What are cookies?
Cookies are small files that are stored on a user's computer. They are designed to hold a modest amount of data specific to a particular client and website and can be accessed either by the web server or the client computer. This allows us to deliver a page tailored to a particular user. Alternatively, the web page itself can contain some script that is aware of the data in the cookie and is able to carry information from one visit to the website to the next.
Each cookie is effectively a small lookup table containing pairs of (key, data) values - for example (firstname, John) (lastname, Smith). Once the cookie has been read by the code on the server or client computer, the data can be retrieved and used to customise the web page appropriately.
How do we use them?
Cookies make it easier for you to maintain your preferences on the website, such as login ID
By seeing how you use the website we can tailor the website around your preferences and measure usability.
You can, should you choose, disable all cookies in your browser and delete all cookies currently stored on your computer. However, this will prevent the website from functioning correctly. You can find out how to do this for your particular browser in the section below called "how to turn off browser cookies".
You can also turn off just the analytics cookies and 3rd party cookies, as these will not prevent the website from functioning correctly. You can find out how to do this in the sections below called "Analytics cookies" and "3rd Party cookies".
The cookies we use
- authenticate a logged in user
- identify returning users of the site prior to log in ( acquired on logging in)
- identify the active basket for a user
- identify the user's preferred currency
- System-generated by the server
3rd party cookies
These are used for site statistics only
How to turn off browser cookies
These links explain how to control cookies in your browser. If you disable cookies it will apply to all websites you visit, not just our website
• Internet Explorer http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835 (this page links to further information for different versions of IE - the mobile version is at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/web/changing-privacy-and-other-browser-settings.aspx).
• Safari: http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Safari/5.0/en/9277.html (or http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1677 for mobile versions)
These monitor how visitors move around the website and how they reached it. This is used so that we can see total (not individual) figures on the number of visitors we get to the site, what content users are searching for, etc.
You can opt out of these if you want:
• Google Analytics: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
• Yahoo search marketing: http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/us/yahoo/opt_out/targeting/details.html
• PPC tracking: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/?sig=ACi0TCi3Ysx0jN9e2L7nwqcTe3cHwsl4iKxxuavuhTTSOKPqbSqWRVZPS3E5Otq2VVQU79MZwuNAw_1HzFlaxlTXc0EIQTLILIgIiHkW6HW78-LlSrHwIZ4-WY1zs9tMrLbipf291gWmqLBQZo_n2oFbkjTZFUhGYCDT8YXZ-tYV1T1UCqTUl28&hl=en#display_optout
3rd Party cookies
This company may drop cookies on your computer when you use them on our site or if you are already logged into them.
• AddThis (the service that runs some of our social sharing buttons): http://www.addthis.com/privacy#.T6j--usS0bw