Cookie Policy

Here we explain all about cookies, list our cookie policy and explain how we use them to improve your experience of the website.

A cookie is a small text file that is sent by the web server of the website you visit to your web browser and is stored on your computer. Cookies provide a number of functions in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of websites (e.g. cookies can identify if you have previously visited or registered with a website).

We collect information about users visiting our Websites by analysing site traffic which includes the use of cookies.

The information collected by cookies and other tracking methods on our Websites is anonymous and does not contain any sensitive information such as your name, address or any payment details nor does it contain any information that can personally identify you.

You may delete and block all cookies from our Websites but some parts subsequently will not work.

You can find out more about the cookies we use on our Websites, as well as detailed information on how to turn off cookies, or change the cookie settings on your browser, in the following pages.

1 - STRICTLY NECESSARY COOKIES

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features. These cookies ensure that our Website functions correctly and also facilitate a product selection or track a sale order you have made.

2 - PERFORMANCE COOKIES

These cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our Website to help us improve the way the website works. These cookies provide statistics on how our Website has been used and measure any errors on our Website and support improvements and test new designs.

3 - FUNCTIONALITY COOKIES

These cookies allow websites to remember certain choices you have made so that when you subsequently return, you can be provided with personalised settings.

4 - TARGETING COOKIES

Targeting cookies collect information about your how you have used our Website in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests elsewhere on the Internet. These cookies remember that you have visited our Website and will allow third party networks to use the information to display relevant advertising or other content to you on other websites.

OTHER COOKIES ON OUR WEBSITE

When you use our Website you may notice some cookies that are not related to us. For example, when you visit a page on our Website with content embedded from Twitter; Facebook; YouTube; or Flickr, you may be presented with cookies from those websites. Our Website does not control the use of those cookies. We recommend that you visit those sites for more information on the cookies they use and how they use them. You can find more information here:

- Twitter Privacy Policy

- Facebook Privacy Policy

- YouTube (Google) Privacy Policy

- Flickr Privacy Policy

ADJUSTING YOUR BROWSER'S COOKIE SETTINGS

Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you can alter your browser settings to prevent automatic acceptance or you can manually delete your cookie history whenever you wish.

Below is a list of popular web browsers and how you can adjust the cookie settings together with links for additional information:

Internet Explorer

- Select: Tools

- Select: Internet Options

- Select: Privacy

- Select: Advanced

- Select: Override automatic cookie handing

- Then set your preferences as required

Mozilla Firefox

- Select: Tools

- Select: Options

- Select: Privacy

- Then set your preferences as required

Google Chrome

- Select: the wrench icon on the browser toolbar

- Select: Settings

- Select: Show advanced settings

- Select: Privacy/Content settings

- Select: Cookies

- Then set your preferences as required

Safari 5.0

- Select: Safari

- Select: Preferences

- Select: Security

- Then set your preferences as required

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON COOKIES

More information on cookies can be found here: http://www.aboutcookies.org/


GOOGLE ANALYTICS - FURTHER INFORMATION

Our Website uses Google Analytics, a Web analytics service provided by Google Inc. ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how users use the Website. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the Website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information to evaluate your use of the Website, to produce reports for us on Website activities, and to provide additional services associated with the use of the Internet and our Website. Google may also pass on this information to third parties where required to do so by law or where third parties process this data on Google's behalf. Under no circumstances will Google associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

In addition this Website utilises Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting which allows us to use aggregated user data (such as age, gender and interests) to better understand our audience and provide more relevant and targeted communications and content.

We also utilise Google Analytics Remarketing Audiences functionality. If you are signed in to your Google account this allows us to identify the type of device through which you access the Website (smartphone; PC; etc) and track a user across multiple devices to show more relevant ads. This functionality does not incorporate any personally identifiable data. You can change your Google account settings at: https://myaccount.google.com/intro/privacy#

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser as more fully explained below. Furthermore, you can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customise Google Display Network ads at https://www.google.com/settings/ads and you can prevent Google Analytics collecting IP addresses and using other cookies by downloading and installing the following Google browser plug-in: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en-GB

First Party Cookies

.comparemymobile.com __utma This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie lasts for 2 years by default and distinguishes between users and sessions. It it used to calculate new and returning visitor statistics. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. The lifespan of the cookie can be customised by website owners.

