What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing a string of characters that can be placed on your computer or mobile device that uniquely identify your browser or device.
Strictly necessary cookies are essential and enable core functionality such as processing your shopping cart and e-billing, without them the website cannot function properly.
Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies donâ€™t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.
Functionality cookiesÂ allow a website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features.
Targeting / advertising cookiesÂ 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 advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.
How long will cookies stay on my device?
The length of time a cookie will stay on your computer or mobile device depends on whether it is a â€śpersistentâ€ť or â€śsessionâ€ť cookie. Session cookies will only stay on your device until you stop browsing. Persistent cookies stay on your computer or mobile device until they expire or are deleted.
What cookies we use and why
We use Google Analytics to analyse how visitors use our site; including the number of visitors to the site, visitor country location, browser and device type used and the pages they visited. These cookies donâ€™t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. We only use this information to improve how a website works.
Google Analytics session cookies:
_utmb cookie and _utmc cookieÂ – calculate visit length
_gatÂ cookieÂ – used to throttle request rates from busy sites
Google Analytics persistent cookies:
__utma cookie – tracks visitors – lasts 2 years
_utmzÂ Â cookie – monitors where and how the visitor arrived – lasts 2 years
_utmv cookie – used for segementationÂ – lasts 6 months
_ga cookie – distinguishes users – lasts 2 years
_gid – distinguishes users – lasts 24 hours
The Google Analytics security and privacy principles are available here
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visitÂ http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Targeting / Advertising Cookies
NID â€“ by Google â€“ used to help customize ads. It is used to remember your most recent searches, your previous interactions with an advertiserâ€™s ads or search results, and your visits to an advertiserâ€™s website. This helps more relevant adverts be shown to you.
IDE â€“ by DoubleClick.net (a business owned by Google) checks what advert and pages you browse. This is then used to control how often an ad is shown to a browser, how long it is shown for and how often it will appear. It may check what section of our website are you browsing to send you ads which should be of your interest. A unique ID is collected from your browser and tracks how you use the site, when you visit sites from other parties, we may do the re-marketing of our services.
Cookies themselves contain no personally identifiable information. Information associated with cookies used in advertising may be added to the userâ€™s Google Account.
You can control the information Google uses to show you ads by viewing, deleting or adding interest categories associated with your browser by visiting: https://adssettings.google.com.
More information about the advertising cookies that Google sets
Third Party Cookies
To improve the user experience, we sometimes embed video content from websites such as YouTube. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from these external services you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control the use of these cookies.Â You should check the relevant policy of the third party website for more information about these.
Links to other websites
How to manage cookies on popular browsers
Microsoft Internet Explorer
To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
What happens if I disable cookies?
This depends on which cookies you disable, but in general the site may not operate properly if all cookies are switched off.