Cookie Policy

Our site uses cookies to keep track of your visits to our website. A cookie is a small file that can be stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. We may use these to do a number of things.

We use cookies to deliver contents specific to your interest and to save your password so that you don't have to re-enter it every time you visit our site.

Cookies help us to recognise when you next visit our website and note the advertisements displayed to you. This allows us to tailor the service we provide to your preferences.

You can usually change your browser so that it will not accept cookies. If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit www.aboutcookies.org

Waterstones Cookie Policy

What Are Cookies?

Waterstones.com places tiny text files called cookies onto your computer, tablet or mobile device. This is standard practice for almost all websites.

Cookies are not harmful to your computer and are an essential part of online shopping. They allow us to give you a more efficient customer experience.

What Are Cookies Used For?

There are two main types of cookie; we call them "first party" and "third party" cookies.
 
First party cookies are small data files that Waterstones.com uses for things such as keeping track of what you've put in your basket and remembering who you are when you return to our site. We don't save personal information such as credit card details in the cookies we create.
 
Third party cookies are set on behalf of Waterstones.com. The most important of these are Google and Affiliate Window who display text or banner adverts on our behalf on a number of other reputable websites. These partner cookies don't collect personal data and would not be able to identify you as an individual customer.

On the whole, cookies are used:

  1. For technical purposes essential to the effective operation of websites, particularly in relation to online transactions.
  2. To enable Waterstones.com to collect anonymous information about the browsing and shopping activities of our customers for internal analysis.
  3. To drive Waterstones.com marketing, particularly banner advertisements and text adverts.
  4. To enable Waterstones.com to meet its contractual obligations to make payments to third parties when a product is purchased by someone who has visited our website from a site operated by those parties.

How to Manage Cookies:

If cookies aren't enabled on your computer, it will mean that your shopping experience on our website will be limited to browsing and researching; you won't be able to add products to your basket and buy them.

If you'd like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit www.aboutcookies.org