A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular website. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
There are two main kinds of cookies: ’session’ cookies and ’persistent’ cookies. Session cookies only last for the duration of your use of the website and are deleted from your computer when you close your browser. Persistent cookies outlast user sessions and remain stored on your computer until deleted, or until they reach their expiry date.
Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you. A cookie in no way gives GIM access to your computer or any information about you.
You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, notify you when a cookie is set, or delete cookies that have already been set. Each browser is different, so you should check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. You are always free to decline this website’s cookies if your browser permits, although if you do so you may not be able to use certain features on the website. In addition, a number of companies offer utilities designed to help you visit websites anonymously.
The website www.allaboutcookies.org includes instructions for managing cookies on many commonly-used browsers, or you may consult the vendor documentation for your specific software.
Overall, cookies help GIM provide you with a better website, by enabling monitoring of which pages you find useful and which you do not.
2 February 2017