Cookies are text files that typically contain two pieces of information: a site name and a unique user ID. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
They are used to improve services to you through, for example:
- enabling a service to recognise your device so you don’t have to give the same information several times during one task
- recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don’t need to do it for every web page requested
- measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there’s enough capacity to ensure they are fast.
To learn more about cookies – including how to remove them from your device – visit www.aboutcookies.org