What are cookies?
For almost any modern website to work properly, it needs to collect certain basic information on its users. To do this, a site will create files known as cookies – which are small text files – on its users’ devices. These cookies are designed to allow the website to recognize its users on subsequent visits, or to authorize other designated websites to recognize these users for a particular purpose.
Cookies do a lot of different jobs which make your experience of the Internet much smoother and more interactive. Much, though not all, of the data that they collect is anonymous, though some of it is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience.
We collect a number of cookies from our users for various reasons, not least to track our own performance (for example to calculate how many visitors we have – anonymously, of course – and how long they stay on our site) – but also to offer you the best performing web pages.
What types of cookie do we use?
We may use the following types of cookies.
The functional cookies ensure that the websites function properly, for instance by keeping you logged in to your account (without having to re-enter your login data), remembering what products are in your shopping basket and calculating the correct amount on checkout.
Analytical cookies allow us to recognize and to count the number of anonymized visitors to our websites, to see how visitors move around the website when they are using it and to record which content viewers view and are interested in. This helps us to determine how frequently particular pages are visited and to determine the most popular areas of our website.
On some websites we use marketing/tracking cookies, for our marketing purposes, to show you the products and advertisements that are relevant to you, on the basis of products that you have viewed.
Social and external cookies
You can also find links on our websites to social media and service providers, such as, but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo, Youtube, Mylaps and Twitter. To ensure that those links function properly, cookies of those social media parties are used, to ensure that they recognize you when you wish to share information from our websites.
How do I control my cookies?
You should be aware that any preferences will be lost if you delete cookies and many websites will not work properly or you will lose some functionality. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our websites.
Most browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can alter the settings of your browser to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance if you prefer. Generally, you have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them individually, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. Visit the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu on your browser to change settings and check the following links for more browser-specific information.
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