What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files which are sent to your browser when you visit our website. When you visit our website again, the cookie allows our website to recognise your browser. When you visit our website, cookies may also be sent to your browser by other websites that run advertisements on the page you are loading.
Cookies are useful because they help us make your website experience more enjoyable. They allow us to recognise your device (e.g. your laptop or mobile device) so that we can tailor your experience of our website. You can find out more about cookies at: www.allaboutcookies.org.
Cookies do lots of different jobs on this website, such as letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, remembering your username and password, enabling you to keep goods in your shopping basket, letting us analyse how well our website is performing so we can improve it, and customising and improving your experience. They also help ensure that adverts you see whilst you are on our website are more relevant to you and your interests.
What types of cookies do we use?
Generally, our cookies perform up to four different functions:
Type 1 – Strictly necessary cookies – which enable services you have specifically asked for
We use a number of cookies which are essential to the operation of this website. For example, these types of cookies let us identify subscribers and ensure they can access the subscription-only areas of this website, and enable our website to remember the goods that you add to your shopping basket. Without these cookies, services that you have asked for cannot be provided.
We want you to understand these essential cookies, and why we use them, but we don't need to get your consent to use them on our website as we use these cookies only to provide you with services that you have requested.
Type 2 – Performance cookies – which collect anonymous information about the web pages you visit
These cookies collect information about how visitors use our website, for example, which pages our visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages on those pages. These performance cookies don't collect information that identifies you as an individual – all information they collect is aggregated and anonymous. The information gathered is only used to improve how our website works.
[We use Google Analytics on our website to help us analyse how our website is used. You can find out more about this popular website analytics tool here: http://www.google.com/analytics/index.html. Google Analytics uses performance cookies to track visitor interactions. For example, by using cookies Google can tell us which pages our users view, which are most popular, what time of day our website is visited, whether visitors have been to our website before, what website referred the visitor to our website, and other similar information. All of this information is anonymised. Google takes the privacy and security of your Google Analytics data seriously and you can find out more about how it protects your data here: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html.]
Type 3 – Functionality cookies – which remember your choices to improve your experience
These cookies allow our website to remember choices you make, such as, remembering your username. The aim of these cookies is to provide you with a more personal experience so that you don't have to reset your preferences each time you visit us.
Type 4 –Advertising cookies – which remember your browsing habits to try and display relevant advertising when you load our pages
These advertising cookies use information about your web browsing activity to group you with other users who have similar interests and show you advertisements based upon those interests. For example, these cookies may remember that on our website you viewed pages relating to sportswear and that you viewed similar content on another website. Based on that information, we can place cookies on your browser to enable third party advertisers to show you advertisements relating to sportswear whilst you are on our website.
These types of cookies are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.
Do we track whether you open emails that we send?
Our emails contain a tracking pixel to track who opens an email, when, and whether that user clicks on any of the links in the email. We may use this information to help us analyse which of our users are interested in particular topics. If you do not wish to receive these web beacons, you can choose to receive emails from us in plain text rather than HTML.
How to manage cookies on our website
Cookies do lots of important jobs on our website and help to make your online experience more personal and more enjoyable.
However, you are able to disable our cookies if you choose. If you do so, you may find that certain parts of our website do not work at all, or do not work correctly.
Disabling advertising cookies
If you would like to disable advertising cookies, which remember your browsing habits and try and display relevant advertising when you load our pages, you can visit http://www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices. If you choose to turn off these cookies you will still see advertising on the internet but it may not be tailored to your interests. It does not mean that you won't be served any advertisements whilst you are online. Whilst many companies involved in using advertising cookies and serving online behavioural advertising appear at the above link, not all do. Therefore, even if you choose to turn off cookies used by all of the companies listed, you may still receive some advertising cookies and some tailored advertisements from other companies.
You can also manage this type of cookie in the privacy settings on the web browser you are using. Please see below for more information.
Disabling other cookies
You can disable and/or delete all types of cookies by using your browser settings. Cookies are generally easy to disable and/or delete but how you do so varies from browser to browser. The "help" function within your browser should tell you how to do it. The best way may be to close your browser and then search for "cookie folder" or "cookie manager" or simply "cookie".
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