The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 require all websites in the UK to obtain consent to store information (in this case cookies) and access information stored on your device (computer, tablet or smartphone).
A cookie is a small file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded on to your device when you accesses certain websites. Information is then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Please click here for cookies guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.
Cookies allow a website to recognise your device and store information about your interaction with it. Cookies may store information like the time and date of pages visited on the website or specific choices made by you, such as search history.
Cookies are NOT viruses. Cookies use a plain text format, are not compiled pieces of code and as such they cannot be executed nor are they self-executing. Accordingly, they cannot make copies of themselves and spread to other networks to execute and replicate again. Since they cannot perform these functions, they fall outside the definition of a virus.
www.rhn.org.uk uses software, provided by Google, to record and evaluate how you interact with the website. This is for the purpose of improving the quality of the website and to communicating with you more effectively. To do this, cookies are used to store non-personally identifiable information, please see:
www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html for more information.