Cookies are 'local storage file' and are used to help websites function and enhance a user's experience as well as in some cases collect data about a visitor's activity on a website. By themselves web pages cannot hold and pass information easily. Cookies help overcome this. They are small text files that are created on a visitor's computer to store information that aids the running of the website. Cookies come in many guises including:
Any first-party cookie with no expiry time, or more specifically any first-party cookie set to expire when the web browser is closed. First-party cookies are those with a domain name that matches the domain or any sub domain(s) of the actual site being analysed.
Often this is essential data storage such as a user being able to login to the website account and move around the website whilst being kept logged in or being able to add items to their basket and consequently pay and complete a transaction. These cookies are temporary and when a browser is closed then they are removed.
Any first-party cookie with a fixed expiry time in the future.
Any third-party cookie regardless of expiry time. Third-party cookies are those with a domain name that differs completely from the domain of the actual site being analysed
The following cookies are used on our website:
- ASP.NET_SessionId - this is a Microsoft .NET session ID
- _atuvc - this is a cookie used by the social media facility "Addthis"
- _utma - this is a cookie used by Google Analytics
- _utmb - this is a cookie used by Google Analytics
- _utmz - this is a cookie used by Google Analytics