a cookie surrounded by crumbsMost modern websites like ours use cookies in some way, and it is unlikely that the majority of internet users even notice cookies working away in the background as they browse from site to site. Until now it has been up to individual users to either block or allow cookies using settings in their internet browser.

We use cookies to understand how you are using our site and to make your experience on our site more convenient.

Cookies are nothing to be scared of, even if the new prompts seeking your consent might seem a little off-putting for the cautious internet user. In the UK, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) checks to make sure that all sites comply with current legislation.

You can change how cookies are stored on your machine by clicking on the 'Tools' menu in your internet browser, but you may find that the new law means your concerns about privacy and your personal data have been addressed.