There has been much to do about the new EU Cookie Law and if you are interested you can read more at Cookiepedia.
In essence the new directive tells us that we (website owners) "cannot store or gain access to information stored on a computer, unless the user has been given clear and comprehensive information about what you want to do, and why, and has given their consent to do so."
"The exception to this rule is when the user requests a service and that service cannot be provided without storing or gaining access to information stored on their computer." (quoted from Cookiepedia)
If you wish to find out what cookies a website stores on your computer you can install simple extensions to your browser such as 'Edit This Cookie'. For Google Chrome there are many more here. For other browsers you may have to find the equivalent alternative.
You could also switch off cookies altogether, but this may cause many websites not to function properly, e.g. any e-commerse website (or other site using session cookies) would not work.
(a) We use Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools to keep an eye out on the health and performance of the website and we do the same for most client websites.
(b) There are cookies from the AddThis social sharing tool. This would tie in with the cc_social and cc_necessary. AddThis is a useful tool to tell others about this website.
(c) phpMyAdmin may leave a cookie. phpMyAdmin is a MySQL database managing package. The databases used on this website are not to collect any data, they are simply there to offer some dynamic content, such as the changing mastheads, blog content and data on our collections page etc.
As far as we know there are no cookies left by YouTube embedding and Twitter scripts or by the Disqus facility on individual blog pages. However if you notice any funny cookies not listed here, please let us know ASAP and we can look into this.
Please note that we can only track the usual information that is sent ahead of you when you visit our (or any) website. It is part of the way computers talk to each other and cannot, usually, be switched off.
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