A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.
Cookies can be either ‘session cookies ‘or ‘persistent cookies’. A session cookie will expire, be deleted, at the end of the user session, when you close your web browser. A persistent cookie will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until a set expiry date (unless you go in and manually delete it before the expiry date).
We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
- To recognise your device when you visit our websites;
- To log on and register on our websites:
- To improve our websites’ usability;
- To analyse the use of our websites;
- To link to email marketing campaigns;
- To improve the security of our websites; and
- For the general administration of our websites.
Cookies on our website
We use both session cookies and persistent cookies on this website. Session cookies are those delete themselves when you leave the site. Persistent cookies are those that last for up to two years after you first visit our website. The specific cookies that we use are:
- Registration, Login and Application cookies, which are persistent cookies
- Social media cookies, which are session cookies
- Performance and tracking cookies
- Analytics cookies, which are persistent cookies
- Device Cookies, which are persistent cookies
Most cookies we use are persistent cookies to give you a better experience and service, as well as making it more secure.
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the list below:
- _ga – Google Analytics uses to distinguish users.
- _gat – Google Analytics uses to throttle request rate.
- __utma – Google Analytics uses to distinguish users and sessions.
- __utmb – Google Analytics uses to take a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site.
- __utmc – Google Analytics uses to take a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site.
- __utmt – Google Analytics uses to throttle the request rate for the service – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.
- __utmz – Google Analytics uses to keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website.
- Analytics are persistent cookies that allow us to recognise, count the number of visitors, and provide anonymous data about how our visitors use our websites.
- Using analytics cookies helps us improve the way our websites work and navigate, ensuring that users are able to find what they are looking for without difficulty. No personally identifiable data is collected about you.
- For further information on analytics cookies, please click here https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.
- We use a persistent cookie to understand what device you are using and make sure the website is displayed correctly.
- We use this in conjunction with the VID cookie to keep track of the logged in entity. It allows us to identify the secure zone where the entity is logged in.
- A secure area is created for each candidate and we use the VID cookie to ensure candidates log into their correct secure area.
Third party cookies
Our site uses Google Analytics, which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your journey with us. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to display relevant and engaging content. You can read more about Google Analytics cookies by visiting the official Google Analytics page.
We use Google AdWords to advertise across the Internet. AdWords ads and remarketing will display relevant ads tailored to you based on what parts of the website you have viewed by placing a cookie on your machine. The cookie is used to say “This person visited this product or page, so show them ads relating to that product or page.” Google AdWords allows us to tailor our marketing to better suit your needs and only display ads that are relevant to you.
From time to time we might test new features and make little changes to the way that the site looks and feels. While we’re testing, it’s these cookies that make sure your experience is still top-notch, and at the same time they give us feedback as to which of our changes people like. This sort of research is incredibly useful, and by tracking how many of our visitors make a purchase and what our top sellers are we can plan ahead to order more of the sort of fair trade and handmade treasures that you want the most.
Managing and Blocking Cookies
You can block some or all cookies by activating the setting on your browser. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our websites. This may impair your ability to fully utilise our websites.
More information about cookies can be found on the website http://www.aboutcookies.org. This also gives details on how to delete cookies from your device. For information on how to do this on your smart mobile phone or tablet browser, please consult your device’s manual, or manufacturer.
More information can be found here: http://docs.businesscatalyst.com/reference/misc/bc-cookies.html.
If you have any questions about our cookies or this cookies policy please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org