Cookies policy

This website uses cookies. This page is intended to inform you of the cookies we use, allow you to decide whether you wish to opt out of using cookies, and tell you how you can do so.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that is downloaded onto your computer when you visit a website. It allows the website to recognise and tailor the site to you and won't harm your computer. It can be sessional, which means it is deleted after you close your broswer, or persistent, which means is is deleted after a fixed period of time or indefinite.

Why we use cookies

Some of the cookies we use are essential to the functionality of the website, for example to ensure that when you add an item to your shopping cart it stays there so that you can later checkout and purchase the item. We use cookies to gather anonymous information on what pages you have visited. This enables us to improve the website and focus content on what people find interesting and we do not collect or track your personal data. We also use third-party cookies for social media buttons (allowing you to share content via twitter, facebook, and google plus), the newsletter, and for Amazon affiliate links. You can read more detail about the cookies we use below.

Opting out of cookies

If you prefer not to allow this site to use cookies, you can restrict, block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings but that may mean you won't be able to add and buy products, or to use social media buttons to share content.

How to restrict, block, or delete cookies

This depends on the browser you use. You should check the help information for your specific browser for further guidance.

Which cookies do we use?

We use the shopify e-commerce platform. This requires a number of cookies that are essential to the functionality of the website (e.g. to ensure the shopping cart functions and that checkout is secure). We also use cookies to track anonymously visits to the website and pages viewed to help us to optimise the site.

 Name (domain) Purpose Sessional or persistant?
_session_id (storefront) Allows shopify to store information about your session (referrer, landing, page etc...) Sessional
_shopify_visit (storefront and checkout.shopify.com) Used by our internal stats tracker to record the number of visits to the shop Persistent for 30 minutes from the last visit
_shopify_uniq (storefront and checkout.shopify.com) Counts the number of visits to a store by a single customer Expires midnight (relative to the visitor) or the next day
cart (storefront) Stores information about the contents of your cart Persistent for two weeks
_secure_session_id (storefront) Stores session information for the checkout process Sessional
_ga (storefront) Google analytics cookie used to distinguish users Persistent for 2 years
_utma (storefront) Google analytics cookie used to distinguish users and sessions. Persistent for 2 years from set/update
_utmb (storefront) Google analytics cookie used to determine new sessions/visits. Persistent for 30 mins from set/update
_utmz (storefront) Google analytics cookie that stores the traffic source of campaign that explains how the user reach the site Persistent for 6 months from set/update
_utmv (storefront) Google analytics cookie used to store visitor-level custom variable data. Persistent for 2 years from set/update

 

Third-party cookies

Third-party cookies are cookies that are set by websites other than iainsteel.photography. While it is technically the third-party website's responsibility to inform you of these we have included them here to be as transparent as possible.

We use paypal for payment transactions. Paypal will set a unique sessional cookie when you go through the checkout process. Read more about paypal cookies.

We use google analytics to gather anonymous information on website usage to help us to optimise the site and content. In addition to the first-party cookies listed above, google will set a cookie named PREF that is persistent for a very short period to track (anonymously) who visits the store and from where. Read more about google cookies.

We use mailchimp to operate our newsletter service. Mailchimp uses session cookies that are deleted after you close your browser. Read more about mailchimp cookies.

We use addthis, google, twitter, and facebook for the social media buttons on the website. Read more about addthis cookies. Read more about google cookies. Read more about twitter cookies. Read more about facebook cookies.