Cookies PolicyLast Updated: April 24, 2018
‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. ‘Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so. You consent to us placing non-essential cookies on your computer or device by continuing to use our website with your browser settings set to accept cookies.
For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.
For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.
About CookiesWhat are cookies?
Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customizing a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.Essential and non-essential cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.
Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.
Non-essential cookies: these are cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies or are not listed as essential cookies in the “List of cookies used”.Session and persistent cookies
Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.
Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.First and third party cookies
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.
First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.
Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
Cookies used on our websiteList of cookies used
|Name of cookie||Type of cookie||First or third party||Session or persistent|
These are cookies which are necessary for our website to be able to operate or to provide you with a service on our website which you have requested. We use the following essential cookies and other essential cookies listed in the “List of cookies used” on our website:
- first party session cookies to remember the items you have placed or removed from your shopping cart for the purposes of allowing you to checkout on our website. These cookies are: PHPSESSID, section_data_ids
- a first party session cookie used to help Google Analytics manage the number of users on our website. This cookie is called _gat
- irst party Google Analytics cookies to us understand how you engage and interact with our website, including how you came to our website, which pages you visited, for how long and what you clicked on and your location (based on your IP address). The Google Analytics cookies used on our website are the _ga cookie which is a session cookie and lasts for 38 months and _gid cookie which is a session cookie. We also use the _gat cookie to assist with the performance of Google Analytics on our site. Information collected by Google Analytics cookies is aggregated and anonymized.
We use the following non-essential cookies and other non-essential cookies listed in the “List of cookies used” on our website:
- a third party persistent cookie used to gauge your bandwidth in order to optimize the display of YouTube videos on our website. This cookie is called VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE and expires after 1 year.
- third party YouTube (owned by Google) cookies which collect information about the videos you watch on our website, including what you watch and where you view them (e.g. on our homepage). These cookies are called YSC and PREF. They are persistent cookies and expire after 1 year.
For information on how Google uses data from cookies it uses, click https://policies.google.com/privacy/partners
How to accept or reject cookies
There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below.
You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.
You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.
You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.orgChanging your browser settings
You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:
- Google Chrome https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en-GB
- Mozilla Firefox https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/delete-browsing-search-download-history-firefox?redirectlocale=en-US&redirectslug=Clear+Recent+History
- Microsoft Internet Explorer https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/278835/how-to-delete-cookie-files-in-internet-explorer
- Apple Safari https://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042?locale=en_US
Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
You can opt out of Google Analytics tracking by installing the browser add-on which is available hereClearing existing cookies
To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.