The EU cookie law became effective on 26th May 2012. It means that websites are required to gain consent from visitors to store or receive any information on a computer or any other web connected devices (e.g. smartphone or tablet). The cookie law has been designed to protect online privacy of customers by making them aware, and giving them a choice, about the amount of information collected by websites.
Nothing has changed in any way with how we store data or how the site operates, but we are now obliged to tell you all about cookies.
What are cookies? A cookie, also known as an HTTP cookie, web cookie, or browser cookie, is usually a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in a user's web browser while a user is browsing a website. When the user browses the same website in the future, the data stored in the cookie can be retrieved by the website to notify the website of the user's previous activity. Cookies were designed to be a reliable mechanism for websites to remember the state of the website or activity the user had taken in the past. This can include clicking particular buttons, logging in, or a record of which pages were visited by the user. Other kinds of cookies perform essential functions in the modern Web. Perhaps most importantly, authentication cookies are the most common method used by web servers to know whether the user is logged in or not, and which account they are logged in under. Without such a mechanism, the site would not know whether to send a page full of sensitive information, or a message saying "sorry, you need to log in".
- Anonymous tracking of site visits, i.e. so that we can monitor how many unique visitors have visited the site, but not who they are, etc.
- Improving security on the website to prevent fraudulent activity and protect your personal data.
- Identifying visitors for login purposes. This ensures that you remain logged in on each page you visit, allows your browser to remember your login credentials and allows the site to make recommendations based on your purchases.
- Storing an anonymous reference to your shopping basket.
- Storing an anonymous reference to information you enter into the website.
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