What is a cookie and what happens when you accept it?
Note: Using incognito mode in a web browser will prevent the temporary storage or updating of cookies.
What information can cookies store?
In addition to the site name and user ID, some sites also include other information in the cookies that will be stored on your computer.
For example, a cookie may contain the following data:
- The amount of time you spend on the site
- Links that you click on the site
- Options, preferences or settings that you choose
- The accounts you sign in to
- Information about which pages you visited in the past.
- Products in the basket
Why have we seen more and more cookie banners lately?
Back in 2016, an EU regulation called General Data Protection Regulation came into force. This means that companies must collect your consent before collecting your data. If a cookie can identify you through your device (which most cookies do), companies need your consent. This is why you have recently seen many sites asking for your permission before downloading cookies to your computer.
Do you have to accept cookies?
No, they should not, if a cookie can identify you, you can completely refuse them. Websites using these cookies must obtain your permission or they risk a huge fine under various laws. Therefore, if you do not want to store a cookie containing information about you, just say no.