What is in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like your preferences or what’s in your shopping basket.
What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without them knowing. Although this is generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you will lose some functions of the website.
- Strictly Necessary - These cookies are used to allow you to use the site as its been designed and make use of various sections across the site, for example OSOARS is the cookie that allows you to order sweeps and sculls online.
- Performance Cookies - These cookies may be Third Party Cookies, such as those set by Google Analytics, and are used to help us understand how our visitors use the website and enable us to improve the user experience.
Control Your Cookies
If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser to refuse to accept them or only accept those you want it to, you can also delete cookies that have already been set. If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.