There are two types of cookie: Cookies also have, broadly speaking, four different functions and can be categorised as follow: ‘strictly necessary’ cookies, ‘performance’ cookies, ‘functionality’ cookies and ‘targeting’ or ‘advertising’ cookies.
Web beacons only collect limited information, including a cookie number, a timestamp, and a record of the page on which they are placed.
Websites may also carry web beacons placed by third party advertisers.
We sometimes include links on our site to goods and services offered by third parties and we may be paid some commission if you subsequently decide to make a purchase.
Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like registration or shopping baskets.
These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.
Some data collected is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location to improve user experience.
Some websites may also contain images called ‘web beacons’ (also known as ‘clear gifs’).
They can remember that you have visited a website, and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers.
They cannot determine who you are though, as the data collected is never linked to your profile.
Sometimes the data used from the web analytics companies has been collected before you registered or signed in.