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 a computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as 'cookies' or 'local storage'. They cannot be used to identify you personally.
These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:
enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast
You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the article, Internet browser cookies - what they are and how to manage them. Please note, where a browser allows, local storage may be used in preference to cookies.
If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, visit aboutCookies.org.