What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information, often including a unique identifier, which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website – if your browser preferences allow it. Cookies are then accessed by the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
How are cookies used by ASTRA?
We encourage you to accept the cookies we serve. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our or any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. Please see ‘How to control and delete cookies’ for more information.
We use Google Analytics cookies to hold information about your visit to our site. This helps us better identify the use and popularity of our services and how successfully the website is functioning. If you do not wish us to do this, you can opt out of the Analytics service by installing an add-on for your browser. This can be found here. Alternatively, you can delete/restrict the cookies as for any other cookie – see ‘How to control and delete cookies’ for more information.
Types of cookies
Session cookies are created temporarily when a user visits a website. Once the user leaves the site/closes the browser, the session cookie is deleted.
A persistent cookie file remains on the user’s device and is re-activated when the user visits the website that created that particular cookie. These cookies expire after a certain period (set in the file), or can be removed manually.
How to control and delete cookies
You can manage cookie usage through your browser settings. The help function in your preferred browser should provide you with the correct information. Some browsers provide helpful cookie guides:
Alternatively, www.allaboutcookies.org provides advice on how to do this, and further information on cookies and how to manage them.
In addition, Google Analytics offers their own opt-out option.
In the case of some mobile devices, it may be necessary to consult the device’s instruction manual to manage cookies effectively.
- All about cookies
- Cookies and Google Analytics
- ICC UK Cookie Guide (pdf)
- Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)
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