An Internet Cookie is a small piece of data stored on the user's computer by the web browser while browsing a website. Cookies are designed to be a mechanism for websites to remember information, such as items added in shopping carts in online stores, or to record the user's browsing activity; including clicking particular buttons, logging in, or recording which pages were visited in the past.
Cookies can also be used to remember information that the user previously entered into on-line form fields, such as names, age, gender, marital status, addresses, passwords, income and payment card numbers!
Cookies are used by their placers in order to save website visitor's personal data so as to target and in future send focused and 'Socio Economic Status' matched advertising to them. Thereby controlling and restricting visitors' freedom of choice. Arguably this is in direct contavention of the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018.
In addition to setting Windows 'preferences' to not download Cookies Mistral also engages continuously operating software to search for and destroy any Cookies placed upon its computers and we advise others to do the same.
The abhorrent, invasive and intrusive practice of Cookie placement should be discouraged by all possible means until it is finally eradicated. Our computers are our property and no one else’s. Our purchasing decisions are ours to make alone and not the preserve of anyone else. Similarly yours are your own!