Under new privacy regulations, websites must make it clear to visitors what information is being stored about them. When you visit the majority of websites, small text files are downloaded onto your computer called “cookies”. These files remain on your computer for a period of time, depending on the cookie. The cookies vary in importance, some track the pages you have visited, some remember your preferences and some help advertisers display adverts which is relevant to your interests.
The new privacy legislation essentially requires websites to obtain consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer or web-connected device. This is where the cookies become relevant. Certain cookies, which are deemed to be “strictly necessary”, are exempt from the change in the law, i.e. shopping carts or WordPress which requires cookies for the websites to work.