A cookie is simply a technology for remembering something about you.

Without cookies, a website is like a goldfish that loses its memory every time you visit a new page. As soon as you visit a new page, it forgets who you are.

Now this can be a good and a bad thing. Without a memory, there's a lot of stuff a website can't do. It can’t let you log in, because it forgets who you are. It can’t let you buy anything, because it forgets what you’re buying.

But it also means it can’t track you. Some websites use cookies to remember what you do on their website, and to target ads at you. And some of those websites share their cookies, so that ads on one website know what you liked on another. This tracking bit has scared a lot of people.

Well over 90% of websites use cookies. Cookies aren’t automatically good or bad, but it’s worth understanding what their purpose is and what you can do about them.

You can turn them off completely, which is a bit like banning all music to prevent another Justin Bieber album. But then many websites simply won’t work.

A better option would be to turn off third party cookies, which will stop most websites from sharing information about you. Some browsers – like Safari – do this automatically.

And finally, you can take a deeper look into any websites that concern you. Most websites have policies that explain what they do, if you care to look.  This is our cookie policy:

EuRA's cookie policy

The EuRA website uses cookies to enhance your online experience within the EuRA website.  On a personal level they remember who you are for the next time you visit or log in.  This allows you to buy conference packages, pay your membership and take part in our opensource training programmes, as well as become accredited for them.  

On a less personal level EuRA's cookies track which pages are visited most often, how people have arrived at them (for example through a particular search engine or website that links to the EuRA site) and which articles attract the most interest.    

This allows us to ensure visitors enjoy the best experience and the most relevant information at all times.  We promise never to share the information we have gathered from our cookies with third parties or to use it for promotional or commercial reasons.  Read about our Privacy and GDPR policies.


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