A cookie is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on a user’s computer, iPad or phone while browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user’s previous activity.
Cookies were originally designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user even months or years ago.
Some cookies (tracking) and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories – a major privacy concern that has prompted European lawmakers to take action.
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