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What is a Cookie?

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies have many purposes, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based for example, on your location and/or browsing habits. (Note: We don't use cookies for this purpose).

Cookies may be controlled and set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be controlled and set by other websites who provide content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’). Find out more.

 

What is a cookie comprised of?
A cookie is essentially a text file created and stored on your computer or mobile device by the server of the website visited and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser and it will contain some anonymous information such as an identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers that may represent preferences set by a user or for example details shopping basket details.

What if you don't want cookies to be set
Some users are not comfortable and find the idea of cookies storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly when this information is stored and used by a third party without their knowledge. Although cookies are generally quite harmless you may not, for example, want to see advertising that has been targeted to your interests. If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website. Find out more.

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