that the subscriber or user of that terminal
(a) is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the
purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information; and
(b) has given his or her consent.
(3) Where an electronic communications network is used by the same
person to store or access information in the terminal equipment of a
subscriber or user on more than one occasion, it is sufficient for the
purposes of this regulation that the requirements of paragraph (2) are
met in respect of the initial use.
(3A) For the purposes of paragraph (2), consent may be signified by a
subscriber who amends or sets controls on the internet browser which
the subscriber uses or by using another application or programme to
(4) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the technical storage of, or access to,
(a) for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a
communication over an electronic communications network; or
(b) where such storage or access is strictly necessary for the provision of
an information society service requested by the subscriber or user.