Welcome to the New Internet , An Internet where the Word "Cookies"
could become the most used Noun on the Internet .
which has now become common place on most Websites accross the European Union.
In Most cases it is very hard to ignore the message as it is plastered on the top of your viewport , on the bottom or even in the middle on some Websites .So what is this message and why is it there ?.
Dont worry , Websites cannot eat Cookies , not yet anyway , it has nothing to do with Food whatsoever but rather to do with the operation of the Website .
A cookie is a piece of information stored by your Browser for future reference .Take for example . Freebies Ireland
When you visit the Login page , Freebies sends a Form to your Browser where you enter your Email Address and Password .
When you Submit or send this form to Freebies , Freebies tells your Browser to remember your Email Address by storing it in a file on your computer (a cookie)
The next time your Browser requests the Login Form , it sends Freebies the Cookie that was stored .
Freebies reads your email address from the Cookie and sends back the Log in Form with your email address filled in
. This is called a first party cookie
First party cookies are necessary on most websites to create Accounts and keep users logged in .
When you visit most websites , the first thing a website does is to create a file on its server (the computer where its files are stored) just for you , yes , a file is created just for you !! , the file number is then stored on your computer through the use of a cookie (called a session cookie) . Every time you now visit a page on that website your Browser sends the file number to the website , the website then looks up your file , your file can tell the website things such as : are you currently logged into your account , what is your account number etc etc , If you did not allow first party cookies , your browser would have no file number to send the website and the website could not look up your file, this would mean you could not register or log in to the website .
Your Browser will only send a website a cookie which that website created in the first place , your browser will never send cookie information relating to other websites you visited .
Ok , so , now we know what Cookies are , why all this fuss to stick ugly notices in your face .
Well , Basically , its those nasty people again , the EU Commission , the EU's E-Privacy Directive
However , There is no need for this , Everybody's Browser already has settings built in that
allow you to disable Third Party Cookies which as explained above are the information gathering ones .
On a personal level , I find Cookie Messages very distracting and also very disruptive to my browsing experience . Every Day more and more websites are shoving them in your face . Below :
some snapshots of websites with in your face cookie messages .