New EU legislation means that by law website operators must ask for a website user’s permission before placing cookies on their computer or device. The law requires that the use of certain types of cookie only take place after the user has expressly given their permission for their use (April 2012).
There are two technical types of cookie which are described briefly below:
Persistent cookies are stored on your computer as a small text file and are typically used to keep your preferences for that website. For example, a persistent cookie may be used to store your language preference so that the site is presented in the correct language for future visits.
Session cookies are used to store information for the duration of your visit to the site. When your visit is finished the cookies are deleted. The Hobarts’ website typically uses these cookies for the search and login functionality on the site.
Since May 2011 we have eliminated the use of all persistent cookies in our code, relying only on session cookies for essential functionality. Because these cookies are necessary for the functioning of the site and are not persistent, they are classed in the ICC guide as Category 1 Strictly Necessary Cookies and we are not required to ask for your consent.
The ICC’s recommendation is to ‘give users the opportunity to understand these cookies and the reasons they are used’. We trust that this page explains this fully. For more details, please click here to read the ICC Guide.