What are cookies?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which allow our site to recognise your device and are downloaded to your device when you visit a website if you agree to the site doing so. Cookies are then sent back to the website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie.
Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and are widely used in order to either make websites work more efficiently, let you navigate between pages, remember your preferences, and generally improve your user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.
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If you don’t change your browser settings and continue to use our site, we will assume that you consent to us continuing to download cookies onto your device.
Whether or not you allow us to download cookies is up to you, but if you choose to disable cookies by changing your browser settings, our website and its features may not necessarily work in the same way or produce the same personalised experience. If you delete all of your cookies, you will have to update your preferences with us again. If you use a different device, computer profile or browser you will have to tell us your preferences again.
Cookies we use
Strictly Necessary Cookies – These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for. These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas. Without using these cookies, services you have asked for such as shopping baskets or e-billing cannot be provided.
Functionality Cookies – These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. These cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website. They allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features such as greeting you by name. They can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of our website that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked us for, such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
Tracking, targeting or Advertising Cookies – These cookies collect information about your browsing habits. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and links you have followed. They are used to deliver adverts which are more relevant to you and your interests, to limit the number of times you see an advertisement and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They are also used to track whether you have clicked through to our website from one of our affiliate’s websites so that we can manage our affiliate networks.
We will use this information to make our website and the advertising (including product recommendations) displayed on it more relevant to your interests. These cookies are also placed by third parties (including advertising networks) with our permission. These cookies remember that you have visited our website and the pages you have visited, and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers and may be used to deliver adverts to you on third party websites or applications (or via email where you have consented to this) based on your online activity.
There are opt-out schemes which allow you to opt-out from receiving targeted advertising from third parties who are members of those schemes:
You can find more information about cookies at: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/online/cookies/ and https://www.google.co.in/intl/en/policies/technologies/cookies/.
List of cookies
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below.
|Webserver||PHPSESSID||Preserves user session state across page requests.||Expiry: Session|
|Google Analytics||_utm.gif||Logs details about the visitor's browser and computer.||Expiry: Session|
|Google Analytics||_utma||Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit.||Expiry: 2 years|
|Google Analytics||_utmb||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accessed the website. Used to calculate the duration of a website visit||Expiry: Session|
|Google Analytics||_utmc||Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website. Used to calculate the duration of a website visit.||Expiry: Session|
|Google Analytics||_utmt||Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server.||Expiry: Session|
|Google Analytics||_utmz||Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used.||Expiry: 6 months|
|fr||Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers.||Expiry: 3 months|
|tr||Pixel tracker.||Expiry: Session|
|Alexa||atrk.gif||Used to track and report visitor information to the Alexa analytics service.||Expiry: Session|
|Alexa||_asc||Used to track and report visitor information to the Alexa analytics service.||Expiry: Session|
|Alexa||_auc||Used to track and report visitor information to the Alexa analytics service.||Expiry: 1 year|