What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information which a website transfers to the cookie file of the browser on your computer if you agree. The browser then saves the information and sends it back to the website server. When that browser returns to the same website the cookie will recognise the user. A cookie doesn’t tell us your email address or any other personal information.

There are 3 types of cookies used on this website:

    • Session Cookies: allowing us to “remember” content from page to page (these expire when you leave the website or close the browser).
    • Persistent Cookies: which define “Time To Live” and help us to determine your preferences (these will expire after the “Time To Live” period)
    • Third Party Cookies: these are cookies from any other domain, such as recommended product and advertising services.

SESSION COOKIES.

We use a session cookie to remember your log-in details for you. We deem this strictly necessary to the working of this website and if these are disabled then various functionality of the site will be broken and you will be unable to place any orders.

PERSISTENT COOKIES.

WE USE PERSISTENT COOKIES TO REMEMBER ITEMS YOU HAVE PLACED IN YOUR SHOPPING BASKET AND ITEMS YOU HAVE RECENTLY VIEWED. AGAIN, WE DEEM THESE STRICTLY NECESSARY FOR THE WORKING OF THE SITE AND IF THESE ARE DISABLED YOU WOULD BE UNABLE TO PLACE AN ORDER.

GOOGLE ANALYTICS.

We use this to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. User data is all anonymous. You can find out more about Google’s position on privacy as regards its analytics service at http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html

SOCIAL BUTTONS.

On many of the pages of the site you will see 'social buttons'. These enable users to share or bookmark certain pages. There are buttons for: Twitter, Google +1, Facebook ‘Like’. In order to implement these buttons, and connect them to the relevant social networks and external sites, there are scripts from domains outside of HiTechShop. You should be aware that these sites are likely to be collecting information about what you are doing all around the internet. So if you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information. In some cases these sites will be registering the fact that you are visiting HiTechShop, and the specific pages you are on, even if you don’t click on the button if you are logged into their services, like Google and Facebook. You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.

Turning off / disallowing / disabling or deleting cookies in your browser:

The majority of internet browsers will provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually find how to do this in the help menu for your browser. Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser, but you must disallow cookies otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit a website.