What is a cookie? When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally. An HTTP cookie (cookie) is a small parcel of text sent backwards and forwards between a web browser and a website. It is used in a number of ways and there are a number of different types. See Wikipedia for full definition of Cookies • Session cookie – A session cookie only lasts for the time you are using the website and then gets deleted. • Persistent cookie – A persistent cookie lasts longer than this and is used to remember things about your access like your user name and password. • Secure cookie – We use secure cookies to manage logged in sessions to our web site, support site and applications. Secure cookies are issued via HTTPS (128-bit encryption), ensuring that the cookie is always encrypted. • Third-party cookie – These are cookies set by other services. In our case this is Google Analytics. These are used to compile statistics about usage. First-party cookies (those set by the site you are on) are used to distinguish between different users, or determine the relationship between the pages you visit. They differentiate one user from another and provide continuity. Normally they collect data about your browser, along with the information you request and send. Cookies in themselves do not identify individuals, but are defined by a combination of a computer, a user account, and a browser.
What’s the change in the law? The EU directive relating to cookies says you should know what cookies are used, why and explicitly accept them as they can track information about your browsing. Facebook, for instance, sets cookies that track your online activity even when you are not on their site. The regulations are designed to protect you from this by ensuring that you explicitly consent to the action of any cookies used.
List of the website cookies. This is a list of the main cookies set by the website, and what they are used for.
Name Logged in Description
ASP.NET_SessionId No Identifies the user’s browsing session
.ASPXAUTH Yes Identifies the user’s logged on status
language No The default language of the user
Third-party cookies. CogniSoft uses one third-party cookie to help provide services. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt out, please see their individual privacy policies listed below. Google Analytics.