1. What is a Cookie?
Cookies are small files that websites put on your computer hard disk drive when you first visit. Cookies can include the name of the website, the duration of the cookie (how long it will remain on your hard drive) and a unique identifier, which is normally a randomly generated number.
2. How are Cookies used?
Session Management: Generally Cookies are used to recognise visitors when they return, to store preferences to improve the visitor experience. An example of this is a site using cookies to save your shopping basket when you return to the website.
Personalisation: Cookies can be used to remember information about a user in order to show relevant information in the future.
Tracking: Tracking cookies can be used to track user habits when browsing, cookies can be sent by the browser for each page visited on a site in order to create a log file. It is then possible to find out which pages a user has visited and in what sequence.
3. Types of Cookie
Session cookies - temporary cookies are stored on your hard drive for as long as you are on a website. When you close your browser and end your session the cookie is deleted. Session cookies can be used for Session Management.
Persistent cookies - Long-term cookies that remain on your computer after you've closed your browser. How long they stay on your computer changes from cookie to cookie, but it's usually 30 days. Like session cookies, persistent cookies are also used to remember things from when you've been browsing, but because they're still on your computer after you've left a website, they can be used to make sure that when you return what you're seeing is relevant to you e.g. clothes like those you may have looked at previously or grocery items you may have bought before.
Yes, we use session and third party cookies for the following purposes:
We use session cookies to allow information you enter on one part of the site to be carried through the application to other pages, so you do not have to re-enter information several times. This cookie will be automatically deleted after you end the browser session.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are used to collect anonymous statistics that allow us to understand how visitors use our site. We use this information to help us optimise the website.
5. Consent and Control
Before Cookies are placed on your computer or device, you will be shown a pop-up message at the bottom of the page requesting your consent to set those Cookies. By giving your consent to the placing of Cookies you are enabling Us to provide the best possible experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, deny consent to the placing of Cookies unless those Cookies are strictly necessary; however certain features of Our Site may not function fully or as intended.
In addition to the controls that We provide, you can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. Most internet browsers also enable you to choose whether you wish to disable all Cookies or only third party Cookies. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser or the documentation that came with your device.
The links below provide instructions on how to control Cookies in all mainstream browsers:
• Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
• Microsoft Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/278835
• Microsoft Edge: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/products/microsoft-edge (Please note that there are no specific instructions at this time, but Microsoft support will be able to assist)
• Safari (macOS): https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411?viewlocale=en_GB&locale=en_G
• Safari (iOS): https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT201265
• Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-Cookies-website-preferences
• Android: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?co=GENIE.Platform%3DAndroid&hl=en (Please refer to your device’s documentation for manufacturers’ own browsers)
7. Further Information
For more information about privacy, data protection and our terms and conditions, please visit the following: