What are cookies
A cookie is a text file containing small amounts of information which is placed by a website within a computer or device through your web browser; the cookie is subsequently sent back to the same website by the browser.
Cookies are designed to assist your computer or device to remember something the user has done within that website e.g. remembering that the user has logged in, or which buttons have been clicked.
There are specific cookies related to knowing a user is logged in or not. These are known as authentication cookies. Authentication cookies are important for the website to know what information to show you, or if it needs to ask you to log in.
If you wish to find out more about cookies, we find this website quite helpful www.aboutcookies.org
Session cookies – only last for the duration of your browsing session on the website. Your web browser would normally delete these when you close the browser.
Persistent cookies – these last longer than the browser session e.g. if you log into a website and then return to the website some days later, the website knows who you are and displays a welcome message to you. Persistent cookies enable this to happen.
First party cookies – these are set by the domain (or sub-domain) in the web browser e.g. at Homebase, our first party cookies are set by homebase.co.uk sub-domains.
Third party cookies – these are set by a different domain to the one on the website you are looking at. Third party cookies are used for a variety of reasons. These are outlined in the third party cookie section.
Homebase share tools
We offer our customers the ability to share products on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. If you take the opportunity to share content in this way, the social network may send cookies to your browser. We do not control the setting of, and accept no liability in connection with, these cookies – please look at the social network’s websites for more information about what they do with cookies and how you can manage them.
Homebase on social networks
We have a variety of pages on social networking sites such as Facebook. If you use these pages, the hosting sites may drop cookies onto your devices. We do not control the setting of, and accept no liability in connection with, these cookies – please look at the third-party websites for more information about what they do with cookies and how you can manage them. From time to time Homebase may run competitions or other applications within Facebook or other social networking sites, these applications may drop cookies onto your devices and you are advised to read the terms of the application for more information.
Third party cookies
About this list
At Homebase, we use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers navigate to and through our website. These cookies enable the function of Google Analytics. This service helps us understand how long customers spend visiting different pages and how often they return to our website. Google Analytics also helps our marketing colleagues to work out the effectiveness of our digital marketing campaigns which feeds into the commercial relationship held with Google.
You can find out how to opt out of these cookies here. Homebase is not responsible for the content of external websites.
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