Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently by remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website. They can provide information to the owners of the site. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through browser settings.
Details about the cookies we use are set out below. Some of these are third party cookies – see the section on third-party cookies below for more information.
The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). PECR also covers the use of similar technologies for storing or accessing information, such as ‘Flash cookies’ and device fingerprinting.
How do the cookie regulations affect you?
You may come across information about cookies and similar technologies on websites and be given choices about how some cookies are used. This might include, for example, being asked to agree to a cookie being used for a particular service, such as remembering your preferences on a site.
How can I control my cookies?
You can use your web browser to:
- delete all cookies;
- block all cookies;
- allow all cookies;
- block ‘third-party’ cookies (ie, cookies set by online services other than the one you are visiting);
- clear all cookies when you close the browser;
- open a ‘private browsing’ / ‘incognito’ session, which allows you to browse the web without recording your browsing history or storing local data such as cookies (you should however be aware of the limitations of this feature in a privacy context); and
- install add-ons and plugins that extend browser functionality.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
Types of Cookie:
There are however categories of cookies with specific reasons why we use then:
These cookies are essential for our websites to perform their basic functions. These include those required to allow registered users to authenticate and perform account related functions, as well as to save the contents of virtual “carts” on sites that have an e-commerce functionality.
These cookies are used to store preferences set by users such as account name, language, and location.
Performance cookies collect information on how users interact with our websites, including what pages are visited most, as well as other analytical data. We use these details to improve how our websites function and to understand how users interact with them.
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.
Third Party / embedded content:
Our websites make use of different third-party services to enhance the experience of website visitors. These include social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter (through the use of sharing buttons), or embedded content from Youtube and Vimeo. As a result, cookies may be set by these third parties, and used by them to track your online activity. We have no direct control over the information that is collected by these cookies.
The cookies we use:
Purpose: Wocommerce – stores a visitors shopping basket
Purpose: Wocommerce – stores a visitors login information so they don’t need to keep logging in if browser closed
Purpose: Remembers the user’s selected language version of a website
Purpose: Google Analytics Tracking Code that throttles request rates.
Expiry: 1 Day
Purpose: Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit. Used by Google Analytics.
Expiry: 2 years
Purpose: Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accessed the website. Used by Google Analytics to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Expiry: 1 Day
Purpose: Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
Purpose: Used to set up a page with a Twitter feed and allow it to load faster and run more effectively.
Purpose: Used to link a page with a Twitter feed to the twitter account.
Purpose: The cookie is used in context with the local-storage function in the browser. This function allows the website to load faster by pre-loading certain procedures.