1. What are cookies
A cookie is a small piece of data or message that is sent from a website’s server to your web browser and is then stored on your hard drive. They are used to improve your user experience, for example, by remembering what’s in your online shopping basket or keeping you logged in on a website as you navigate from one page to another. Cookies can’t read data off your hard drive or other cookie files, and do not damage your system.
2.1 First party cookies
- The only first party cookies we use allow Google Analytics to monitor the performance of our website.
2.2 Third party cookies
- We only use essential third party cookies to process – for example – your donation or shop payments you have made. Without them you would simply lose information from one page to the next.
- We also use social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) and their buttons to connect with/to their websites. You can read their cookie use policy to check what information they’re collecting on you too.
3. How to change your cookies
3.1 First party
- Your web browser settings allow you to refuse any cookie or to alert you to when a cookie is being sent. They also allow you to control cookies stored on your hard drive.
3.2 Third party
- The above applies but as mentioned before the only third party cookies we use are essential to complete certain tasks, therefore if you disable them, the thing you’re trying to do won’t work.
3.3 Email marketing
- Again these are pretty essential so if you wish to disable tracking then please unsubscribe from our mailing list. This will prevent any future communications being sent to your email address.
4. What cookies we use
Please note: if you change your cookie settings, some of the features on our site may not work as well as we intend.
4.1 First party cookies
None at present
4.2 Third party cookies
- _ga (Google Analytics)
- _gat (This cookie does not store any user information, it’s just used to limit the number of requests that have to be made to doubleclick.net.)
- _gid (stores other randomly generated ids and campaign information about the user.)
WordPress.org (Collection of internal metrics for user activity, used to improve user experience.)
youtube.com (embedded content (video))
- wfwaf-authcookie – This cookie is set by the WordPress security plugin “Wordfence”. It is used to authenticate a user’s login request. This cookie is persistent and expires in 1 day.
Woo-Commerce (Only used if you buy through our Shop pages. These are yet to be added but this section appears here in readiness.)
To keep track of cart data, WooCommerce makes use of 3 cookies:
The first two cookies contain information about the cart as a whole and helps WooCommerce know when the cart data changes. The final cookie (wp_woocommerce_session_) contains a unique code for each customer so that it knows where to find the cart data in the database for each customer. No personal information is stored within these cookies.