Cookies: What is a cookie?
“A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto ‘terminal equipment’ (eg. a computer or smartphone) when the user accesses a website. It allows the website to recognise that user’s device and store some information about the user’s preferences or past actions.” Information provided by Information Commissioner’s Office.
Cookies help us identify your device, performance of typical actions on this website or when you are logged in to specific subscriber and member pages. We use strictly necessary and functional cookies to enable you to move around the site and to provide basic features. Tracking and performance cookies are used to provide a better overall user experience.
We have enlisted Wix to host and provide our website services including mailing list management and chat services.
Below is some more information on cookies present on our website and used within our email newsletters:
Effective 27th April 2018, updated 31st May 2018, updated 5th August 2019
As BLAG offers websites which also feature secured, subscriber and customer areas, chat and newsletters, these require specific cookies which are necessary for functionality which cannot be disabled. These help us to identify logged in users, at which page logins were made. Depending on your use of our sites, these also hold the selected shipping options for some shipping providers, keeps track of your shopping cart and / or system session cookie.
Cookies we use to confidentially evaluate our web traffic include those which keep track of clicks into the site via our emails, visit session and aggregate page usage, device and identifier including referrer, landing page, visitor numbers, cart contents, number of visits per day.
The above mentioned cookies are usually set to one year, but in some places the expiration date for this cookie is not set, and if this case it will last for a duration of a session (30 minutes).
There are two main types of cookies used:
Session (Transient) cookies: These cookies are erased when you close your browser, and do not collect information from your computer. They typically store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.
Persistent (Permanent or Stored) cookies: These cookies are stored on your hard drive until they expire (i.e. the are based on a set expiration date) or until you delete them. These cookies are used to collect identifying information about the user, such as Web surfing behavior or user preferences for a specific site.
Identifies unique visitors and tracks a visitor’s sessions on a site
Persistent (Two weeks)
Identifies logged in site members
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TSxxxxxxxx_d (where x is replaced with a random series of numbers and letters)
Do Not Track
Some Internet browsers - like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari - include the ability to transmit “Do Not Track” or “DNT” signals.
On our sites, we honour Do Not Track signals and do not track or plant cookies when a Do Not Track (DNT) browser mechanism is in place.
31st May 2018: ceased using MailChimp services for newsletters, therefore several cookies have been removed from this policy. 4th January 2019 ceased using Shopify and Business Catalyst Services and all updated with new service provider Wix cookie details. BLAG uses google analytics to monitor our statistics. This information is anonymised, therefore we don't not share your information with google. Google is compliant with GDPR.