Note that Cookies alone cannot be used to identify you
A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come; the “lifetime” of the cookie; and an identification indicator, usually a unique random number.
The types of cookies are used on many websites including ours:
- Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as using the shopping basket to continue to navigate the site when making a purchase. Without these cookies, services you have asked for, such as making a purchase using the website, cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
- Performance cookies
These cookies collect information about how our visitors use the website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from any web pages. They also allow us to record and count the number of visitors to the website, all of which enables us to see how visitors use the website in order to improve the way that our website works. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor, as all information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how our website works.
- Functionality cookies
These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make (such as login details or your choices in relation to our newsletter). Whenever these cookies are used we will notify you before using the cookie, providing more information about the functionality cookie to be used, and how it might improve your user experience. The information these cookies collect is usually anonymised. They do not gather any information about you that could be used for advertising or remember where you have been on the internet.
- Targeting cookies
These cookies collect several pieces of information about your browsing habits. They are placed by our third party service provider [although we may also place a cookie that collects this kind of information]. All of the information that these cookies collect is anonymised, although they contain a unique key that is able to distinguish, for example, individual user browsing habits, or log if an individual user has clicked on one of our suggested recommendations. These cookies can track your visits around the website, but they do not usually know who you are. They remember that you have visited our website and your browsing habits on our website to improve your experience, so that our recommendations are a better fit for you. This information is only shared between us and our third-party service provider. Without these cookies, the recommendations you encounter and user experience on our website will be less relevant to you and your interests.
They are used to:
- Help us recognise you as a unique visitor by using a unique number when you return to the website. Note: you cannot be identified personally when you – Allow us to tailor content or advertisements to match your preferred interests or to avoid showing you the same adverts repeatedly.
- Compile anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how users use our site and to help us improve the structure of our website. We cannot identify you personally in this way.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings, usually via a drop-down menu. See the help files of your browser for information on how to do this. Also to find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
For instance, you may delete or block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site may not work if you block all of them in the first place. A good compromise is to allow cookies for each session only and arrange for them to always be automatically deleted when leaving a site.
To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Some of our Web pages may contain electronic images known as Web Beacons that allow us to count users who have visited these pages.
Web Beacons collect only information that includes a cookie number; time and date of a page view; and a description of the page on which the Web Beacon resides.
We may also carry Web Beacons placed by third-party advertisers. These Beacons do not carry any personally identifiable information and are only used to track the effectiveness of a particular campaign.
You can learn more about opting out of receiving interest-based ads at optout.aboutads.info and www.networkadvertising.org/choices and from TellApart’s FAQs. You can opt-out of Google Analytics by installing Google’s opt-out browser add-on, and opt-out of interest-based Google ads using Google’s Ads Settings.