The current law on cookies requires that you, as a website user, are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on our websites and consent to cookies being stored on your computer (laptop/mobile/tablet).
What are cookies?
A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.
Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.
Most common cookies
These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website. They can also be used for security to access your Internet banking or email.
These cookies are still stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser which allows your preferences on websites to be remembered. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, for example, remembering your preferences on a website (your language choice or your user name on a particular website).
First and Third Party cookies
This refers to the website placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting. Third party cookies are set by another website; the website you are visiting may have advertising on the page and this other website will be able to set a cookie on your computer. Third party cookies on the main web browsers allow third party cookies by default. Changing the settings on your browsers can prevent this.
There are some exemptions to the above where it is essential for a website to store information on your computer, for example, to provide a service to you that you have requested.
- We have partners who have referred clients and in using cookies, we track referred sales so we can compensate our partners accordingly;
If you do not wish to receive any usage-based online advertising, you can deactivate your cookies. You can also manage your cookies individually for each partner. For this please visit: www.aboutads.info/choices
Please note, you will still see ads, but none that have been specifically chosen based on your interests.
Use of Google Analytics
- We use Google Analytics on our website. A web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”).
- Google Analytics uses cookie information, including your IP address to understand your use of the website and this will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.
- If you request IP anonymisation, Google Analytics will anonymise the last octet of the IP address.
- Only in exceptional cases, the full IP address is sent to and shortened by Google servers in the United States.
- On behalf of the website provider 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 to the website provider.
- Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
- Furthermore you can prevent Google’s collection and use of data (cookies and IP address) by downloading and installing the browser plug-in available under https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Further information can be found at:
https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-pecr/cookies-and-similar-technologies/ and http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.