What are Cookies?
A cookie is a text file containing small amount of information which is placed by a website within a computer or device through your web browser; the cookie is subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser.
Cookies are designed to assist your computer or device to remember something the user has done within that website e.g. remembering that the user has logged in, or which buttons have been clicked.
There are specific cookies related to knowing a user is logged in or not. These are known as authentication cookies. Authentication cookies are important for the website to know what information to show you, or if it needs to ask you to log in.
If you wish to find out more about cookies, we find this website quite helpful www.aboutcookies.org
There are some specific cookies related to the website, which are mandatory for the website to run smoothly & properly. You may not be able to use the website properly without these cookies.
These cookies are not essential to run the website properly, but they are used in order to improve the user experience, understand the user behaviours, remember user preferences, track users and so on.
Different Types of Cookies
they only last for the duration of your browsing session on the website. Your web browser would normally delete these when you close the browser.
these last longer than the browser session e.g. if you log into a website and then return to the website some days later, the website knows who you are and displays a welcome message to you. Persistent cookies enable this to happen.
First party cookies:
these are set by the domain (or sub-domain) in the web browser e.g. at Argos, our first party cookies are set by Argos.co.uk sub-domains.
Third party cookies:
these are set by a different domain to the one on the website you are looking at. Third party cookies are used for a variety of reasons. These are outlined in the third party cookie section.
Information of cookies used by the website:
Third party cookies:
|PHPSESSID||Randomly generated||Used to track the user within website.||At end of session|
|cookiePreference||Randomly generated||Used to store user based cookie preferences.||1 year from set/update|
Third Party Cookies:
We use Google Analytics to monitor visitor traffic and behaviour on this website. This enables us to estimate more accurately the numbers of visitors to particular pages and plan for volumes of usage.
Following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
|_ga||It is used to determine the domain, unique users, visits counts, source information, start & end of session.||2 years from set/update.|
|_gat||It is used to throttle request rate.||10 minutes from set/update.|
What happens if I delete or disallow cookies in my browser? Will the website still work?
The website will work as long you do not disallow or delete the essential cookies, which are meant to store necessary information
If you delete or disallow the non-essential cookies then you will be able to get the information you need from this website. But as we develop how this website works and offer more sophisticated services through it this will most likely rely on cookies.
How will this impact us?
If you decline cookies then we will not be able to count your website usage in the statistics that we gather about use of this website.
We use Google Analytics to count the number of people who use this website and to analyse how they use it. We do this to make sure that this website is as good as it can be and this is the primary evidence we use when trying to improve what we offer to users.
If you decline cookies then your website usage won't be counted and measured in this way so we won't be able to take your actions into account when analysing data and seeking to improve our service based on that analysis.
How to control and delete cookies?
If you wish to delete or block any cookies that are already on your machine (including Google Analytics cookie) please visit AboutCookies.org. Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of this website.
To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data about your interaction on our website, please click "OFF" tab.
We reserve the right to make changes to this policy. Any changes to this policy will be posted.