What the heck is a cookie?
Let’s start by stating what a cookie is not. It is not a program. It doesn’t DO anything. What it is, is a simple text file that can easily be read by using the Notepad program on your PC.
OK, so what are they for?
Are they good?
The information stored by cookies can vary and some are quite sophisticated. They may record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, what items you add to a ‘shopping cart’ and so on.
There is, therefore, huge scope for using cookies to make the experience of visiting a particular site more pleasant and efficient than it might otherwise be.
… or are they bad?
If they are so useful why do they get such bad press? Well, depending on your outlook, they may seem to be a little ‘Big Brother’ like. That is, you may just feel that you don’t want people ‘watching’ you, no matter how benign it may be. And that is perfectly fine, we are all entitled to our own views.
So, what’s the legal position?
Nothing has changed regarding the cookies themselves – they are still the simple text files referred to above. The only difference is that sites now need to seek permission for their use.
Richie’s Room and cookies
OK, now that you know a little more about the background of cookies you may be wondering what the position is regarding cookies here at Richie’s Room.
Whatever browser you are using, the provider will be able to give details to you regarding where your cookies are stored and, if you wish, how to delete them. The most common ones may be found here:
This type of service allows Richie’s Room to display advertisements for third-party products or services. These can be displayed either as advertising links or as banners using various kinds of graphics.
Clicks on these items are tracked by the third-party services listed below and are shared with Richie’s Room.
Richie’s Room is an Amazon Associate. If you click on an Amazon link on this site, Amazon will create a cookie to reflect this. If you subsequently make a purchase then Richie’s Room will receive a commission. Thank you!
The Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) has further information which you may find helpful. The information may be found here.