What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the site. It enables the website to remember your actions and preferences (such as login, language, font size and other display preferences) over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you come back to the site or browse from one page to another.
- Make our website work as you’d expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Make our shopping basket and checkout work
- Remember your search settings
- Tailor content to your needs
- Allow you to sign into your online shopping account
- Remember if we have already asked you certain questions (e.g. prevents a pop-up inviting you to join our newsletter if you joined on a previous page)
- And more
- Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
- Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
- Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
Third Party Functions:
Social Website Cookies
So you can easily like or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site. Cookies are set by liking or sharing content. The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies
Cookies are widely used in online advertising. Neither us, advertisers or our advertising partners can gain personally identifiable information from these cookies. There are various websites that can help you opt out of targeted advertising. It is worth noting that opting out of advertising cookies will not mean you won’t see ads, it’s just that they won’t be tailored to you any longer.
Can I turn cookies off?
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. For instructions, search for your browser and the phrase “how to delete cookies” and you should be able to find instructions for your particular computer or device. We also suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers.
You can delete all cookies that are already on your computer and you can set most browsers to prevent them from being placed. Doing so, however, will likely limit the functionality of not only our websites but also a majority of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.