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EU Cookie Law

As of May 2012, the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has brought in new regulations to help protect the privacy of internet users, notably to the use of cookies.

The use of cookies and similar technologies has for some time been commonplace and cookies in particular are important in the provision of many online services. Using such technologies is not, therefore, prohibited by the Regulations but they do require that people are told about cookies and given the choice as to which of their online activities are monitored in this way.

Catherine Jones Online aims to be transparent and provide you with information about cookies and how we use them to enable you to make an informed choice about your use of cookies. We would like to reassure you that we don’t use them to gather information about you without your knowledge.

Please note that by deciding to block cookies our website may not function effectively and some facilities will not be available.

Cookies, what are they?

A cookie is a small file of data that can be stored on your computer when you visit a website.

Cookies contain anonymous information that helps a website to remember. Examples of this could be: your preferences for that website; shopping cart contents; log-ins; searches; themes; or settings. These files can also be used for analytical purposes, to assist the website owners in identifying popular pages on their website in order to develop a better browsing experience for visitors.

How we use cookies

At Catherine Jones Online we collect no personal information from your computer through the use of Cookies; we use them purely to enable you to use our site effectively and to inform us of usage statistics and patterns so that we can improve our user experience.

It’s understandable that some people will find the idea of cookies intrusive, so we want you to be reassured that we are not lurking in a dark corner of your computer collecting information about you without your knowledge. All information provided to us by you is voluntary e.g. creating an account on our website, signing up for our mailing list, purchasing items from us or contacting us first hand via email.

What Cookies are set?

Cookies may be classed as either First party or Third party.

First party cookies are ones which are set by Catherine Jones Online and either originate from ourselves or from Google, AddThis, Wordpress or PayPal who's services we use on our website. These companies may set cookies which would be subject to their own cookie policy. Third party cookies are not set.

First party cookies that can be set during your visit to Catherine Jones Online.
Originator Name Purpose Expires More Information
Catherine Jones Frontend Sets a session id and associates your actions to it for the length of the session. End of Session -
Catherine Jones external_no_cache A system cookie to determine if caching is available. End of Session -
Addthis _atuvc We use Addthis to embed our Facebook and Twitter links. End of Session
Addthis XTC End of Session
Addthis UID End of Session
Addthis UVC End of Session
Google Analytics _utma These cookies provide anonymous information about how our site is used. This anonymous information, including search terms, the number of visitors, the pages visited and the browser, informs our site development and enhancement of user-experience. 2 years from set/update Google Analytics privacy policy
Google Analytics _utmb 30 minutes from set/update
Google Analytics _utmc Not set
Google Analytics _utmz 6 months from set/update
PayPal - - - If you use PayPal to checkout your order, PayPal and their associated companies could set cookies subject to their current policies. Visit PayPal for more information.
Facebook - - - Through clicking 1 of our Facebook links, Facebook could set cookies. Visit Facebook's policy statement for more information.
Twitter - - - Through clicking 1 of our Twitter links, Twitter could set cookies. Visit Twitter's policy statement for more information.

Managing cookies

If you feel that you would like to have a little more control over cookies, most browsers will allow you to either give access to cookies from approved websites, notify you when cookies are sent or block them altogether, bear in mind though this can reduce the functionality of websites in your web browser that use cookies.

Further information

For more in-depth information, a number of website resources are available: