What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are sometimes
temporarily created on your computer, smart phone or other device
when you visit a website. These cookies are then retrieved when you
visit that particular website again.
Cookies are usually used to improve the way you
use a website, for example by enabling a service to recognise your
device so you don't have to give the same information several times
during one task, or by recognising that you may already have given
a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web
page requested during that visit.
They are also used by website owners for basic
information about your visit, such as how often you visit their web
pages, which helps them learn what information interests you. In
this way, they can give you more of the content you like and less
of the content you don't.
They cannot be used to identify you
What types of cookies
There are two broad categories of cookies:
'first party cookies' and 'third party cookies'.
First party cookies are sent directly to IGEM IT
services by to your device (see further details below).
Third party cookies are sent by an external
third party that either provides functionality to, or services
through, the IGEM website, for example video clips. They enable
that third party to recognise your computer when it visits our
website and also when it visits some other websites. You will need
to read the cookie usage of other websites when you visit their
sites, as they may differ to that of IGEM.
Cookies can remain on your device for different
periods of time. Some cookies are 'session cookies', meaning that
they exist only while your website browser is open. These are
deleted automatically once you close your browser. Other cookies
are 'permanent cookies', meaning that they survive after your
browser is closed. They can be used by websites to recognise your
computer when you later re-open your browser and browse the
Where are cookies used by the IGEM
MyIGEM Extranet Area (Password
Protected) This cookie is used for a password protected
area on the site, which is used by IGEM members. The cookie
remembers the username and password for the session so that it is
not required to be input for each protected page visited during the
Items purchased from the IGEM Shop will enable a
tracking cookie for purchases made and enable shop users to
purchase items more simply by auto-filling of boxes and allow data
collection of purchases.
How can I manage cookies?
To find out how to allow, block, delete and
manage the cookies on all standard web browsers, go to the
AboutCookies.org website at http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=1
and select the browser and version you are using.
You will also find information about how to
delete cookies from your computer on the same website at http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=2.
Please be aware that if you choose to refuse
cookies, you may not be able to use the full functionality of the
UK Information Commissioners Office:
As the independent arbiter of information rights, the Information
Commissioner has been charged with regulating the new rules for
websites aimed at UK consumers.