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Cookies on Three Clearance.

What are cookies?

When you visit Three-Clearance, we collect information about how you use our website, so that we can make sure you see the pages you request, add the correct offers to your basket, and so that we can perform analysis which allows us to improve our site – and therefore your overall experience.

Because of the way the internet works, it is sometimes necessary to use a ‘cookie’ to provide some of these functions, and to identify you as the same visitor when you load a new page. Cookies are very small text files that are saved on your computer or mobile device, and contain information that essentially serves as memory for a website.

An estimated 92% of websites use cookies for various reasons, including vital functionality (such as shopping baskets or keeping you logged in as you move from page to page), collecting analytical data, and storing user preferences. Cookies can only be read by the site and browser that created them – so a Three-Clearance cookie cannot be read by any other website, and a cookie created by Internet Explorer cannot be read by another browser, such as Firefox.

 

What choices do I have?

Because of how our website works, we are not able to provide our service without using cookies. If you choose to continue to use our website, we will therefore assume that you agree to let us store cookies on your computer or mobile phone.

You are, however, able to delete individual cookies, or disable them completely from your browser settings. This will allow you to continue browsing our site without any cookies being saved. In doing this, however, you will not get the full user experience, and certain features may not function at all. As every browser is different, you should consult your browser documentation to find out how to do this.

 

What cookies does Three-Clearance use?

The cookies used by Three-Clearance fall into four categories; Essential, Performance, Functionality and Targeting. These include the cookies stored directly by our site, and those which are known to be stored by any third parties with whom we are associated. Some cookies are set to be permanent or expire after a certain time (e.g. after 30 days), while others (marked before with a *) are automatically deleted when you close the browser window.

 

Essential cookies

Some cookies are strictly necessary for our site to function. These cookies are used solely for identifying you as a unique visitor so that our server sends you the correct pages and tracks your order effectively and precisely through the checkout process.

 

Performance cookies

This type of cookie is required for us to maintain and develop our site, and they therefore collect information such as which pages you visit, what offers you choose, and makes notes of any errors you might encounter so that they are flagged and then can be fixed. This information is collected entirely anonymously, cannot be used to identify you personally, and all of this data is treated confidentially. We use this information to find out which pages are the most popular, how easy users find the best offers, and which features we should prioritise when developing and maintaining the site. This data is invaluable to us for the continued improvement of our services.


Functionality cookies

We use functionality cookies to remember your personal preferences when you load a new page (e.g. to make sure that any menus or filters are re-loaded in the same state as you left them), These cookies are note defined as essential, as the site can still function with them, although if disabled your user experience may not be as high.


Targeting cookies

These cookies link to third party services that help to make your life on the internet more connected. For instance, social plugins allow you to share favourite web pages with your friends. Clicking on one of the social buttons (e.g. Facebook ‘Like’ or Twitter ‘Tweet’), this results in a third party cookie being saved on your computer. We provide no control over this behaviour, nor can we guarantee that the list of third party cookies is comprehensive, as these companies may change their cookie usage without us being made aware.

 

 

This page was last updated on 30th May 2012.