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We use three categories of cookies: 'strictly necessary', 'performance', and 'functional'. This website does not require the use of any other category of cookies. If you turn off cookies for this site, certain features may not work correctly.
Here is some more information about the three categories of cookies:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to navigate the website and use its features.
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. Information collected by these cookies is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
These cookies allow you to interact with third party services such as Google Maps.
If you would like to learn more about cookies, please visit ICO website - http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_the_public/topic_specific_guides/online/cookies.aspx
|3rd Party: Google Analytics. Multiple expiry dates (session, 1 day, 6 months, 2 years) depending on cookie name/function. Data is only used in aggregate.
_utma: Determines unique visitors and is updated with each page view. Also provides a unique ID that is used to ensure the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security feature.
_utmb: Establishes and continues a user session on our site
_utmc: This cookie is no longer used by tracking code to determine session status. Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backward compatibility purposes this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser.
_utmz: Stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach our site: a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, advertisement campaigns and page navigation.
More information on Google cookies.
|ASP.NET_SessionId||ASPNET. This cookie is the default one used by the site to uniquely identify the user's session on the site and relates the visitor's unique session to server side data. Our application uses the session to track the user's progress in wizards or for passing data which cannot be stored locally.
The cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser).
|These are generated when session variables hold your shopping information during checkout/payment. E.g. number of items in cart, total value of shopping cart, postcode, overseas/UK located. The cookie will expire at the end of the session (when you close your browser).||Strictly necessary|
|AstonMatthews||This cookie is set to aid security and identification when you log in. The cookie will expire after 3 months||Performance|
|AstonCookiePolicyMsg||This cookie is set to aid hide and show of the grey header Cookies notification bar when a user closes the notification bar.
The cookie will expire after 30 days