What are cookies?
Cookies are widely used tiny pieces of software (files) that are installed on a computer or mobile device when an individual visits a website.
Windows Explorer, which is one of the main internet browsers, will usually store these files in a folder called ‘cookies’ in ‘documents and permissions’ on computers running Microsoft Windows.
Cookies allow websites to recognise that a user on an individual computer has previously visited the site. The cookies save some information about that user for when the person accesses the site in the future.
Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. Note that switching off cookies may restrict your use of the website and/or delay or affect the way in which it operates.
Managing cookies for each browser differs, so below are some links to more detailed information for some of the more popular browsers:
What types of cookies are there?
There are four types of cookie:
Strictly necessary cookies
Session cookies are removed from your computer when you close your browser and are mainly used, for example, to store information about the items in your shopping basket (eg. if you are a therapist booking and paying for a therapy room at our practice) .
These cookies collect anonymous information about users for the purpose of assessing the performance of a website. Common uses include well-known web analytics tools such as Google Analytics.
At City Road Therapy we use Google Analytics to monitor website traffic levels, search queries and visits to our website so we can see which web content is popular with users. Google Analytics stores a user’s IP address (anonymously) on its servers in the United States, and neither City Road Therapy nor Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.
These are cookies that automatically remember choices that users have previously made in order to improve their experience next time they visit a website.
Targeting or advertising cookies
These cookies are similar to performance cookies, in that they collect information about website users’ behaviour. However, this information is used at individual user level to advertise products and services to users on the basis of the behavioural information collected.