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- To keep a record of the products you've put in your shopping basket for next time you visit
- To make personalised product recommendations, based upon your previous times you've shopped on the website
- To remember the preferences you have set up for that website.
- To find out what the website doesn't do well and make improvements to it in future
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- Make sure advertising on other websites is relevant to you
Types of cookies
Session (or Transient) Cookies
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Persistent (or Permanent) Cookies
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Flash Cookies (or Locally Shared Objects)
You probably have Adobe Flash installed on your computer. Websites that contain Flash can also store small amounts of data on your computer that can be used in the same way as cookies are. Flash cookies can also be used to record the data that is stored in other types of cookies. So, when you delete cookies from your browser, your Flash cookies are not affected meaning a website may still identify you if it previously recorded the deleted cookie data into a Flash cookie.
Sharing with social networks
If you use the buttons that allow you to share products and content with your friends via social networks like twitter and Facebook, these companies may set a cookie on your computer system.
Which cookies does The Harmonica Company use?
theharmonicacompany.com requires that our visitor's computer accept a session cookie. This session cookie contains simply the session identification number which identifies the visitor to the store, as separate from other visitors. The session cookie contains no personal identity information, and in itself is thus anonymous. A 3rd-party cannot use anything in the cookie to identify the visitor in any way. This session cookie expires at the end of the visitor's session in the browser, or at a predefined time, typically 24 minutes after their last mouse click, whichever is sooner.
A behavioural tracking service that helps us find out what can be improved on the website and how important it is. The information collated is completely anonymous.
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What happens if I opt out of all cookies?
If you opt out of all cookies set by theharmonicacompany.com then you will not be able to place an order on our website. You will, however, still be able to browse our website.