1. What is a cookie?
1.1. Cookies are small text files they are stored by your browser onto your computer or mobile device. They are widely used in order to make websites work or work in a better, more efficient way. They can do this because websites can read and write these files, enabling them to recognise you and remember important information that will make your use of a website more convenient (eg by remembering your user preferences).
1.2. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you do not want information collected this way, there is a simple procedure in most browsers that allows you to deny or accept the cookies feature (please read section 5 below for more details about how to do this).
1.4. The two types of cookies we use are known as “session” cookies and “persistent” cookies. These may be cookies which we use and/or a third party uses.
- 1.4.1. Session Cookie: A session cookie is used each time you visit our website to give you a session ID. We use this type of cookie to link your actions on our website and each session cookie will only last for a browser session, at the end of which it will expire. Each browser session will start when you open your browser window and finish when you close your browser window. After your visit to our website all session cookies are deleted. Each time you visit our website you will have a different session ID.
- 1.4.2. Persistent Cookie: A persistent cookie allows your preferences or actions across a site (or across different sites) to be remembered. It has a longer lifetime than a session cookie and lasts for the period of time specified in the cookie (this will vary from cookie to cookie). This type of cookie will not be deleted when you close your browser window and will be stored on your device. It will be activated every time you visit a website which created that particular persistent cookie.
2. Cookies categorisation
To help you understand cookies, we have classified each cookie as one of the following:
- (a) strictly necessary cookie;
- (b) performance cookie;
- (c) functionality cookie;
2.1. Strictly Necessary Cookie
These cookies are essential to a website in order to enable a user to move around and to use a websites features, such as remembering information entered on forms when a user moves between pages within a browser session. Without strictly necessary cookies, certain services on a website may not be made possible and a website may not perform as smoothly as it should.
2.2. Performance Cookie
Performance cookies collect information about the use of a website and help to improve the way a website works. For example, performance cookies may show which are the most frequently visited pages, help to record any difficulties with a website and show whether advertising on a website is effective or not. Performance cookies do not collect information that identifies a user personally and all information that is collected by these cookies is aggregated and anonymous.
2.3. Functionality Cookie
Functionality cookies allow a website to remember the choices you make and to provide enhanced and more personal features. Functionality cookies also remember changes you have made, such as customising a certain webpage and for other services you request such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. Functionality cookies will not track your activity on other websites.
2.4. Third Party Cookie
Please note that third parties may also store targeting or advertising cookies on our website and please see section 4 for more information.
3.1. Accepting strictly necessary cookies and performance cookies is a condition of using our website. If you reject these types of cookies then we cannot predict how our website will perform when you visit it nor guarantee your security.
3.2. You can control the use of functionality cookies, targeting cookies or advertising cookies. We explain how you can manage the different cookies we use on our website at section 5. If you prevent the use of these types of cookies then this may interrupt some services on our website.
4. What cookies are used on our website?
4.1 Functionality Cookies
To keep track of cart data, the online Shop makes use of 3 cookies:
The first two cookies contain information about the cart as a whole and helps WooCommerce know when the cart data changes. The final cookie (wp_woocommerce_session_) contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer. No personal information is stored within these cookies.
4.2 Performance Cookies
Complete Performance Cookies
5. Third Party Cookies
5.1. In some cases, we may use third parties to manage our cookies but we do not allow any third party to use these cookies other than for the types of purpose listed in this policy.
5.2. We do not have access or control over the cookies placed on our website by third parties and use of their cookies is subject to their own privacy policies. We recommend that you review the privacy policies of each of our third parties and we have included details at the links below.
5.3. Cookies placed by third parties may serve different purposes. They may be strictly necessary, performance, functionality, targeting or advertising cookies. For more information on these different types of cookies and what they do, please see section 2.1 2.4.
5.4 To disable or reject third party cookies you must go to the relevant third party’s website. We have explained how you can control third party cookies on your browser for the main web browsers at section 5.
5.5 What third party cookies are used on our website?
Strictly necessary cookies Google Analytics
6. Managing cookies
6.1. You can control which cookies you get and which you keep on your device. Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse our cookies, our system will issue cookies when you visit our website.
6.2. Many web browsers can be set up to ask for your prior consent before an individual cookie is set on your device. This will give you control over your cookies but naturally may interfere with your browsing experience ie if you have to accept each cookie on our website (and on other websites you visit).
6.4. Please note that by deleting cookies or disabling future cookies you may be unable to access certain areas or features of our website and it will mean that settings such as your stored username and password may have to be reset. If you adjust your cookie settings this will also affect the other websites you visit.
6.5. All of the major browsers offer tips and guidance for managing the cookies available on your browser including:
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari for iOS
- Cookie settins in Safari for Mountain Lion
6.6. There are also lots of different third party browser plug ins and extensions available which you can download to make it easier to see and control your cookies. We have included a list of examples of these for the main browsers below: Ghostery
7. Where can I get more information about cookies?
7.1. You can find out more information about internet advertising by visiting the following information websites:
7.2. Some of these sites enable you to opt out of online behavioural advertising and other tracking cookies (ie in addition to the control settings on your browser as set out in section 5).
8. Email Cookies
8.1. We may set cookies within emails we send to you (if you have consented to receiving emails from us). These cookies are used to track how often our emails are opened and clicked on by our customers. You can manage email cookies in the same way as website cookies, as explained in section 5.