Routine information collection
All web servers track basic information about their visitors. This information includes, but is not limited to, IP addresses, browser details, timestamps and referring pages. None of this information can personally identify specific visitors to this site. The information is tracked for routine administration and maintenance purposes, and lets me know what pages and information are useful and helpful to visitors.
PRIVACYPrivacy, security and confidentiality are important to us. Collection of data is done solely to understand our customers, so that we may provide the best service suited to you the customer. We or our associated companies may from time to time contact you with offers or information, however you will always be given the option to no longer recieve such information from each source. We do not hold any credit card information at any time - all card transaction are done via a secure card processor, (such as PayPal) each of which will process data on a secure server and safe environment. For this reason we request you do not send card details by email.
COOKIESCookies are snippets of information used to gather information on the user of the site for various purposes, most people think of them being used for advertising, however most are used to make the shopping cart work! (1st Party)
The use of '1st party cookies' on our website is limited and are only there to enable the shopping cart to operate and recognise you as a shopper and what is or has been in your basket. these are as follows:
(Contains a PHP "session ID", expires when the browser is closed)
(Contains a PHP "session ID", can also contain an email address and encrypted password, expires after one year)
The "PHPSESSID" cookie is required so that the site can recognise the same user clicking from page to page. Without it, every page would be treated as the first visit to the site, and anything added to the shopping basket would be instantly forgotten. Online shopping would, therefore, be impossible.
The "session" cookie is intended for the user's convenience, the site creates this with a copy of the initial session ID so that they can be classed as "returning" and the contents of their shopping basket will still be available. If the user signs in with an email address and password, these login details are are also saved so that they can remain logged in when returning (the password is encrypted). If the user signs out, their login details are removed from the cookie.3rd party cookies these are created outside of our control, again to track movement from one site to another - such as facebook or twitter - without these people cannot like or unlike products amongst other things.
In addition we use Google Analytics, which enable us to see what pages you use so we can make the site more useful for the visitor. Google Analytics creates 3rd party cookies in order to provide reports about the site visitors. This is being done for statistic tracking, and Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about the website visitors (For example, it will tell us that so and so visitors from the UK visited our site yesterday, but not who they were individually).
3rd party cookies can be limited and controlled through your own browser settings.
Note that you can change your browser settings to disable cookies if you have privacy concerns. Disabling cookies for all sites is not recommended as it may interfere with your use of some sites. The best option is to disable or enable cookies on a per-site basis. Consult your browser documentation for instructions on how to block cookies and other tracking mechanisms.
Special Note About Google Advertising
Any advertisements served by Google, Inc., and affiliated companies may be controlled using cookies. These cookies allow Google to display ads based on your visits to this site and other sites that use Google advertising services. Learn how to opt out of Google's cookie usage. As mentioned above, any tracking done by Google through cookies and other mechanisms is subject to Google's own privacy policies.