What are they?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive, mobile phone or other device you use to access websites.
What cookies does the IPA use on its site?
Essential for site functionality:
We use three Microsoft cookies which are essential to enable our site, which is built in ASP.net, Microsoft’s development language, to function. Without these, our site would be unable to read and write the text files which are essential to support services which you have requested, such as ticking the ‘remember me’ box,- so that you don’t have to login each time you visit the site or each page you look at when you do - or passing your details through to our shopping cart when you wish to buy event tickets or other online content from us.
Essential for users’ site experience:
You can find out more about cookie use by Google Analytics here. The longest lifespan of these cookies is two years.
comScore merely assign a unique number to their cookies, which have a maximum lifespan of up to five years.
We have no means of tracking your surfing behaviour on other websites before or after you visit this IPA site.
What is the legal position on cookies?
The law about use of non-essential cookies changed in May 2011. You can find more information about this from the Information Commissioner’s Office
In the meantime, you can tell your web browser to notify you whenever a website attempts to set a cookie. You can also tell your browser to disable and/or refuse all cookies, although doing so may affect your experience of many websites. Each browser has slightly different ways of handling cookies but you can usually find out how to do it via the ‘Help’ or ‘Settings’ options on your browser.