Functional Cookies

Definition & Meaning:

Functional cookies are a type of web cookie specifically used to remember your preferences and choices on a website to provide a more personalized and efficient user experience.

Unlike other cookies that track browsing activity for advertising or analytics, functional cookies are designed to enhance the usability or functionality of the website.

For example, when you select your language preference on a website, a functional cookie stores this choice so that the site automatically appears in your preferred language on subsequent visits.

These cookies can also remember changes you have made to text size, fonts, and other customizable parts of a web page.

If you’re shopping online, functional cookies might keep track of your shopping cart contents as you navigate the site, ensuring that items you’ve added don’t disappear before you check out.

They do not collect information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and are not shared across websites. Because of their role in improving website functionality, disabling functional cookies may result in a less streamlined experience.

For instance, you might have to manually adjust your settings or preferences every time you visit the site.

Websites should inform you about the use of functional cookies and may ask for your consent, depending on the privacy laws in your jurisdiction.