What are Cookies?
Cookies are small data files sent by a website's server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive, and are stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customizing a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user's website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.
Essential Cookies and Non-Essential Cookies
Cookies can be classified as either 'Essential' or 'Non-Essential.' 'Non-essential' cookies and other technologies are only placed on a user’s computer or device if they have consented to us doing so.
Essential cookies are automatically placed on a user's computer or device when they access our website or take certain actions on our website. These are cookies that are either used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network or that are strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) that a user has requested.
We use the following essential cookies on our website:
- First-party and third-party session cookies that preserve a user's state across pages on the website; these cookies are essential for the website to operate, including its basket functionality
Non-essential cookies are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyze a user's behavior on a website ('analytical' cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to a user ('advertising' cookies).
We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:
- Functional cookies
- Cookies that are designed for purposes such as enhancing a website's functionality
- These are either not strictly essential for the website or functionality which a user has requested to work or are cookies which serve non-essential purposes in addition to their essential purpose
- We use the following functional cookies on our website:
- First-party session cookies used to help Google Analytics manage the number of users on our website
- First-party session cookies used to throttle the speed of requests to the server
- Third-party session cookies used as a security cookie to protect user’s data from unauthorized access
- Analytical (or performance) cookies
- Cookies that track and gather data about what a user does on a website
- These cookies are not essential for our website or its functionality to work
- Classified as first-party cookies as they are set by our website domain, although Google collects and processes information from our use of Google Analytics
- We use the following types of analytical cookies on our website:
- First-party persistent cookies used by Google's network to distinguish website visitors
- First-party session cookies used by Google's network that generates statistical data on how a visitor uses the website
- Third-party persistent cookies used by Google's network that collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit
- Third-party persistent cookies used by Google's network that registers a timestamp with the exact time of when a user leaves the website; used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit
- Third-party session cookies used by Google's network that registers a timestamp with the exact time of when a user leaves the website; used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit
- Third-party persistent cookies used by Google's network to store user preferences and information of Google maps, as well as when a user views pages with Google maps on them
- Targeting (or advertising) cookies
- Cookies that record information about a user's visit to and use of our website, for advertising purposes
- We use these targeting cookies for the following purposes on our website:
- Third-party persistent cookies used by Google's network, which registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user's device that is used to target advertisements to the user
- Third-party session cookies used by Google's network to gather website statistics and track conversion rates
Session Cookies and Persistent Cookies
Cookies can be classified as either 'session' or 'persistent,' depending on how long they last after they are placed on a user's browser.
Session cookies last for as long as a user keeps their browser open. They expire when a user closes their browser.
Persistent cookies are cookies that expire at a fixed point in time or if a user manually deletes them from their browser, whichever occurs first.
First-Party and Third-Party Cookies
Cookies can be classified as 'first-party' cookies or 'third-party' cookies.
First-party cookies are cookies placed on a user's device by our website domain.
Third-party cookies are cookies placed on a user's device by third-party website domains.
Users are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website; however, doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
Clearing all cookies from a user's browser will also delete any cookies that are storing their preferences, for example, whether they have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
Accepting or Rejecting Cookies
Cookie Control Tool
Users can accept or reject non-essential cookies by using our cookie management tool.
Users can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third-party cookies) by adjusting their browser settings.
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on their browser, a user should select the option to clear browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when they do so.
Google Analytics Opt-Out Browser Add-On
Users can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available from Google.
Google Ad Settings
Users can manage and opt-out of personalization of advertisements by Google by visiting Google's ad settings page. Alternatively, users can install a free browser plugin offered by Google.
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