What is a cookie and a web beacon?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your hard disk or to your browser’s memory when you visit our Website. Cookies are useful because they help arrange the content and layout of our Website and allow us to recognize those computers or other devices that have previously accessed our Website. Cookies do many different jobs, such as allowing our Website to remember your preference settings and helping us to enhance the usability and performance of our Website. Our Website also may contain electronic images known as web beacons – sometimes called single-pixel gifs – that allow us to count the number of users who have visited specific pages. We may also include web beacons in promotional e-mail messages or newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and acted upon. The type of cookie or similar technology that may be used on our Website or other materials can be identified in the following categories:
1. Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential for basic functionalities of our Website, and they enable you to move around our Website and use their features, particularly in connection with information searches and order placement. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing or other similar activities. Some examples of strictly necessary cookies include the following: a “shopping basket” cookie, which is used to remember the products that you wish to purchase when you add products to your shopping basket or proceed to checkout; a “login/authentication” cookie which allows and manages your login to our Website and identifies you after logging in for a single session; a “session” cookie which is required to carry out the data transmission and provide our Website to you; and, a “security” cookie that detects repeat failed login attempts or similar abuses of the Website. These types of cookies are regularly stored only as long as required for their purpose.
2. Performance Cookies
These cookies collect information about how you use our Website. For example, a performance cookie may identify which pages you access most often and if any error messages are transmitted from our Website. These cookies collect information that is used to improve how our Website work. Without these cookies we cannot learn how our Website is performing and make relevant improvements that could better your browsing experience. See Google Analytics (below) for more information.
3. Functionality & Profile Cookies
These cookies allow our Website to store information that you provide, such as preferences, and to store technical information useful for your interactions with our Website. For instance, they remember your user ID and elements of your user profile. They also ensure that your experience using the Website is relevant to you. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog (without being a cookie that is strictly necessary for our Website to function). These cookies will not be used to track your browsing activity on other websites. Without these cookies, a website cannot remember choices you have previously made or personalize your browsing experience. For example, we use a cookie to store your language preferences, which allows us to present you with product search results in the correct language, and we use a cookie to store your choice about the appearance of the cookie information banner that we display on our Website. This cookie will help us remember your choice about the appearance of the cookie information banner when you subsequently visit the same site where you made your choice about the banner and any other website with the same domain or the same top-level domain.
4. Advertising Cookies and Similar Technologies
How to set your cookie preferences?
Our use of web analytics