What are cookies?
Despite the image, no chocolate chips of any kind are involved! The cookies we are talking about here are small text files that help organise and store browsing information. They cannot damage your computer or any files you have on it, and they cannot transmit viruses to your machine. Examples of cookies on this site are:
- The Loft website is designed using a programme called Joomla which sets some cookies to make our site work properly, especially the interactive parts like search and menus.
- We use StatCounter, a web analytics service, to track visitor activity on our websites. These stats help us to understand how people are interacting with our site, which in turn helps us to develop it in a way which is useful to our visitors. The information collected is non-personal statistical information such as pages visited on the site, the duration of individual page views, paths taken by visitors through the site, data on visitors' screen settings.
When you visit our website, a StatCounter analytics cookie (called "is_unique") may be placed in your browser. This cookie is used only to determine whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate unique visits to the site. No personal information is stored in the cookie, it doesn't add you to a mailing list and we cannot trace you from your visit.
- We also sometimes embed links or content from other websites (such as Google ads paypal links). These are clearly identified, but as a result you may be presented with cookies from these other sites. We cannot control the dissemination or operation of these cookies and you should check with the third party websites for more information.
Choosing not to accept cookies:
You can choose not to accept cookies but if you do, some areas of our website may not work properly.
You can find out more about StatCounter, and set your browser to refuse their cookies by clicking this link: http://statcounter.com/about/set-refusal-cookie
Google ads on our pages use the 'DART' cookie which enables Google and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to this site and/or other sites on the Internet. You can opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google advertising opt-out page.
Otherwise, if you prefer not to deal with cookies on a 'site by site' basis you can use your browser to control which cookies you accept. http://www.aboutcookies.org/ will advise you if you do not know how to do this.