Not the small, flat circles of unhealthy awesomeness, I’m talking about HTTP cookies (or internet, browser, or anything else you might want to call them). Cookies are small files which get saved to your computer or device when you visit a website.
There are lots of ways possible of using cookies to maximise website usability (Grr – I really hate this word by the way). As you might imagine, cookies only are only useful if a user is repeatedly visiting the same website as they store preferences.
Since not every user wants data stored about them in cookies, there must be a way of stopping websites from creating cookies. The best way to do this is through browser settings. These options are usually under privacy sections. For example, here is how it looks on Google Chrome (to see privacy options at all you need to click advanced options):
As you can see, there are few options there. A user can set any option and these settings will apply to all websites visited using that browser. These settings may, or may not sync between different devices, that solely depends on the synchronisation settings within the browser.
As with every law there is an opposition to it. Our favourite website for that side of the argument is http://nocookielaw.com/. At the end of the day it’s up to the Webmaster if his website will adhere to the Cookie Law or not. ICO does have a system for reporting cookie concerns, and they also take actions based upon those reports.