WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are placed on your computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website.
Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie.
Cookies (and other technologies, like pixels and beacons) are useful for both the user (“you”) and the provider (“us”). They help improve your online experience by doing lots of different jobs – like letting you navigate between pages efficiently and remembering your preferences. They also help us understand how our website is being used and can help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.
HOW LONG ARE COOKIES STORED FOR?
PERSISTENT COOKIES: These cookies remain on a user’s device for the period specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
SESSION COOKIES: These cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
WHAT COOKIES DO WE USE?
ESSENTIAL COOKIES: These cookies are essential to enable you to move around our website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website.
PERFORMANCE COOKIES: These cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use the website, for instance which pages are visited most often and if any error messages come up on web pages visited. They help us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. The only purpose of these are to improve how the website functions.
FUNCTIONALITY COOKIES: These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. They allow our website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features.
These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect are anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. By using the website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
THIRD PARTY COOKIES: These cookies allow third parties to track the success of their application or customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work we cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used on our site. For example, if you choose to ‘share’ content through Twitter or other social networks you might be sent cookies from these websites. We don’t control the setting of these cookies, so please check those websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.
We also use third-party cookies such as Google Analytics to help with performance. For example, the Google Analytics cookie gives us information that allows us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it.
When someone visits any of the Stone Willy’s websites we may use a third-party service such as, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.
If you do decide you’d like to remove cookies from your device we know how to help. Below are links to some of the most common internet browsers, if your browser is not listed here please refer to the help section in your own browser.