What Are Cookies

Cookies are text based files stored on your computer, they are created and read by various scripts and web pages. Cookies are used for various purposes, but the main one for Active Robots is to keep track of the items that you have in your basket. Some cookies associate a small number with your browser and then your browser can send this to the site and the site can pull up the correct basket information.

In order to use this site fully you will need to enable cookies in your browser. If you have not enabled cookies the site will operate under reduced functionality and you will not be able to add prodducts to your basket, checkout or log in. You may still be able to browse the site's products.

Because cookies are simply text based files and are created by your own browser and not downloaded directly, these cannot harm your computer. Our cookies do not store and personal or sensative information. E-mail addresses, name, address and credit card information are not stored in cookies.

Some cookies may also be used for the purposes of site diagnostics and analytics, helping us judge server load or usage. Others may be used to help the site remember who you are when you log in.

Our Cookies

In this section we list the main cookies that we use on our site and a short discription of their purpose. If you encounter a cookie that is not listed below and would like to have more information then please contact us using the form provided here.

A list of the main cookies we use:

Name Purpose
frontend This is the main cookie set for our website. This allows  you to search for products, add products into your basket, login/logout.
__utma, __utmb, __utmz These are used by Google Analytics to help track user site useage. This helps us work out which pages are most popular, how many people are visting the site and so on. No personally identifyable information is collected in this process and all information is kept between Active Robots and Google.
__cfduid Some of our sites may use CloudFlare to help boost performance and security and cookie is set by the CloudFlare service.
_pk_cvar, _pk_id, _pk_ses These are used by Piwik Analytics to help track user site useageThis helps us work out which pages are most popular, how many people are visting the site and which pages. No personally identifyable information is collected in this process.
pettabs This is for the banner you see on the home page, so it remembers the last position as you navigate or refresh the page.
__atuvc This is a cookie set by Addthis.com to show the count for how many people have shared the page.
This cookie tells the site if it should be caching pages.
jirafe.user.store Jirafe is another site analytics engine which helps us track how active users are on the site. No personally identifyable information is collected in this process.


Third Party Cookies

Some of the cookies on Active Robots will not be created by us, these are known as Third Party Cookies. These cookies are controlled and set by other websites, they are used if our site uses some of the services for those other websites. If you would like more information about these cookies please check the third party websites for more information.

Some of the third-party cookies we use are from:

google.com (Google +1 Share button and Google Analytics).

addthis.com (Social Plugin).

facebook.com (Facebook like button).

sagepay.com (Used to purchase items).

paypal.com (Used to purchase items).

verisign.com (This is used to show our compliance to versign's SSL standards).

Flash Cookies/Local Shared Objects

Some content on this site may use Adobe Flash, for example vidoes. Flash cookies are similar to normal cookies however they are managed differently by the browser.

Sharing Links

Some pages will contain the ability to share content with friends or social networks, for example Facebook or Google+. If you use these then you may be sent cookies from a third party website. We do not control these cookies and they may change over time so if you would like to know more information about them then please visit the relevant third party website for more information.

More information about cookies

If you'd like to learn more about cookies please visit aboutcookies.org.

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