What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that the websites you visit place on your computer to store information about your visit.
When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your computer, mobile phone or whatever device you are using to access the internet. This information is held in cookies. You can learn more from the GOV.UK guidance on cookies.
What do cookies do?
Cookies are widely used to make websites work more efficiently for visitors, and to provide information to the owners of the site. Some of the cookies we use are essential in order for parts of the website to operate.
Cookies can contain many types of information about your visit to a particular website, but most commonly are used to store the preferences you’ve selected, such as language, privacy settings and logins. Cookies do not contain personal or private data about you.
For the most part, cookies enhance your browsing experience by keeping you from having to select the same options each time you visit a site.
However, cookies can also be used by websites to serve you advertising targeted to your particular interests based on the preferences you’ve selected or the content of the pages you have visited. For this reason, some web users choose to delete or reject cookies of certain types or from certain sites.
Most cookies you will encounter when browsing the ARC North Thames website are considered ‘third party’ cookies. This simply means this website has used a feature supplied by an external provider, such as Google or Mailchimp, which sets the cookie.
Third party cookies are not inherently more or less risky than first party cookies. The only thing to bear in mind is that the external provider, not ARC North Thames, determines what type of information is stored and how it is used.
We use the information from cookies to:
- understand how you use and find the website, so we can improve your online experience. We do this by using cookies put in place by Google Analytics (GA)
- facilitate your ability to navigate through the website
- ensure the website is operating effectively
- remembering your site preferences (For example, to remember not to show the cookie pop-up)
Can I delete or block cookies?
Yes, you can both view the cookies stored on your computer and delete some or all of them. Note that in some cases, deleting cookies will impact your experience in revisiting a site. For example, you may be have to set your cookie preference for our website again. Find out about how to delete or block cookies.