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Cookie Information

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a piece of data that is stored by a website within an internet browser. This data is then sent back to the same website by the browser. Cookies act as a reliable device for websites to remember things that an internet browser has done in the past – this includes clicking particular buttons, log in details, or having read pages on that site previously.

Typically, a cookie contains information such as the domain from which the cookie has come from, a value which is usually a random unique number as an identifier and the lifetime (expiry) of the cookie.

What will a cookie do for me?

Almost every website that offers advanced features - such as online ordering and custom content -utilises cookies. Blackcircles.ie uses cookies to keep track of items within your shopping basket. Each website utilises unique cookies. Essentially this means that the cookies used by one site cannot be used by another.

Blackcircles.ie also uses Google Analytics to help us improve your future experience of the site. This allow us to see which pages on or site are the most popular, allowing us to ensure that any content on these pages is kept up to date as a priority.

Turning off, disallowing, disabling or deleting cookies

Majority of internet browsers will provide an option to disallow cookies. You can usually find out how to do this in the help menu of your browser.

Cookies can also be deleted by using your internet browser – however make sure to disallow cookies first, otherwise they will be reapplied the next time you visit a website.

List of the different types of cookies used by Blackcircles.ie:

Cookie Type Cookie Name Description Purpose
Session ASP.Net_SessionID Shopping Basket Allow us to keep your basket contents intact for the duration of your visit
Session cookied-enabled Cookie Settings Allow us to determine whether you have your general cookie settings enabled or disabled
Session CSRFtoken Anti CSRF Used to help us prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks
Persistent Key:Cookie:AffiliateID Affiliate ID Allows us to track the name of any partner site you visited us from by clicking on a link.
Persistent __utma Google Analytics Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Google Analytics sets or updates cookies only to collect data required for the reports.
Persistent __utmb Google Analytics See above
Session __utmc Google Analytics See above
Persistent __utmz Google Analytics See above