Technology: Our tech guy Colin Moors delves into the mystery of HTTP cookies – the ones girl guides don’t sell! Are cookies bad for you?
Unless you have been away to the moon in the past couple of months, you’ll have noticed that most websites serving the EU will now have a pop-up box notifying you of the company’s obligations under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regarding cookies. This iseither part of the landmark “right to be forgotten” legislation initiated by the EU, or a faceless bureaucracy meddling in our lives, depending on which side of the fence you sit.
There follows a brutally simple attempt to explain things a little. You’ll be fine. Netscape, the early innovators in web browsing and e-commerce applications, wanted a way to store partial transactions. Imagine you’ve been drunk shopping on the internet and plopped a Renault Mégane in the checkout cart. We’ve all done it, I won’t judge. Before committing the purchase, you’ve fallen asleep. Three days later, you are browsing the Renault site again and it mysteriously asks if you still want that Mégane in black with the alloy wheels. Basically, there’s your cookie at work.