Cookies are small files that may be placed by a web site on a user’s PC. They are used to store information that may be needed while browsing the site, or on a future visit. This may include personal data, or anonymous information such as previously visited pages or items stored in the shopping cart.
A recent (2011) change in EU regulations requires that consent must be obtained before using any cookie that is not ‘strictly necessary’ for the functioning of the site. It is not yet clear how this will be interpreted in law.
SellerDeck products currently use the following types of cookie:
- Specifically excluded from the scope of the regulations:
ACTINIC_CART. Records the session file of the shopping cart.
- Consent is obtained before use provided agreement to the Terms and Conditions is enforced in the checkout (the default setting), and the Terms and Conditions retain the default cookie statement:
ACTINIC_BUSINESS. The login digest for logged in customers.
ACTINIC_CONTACT. Checkout 'Remember Me' function – stores contact information to avoid the need for re-entering for subsequent orders.
- Necessary for the correct functioning of the associated elements of the site:
ACTINIC_REFERRER. Returns the customer to the last page visited after completion of the checkout.
LAST_SECTION_URL. Used by the ‘Back’ link on the Product Page, to return the visitor to the correct Section Page.
ACTINIC_RECENT. Records the image filename(s) for the ‘Recently Viewed Products’ list, if enabled.
CART_CONTENT. Stores the cart value and item count for the shopping cart summary.
None of these four stores personal data. The first two expire on closing the browser. Expiry period of the second two is set in Web | Configure Expiry Periods.
At present there is no indication that SellerDeck sites will be affected by the application of the new law. However we are monitoring the situation and will respond to any change that would negatively affect SellerDeck sites.