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What are Cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. Internet browsers will usually provide an option to disallow the setting of all or some cookies.

Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser, but you must disallow them otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit a website. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

We use the following cookies:-

1. Strictly necessary cookies:

These are required for the operation of the Website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of the Website. They last for one “session” and expire when you leave our website or close the browser.

Cookies that fall into this category are:
  • Shopping cart cookies
  • Access to protected areas of a website
  • Remembering previously entered text so it’s not lost if the page refreshes
2. Analytical/performance cookies:

These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the Website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way the Website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

Performance Cookies can be deleted from your browser history at any point before their expiry time. Cookies that fall into this category are:

  • Analytics
  • Advertising
  • Pay Per Click
3. Functionality cookies:

These are used to recognise you when you return to the Website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Functionality Cookies can be deleted from your browser history at any point before their expiry time. Cookies that fall into this category are:

  • Detecting if you have already seen a pop-up to ensure it doesn’t get shown to you again
  • Submitting comments
  • Remembering colours, font sizes and page backgrounds
4. Targeting cookies

These cookies record your visit to the Website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make the Website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. The information they store is not anonymous. We are required to get your consent to Target Advertising Cookies. We will ask for consent from you to store these cookies on your device using a pop-up, overlay, splash page or header/footer bar.

Cookies that fall into this category are:
  • Collecting information about browser habits to target advertising
  • Collecting information about browser habits to target website content
We will inform you about cookies in these ways

We have placed our Cookie Policy page as a link on every other page of our website to enable you to see and choose which cookies you allow from us.

Please note that disallowing or deleting these cookies may affect the functionality of our website.

If a cookie is a Targeted Advertising Cookie we will ask for your consent. We will endeavour to be as consistent as possible in the method we use to ask for your consent to make the user experience as easy to understand for you as possible. We will obtain your consent via a pop-up, overlay or splash page.

Our Website uses a tracking software provided by Google Analytics to monitor visitors and to better understand how they use the website. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information.

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. If you have previously consented to the use of cookies but wish to withdraw your consent, please do this by emailing us at info@designdirectuk.com.

However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including “strictly necessary” cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our Website.