As you may be aware, a new EU originated law requires websites to gain visitors' consent to use certain cookies.
Among other things, cookies allow you to log into your account, choose log-in preferences, purchase products and use financial tools like Worldpay. Most Cookies are used for Session Tracking purposes only (Basically means they remember goods in your cart while you browse the site)
Different types of Cookies:
Session cookies – allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site. They could also be used for security when a user is accessing internet banking or to facilitate use of webmail. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy intrusive than persistent cookies.
Persistent cookies – are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising.
First party cookies
First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user - the website displayed in the URL window
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie.