When our website is accessed, so-called server log files are transmitted to us and stored on our server for a limited period of time (maximum six months). The following data is logged: IP address used, browser type and version, operating system, website visited, date and time of access, notification of successful access, amount of data sent in bytes, referrer URL (if access was made via a link). This information is used for statistical evaluations for the purpose of the operation, security and optimisation of the offer. No personal evaluation is carried out. However, we reserve the right to evaluate this access data retrospectively in the event of justified suspicion of unlawful use.
Cookies – General information and consent
Cookies are used on this website. Cookies are small text files that are automatically created by your browser and stored on your end device (laptop, tablet, smartphone or similar). Information is stored in the cookie that is related to the specific end device used. However, this does not mean that we gain direct knowledge of your identity. Some of the cookies we use are deleted at the end of the browser session (so-called session cookies). These enable us to offer you, for example, the cross-page shopping basket display, in which you can see how many items are currently in your shopping basket and what your current purchase value is.
Other cookies remain on your computer and enable us to recognise your computer on your next visit (so-called permanent or cross-session cookies). These cookies in particular serve, among other things, to make our offer more attractive to you. Thanks to these files, it is possible, for example, for you to receive information on the website ITNation.co.uk that is specifically tailored to your interests.
According to legal requirements, the storage of information on end devices (desktops, mobile phones, tablets, etc.) – e.g. by setting cookies – and the retrieval of information from end devices (tracking) is only permitted if you have given your prior consent. However, consent does not have to be given if such storage/retrieval is necessary for the website to function. With regard to the data processing that is necessary for the operation of the website, you do not have the right to object.
You can use the website ITNation.co.uk without data being retrieved from or stored on your end device for purposes that are not necessary for the website ITNation.co.uk to offer. For this reason, only “basic tracking” is activated when you use the website ITNation.co.uk unless you give your consent to further use.
Similar to cookies are technologies known as “web beacons”, “pixels or “tags”. These technologies do a similar job to cookies, allowing website operators to count page views and understand how visitors interact with and respond to certain content.
Types of Cookies
We use “first party cookies” and “third party cookies”. First party cookies are cookies placed by us. Third-party cookies are cookies placed by others. Information collected by third party cookies will be shared with the relevant third party. Please refer to the relevant third party’s privacy notice for more details about the information they collect and how they use it.
You should be aware that applications you use to access our Site, such as your web browser, may also place cookies on your device when visiting our Site, or other websites. An example of this would be where you sign in to Google Chrome using a Google Account. We have no control over these third-party cookies, so you will need to manage these cookies in the settings of the relevant applications. For more general information on cookies and how they work, please visit All About Cookies.
How long do cookies last?
The lifespan of a cookie depends on its purpose and how you interact with it:
Session Cookies – These are temporary cookies that are placed on your device during your browsing session and then automatically erased when you close your browser.
Persistent Cookies – These are designed to last for a pre-defined period of time, which varies depending on the nature of the cookie. Persistent cookies stay in your browser until they reach their individual expiry date or you manually delete them.
Which cookies are used on our Site?
We use the following types of cookies:
Essential Cookies/Strictly Necessary Cookies – These cookies are those cookies that a website could not operate without. These include cookies such as login cookies and shopping cart cookies.
Functional Cookies – These cookies recognise you when you return to a website, remember your preferences and provide enhanced, more personalised features.
Performance Cookies – Performance cookies, along with other information, allow websites to calculate the aggregate number of people using a website and which features of a website are the most popular. This information is generally used to improve the website and the way visitors are able to move around it.
Targeting Cookies – Targeting cookies (also known as advertising cookies) help us to deliver our adverts when you visit other websites, such as news websites. This is known as “retargeting”. This technique helps to ensure that the ads you receive are more relevant to you and your interests. These cookies help to measure the effectiveness of an ad and can also limit the number of times that you see an ad. These cookies are placed on your device by advertising networks that we and other advertisers work with to deliver ads. They remember what sites you visit and this information is shared with other ad networks to show you relevant ads.
Essential/Strictly Necessary Cookies – We do not need your consent to store and access essential cookies on your device, although you can still block or delete them.
Other (“non-essential”) Cookies – We may only store and access non-essential cookies on your device with your permission. You are not obliged to give consent to our use of non-essential cookies. If you do give your consent and then change your mind, you can still delete any cookies that have already been placed.
To ensure the best possible protection of your data when visiting our website, we only use links to the respective social networks. As a result, your data will only be transmitted to the social networks if you actively click on the respective buttons. If, on the other hand, the button is not clicked, there is no exchange between you and the social networks. For information on the scope of data collection and the further processing and use of the data by the social networks themselves, please refer to the privacy policies of the providers.
What about other tracking technologies, like web beacons?
Cookies are not the only way to recognise or track visitors to a website. We may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our Website or opened an e-mail including them. This allows us, for example, to monitor the traffic patterns of users from one page within a website to another, to deliver or communicate with cookies, to understand whether you have come to the website from an online advertisement displayed on a third-party website, to improve site performance, and to measure the success of e-mail marketing campaigns. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning.
What about Google Chrome cookies?
Separately to our use of Google Analytics cookies, when you access the Site via Google applications such as Google Chrome, Google may collect user information for the purpose of Google serving personalised advertising across your devices. Google is able to place these advertising cookies on the devices used by visitors to the Site because we use Google services to run the Site. However, these cookies are dropped for Google’s own purposes and as such we do not have any control over how or when they are dropped. You will need to opt-out of receiving these cookies via your Google settings. For further information about these cookies please see Google’s Policy.
What about Google Analytics?
How do I refuse, block or delete cookies?
There are various ways that you can manage your cookie preferences but please be aware that in order to use some parts of our Site you will need to allow certain essential or functional cookies. If you block or subsequently delete those cookies, some aspects of our Site may not work properly and you may not be able to access all or part of our Site.
When you access our Site, we will ask you to provide consent for our use of non-essential cookies. We may repeat this request on subsequent visits to our Site, for example, if you delete cookies from your browser or we need to request new consents from you.
Please be aware that withdrawing your consent does not remove the cookie from your device and, in the case of Social Media Cookies and Targeting Cookies, the cookie may still be used by third parties to show you personalised content and/or advertisements.
Where cookies are essential to the operation of our Site, we can use these without your consent and they cannot be managed.
Using your browser settings or other tools
- Disabling cookies in Internet Explorer
Select the “Tools” menu and then “Internet Options.”
Click on the “Privacy” tab.
Select the appropriate setting.
- Disabling cookies in Google Chrome
Click Settings > Advanced.
Under Security and Privacy, select Content Settings.
Click on “Cookies”.
- Disabling cookies in Safari
Go to Preferences > Privacy.
Click on “Remove all website data”.
- Disabling cookies in Firefox
Select the “Tools” menu and then “Options.”
Click on the “Privacy” icon.
Click on the “Cookie” menu and select the desired options.
- Disabling cookies in Opera
Opera 6.0 and later versions
Go to the “File” > “Preferences” menu.
Queries and further information