Cookies are not programs, they don't do anything at all. A cookie is simply a small text file, typically containing two peices of information: a website address, and a unique user ID.
Cookies cannot contain viruses, and cannot damage your computer.
Cookies may also be used by a website to remember things, such as what is in your ‘shopping cart’, adding items as you click. This is why cookies are often essential - as some features may not work without them.
The Cookie Law is a piece of privacy legislation that requires websites to get consent from visitors to store or retrieve any information on a computer, smartphone or tablet.
It was designed to protect online privacy, by making consumers aware of how information about them is collected and used online, and give them a choice to allow it or not.
If you own a website - yes, however you no longer need to ask for explicit permission.
Here is a comical (yet factual) video to explain more about the cookie law.
We use Google Analytics to track how you use the website, this includes: which pages you visit, how long you stay on a page, and your approximate location. Note that you cannot be personally identified, as data is anonymoused.
This does not apply to the general public.
When our website administrators login to the content management system, a cookie is used as part of the security process to identify them.
Using a contact form on this website may use a cookie to remember what you send us. Google Invisible reCaptcha is a script to prevent robots submitting forms - which may also use a cookie.