A cookie is a text file containing a small amount of information that is sent to your browser when you visit a website. The cookie is then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises it. Cookies are an extremely useful technology and do lots of different jobs.
Cookies generally fall into the following categories:
• Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of a website (e.g. that enable you to log into secure areas of a site).
• Analytical/performance cookies. They allow web hosts to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around a website when they are using it. This helps improve the way a website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
• Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to a website. They enable personalisation of content for you (e.g. greet you by name and remember your preferences).
• Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. This information can be used make a website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests.
We currently only use Google Analytics as an analytical cookie. This cookie is placed by Google and persists for a very short period. It tracks who visits the store and from where. Although it records data such as your geographic location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. It also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to identify you but Google to not grant us access to this.