A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers downloaded on to a device when the user accesses certain websites. Cookies allow a website to recognise a user's device. Cookies DO NOT allow any of our web sites to access any other part of your computer systems.
The law which applies to how cookies and similar technologies are used for storing information on a user's equipment such as their computer or mobile device changed on 26 May 2011. Full details can be found at The Information Commissioners Office web site
As a registered user, we may store your userID in a cookie. No personal data is stored in any cookies and they are used only to help our systems to 'remember' information such as your preferences. The data in cookies is not normally readable by anyone other than our web server. Even if it was hacked, the data would be meaningless outwith the context of our web sites.