Cookie & Browser Settings
We operate an implied consent policy. This means that we assume that if you visit the website with your browser set to accept cookies that you are happy with their usage. If you are not happy you should not use the site or delete these cookies at the end of your visit.
How are cookies used?
Cookies are a specific technology that store information between website visits. They are used in numerous ways, such as:
remembering what’s in a shopping basket when shopping for goods online;
supporting users to log in to a website;
analysing traffic to a website; or
tracking users' browsing behaviour.
Cookies can be useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Without cookies, or some other similar method, websites would have no way to ‘remember’ anything about visitors, such as how many items are in a shopping basket or whether they are logged in.
AM Technology use them to:
Remember information about you, so you don’t have to give it to us again. And again. And again
Help us understand how people are using our website, so we can make it better
To find out if our emails have been read and if you find them useful
What are "session" & "persistent" cookies?
Cookies that expire at the end of a browser session (normally when a user exits their browser) are called ‘session cookies’. Cookies that can be stored for longer are called ‘persistent cookies’. PECR applies to both types.
Session cookies allow websites to recognise and link the actions of a user during a browsing session. They may be used for a variety of purposes such as remembering what a user has put in their shopping basket as they browse around a site.
Cookies can also be used for security purposes, such as when a user logs in to internet banking or their webmail. These session cookies expire after a session ends, so would not be stored beyond this. For this reason session cookies may sometimes be considered less privacy-intrusive than persistent cookies.
Persistent cookies are stored on a user’s device in-between sessions. They can allow the preferences or actions of the user across a site (or across different websites) to be remembered.
Persistent cookies may be used for a variety of purposes including remembering users’ preferences and choices when using a site or to target advertising. The length of time between a cookie being set and expiry is set by the website operator. A user can also delete previously set persistent cookies manually or configure the browser settings to delete cookies at a set interval.
What are ‘first-party’ and ‘third-party’ cookies?
Whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the website or domain placing the cookie.
First-party cookies are set directly by the website the user is visiting, ie the URL displayed in the browser's address bar.
Third-party cookies are set by a domain other than the one the user is visiting. This typically occurs when the website incorporates elements from other sites, such as images, social media plugins or advertising. When the browser or other software fetches these elements from the other sites, they can set cookies as well.