A "Cookie" is a small file placed on a visitors computer containing text which is used to store settings and remember actions by visitors to a website. This data is then transferred back to the web-server to perform the correct action based on what the user does. Cookies are most often used to personalise and improve the user experience on a website.
The information collected by cookies does not personally identify you; it includes general information about your computer settings, your connection to the Internet e.g. operating system and platform, IP address, your browsing patterns and timings of browsing on the Website and your location.
Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer.