What is in a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, the website name and some digits and numbers. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual, remembering things like your personal preferences.
This type of cookie remembers your preferences, so you don't have to re-set them each time you visit. Examples include:
- your name and email address when posting comments
When you view our websites, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service.
Your session cookies get deleted when you either logout, close your browser or shut down your computer.
Anonymous analytics cookies
Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only.
These cookies are used by software which tries to work out what country you are in from information supplied by your browser when it requests a web page. This cookie is completely anonymous, and is only used to help target content - such as whether you see our UK our US home page.
Third party cookies
On some pages, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, Flight Data Services cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by any sites operated by Flight Data Services.
For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
Do I need cookies?
Most web browsers have cookies enabled by default. If you don't want to enable cookies, you will still be able to browse the site and look at our products and services.