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Cookies

What Are Cookies?
Where does the name originate?
Initially developed in 1995, Cookies have been used since the start of the web as we know it. The origin of the word comes from 'magic cookie’ – technical jargon for information shared between several pieces of software.

The term may also be linked to the tradition of offering and sharing edible cookies in America.

What is a cookie?
A cookie consists of a basic text file with anonymous information that includes a unique user identification and website name.

A cookie may be placed on your computer when you visit a website, and each individual website can only view only the cookies it has stored on your computer.

Why use Cookies?
The use of cookies offers an improved online experience by storing your data anonymously. This can take the form of either a ‘session cookie’ that remembers you for a single visit or a ‘persistent cookie’ for multiple visits.

Certain types of cookies are necessary for a website to function effectively. These are called' essential’ cookies, while those that optimise a website are termed ‘non-essential’ cookies.

What do Cookies do?
A cookie allows easy navigation between pages on a website by learning your preferences. Many cookies are also used to display advertising content more relevant to you, based on website activity and approximate location.

When cookies are not used a website will view you as a new visitor each time you visit. This can slow down your online experience, leading to issues such as your login details being requested repeatedly, and items added to your basket being lost.

Cookies provided by a website you view are termed ‘first party’ cookies, while cookies from sites displaying content on another website are known as ‘third party’ cookies.

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ('Google'). Google Analytics uses 'cookies', which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyze how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to manage Cookies

Most modern internet browsers offer a number of options for controlling cookies. Settings can be changed to accept, reject all, or block selected cookies. You can also change your browser settings to notify you whenever a cookie is offered. Information on how to do this for popular web browsers can be found here.

How to delete Cookies

The majority of cookies are easy to delete. Simply select your browser here and follow the instructions.

Please be aware

Your shopping or browsing experience could be seriously compromised by blocking or deleting cookies

Useful Links

www.aboutcookies.org
www.allaboutcookies.org
www.youronlinechoices.eu

 

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