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There are several different types of cookies that all play a different part in either making your life easier, or helping the web site owner to provide content relevant to you.

For more information on what types of cookies there are, and how they work click the arrow on the right.

Types of Cookies

You can determine who can set cookies on your PC and what types they can use, by changing the settings in your browser.

You can find out how to access these settings by clicking the arrow on the right.

What are Cookies used for?

You can determine who can set cookies on your PC and what types they can use, by changing the settings in your browser.

You can find out how to access these settings by clicking the arrow on the right.

Managing Cookies

To delete and manage cookies that your browser accepts there are details here on how to do this in the major browsers.

Deleting Cookies

Using Cookies on your site

Writing Cookies on  your site

We explain in easy to understand terms, how you can write cookies


Reading Cookies you have set

An easy to follow guide to reading cookies you have set


Deleting Cookies you have set

Cookies cannot be deleted directly from a web page, you have to ‘expire’ them so that the browser can delete them for you


What are Cookies?

Cookies may have been explained to you as evil and intrusive spying tools tracking your every move on the Internet. Actually they are harmless text files, in the main, designed to make your life easier.

Cookies are NOT programs, they do not do anything at all. They are simple text files that can only be read by the web site that put them there, and you on your local PC. In the main they are used to store your user id and name for a particular site, in addition, sometimes the date and time you last visited, and how many times you have visited.

Some cookies are a bit more sophisticated. They may record how long you spend on pages on a site, what links you clicked and your choices for layouts and colour schemes. They are often used to store the products in your ’shopping cart’, adding and removing items as you select them. The uses of cookies are extensive, their role is usually beneficial, making your interaction with favourite sites smoother with less input on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much more difficult.

There is no great secret or anything exceptional about the information gathered by cookies, you can view the contents of those on your PC in Notepad.

But, you may just dislike the idea of companies adding your name to their marketing lists, or your information being used to target you for special offers, but they can do that anyway if you shop with them both online and in the high street stores. If you really do not want this, that is your right, just as others are entitled to go along with the process.

A cookie cannot be used to get data from your hard drive, get your email address or steal sensitive information about your person.

The site that set the cookie can of course pass the information back to the owner via code on the page and could in turn pass this to a third party, such as Google Analytics etc.

You can control how cookies are accepted or used by your browser by setting the options in your browsers settings.

For more information on how to do this click here.

EU Cookie Directive 2011

A new law was introduced that compels web sites to inform uses if the site uses cookies and to obtain their consent.

Initially the law stated that the web sites aimed at EU users had to obtain explicit consent to write cookies and had to prevent them being written if the user had not consented.  However, this was considered to be impractical and the law was changed on the 26th May 2012 to allow ‘implied consent’.

Our understanding of the law is that you must provide clear notification to users when they first land on your site that you use cookies and that continuing to use your site implies that they are consenting to the use of cookies. However, for this implied consent to be valid, you must also provide clear and accurate details about cookies  and provide easy access to your sites privacy policy. If you use cookies that store personal data you may wish to consider Explicit Consent rather than Implied Consent to guarantee compliance.

There are many web sites offering different forms of panels and pop-ups to add to your site so that you can comply with the EU Directive.

Fortune Design by RichoSoft offers several options some of which are detailed below.

Compliance Panels/Pop-Ups

CookiePanel 4.2 - Popular panel that pops up a panel on first landing, with an accept button, delete all cookies button, cookie info and privacy policy.

Fortune Cookie Opt-In - Instead of a Panel this system adds a frame to the top of the page above your content on first landing and hides on acceptance of cookies.

CookieInfo - This Panel does not have an accept button as it uses Implied Consent, but writes a cookie if the user Clicks Close This and does not then pop-up on future visits.

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