What is a cookie?
Let’s start by stating what a cookie is not. It is not a program. It doesn’t DO anything. What it is, is a simple text file that can easily be read by using the Notepad program on your PC.
What are cookies for?
Knowing this may enable the site to customise your experience on these subsequent visits.
For example, if you are completing a form or comment box your previous entries may have been stored, enabling you to complete them more quickly this time.
Are cookies good?
The information stored by cookies can vary and some are quite sophisticated. They may record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, what items you add to a ‘shopping cart’ and so on.
There is, therefore, huge scope for using cookies to make the experience of visiting a particular site more pleasant and efficient than it might otherwise be.
Are cookies bad?
If they are so useful why do they get such bad press?
Well, depending on your outlook, they may seem to be a little ‘Big Brother’ like.
That is, you may just feel that you don’t want people ‘watching’ you, no matter how benign it may be. And that is perfectly fine, we are all entitled to our own views.
What’s the legal position regarding cookies?
Nothing has changed regarding the cookies themselves – they are still the simple text files referred to above. The only difference is that sites now need to seek permission for their use.
Retiring Richie and cookies
OK, now that you know a little more about the background of cookies you may be wondering what the position is regarding cookies here at Retiring Richie.
Whatever browser you are using, the provider will be able to give details to you regarding where your cookies are stored and, if you wish, how to delete them. The most common ones may be found here:
Firstly, to save browsing preferences and to optimize the user’s browsing experience, including efforts to prevent the posting of ‘spam’ in the Comments section of posts.
Secondly, for gathering data relating to the use of the Retiring Richie website. This data gathering enables such things as the monitoring of the volume of traffic to the site. This, in turn, may have an impact on your browsing experience as it may necessitate optimisation work on the site or even moving to a different hosting service.
This type of service allows Retiring Richie to display advertisements for third-party products or services. These can be displayed either as advertising links or as banners using various kinds of graphics.
Clicks on these items are tracked by the relevant third-party services and are shared with Retiring Richie.
Retiring Richie is a member of a number of affiliate programmes.
If you click on an affiliate link on this site, a cookie will be used to reflect this. If you subsequently make a purchase then Retiring Richie will receive a commission. Thank you!
The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has further information which you may find helpful. The information may be found here.