What are cookies and how do they work?
A cookie is a small file, typically consisting of letters and numbers, downloaded onto a device when the user accesses certain websites (including the Web Site). Cookies are then sent back to originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognize a user’s device.
There are various types of cookies, such as:
Session cookies – allow websites to link the actions of a user during a browser session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put their shopping basket as they browse around a site. These session cookies expire after a browser session so would not be stored longer term. Persistent cookies – are stored on a users’ device in between browser sessions which allows the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or in some cases across different websites) to be remembered. Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target adverting.
First and third party cookies – Whether a cookie is ‘first’ of ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie. First party cookies in basic terms are cookies set by a website visited by the user – the website displayed in the URL window. Third party cookies are cookies that are set by a domain other than the one being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and a separate company sets a cookie through that website this would be a third party cookie.
What sort of cookies do we use?
Can a website user block cookies?
As we’ve explained above, cookies help you to get the most out of our websites.
We communicate with you to provide information, products and services that you have requested. It is your choice to send us these requests. Through your internet browser, you may have the option to reject this Web Site’s cookies and still use this Web Site. However, your access to this Web Site will be limited. You may always opt out of receiving marketing emails by following the instructions on the marketing email.
Please remember that if you do choose to disable cookies, you may find that certain sections of our website do not work properly.