What do I need to know about cookies?

There are different types of cookies and they are used for different purposes.

Below you can read about what a cookie is, the difference between first and third party cookies and session cookies vs. persistent cookies and what types of cookies we use on our website and why.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small piece of data that a website stores on your device when you visit it. A cookie typically contains information about the website itself, a unique identifier that allows the site to recognise your web browser when you return, additional data that serves the purpose of the cookie, and the lifespan of the cookie itself.

Cookies are used to enable certain features (e.g. logging in), to track site usage (e.g. analytics), to store your user settings (e.g. timezone, notification preferences), and to personalise your content (e.g. advertising, language).

Please note that cookies can't harm your computer. We don't store personally identifiable information such as credit card details in cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of the site. For example, they help us to identify and resolve errors, or to determine relevant related products to show you when you're browsing.

Session cookies vs. persistent cookies

Session cookies only last as long as your online session. This means that they will disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser. They are therefore also sometimes referred to as temporary cookies. Typically session cookies are used to remember what a user put in their basket when they are browsing a website.

Persistent cookies are different. These cookies are sometimes called permanent cookies. They will stay on your computer or device after you close your browser. These types of cookies will expire according to the time specified in the cookie. You can see the specific duration of each persistent cookie below.

What’s the difference between first and third-party cookies?

First party cookies are cookies that are set by the website that you are visiting and it's only this website that can access and read these cookies.

Third-party cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. As an example, some pages have content from other sites like YouTube. YouTube may set their own cookies on your browser when you play the video from YouTube. Cookies set by other sites and companies (ie. third parties) can be used to track you on other websites that use the same third-party service.

We use first and third-party cookies. Below you can see what cookies on our website are first-party cookies and third-party cookies.

Types of cookies and how we use them

We use cookies in the following ways:

  • to track how you use our website
  • to keep you signed in our site
  • to record the conversation thread during a live chat with our support team
  • to store information in your shopping basket to allow you to place an order through the website

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies are required for the basic functionality of our website to work.

We also use necessary cookies to help with ensuring that you are given the option to accept or reject cookies, block non-necessary cookies from working until you give consent, and remember your cookie settings and choices. The cookies also help keep track of, if, and when, you gave consent to analytical cookies.

It's not possible to reject or accept the necessary cookies as they are core for the functionality of our website.

Analytical cookies

The only non-necessary cookies used on this website are those by the Third Party data processor, Google Analytics. These are classed as analytical cookies, which gather statistics. We use this information to make our website even better. The information collected via the analytical cookies track how you use our website during your visit. It helps us understand visitor usage patterns, identify, and diagnose problems or errors you may encounter, and make better strategic decisions in improving the website experience.

We will only set analytical cookies on your device if you give us your consent.

How you can change your cookie settings, incl. opting out

As part of our cookie solution, we always provide you with the option to say no to cookies.

We also give you the option to change your mind. If you at one point gave consent to non-necessary cookies on our website, you can always change your mind. You can revoke your consent to cookies at any time by clicking here: Revoke Consent

It's also possible to instruct your browser to refuse cookies from our website. Most browsers are configured to accept cookies by default, but you can update these settings to either refuse cookies altogether or to notify you when a website is trying to set or update a cookie.

If you browse websites from multiple devices, you may need to update your settings on each individual device.

Blocking analytical cookies will have no direct impact on your experience of our website, but it would make it harder for us to make our website even better for you and to be sure that we are providing the information you want! We hope you enjoy looking at our website - with cookies or without!

Third Party Cookies

'Share' tools

If you take the opportunity to 'share' safe-girl.co.uk content with friends through social networks – such as Facebook and Twitter - you may be sent cookies from these websites. We don't control the setting of these cookies, so we suggest you check the third-party websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Further Information about Cookies

If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org.

If you'd like to opt out of cookies, please go to the Network Advertising Initiative website.