A cookie is a small piece of data or text file it is not a programme, cookies are designed to make the web interaction run smoothly. When a website is visited for the first time a cookie maybe sent from that site and stored in the user's browser. They can be temporary (session cookies) or for a fixed period (persistant cookies). They can come directly from the website being browsed (first party cookies) or from content or services provided by other organisations that are on the site (third party cookies) e.g. social networking links
Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
The MSDC site is built using a CMS (Content Management System) we use these cookies to help the site function correctly.
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period (usually a year or longer) and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used so that the next time the user browses the site it 'knows' the user's previous activity. MSDC set this type of cookie to store the user's preferences, so that they are remembered for the next visit.
First party cookies are set by the website being browsed and they can only be read by that site.
MSDC may use these cookies for tracking comments on our blog.
A website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookies to perform this service or it may contain content embedded from, for example YouTube or Flickr, and these sites may set their own cookies. More significantly, a website might use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their website which may have the capability to track users' browsing preferences across different sites.
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