Cookies are data that are saved on your computer by a website that you visit.
Cookies store information such as your preferred language or other personal page settings. If you visit this website again later, the stored cookie information will be transmitted back to the page. This allows individual and customized information to be displayed.
A distinction is made between 1st party cookies and 3rd party cookies. The 1st party cookies contains the same domain that is also in the browser address line. And only the same website can read out these cookies again.
3rd party cookies are set by another domain. Those cookies do not contain the domain the user is currently visiting. This is e.g. often the case with tracking or advertising providers. Such cookies can then be read from the domains specified therein.
For example, when Facebook places a 3rd party cookie at visitng some blog or site, then the user is recognized on Facebook.
Boudicca’s Bard is created with WordPress, a software that can be used to create and manage a website via the browser. And WordPress automatically sets some cookies and these 1st party cookies are set when you visit Boudicca’s Bard.
These are session cookies, which are only temporary and expire when you leave the website or blog. Such cookies are necessary and, according to my current state of knowledge, quite unproblematic in terms of data protection law.
On the other hand, WordPress also sets other useful cookies. So as a comment cookie. The data that you entered in the comment field is saved here so that you do not have to enter it again next time when you, for example, want to comment a blog contribution.
Otherwise, WordPress does not cause any major problems when it comes to cookies. And they have recognized the signs of the times, so that in terms of data protection the work on WordPress will certainly continue in the future.
Visitor can delete the cookies stored on their own computers at any time; Browsers and other tools can do this easily. But because certain cookies are very useful when a page is visited repeatedly (logging in, etc.), it is practical to first weigh them up before such cookies are deleted. There is usually also the option in the deletion tools to define exceptions.
There is a last thing visitors should know before they click a ‘Like’ or ‘Share’ button on a website they’re visiting; by clicking such social media buttons, cookies of these media are stored on your coputer and may stay there for two years, unless they are intendedly deleted earlier. If the visitor who clicked such a button on a website and is a member of one of those social media, then, at visiting the site of such a social medium, Facebook is known for it, through that set cookie that social medium platform knows what you liked or shared and can present you to that related ads. It is the choice and responsibility of the visitor to use the social media buttons of a page they visit.