Cookies are small pieces of programming code that are downloaded to your device’s internet browser when you visit a website.
You can see which cookies are currently installed on your device by opening your internet browser’s privacy settings, or view trackers in real-time by installing the Privacy Badger extension in your browser.
Cookies are useful …
… because they provide website owners with user statistics that allow them to optimise the functionality of their website. They allow the website to recall the preferences users have selected, and allow advertisers to understand their markets, and to direct their messages at targeted audiences. All in all, cookies aim to make your internet browsing more convenient and personal.
cookies may also be used to collect personal information as defined by POPIA. The information that is collected by cookies may seem harmless, because it is on its own unable to identify individual people. But when linked to other personal identifiers, the information generated by cookies may actually make personal identification of individual people possible.
Cookies are allowed on South African websites, but only if the website has recorded specific consent as defined by POPIA (opt-in) before any cookies are activated (except for strictly necessary cookies).
Additionally, website owners must provide information about the data each cookie tracks and its purpose, allow users to access the website even if they refuse to consent to the use of certain cookies, and make it possible to withdraw consent at any time during the website usage.
Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.
The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.
This cookie is installed by Google Analytics.
Set by Google to distinguish users.
Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website's performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.