Cookies and your Privacy

Below we've tried to explain what services we're running, why we use them and what they do for us. We've also provided information so that you can block cookies that you aren't comfortable with.


A quick primer: Cookies

If you know what cookies are you can skip this bit.

A cookie is a small data file that a website can store on your computer and which your computer then shares with that website each time you view a page. Cookies can be useful for things like recording if a user has logged into a website or not. To find out more about cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.


Tools for managing your privacy

Your first line of defence is your web browser privacy settings. Different browsers have different features but most will allow private browsing and/or various degrees of control over which kind of cookies you will accept. For specific instructions about how to enable or disable cookies on your computer, please refer to the documentation for your browser software.

If you do not wish to allow cookies, please disable cookies before continuing to use our site. If you choose to disable cookies, some of the pages may be functionally limited.


The Cookies We Use

Name Purpose
ASP.NET_SessionId
  • This cookie is necessary for site functionality and is set even if you do not give your consent.
  • It is held temporarily in memory and is deleted when the web browser is closed.
  • This cookie contains no personally identifiable information.
BasketID
  • This cookie is used to identify your shopping basket.
  • It is only set when you add items to your basket.
  • This cookie will be stored for one year.
.CpoLogin
  • This cookie is used to authenticate you so that you don't have to sign-in for every request.
  • It is only set when you sign in to the shop.
  • If you select the "Remember Me" option, this cookie will be stored for one month.
  • Otherwise, it will be deleted when the web browser is closed.
CPOUID
  • This cookie is used to remember your username so that you don't have to re-type it when you come back to the shop.
  • It is only set when you sign out and select the option to save your email address.
  • This cookie will be stored for one month.
civicAllowCookies
civicShowCookieIcon
  • This cookie is used to remember your preferences in the cookie control user interface.
  • This cookie will be stored for three months.

Google Analytics

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  • We use Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website.
  • Google Analytics stores IP address anonymously on its servers in the US, and neither CPO or Google associate your IP address with any personally identifiable information.
  • These cookies enable Google to determine whether you are a returning visitor to the site, and to track the pages that you visit during your session.

You can read more information on Google's use of cookies in their privacy policy and specific information on how Google Analytics uses cookies is available from Google Code. Google also provides a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on if you want to avoid being tracked.


Any Corrections?

The information on this page has been compiled in February 2014, and to the best of our knowledge, it's up to date and correct. If you think you have spotted an error on this page, or if you think we've missed something, please let us know.