What is a cookie?
A cookie is generally a small file (or data) downloaded from a website that you are browsing and stored onto your device so that, once you agree, that cookie can help monitor and analyse traffic. 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.
There are different types of cookies used for different services (please see below).
Although cookies cannot carry viruses, and cannot install malware on the host computer, tracking cookies and especially third-party tracking cookies are commonly used as ways to compile long-term records of individuals’ browsing histories — a major privacy concern that has prompted European and US law makers to take action.
What we do with cookies
We also use them to see how you discovered our website – which words you typed into a search engine (keywords) to find us, how you used our website, which pages you viewed, (remember we hold no personal information) and for our record sales, thus helping us update and improve our products.
The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below.
Different cookies for different purposes
The ones we use:
Category 1: Necessary session cookies
These cookies terminate when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). They are used for various reasons, for example, enable you to move around the website and use its features. They remember which products you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website and can also be used (for security) to access your Internet banking, e-billing or email when purchasing a product.
Category 2: Performance and tracking cookies
These cookies provide information about how a visitor uses a website and are used for a variety of purposes, for example, remembering your preferences on a website. A persistent cookie will outlast user sessions. If a persistent cookie has its Max-Age set to 1 year, then, within the year, the initial value set in that cookie would be sent back to the server every time the user visited the server. This could be used to record a vital piece of information such as how the user initially came to this website or which pages are most popular. For this reason persistent cookies are also called tracking cookies.
Category 3: Funtionality cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices – such as your user name, language or region that you are in. They may also be able to see if you have changed the text size or font or other customisations. They may also be used to provide a you with a service you have asked for, such as viewing a video linked to another site i.e. Vimeo or YouTube
Category 4: 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 – a website you are subsequently visiting which may have advertising on the page and this other website (third party) will be able to set a cookie on your computer.
These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert as well as the effectiveness of a campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks and remember that you have visited a website then place an advert on a subsequent advertising website – usually as a banner ad or similar.
Third party cookies on the main web browsers allow third party cookies by default. i.e. the web pages on that domain may feature content from a third-party domain – e.g. an advertisement showing advert banners.