COOKIES AND THEIR USE
This page contains information on what ‘cookies’ are, the cookies on this website, how to switch cookies off in your browser, how to specifically disable third party advertising cookies, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.
What are ‘cookies’?
‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a “memory” for the website, enabling it to recognize a user and respond appropriately.
Because we respect your right to privacy, you can choose not to allow some types of cookies.
Essential and unessential cookies:
The essential cookies presents one of the following characteristics:
- are exclusively used for doing or facilitating the communication in a network; or
- are strictly necessary for delivering an online service (for example, our website or one of our services on our website) requested by you.
The unessential cookies don’t fit in the essential cookies definition because they are not necessary for the functionality of the website or the services.
Session and persistent cookies:
Session cookies – these are temporary and are erased when you close your browser at the end of your surfing session. The next time you visit that particular site it will not recognize you and will treat you as a completely new visitor as there is nothing in your browser to let the site know that you have visited before.
Persistent cookies – Persistent cookies help websites remember your information and settings when you visit them in the future. This result in faster and more convenient access since, for example, you don’t have to log in again. Persistent cookies may also include cookies placed by a different website than the one that the user is currently visiting (also known as ‘third party cookies’) – which can be anonymously used to remember the user’s preferences.
The cookies we use are:
- session cookies, these are store in a temporary memory until the internet browser is closed; all the information are erased when the browser is closed.
- Persistent cookies, these remain in your computer until they are erased or expire.
A visit to a page on this site may generate the following types of cookie:
- Essential cookies
- Performance cookies
- Social Media and Advertising cookies
- Some of these cookies can be placed by third-party services.
These enable you to set your cookie preferences and also allow you to access the main functionality of this website.
These cookies store certain user preferences with regards to this website, so that the user doesn’t need to set them up each time they visit the website.
The registration cookies are generated when a user registers on this website, with the purpose of letting us know if the user is signed in or not. Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with and to allow you to easier interact with the website.
We also place some other cookies in order to allow you to use the website in the way it was intended to be used: shopping cart and Favorites list cookies (in order to show you the products that you have added to your cart or to your Favorites list), localization cookies (used to determine your location based on your IP, with the purpose of pre-populating certain fields required for sign up or checkout), session cookies generated when accessing the site and automatically deleted upon closing the browser (required by the HTTP protocol or necessary for filling out forms or interaction with specific site elements etc.), cookies placed by customer service chat applications that allow you to get in touch with our support staff.
Without essential cookies, we would not be able to store your cookie preferences and accessing certain fundamental website features such order placement, would not be performed under normal conditions.
These cookies include performance cookies and traffic analytics cookies.
They allow us to measure in an aggregated manner our website traffic, to identify traffic sources, to obtain information about the most and least visited pages and about how users interact with the site.
All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. These cookies are placed by third-party Web Analytics services (e.g.: Google Analytics).
If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.
Social Media and Advertising cookies
These cookies may be set through our site by the advertising services that we use or by social media services.
They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites.
If you do not allow these cookies, you may not be able to see certain relevant adverts.
These cookies may come from third parties, such as advertising services (e.g.: AdSense, AdWords), social media platforms (e.g.: Facebook, Twitter), etc.
This website cannot access cookies placed by third parties and third parties cannot access cookies placed by this website. For example, when you share content using a social media button, your activity will only be tracked by that service.
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. You should also use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
However, disabling the cookies doesn’t mean you will not receive online adverts anymore.
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:
For third-party generated cookies, you can find more on: