Cookies are small text files that are saved on your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
A cookie is a text file, not a program file. This means that cookies themselves cannot run anything on your computer or mobile device. Cookies cannot collect information, spread viruses, or in any other way do harm to your computer. The content of the cookies are read and written by the webpages you visit.
The most common types of cookie are:
- Functionality cookies - also known as session cookies, these only last for the duration of your visit to a website and are needed to make websites function properly.
- Persistent cookies - persistent cookies do not expire at the end of the your visit to a website. As long as the cookie remains, data can be sent back to the server each time you visit the site. Persistent cookies allow for information, such as how you first came to the website, to be recorded. Persistent cookies are also known as tracking cookies.
Cookies used on this site
The Suffolk Coastal website uses a cookie for web analytics to help us understand how our website is used and help us to improve it and make our services more user friendly.
The analytics cookie used on our site is called nmstat. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics. It expires 1001 days after your last visit to the website.
Because this cookie is a tracking cookie and is not required to make our website function properly we give you the opportunity not to accept it before it is saved to your computer or mobile device, in accordance with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).
If you opt not to accept this cookie by clicking the decline link on the banner that appears at the top of your screen, no cookie for web analytics will be set and your visit to our website will not be tracked. If you do not opt to decline we will assume you are happy for a cookie to be set to measure your page visits.
Third party websites and web-based applications
Our website links to a number of third party websites and web-based applications to provide a range of online services. We have conducted an audit of these and have found that no cookies or only session and functionality cookies are used to provide these online services to you.
If you want to avoid cookies from any of the third party sites we link to, this can be set from your browser settings. If you choose this solution, there might be parts of these websites that won't work.
How do I remove cookies?
When you have accepted cookies from a website you can always remove them again. This is done in your browser's privacy settings. You can find more information on how to delete and control cookies at www.aboutcookies.org.