According to BBC (2015) a cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie.
Once a cookie is attached or ‘set’ in your computer, it tracks your movement around the website that sets it and provides this information back to the site’s owners.
The main benefit of cookies is that they help you to navigate websites, particularly those where you purchase goods or services and have to fill out forms with your name, address, and payment information. Unfortunately, other cookies help the websites that set them far more than they help you.
This kind of cookie is capable of tracking your movement from one website to another, accumulating personal data, and sometimes making it available for sale to third parties.
All about Cookies. 2015.Manage Cookies.Available from: http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/. [Accessed on. 3.11.2015]
BBC.2015.What is a cookie. Available from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/privacy/cookies/about. [Accessed on: 3.11.2015]
ICO – Information Commissioner Office.2015.Cookies and similar technologies. Available from: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies-and-similar-technologies/. [Accessed on : 3.11.2015]