This post was most recently updated on March 27th, 2018
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie’s abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.
The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.
Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.
What is the purpose of cookies?
Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user’s preferences or registration details for a future visit.
Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users’ web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).
Are there different types of cookies?
Session and persistent cookies:
- Session cookies: Allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.
- Persistent cookies: Are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.
- First and third party cookies: Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user – the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.
- Cookies de sesión: Son aquellas diseñadas para recabar y almacenar datos mientras el usuario accede a una página web.
- Subscriber: This means a person who is a party to a contract with a provider of public electronic communications services for the supply of such services. In this context the person who pays the bill for the internet connection (that is, the person legally responsible for the charges)
- User: This means any individual using a public electronic communications service. In this context a user would be the person sat at a computer or using a mobile device to browse the internet.
- Terminal equipment: The device a cookie is placed on – usually a computer or mobile devic
What types of cookies does the redk website set?
We use these types of cookies depending on the purpose of the cookies.
Essential Cookies: Some cookies are essential for the operation of our Site. For example, cookies allow us to identify users so that they can log-in to their accounts. If you opt to disable these cookies, you will not be able to access your account.
Performance Cookies:We use Google Analytics application to collect information about how people use our site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
Rejecting or deleting cookies?
You can reject cookies at any time by changing your browser settings. Where you can access the settings depends on what browser you are using. However, setting your browser to reject all cookies might mean that you will be unable to enjoy some functionality, because the website will be unable to store the choices that you make.
All browsers allow you to delete cookies either one at the time or all at once. How to delete your cookies depends on what browser you are using. Follow the links below to get instructions for your browser. If you use several browsers then remember that you have to delete cookies in each of them: