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  • EU law requires that any web site (probably 99.9% of web sites) which uses cookies have a cookie policy.
  • Cookies are simple text files that are needed to help navigate automatic logins, password authentication, personal preferences and a various functions. Cookies make these functions smooth and hassle-free to the user.
  • Cookies don’t search your computer for information. They register information you provide through your browser. When you enter information on a website, the cookies store your information, on your computer, both for ease of use on your next visit, and for ad tracking.
  • Information stored by your cookies is usually encoded to protect you and websites you use.
  • Cookies are necessary and enhance your browsing experience. Without cookies, you would have to enter all of your information every time you visited a site. A cookie will simply remember your information on the website to save you time.
  • Cookies only store the information you provide. A cookie cannot “grab” your email address. A cookie can store your email address on the website—if you have typed in your email address; a cookie stores all information you voluntarily give when you visit a website.
  • Cookies themselves contain very little information other than the URL of the website that created the cookie. Because there is so little information, a cookie can’t be used to identify you by name or other personal information. However, advances in technology have seen an increase in how companies can manipulate cookie information to create a profile of your web surfing habits. Again, this is a profile of a particular consumer’s surfing habits and product preferences, there is no name attached to the profile.
  • Cookies are harmless. They cannot introduce viruses on your computer.
  • Cookies are not the same thing as Spyware. A cookie stores your website surfing information; Spyware stores your Internet surfing information (every site you visit).