What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and support relevant information and functionality. They also enable us to keep the website and information, up to date, relevant and error free and provide information about how the website is used.
How can you prevent Cookies?
If you want to, you can disable the cookies from your browser and delete all cookies that are stored on your computer. You can do this as often you want to. To find out how to do this for your particular browser you can go to “help” on your browser’s menu or you can visit www.allaboutcookies.org
What happens if I do disable Cookies?
You need to be aware that should you choose to disable cookies from your browser it may prevent you from taking full advantage of our website and some or all of the areas of the website may fail to work for you.
Website servers set cookies to help authenticate the user if the user logs in to a secure area of the website. Login information is stored in a cookie so the user can enter and leave the website without having to re-enter the same authentication information over and over.
These are also by the server to store information about user page activities so users can easily pick up where they left off on the server’s pages. By default, web pages really don’t have any ‘memory’. Cookies tell the server what pages to show the user so the user doesn’t have to remember or start navigating the site all over again. Cookies act as a sort of “bookmark” within the site. Similarly, cookies can store ordering information needed to make shopping carts work instead of forcing the user to remember all the items the user put in the shopping cart.
Persistent or tracking Cookies
These are employed to store user preferences. Many websites allow the user to customize how information is presented through site layouts or themes. These changes make the site easier to navigate and/or lets user leave a part of the user’s “personality” at the site.
The PTS website uses links to social media including LinkedIn, You tube, Twitter and Facebook.
Using these elements of the website allows service providers to set cookies on your device and track your behaviours within these platforms. The cookies set and any tracking carried out by these third party providers is not under PTS control and you should consult the privacy policies of these providers for further information