A cookie is a piece of data that is placed on an internet user's computer memory. The information the cookie contains is set by a website's server and it can be used when the user visits the website.
Cookies are designed to remember things that an internet user has done whilst on a website in the past, which can include putting products in a basket, logging in, or clicking on links.
Cookies are not dangerous. They are not computer programs and cannot be used to circulate viruses.
The cookies we use on our website are used in many ways, including:
- To keep a record of the products you've put in your shopping bag for next time you visit
- To make personalised product recommendations, based upon your previous times you've shopped on the website
- To remember your preferences
- To find out what the website doesn't do well and make improvements to it in future
- Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook; and
- Make sure advertising on other websites is relevant to you
Types of cookies
- Session (or Transient) Cookies
- Session cookies are stored in your computer's memory for the length of your browsing session. They become inaccessible after the session has been inactive for a time and are automatically deleted from your computer when the browser is closed. They allow you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
- Persistent (or Permanent) Cookies
- Persistent cookies are stored on the user's computer memory and are not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used to keep your preferences for the website, so that they will be remembered for next time you visit the website. They are also used to collect information about the numbers of visitors, the average time spent on a particular page and analyse shopping behaviour on the website. This information is used to find out how the well the website works and where it can be improved.
- Flash Cookies (or Locally Shared Objects)
- You will probably have Adobe Flash installed on your computer. Many websites that contain Flash can also store small files on your computer that are used in the same way as cookies. Website choose to use Flash Cookies as these can hold more information than regular cookies
Websites choose to use Flash Cookies as these can hold more information than regular cookies.When you delete cookies via your browser, your Flash cookies are unlikely to be affected. A website may therefore still recognise your preferences if it used a Flash cookie to save them initially.How to manage Flash Cookies
- Third-party cookies
- WeddingMart works with selected companies to provide additional content and services, for example reviews. These companies may also set cookies on our behalf.
- Advertising on other websites
- Cookies are used to advertise relevant products to you on other websites, based on the products and categories you looked at on weddingmart.co.uk. They are displayed by an agency called Criteo. See more information about Criteo.
The data contained in the cookie used in these adverts is anonymous and doesn't contain any of your personal details. You can opt out of these adverts on the Criteo website.
- Sharing with social networks
- If you use the buttons that allow you to share products and content with your friends via social networks like twitter and facebook, these companies may set a cookie on your computer memory. Find out more about these here:
Further information about online privacy
- On this website you'll find information about how behavioural advertising works, further information about cookies and the steps you can take to protect your privacy on the internet.
- A guide to deleting and controlling cookies in many of the internet browsers available.
- A tool that allows users to opt out of behavioural advertising delivered by its member companies.
- This information has been written by the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest.