- What is a Cookie?
- What if I don't accept Cookies?
- How do I disable Cookies?
- List of Cookies Used by British Corner Shop
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small file containing some information, that a website transfers to the cookie folder of the web browser on your computer. When the browser returns to the same website, the information in the cookie can be retrieved by the website and used to recognise the user.
A cookie might typically contain data such as the domain name from which it came, a unique number as an identifier, some data related to its purpose such as your preferences on the website, and the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.
There are 3 main types of cookies:
- Session Cookies:
The lowest level of cookie, which simply allows a website to identify you as a user and remember you from page to page within the website. These expire as soon as you close your browser, or after a short period of typically 20 minutes of inactivity. This is like storing something in short term memory.
- Persistent Cookies:
What most people are thinking of when they say "Cookie". These are the small text files that are dropped into the cookies folder of your web browser, by a website. They can contain information for the longer term about your preferences on a website for instance.
- Third Party Cookies:
These are persistent cookies from any other domain, such as third party services like Google Analytics.
A new cookie regulation, the ePrivacy Directive in the UK, has come in. It's purpose is to make website owners communicate clearly and transparently about how they are using cookies, so that web users are better informed about how their information is being used.
Our aim is to provide clear information to you about the cookies that we use, so that you can make an informed decision about whether you want to use this website.
What if I don't accept Cookies?
If you don't accept any cookies then many websites will not perform as they should, and you may not be able to complete orders or use the features of a website.
How do I disable Cookies?
Most browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari etc) provide the option in their settings to disable cookies.
You can also delete cookies, which deletes any existing cookies in your web browser's cookie folder, but unless you disallow them they will reappear next time you visit a website.
The majority of browsers allow you to be selective about disallowing different types of cookies, so you could disallow persistent cookies but allow session cookies for example.
Our policy is to use the absolute minimum number of cookies possible to provide our service effectively.
The British Corner Shop web application itself uses only a single session cookie, to give you a unique ID when you are using the website. This allows you to use the website's features and do things like build up a shopping basket. This cookie is strictly necessary for the website to work.
When you close your web browser, or remain inactive on the website for an hour the session cookie is automatically destroyed. If you disable session cookies in your browser, you will not be able to use the website.
British Corner Shop does not directly drop any persistent cookies onto your computer. However, we do employ some widely used third party tools and services that do use persistent cookies.
- Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics to measure how many visitors we are getting to the website.
- AddThis.com Social Sharer
We use the AddThis service (top right of the page) to allow you to share British Corner Shop's pages with friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
- Affiliate Window
To learn more about how affiliate marketing works, see the IAB's online guide.
List of Cookies Used by British Corner Shop
|Cookie Type||Cookie Name||Description|
|Session Cookie||guid||A basic session identifier that enables the website application to identify your browser session, so you can do things like build a shopping basket etc. It is strictly necessary for the website to work.|
Third Party Cookies
|Cookie Type||Cookie Name||Description|
|Third Party||__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz||Google Analytics uses these cookies to define user sessions, and provide core features in its Analytics reports. Google drops and updates these cookies only for the purposes of collecting data for these reports.|
|Third Party||__atuvc1||The AddThis.com cookie which is used to provide reporting to us on how people are sharing British Corner Shop's pages on social networks, using the quick share buttons at the top right of the website.|
|Third Party||aw1001, awsess, awpv1001, aw, _aw_m_1001||A collection of cookies that our Affiliate Network (Affiliate Window) uses to track affiliate clicks from our affiliate marketing partners through to British Corner Shop. These cookies would be set before you arrive at British Corner Shop, depending on where you found us, and are checked on completetion of an order.|