1. WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are small text files that are sent by a website to a web browser and contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. This enables the website to identify and track the web browser. Cookies can, among other functions, enable a website to recognise a device each time it visits, remember user preferences and recommend content. Cookies in themselves do not identify the individual user, but rather the computer used. However, some cookies may contain personal information such as account user name.
Different cookies do different things and some are essential to the operation of a website, whilst others are not. The different types of cookie are:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website such as the membership area or use the shopping cart.
- Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our 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 our website, enabling us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences.
- Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visits to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and any advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information (in anonymised form) with third parties for this purpose.
2. WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Cookie||Purpose||Expiry of cookie|
|wordpress_|| WordPress cookie for a logged in user which contains your user name and a double-hashed copy of your user’s password (if applicable). On logging in, wordpress uses this cookie to store your authentication details.||2 weeks.|
|wordpress_logged_in_|| WordPress cookie for a logged in user which conatains your user name. After logging in, wordpress sets this cookie which indicates when you’re logged in and who you are. 2 weeks.|
wp-settings- This is used to customize your view of the admin interface and the main site interface. Your individual user ID from the users database table is added to the end of the cookie.
| 2 weeks.|
|wp-settings-time-||This contains the time you logged in and your user ID. It is used to customize your view of the admin interface and possibly also the main site interface. Again, your individual user ID from the users database table is added to the end of the cookie.||2 weeks.|
|woocommerce_items_in_cart||This tracks what items you have in your shopping cart when you move between pages of the website.||When you close the browser.|
|PHPSESSID_||This is a session cookie used by the online shop to allow it to function correctly and makes your browsing experience more convenient.||When you close the browser.|
The below are 3rd party cookies provided by Google Analytics:
|__utmt|| This is used to throttle request rate i.e. limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.||10 minutes|
|__utmc||This is used to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is not used in the updated ga.js but is used to assist with interoperability with an older version of Google Analytics code known as urchin.js. It was used in combination with the _utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors.|| End of browser session.|
This enables us to track visitor behaviour and site performance. It is used when we create visitor-level variables for customising what can be measured. This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable. This cookie was also used for the deprecated _setVar method. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
| 2 years from set/update.|
3. WHAT ARE THIRD-PARTY COOKIES?
4. CAN I REFUSE OR OPT OUT OF COOKIES?
More information about cookies generally can be found here.
You can find out how to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics by visiting here.
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