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What Are Cookies
Cookies are small text files sent from a website to a client computer. They contain small pieces of information (e.g. the site name and a unique user ID). When a user returns to a website the information is sent to the website server to help the smooth functioning of the website.
Cookies are not software and cannot carry viruses.
Cookies stored on a computer can be deleted or users can stop cookies being downloaded, but this may result in decreased website functionality. E.g. if cookies are disabled in a shopping cart application the purchase and user preferences will not be stored and will have to be entered with every visit to the website.
Cookies can also be present in widget, banner ads and external elements being loaded on to a web page.
Cookies Used by the ECT Travel Website
The ECT Travel website uses Google Analytics cookies to collect website visit information purely for statistical analysis purposes (__utmb, __utmc, __utma and __utmz).
ECT also sends the following session cookies:
Session cookies get deleted when the user close down the web browser.
Further Information About Cookies
The Interactive Advertising Bureau (link opens in a new tab) (IAB) is an industry body to support online business, has produced a series of web pages which explain how cookies work and how they can be managed.
Disabling and Enabling Cookies
Users can accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on their browser. Most browsers have built in privacy settings that provide differing levels of cookie acceptance, expiration time, and disposal after a user has visited a particular site.
To delete cookies on Microsoft Windows Explorer:
- Click on 'Windows Explorer'
- Select the 'Search' button on the tool bar
- Enter “cookie” into the search box field for 'Folders and Files'
- Choose 'My Computer' in the 'Look In' drop down menu
- Click on 'Search Now'
- Select and open the retrieved folders
- Click the 'Delete' key to erase the cookie file
If you are not using Microsoft Windows Explorer, use the 'Help' function and type in cookies to learn how to delete them.