A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come; the "lifetime" of the cookie; and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number.
Two types of cookies are used by Raleigh UK's websites to provide user account and shopping basket functionality:
- Session Cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your browser until you leave the website
- Persistent Cookies, which remain in the cookie file of your browser for much longer (though how long will depend on the lifetime of the specific cookie)
On all of our websites, we use Google Analytics to measure how the websites are performing. Essentially, this gives us information about what's popular, how people move through the website, how long they spend browsing and what they do while they're are.
For this to work, the Analytics system writes a cookie onto your device which simply identifies that you're looking at the website. It doesn't tell us who you are, or any personal information. Location is logged, but only at the level of a particular town, not more detailed than that.
Analytics also tells us what browsers are being used to look at the website, and the screen resolutions being used. This information is important so that we can plan future developments and improvements to our websites.
Another function that makes use of a cookie is remembering your account username when you've clicked the 'remember on this machine' checkbox when logging into our online shop.
If you do leave cookies turned on, be sure to log out of our websites (if applicable) when you finish using a shared computer.