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__utmb This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie determines new sessions and visits and expires after 30 minutes. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. Any activity by a user within the 30 minute life span will count as a single visit, even if the user leaves and then returns to the site. A return after 30 minutes will count as a new visit, but a returning visitor.
.comparemymobile.com __utmc This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. It is not used in most sites but is set to enable interoperability with the older version of Google Analytics code known as Urchin. In this older versions this was used in combination with the __utmb cookie to identify new sessions/visits for returning visitors. When used by Google Analytics this is always a Session cookie which is destroyed when the user closes their browser. Where it is seen as a Persistent cookie it is therefore likely to be a different technology setting the cookie.
.comparemymobile.com __utmt This cookie is set by Google Analytics. According to their documentation it is used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.
.comparemymobile.com __utmv This is an optional addtional cookie set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. This cookie is used when site owners create custom visitor-level variables for customising what can be measured. The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. It has a default lifespan of two years, although this can be customised by site owners.
.comparemymobile.com __utmz This is one of the four main cookies set by the Google Analytics service which enables website owners to track visitor behaviour measure of site performance. This cookie identifies the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site. The cookie has a life span of 6 months and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics.
.comparemymobile.com _ga This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.
.comparemymobile.com _gid This cookie name is asssociated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.
www.comparemymobile.com _hjIncludedInSample This cookie is associated with web analytics functionality and services from Hot Jar, a Malta based company. It uniquely identifies a visitor during a single browser session and indicates they are included in an audience sample.
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Third Party Cookies

.bat.bing.com MR This domain is owned by Mircosoft - it is the site for the search engine Bing.
.bat.r.msn.com MR MSN is a Microsoft portal site, driven primarily by online advertising.
.bing.com MUID This domain is owned by Mircosoft - it is the site for the search engine Bing. This cookie is widely used my Microsoft as a unique user identifier. It can be set by embedded microsoft scripts. Widely believed to sync across many different Microsoft domains, allowing user tracking.
.doubleclick.net _drt_ This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange
.doubleclick.net id This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange
.facebook.com datr This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. This cookie identifies the browser connecting to Facebook. It is not directly tied to individual Facebook the user. Facebook reports that it is used to help with security and suspicious login activity, especially around detection of bots trying to access the service. Facebook also say the behavioural profile associated with each datr cookie is deleted after 10 days. This cookie is also read via Like and other Facebook buttons and tags placed on many different websites.
.facebook.com x-src This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies.
.facebook.com fr This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. Contains browser and user unique ID combinaton, used for targeted advertising.
.facebook.com lu This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. Used to manage the login process, remembers user on return visit if they choose to stay logged in.
.facebook.com locale This domain is owned by Facebook, which is the world's largest social networking service. As a third party host provider, it mostly collects data on the interests of users via widgets such as the 'Like' button found on many websites. This is used to serve targeted advertising to its users when logged into its services. In 2014 it also started serving up behaviourally targeted advertising on other websites, similar to most dedicated online marketing companies. Remembers display locale when user logs out, for returning language and location preferences
.google.com APISID This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
.google.com SSID This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
.google.com  NID  This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
.google.com PREF This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear. This is a common Google cookie, used across several of their services. Stores user preference and can be used to personalise ads on google searches
.google.com SID This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear. This is a very common cookie name, but where it is found as a session cookie it is likely to be used as for session state management. This cookie is used by Google in combination with HSID to verify a Google user account and most recent login time.
.google.com SAPISID This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear.
.google.com HSID This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer's adverts appear. Used by Google in combination with SID to verify Google user account and most recent login time
.msn.com MUID MSN is a Microsoft portal site, driven primarily by online advertising. This cookie is widely used my Microsoft as a unique user identifier. It can be set by embedded microsoft scripts. Widely believed to sync across many different Microsoft domains, allowing user tracking.