A cookie is a piece of information contained in a small text file which is placed on the hard drive of your computer when you use the internet. It is generated by a web page server – the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is decided (or set) by the server and it can be used by that server when the user visits the site.
Cookies make your experience of web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be difficult for a web site to allow you to fill up a shopping cart or to remember your preferences or registration details for a future visit.
Cookies are not dangerous as they are only small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can’t be ‘run’ on your computer. Neither can they be used to spread viruses. Up-to-date versions of modern internet browsers (such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, etc) allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.
Cookies are stored on your computer’s hard drive. They cannot read anything from the hard drive or get information such as your e-mail address, etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as a user them self has disclosed to a certain web site.
The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for the website operator (Funky Concepts) and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
If you would like to know more about cookies or how to select appropriate settings in your browser, please visit the very helpful and independent www.aboutcookies.org website.
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