What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone (referred to here as a “device”) browser from a website’s computer and is stored on your device’s hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser’s preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits to track online traffic flows.
On the Net Zero Buildings website, cookies record information about your browser which allows us to track more advanced web browsing analytics. Users can set their device to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly they may not be able to take full advantage of all the website’s features. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting, and they can only be read by that site.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third-party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Twitter, and these sites may set their own cookies.
Information supplied by cookies can help us to analyse the profile of our visitors and help us to provide you with a better user experience. For example, if you’re contacting us via the online contact form we can see how you traversed the website and can see which pages you previously looked at before making contact.
How to control and delete cookies?
Alternatively, you may wish to visit http://www.aboutcookies.org (link is external) which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies.
Web browser cookie settings
If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device, then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org (link is external), which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.