What is a cookie and how do we use them?
A cookie is a file containing a piece of data (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser when you visit a website. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but personal information may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
We may use the information we obtain from your use of our cookies for the following purposes:
To recognise your computer when you visit our website and remember your preferences
To analyse the use of the website and improve its usability
To track you as you navigate our website, and enable the use of certain functionalities (e.g. add/remove products to and from the order basket, completing a purchase within checkout, etc.)
If you'd like to block or delete cookies from any website you visit, you can use your browser to do this. We've provided some information about blocking and deleting cookies at the bottom of this policy.
What types of cookies does our website use?
There are two different types of cookies that we use:
Cookies required for functionality and navigation
These cookies are essential for the proper functioning and easy navigation of our website. For example they enable the order basket functionality and for you to stay logged in as you move through our website. If you refuse to accept these cookies, it will impact on the usability of certain features of our website.
Cookies for analytical purposes
Analytics cookies gather general information on how users use our website, e.g. which pages users visit most frequently and whether users receive any error messages from the website.
If you choose to delete or block these cookies, it will not reduce the functionality of our website.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example (at the time the policy was drafted): In Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.
You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer. For example (at the time the policy was drafted): In Internet Explorer, you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835