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For more information on cookies please see the website aboutcookies.org which describes what cookies are and how you can control, manage and delete them.
Our ecommerce store is built on the popular open-source Magento platform. Magento like most ecommerce platforms requires the use of several cookies to function correctly. The name and function of the cookies Magento may deploy are listed below.
Google Analytics Cookies
The name and functions of the cookies deployed by Google Analytics are listed below.
Google Advertising Cookies
We use remarketing to advertise across web sites
Google will show ads across web sites that our users are visiting
These ads shown across other web sites are based on a user’s past visits to our web site by using cookies
For more information including how to opt out of Google’s use of advertising cookies, visit Google Ads Settings page. It’s a great place to see what information is being used and allows you to fine tune it.
Google have produced an easy-to-use guide to how their adverts work and how they deal with personal data. It’s an interesting read; have a look at it here.
Social Network Cookies
We’re keen to allow sharing of our content across different social networking platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkdedIn, Houzz and Pinterest. We use add-ins from these platforms to allow their functionality on our site. Each of these sites may deploy cookies depending on whether you are logged in to their services and the privacy settings you have set on your account with any given social network. The names and functions of cookies that may be deployed by these networks are listed below.
Cookies That May Be Deployed on brilliantlighting.co.uk
|Cookie Category||Cookie Name||Cookie Description|
|_utma||A Google Analytics cookie, which keeps track of the number of times, a visitor has been to the site, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred.|
|_utmb||A Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor enters a site.|
|_utmc||A Google Analytics cookie, which creates a timestamp of the exact moment when a visitor leaves the site.|
|_utmv||Used for reporting in Google Analytics classifying the visitor.|
|_utmz||A Google Analytics cookie which tracks where the visitor came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked on, what keywords used, and where in the world the site was accessed from.|
|PREF, NID||This cookie is set by Google Maps when you load a map of our location|
|AddThis||loc, uid/uit, psc, di/dt, atuvc/bt/ssc/ssh/sshs/xtc||Allows users to share content via Social Networking websites and email|
|Magento||CART||The association with your shopping cart.|
|CATEGORY_INFO||Stores the category info on the page, that allows to display pages more quickly.|
|COMPARE||The items that you have in the Compare Products list.|
|CURRENCY||Your preferred currency|
|CUSTOMER||An encrypted version of your customer id with the store.|
|CUSTOMER_AUTH||An indicator if you are currently logged into the store.|
|CUSTOMER_INFO||An encrypted version of the customer group you belong to.|
|CUSTOMER_SEGMENT_IDS||Stores the Customer Segment ID|
|EXTERNAL_NO_CACHE||A flag, which indicates whether caching is disabled or not.|
|FRONTEND||You sesssion ID on the server.|
|GUEST-VIEW||Allows guests to edit their orders.|
|LAST_CATEGORY||The last category you visited.|
|LAST_PRODUCT||The most recent product you have viewed.|
|NEWMESSAGE||Indicates whether a new message has been received.|
|NO_CACHE||Indicates whether it is allowed to use cache.|
|PERSISTENT_SHOPPING_CART||A link to information about your cart and viewing history if you have asked the site.|
|POLL||The ID of any polls you have recently voted in.|
|POLLN||Information on what polls you have voted on.|
|RECENTLYCOMPARED||The items that you have recently compared.|
|STF||Information on products you have emailed to friends.|
|STORE||The store view or language you have selected.|
|VIEWED_PRODUCT_IDS||The products that you have recently viewed.|
|WISHLIST||An encrypted list of products added to your Wishlist.|
|WISHLIST_CNT||The number of items in your Wishlist.|
Managing, Controlling and Deleting Cookies
The website aboutcookies.org provides detailed information on cookies. It provides detailed information on how to manage, control and delete cookies for each major browser.