There are two main types of cookie in use today:
These are stored on a temporary basis and usually deleted when you close your browser. These are used primarily to help you complete tasks online, for example remembering your details whilst completing an online form to save you re-entering; or remembering search terms you have recently used.
These are stored for a fixed period of time, generally so the website knows that you have visited previously and any preferences you might have indicated at that time. These are particularly used in the collection of visitor statistics.
These cookies are usually set in one of two ways:
First party cookie
These are set directly by the website you are visiting and the information is only used by that website.
Third party cookie
These are set by a different website/organisation to the one you are currently using and the data may be shared.
Categories of cookie used on this website
Cookies fall into broad categories depending on their intended use:
Strictly necessary cookies: Enable you to move around the website and use its core features.
Performance cookies: Collect information about how you use the website, are anonymised when aggregated and are only used to help improve the website's performance.
Functionality cookies: Allow the website to remember choices you've made and provide a more enhanced, personalised service. Not used to track your activities on other websites.
Targeting/tracking cookies: Used to deliver more relevant advertising. Usually placed by third party agencies and the information gathered may be shared with other organisations.
Currently all cookies on northlincs.gov.uk fall into one of the first three categories.
Strictly necessary cookies: Log-in and form submission.
Performance cookies: Visitor metrics across the website.
Functionality cookies: User preferences and customer satisfaction and feedback.
For more information about cookies in general please visit the All About Cookies website.