On May 26th 2011, a new EU directive and UK Law came into practice regarding cookies.
In simple terms, cookies are little bits of code on website that allow the site to remember details about you. They can be used when you login to something, when you use a shopping basket feature on a shop website, when you use a ‘share’ widget for Twitter/Facebook etc., and other things. For a better idea of how cookies work, take a look at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/ .
Previously, people could choose to opt out of using cookies. Now, new directive states that users now have to opt-in to using cookies on a website. This means that we need to tell you what cookies we will use on a site, and ask you to opt-in to using them.
Some cookies are necessary for the workings of a website, and you can’t opt out of these. This group mainly includes cookies for shop baskets, where a core function of the website needs to remember some of your information.
Since 26th May 2011, there has been an EU Law which states that all EU-based websites must ask permission before setting cookies that aren’t essential to the way a site works, but this will not be enforced until 26th May 2012. The ICO have official information about cookies – you can visit their website at www.ico.gov.uk, and learn more about cookies in general at www.allaboutcookies.org .
Below is a list of cookies which we use – some are ours, and some are from third parties. Each company using cookies has a security policy linked, so you can find out how they use information from cookies.
This is something which allows us to keep track of who visits websites. This information lets us know how well a certain website is performing, but doesn’t give us any personal information. If you don’t want any sites to track your visit using Google Analytics, you can opt out by visiting http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout . However, if you choose to do this, it will affect all websites using Google Analytics.
These cookies are on nearly all of our websites – we use them to help make your visit to the site faster and smoother. By using cookies, we can remember if you’ve visited the site before and any options you chose the first time…