What is a cookie?
A cookie is small data file that is downloaded from a website on to your computer or mobile phone.
It helps the website to remember how you use the site but it doesn’t contain any personal information and cannot be used to identify who you are.
The purpose of cookies is to make it easier and quicker for you to use the site.
For example, if you have to sign in to use a service, a cookie will remember that you have already signed in so that you don't have to enter your username and password on every single page you visit.
Cookies can also measure how many people are visiting a website - and how they're using it. This information can then help improve the overall experience for users.
On this site you will experience first party cookies set by Ofcom websites only.
How to control and delete cookies
However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, this online guide contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.
If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You’ll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.
For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.
To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.
First party cookies
Like many websites, the UK Calling website uses 'session-based' cookies to ensure your visit to this site runs as smoothly as possible. These cookies remember the selections or preferences that you’ve already made when looking at information or using a service, and are also used to help our servers cope with changes in traffic to the site.
This cookie is used to confirm that the user has seen the cookie message.
We use Google Analytics to see how people use the Ofcom site. It helps us to see how many people visit, which pages they view and how they navigate through the site. We can then use this information to make improvements to the site.
These cookies are used to collect information in an anonymous way, such as the number of visitors, the pages they visit and where visitors come from. We use the information to help us improve the website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across the UK Calling website you can download the Google analytics opt out here.