What are cookies?
Cookies are tiny text files that are transferred to your computer when you visit websites. They can be used to enhance your experience on a particular website, for example, they may be used in conjunction with your shopping cart on an ecommerce site, or they may simply be used for marketing purposes to monitor site usage and activity.
What do cookies do?
- On ecommerce sites, cookies can store the contents of your shopping basket as you proceed through checkout.
- Enable you to ‘log in’ facility to a profile account so you can see information relating to your account and manage your details.
- Record the areas in our site you have visited and for how long, as well as which pages you have viewed and your progress through the site. This to help us improve our website so that it’s easy to use and navigate.
Not all these cookies are operational on every site, below is an overview of the types of cookies that might be in use on the site. Details of the ones which are used can be found under The Cookies that are Used.
- Fundamental Cookies
These Cookies are necessary for the operation of the site.
Example: shopping cart information on an e-commerce site, or authorization for access to a restricted area.
- Performance Cookies
These Cookies don't affect the functionality of a website; they are used to improve performance and to track site usage.
Example: Google Analytics
- Functionality Cookies
These Cookies store preferences that help improve the functionality of the site.
Example: location information for services such as news or weather, or accessibility settings for text size, fonts, contrast and so on.
- Advertising Cookies
These cookies store (and share) information about your browsing habits.
Example: pop-up adverts that appear across a whole network of sites, targeted at users based on their browsing history.
Are cookies safe?
- Yes – they don’t harm your computer.
- Yes – they do not contain any information that could be used by others to identify you personally.
- Yes – they do not contain any confidential details such as your email address or payment details.
Can I turn cookies off?
If you would prefer not to have cookies from my website stored on your computer, you can change the settings on your website browser. You can find out how to do this in the ‘Help’ section of your browser, via the menu bar or visiting http://civicuk.com/cookie-law/browser-settings where there are details about how to manage cookies.
The cookies that are used
Google analytics cookies allow us to:
- Allow us to understand how visitors use the site, as well as provide valuable information about devices used and where in the world you have visited us from
- Help identify any errors so we can fix them.
- Gather information which helps us continually improve our website.
The data collected is completely anonymous, there is no personal information to identity a visitor stored or recorded.
To remember your chosen settings, a cookie will be stored in your current browser. If you delete all cookies from your browser, you will have to update these settings again.
If you use a different device, different account on your PC or a different browser, you will need to set your preference for them too. The settings you have chosen today will only apply to device and browser you are using now.