In other cases, the page itself contains a script that aligns with the data present in the web cookie and so it is capable of transferring the information from one website to another relevant website or page.
What Information do Cookies store?
A web cookie is a small file stored on the user’s computer. Depending on the browser, this may be stored as individual cookies for each website, or with browsers such as internet explorer or Firefox, the cookie may be stored as a single file.
By storing information in the website cookie, can improve the user’s experience of the website, by storing useful website settings such as:
- The location of the user
- Their preferred language
- Preferred colour scheme
- Preferred homepage layout
So, cookies allow the user to access individual websites customised to their preferences, by storing in the cookie file their previous settings.
Typically, the information cookies may store, which often is not relevant to the user’s experience include a range of details that can easily identify an individual and therefore is classified as personal data, this could include:
- Mobile or telephone number
- Date of birth
The information can only be stored in the cookie if you have provided the details to the website. The information in the cookie cannot be obtained directly from your computer.