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What are cookies and why do we use them?

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers that, with user consent (or they may be 'essential' to the website and not need user consent), are downloaded to a user’s computer, on accessing a website. They are used to store information that may be read and used by that website on that and/or subsequent occasions.

This website uses three cookies. The first of these, which is called 'PHPSESSID', is known as a 'session' cookie. It is used to hold a specifically generated ID code for you, for example 'c7isuhh8v55s4breok61eu89o5'. This cookie does not hold any personal or company details and is removed when you close your browser. This cookie is 'essential' for use of the website.

The other two cookies are only downloaded when you successfully login to the Members’ area of the website with the ‘Remember me on this computer’ option selected. The cookies are required for the operation of this function. One is called ‘BACSuser’ which stores your username information. The second is called ‘BACSpass’ which stores your password information. Both cookies are read the next time you load the BACS website so that you do not have to login to the Members’ area again.

Depending on your system, these latter two cookies are removed from, or inactivated on, your computer by the BACS website, under two circumstances:

  • If you logout from the Members’ area of the website prior to closing the website down, the cookies are usually deleted; and
  • After a pre-set time, one month, from being downloaded, the cookies are inactivated. They will normally be deleted when you next load the BACS website. In this situation you will then have to login again to access the Members’ area.

If you have any questions, please contact the BACS office.