1. What are cookies?
A cookie, also known as a browser cookie, is a small text file which is downloaded to your computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website or use an app.
Cookies help make your online experience more efficient and relevant to your interests. For instance, they are used to remember your preferences on sites that you visit often, to remember your user ID and the contents of a shopping basket and to help you to navigate between pages more efficiently. Different types of cookies are used to do different things. They also help us to identify ways to improve your overall site experience hers are used to provide you with advertising which is more tailored to your interests, or to measure the number of your site visits and the most popular pages you visit.
This policy sets out the types of cookies that we use and what we use them for.
2. Are there different types of cookies?
Yes, there are different types of cookies. Cookies are divided into “first party” and “third party” cookies, and “session” and “persistent” cookies.
2.1 “First party” and “third party” cookies
Cookies can be set and controlled by the operator of a website (known as a ‘first party cookie’) or a third party such as Facebook for example to display advertisements and social sharing features (known as a ‘third party cookie’).
2.2 “Session cookies” and “persistent cookies”
Cookies can also be divided into “session cookies” and “persistent cookies”:
(a) Session cookies
Session cookies are stored in your computer or device’s memory during your browsing session and are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave a website. These cookies usually store a session ID, allowing you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
They are widely used by commercial websites; for example to keep track of items that a consumer has added to a shopping basket. Session cookies do not collect any information from your computer or device and they expire at the end of your browser session.
(b) Persistent cookies
Persistent cookies usually have an expiration date and so stay in your browser until they expire, or until you manually delete them.
We use a Facebook Pixel cookie to help us provide targetted advertising through the Facebook news feed.
Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but in order to provide you with the required ability to block the Facebook Pixel cookie, we have added a ‘Block’ option in a pop-up banner visible on first website visit. You can use this to block the storing of the cookie.
5. Cookies we use
Facebook – _fbp
This cookie is used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers. You can find out more information on this cookie here. This cookie expires after 3 months.
This policy was last updated on 16th October 2019.