Cookies and how they work
When you visit a website, a small file called a cookie is saved onto the device you’re using. Most cookies need your permission – or ‘consent’ – first but some (usually session cookies) are essential to ensuring this site works and so don’t need consent.
When you next visit the same website, the cookie it placed on your device is retrieved.
There are several types of cookie which are used for different purposes. Some help the site load faster or personalise the content to your interests, preferences and the adverts you might like to see. Others help us improve our websites and user experience.
Some provide security and prevent fraud and are strictly necessary to give you access to the information or services you’re requesting online.
Our approach to cookies
At Post Office and Parcel2go.com, we’re continually checking and improving how we present our content to you. Cookies are one of the ways we can give you our best possible website experience.
Everyone is unique, with their own preferences. Cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website. We can tailor the adverts you see. Understand the pages you’re most interested in. Remember your login details so you need only type them in once. All for a better browsing experience.
Whether cookies require your consent or not, we’ll always tell you how we’re using them here in our cookie notice. Like any technology, they can change over time, so check back regularly for the latest on how they’re used.
Cookies are a choice you make per device
So, if you access the same web page on different devices (a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop, for instance), you need to set your cookie preferences for each device.
If you say no to advertising cookies on a laptop, for example, you’ll still get adverts on your phone if you’ve not chosen the same preferences for it.
The different categories of cookies
There are two categories of cookie:
Session cookies are only active while you visit a website. They usually make sure your visit's secure or save things while you’re there – like items in your shopping basket. As soon as you close your browser, these cookies are deleted.
Persistent cookies stay stored on your device until their expiry date (if they have one) or you delete them. They usually capture what you do on the site, the pages you view, how long for, and your marketing and advertising preferences.
What type of data do cookies contain?
The types of data stored in cookies will depend on their purpose and specific websites. This list isn’t exhaustive, but examples are:
- Websites you visit/browsing history
- The type of device you use
- Software and hardware on your device
- A unique ID
- A session ID
- A session start and end time
- Specific pages you look at
- The date you visit the website
- The cookie’s expiry date
- Passwords and usernames
- Your preferences
- Your IP address
- Your email address
If cookies need your consent, you can give it in several ways:
- On your fist visit to our site, click the box or boxes that pop up to allow us to use them (we’ll ask again from time to time too)
- You can also enable cookies within the settings of the browser you’re using – like Google Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox
How do I change my preferences for using cookies?
If you would like to change or review your cookie choices, please Change Preferences. You can deselect or reselect the different types of cookie using the on/off toggles.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the website.
You can also use your browser settings to set or change the cookie choices you've made. You may need to remove the persistent cookie text files that have an expiry date in the future.
Here’s how to manage your cookie choices on some of the most popular browsers.