Use of cookies

What are cookies?

A "cookie" is a computer file that acts as an identification card for your computer. When you visit our sites, unique cookies are placed on your browser. The purpose of the cookie is to distinguish your browser from all other browsers that visit our sites. Web beacons interact with cookies to “read” the information contained on them.  When you visit our sites, web beacons will recognise specific cookies that have been placed on your browser.  By recognising your browser, we can serve you better.  Recognising your browser does not mean that we can identify you by reference to your name, email or other specifically identifiable personal information, because the cookie is only the browser's identification card; it is not your personal identification card.

What do cookies do?

Cookies do various things.  For example, cookies allow us to hold the selections in your shopping cart when you navigate away from the order page and then return to complete the order; because of the cookie, you don't have to start over with your shopping.  We consider these types of cookies to be necessary for the successful operation of our site and refer to them as required cookies.   

Using cookies and web beacons, we can also keep track of what pages of our website your browser visited and whether you purchased a product. That way we can measure such things as how effective our advertising campaigns have been. We refer to these as functional cookies. 

In addition, working with third-party advertising companies, the use of cookies enables us to provide you with customised adverts that we think will be more useful than randomly-generated ads because they are based on your past purchases and page visits to our sites.  We refer to these cookies as advertising cookies. 

The specific functional and advertising cookies associated with our website change regularly depending on the type of browsing behaviour we are analysing, the third party we have engaged to perform analytics on our behalf or the third-party advertising company we are working with to generate digital behavioural ads.

How can I manage my cookies?

We have partnered with TRUSTe, an online privacy solutions provider, to offer you a tool for managing the cookies associated with your browser on our website.  Click here to learn more about those cookies and to manage your choices. Please note that if you choose to disallow advertising cookies while on our website, using the TRUSTe tool, it does not mean that you will no longer receive ads from LS&CO, as behavioural ads are only one form of digital advertising.  It is also important to note that the way the cookie management tool functions is by actually dropping a cookie on your browser.  This serves as the mechanism that delivers the message: “stop allowing cookies”.  As a result, if you delete, block or otherwise restrict cookies, or use a different computer or Internet browser, you’ll need to renew your cookie management choices.

Because cookies and web beacons are the technology generally driving collection of browsing information, you can also typically block cookies to control data collection through your Internet browser. For instructions, check your browser's technical information. Preventing your browser from accepting cookies prevents the collection of your browsing information for purposes of delivering interest-based ads. However, it may also disable or interfere with shopping features on our sites and other sites that you may visit.

Sharing of your information

As noted above we may share your information with our trusted business partners and with our affiliated LS&CO. group of companies.  We may be required to disclose your information if we are required by law.  Our trusted business partners will be given limited access to your personal data as is reasonably necessary to deliver the service they are engaged to provide.  They are also contractually obligated to collect and use any personal data collected from you on our websites or otherwise on our behalf in a manner that is consistent with this Privacy Policy.  Any trusted business partner that processes your personal data on our behalf will also commit to implementing reasonable security measures.  We will not share your personal data other than as described herein with third parties without obtaining your explicit consent.