The law on cookies demands that you, as a website user, are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on our websites and consent to cookies being stored on your computer (laptop/mobile/tablet).
By visiting this website with your browser settings adjusted to allow cookies, you are consenting to YourImage2Canvas using cookies for the purposes outlined below in order to provide you with a fully functional shopping experience.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
A cookie is a small text file, which is downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.
The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website.
The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.
Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.
TYPES OF COOKIES USED
We use the following types of cookie:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of billing services.
- Performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
MOST COMMON COOKIES
Session Cookies - These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome).
These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website.
They can also be used for security to access your account.
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 Cookies - These cookies are still stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser which allows your preferences on websites to be remembered.
These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, for example, remembering your preferences on a website (your language choice or your user name on a particular 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 well the website works and where it can be improved.
First and Third Party Cookies - This refers to the website placing the cookie.
First party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting.
Third party cookies are set by another website; the website you are visiting may have advertising on the page and this other website will be able to set a cookie on your computer.
Third party cookies on the main web browsers allow third party cookies by default.
Changing the settings on your browsers can prevent this.
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.
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If cookies aren't enabled on your computer, it will mean that your shopping experience on our website will be limited to browsing and researching; you won't be able to add products to your basket or buy them.
To enable and manage cookies, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser (or your mobile phone's handset manual) to learn how to change your cookie preferences.
Further information can be found at
http://www.ico.org.uk/for_organisations/privacy_and_electronic_communications/the_guide/cookies.aspx and http://www.allaboutcookies.org/.