Updated 24th May 2018
What’s a cookie?
- A “cookie” is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit. Cookies can also be used to analyze traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
- Cookies are used by nearly all websites and do not harm your system.
If you want to check or change what types of cookies you accept, this can usually be altered within your browser settings. You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
Cookies are either:
- Session cookies: these are only stored on your computer during your web session and are automatically deleted when you close your browser – they usually store an anonymous session ID allowing you to browse a website without having to log in to each page but they do not collect any personal data from your computer; or
- Persistent cookies: a persistent cookie is stored as a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser. The cookie can be read by the website that created it when you visit that website again. We use persistent cookies for Google Analytics.
The cookies set while using our website are categorized as follows:
- Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential to enable you to use the website effectively, such as to keep track of what is in your shopping cart or to tell us that you are logged in and therefore cannot be turned off. Without these cookies, the services available to you on our website cannot be provided. Other necessary cookies include a cookie set by a fraud-prevention service that helps us detect fraud, and a cookie set to tell us which 3rd party affiliate websites we may need to compensate for referring you to our website when you make a purchase. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing.
- Statistics/Performance cookies: These cookies enable us to monitor and improve the performance of our website. For example, they allow us to count visits, identify traffic sources, measure advertisement performance and see which parts of the site are most popular. We use Google Analytics and SideCar, which both anonymize your data so you are not personally identifiable on their servers.
- Functionality cookies: These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced features. We use a cookie to show you the most recent products you viewed on our website or and another cookie show you a welcome message if it is the first time you are visiting our website.