Cookies

This web site creates one cookie for each visitor.

For all visitors, this cookie contains:

session id

This is a system-generated code to identify the session

cross site request forgery (CSRF) token

This is a system-generated code that our system uses to ensure that any form data you submit is actually submitted by you and not by some malicious third party code pretending to be you.

For registered users, the cookie also contains:

user id

This is a user-specific id code used by our system to authenticate the user in our database and persist their session across multiple page views.

'flash' messages

These are useful notifications that are sometimes displayed following some user action. For example, when a user logs out they may see a message such as "You have successfully logged out". The message is stored in the cookie so that it can be displayed on the following page. As soon as the message is displayed, it is permanently deleted from the cookie.

The cookie is essential for enabling registered users to sign in. If you disable our cookie, you will not be able to sign in.

If a user - registered or non-registered - accesses the shopping basket page, a unique basket id code will also be stored in the cookie. The cookie will never contain details of items in your basket - these details are only stored in our secure database. Our system uses the basket id from your cookie to determine which items to display on your basket page.

Our cookie does not contain any further personal details.

By default, the cookie will expire when the browser session ends, i.e. when the user quits their browser application. For registered users who ticked the 'Remember me' checkbox during sign in, the cookie will remain until the user chooses to log out.

The only third party cookies that are created when you visit this site are from Google Analytics. This site uses Google Analytics to get an insight into how visitors typically use our site. For example, we like to see what pages are the most and least used, what kind of devices people use to access the site, and so on. This helps us make decisions about how to improve the site in future. This information is only available to us at an aggregate level, that is we cannot identify individual visitors.

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Disabling cookies

You can choose to disable cookies in your web browser. Doing so will not affect your ability to view the content of our site. However, please note that if you disable our cookie you will not be able to log in or add items to your shopping basket. For more information, see www.aboutcookies.org.