A cookie is a mechanism for storing information on a user’s computer when they visit webpages. By storing this information, it is possible for the website to appear to remember the user between webpages. The most common uses for cookies are:

  • Login
  • User tracking (e.g. for Analytics)
  • E-commerce / shopping baskets
  • Recognising a user when they return to a site

There are means of accomplishing most of these things without cookies, however generally they have proven the most popular and by far the easiest means of implementing them.

Because they can be used to track users, cookies are often considered a potential privacy risk, and it is considered good policy to explain their use (if any) in a privacy policy.

In Sitebeam

Sitebeam tests for the legitimate use of cookies in the EU with theĀ Cookie law test.

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