What are cookies?
A cookie is a small amount of data sent to your computer or mobile phone from a website. This means the website can recognise your device (your computer or mobile phone) if you return to the same site.
A cookie often includes a unique identifier, which is a randomly generated number. This is stored on your device’s hard drive. Many cookies are automatically deleted after you finish using a website. Cookies are not programs and do not collect information from your device.
Cookies make your experience of using websites faster and easier. They allow websites to create a customised view of pages to which you navigate. For example, they are commonly used to authenticate or identify registered users of a website without requiring them to sign in each time they access it. Other uses include maintaining a ‘shopping basket’ of goods a user has chosen to purchase, site personalisation (presenting different pages to different users) and tracking the pages a user has visited on a site for analysis purposes.
Cookies may come with or without an expiry date. Cookies without an expiry date exist until the browser is closed, while cookies with an expiry date may be stored by the device until the expiry date passes. You can restrict or block cookies set by Sense but this may limit your use of some functionality, such as customising the homepage. Finding information about Sense services and other core pieces of content will still be possible even with cookies disabled. Sense uses third-party suppliers who set cookies on our websites on our behalf to deliver the services that they are providing or to record usage.
How to manage your cookies
Cookies are sent to your browser (whether you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari or any other browser) by a website and then stored in the cookies directory of your device. To check and update your cookies settings, you will need to know what browser you are using and what version of it you have. You can usually find this out by opening the browser (just as if you were going to use the internet) and then clicking on ‘Help’ and then ‘About’. This will give you information about the browser version you are using.
Cookies used on the Sense website
The following are cookies you may come across on this site.
|color||Accessibility display options (the controls are at the top of the page)|
|Drupal.toolbar.collapsed||Interface display options for logged-in users|
|SESS*||Temporary anonymous user identification for storing settings|
|__utma||Google Analytics tracking cookies. To record information about which pages you have landed on and how you have navigated through the site. This data enables us to understand:|
|weCookie||Set to record that the user has been informed of this policy page|
First published: Tuesday 12 June 2012
Updated: Friday 29 June 2012