Privacy & Cookies Statement

In order to comply with new rules which came into effect on 26th May 2012, we have a system of classifying different types of cookies which we use on this website, or may be used by third parties through our websites. The classifications were developed by the International Chamber of Commerce UK (ICO UK) and these explain more about what cookies we use, why they are used, and what you stand to lose in terms of functionality if you decide not to have them saved on the device you use to view our website.

What is a Cookie?

“Cookies” are text files which contain small amounts of information which are downloaded and stored to your internet connected device when visiting a website. These cookies are then sent back to the original website on each subsequent visit or to other websites that will recognise the cookie. These files are incredibly useful because they allow a website to recognise a returning user or device.

Persistent cookies - Persistent cookies remain on a user’s internet connected device for a set period of time. They are then activated each time that user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies - Session cookies allow operators of the website to link actions of a user during their time on the site in one browser session. This session starts when a user opens their browser. The session finished when the browser window is closed. These session cookies are created and stored temporarily, and once the browser is closed these session cookies are then deleted.

Cookies do lots of different jobs that make your experience of our website much better, such as remembering your preferences and navigating between pages more efficiently.

You can find more information about cookies by visiting and

Cookies used on the Website

A list of all the cookies used on the Website by category is set out below.

Strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies that enable services you have specifically asked for. These are cookies that are strictly necessary, and thus no consent is required.

These are cookies that are essential for you to move around our website and to use it properly. Without these cookies, certain important services that you have asked for (such as shopping baskets) can’t be provided.

Performance cookies

These cookies will collect anonymous information on the pages that have been visited by the user. By using the website, you agree that we can place these cookies on your device.

These cookies will collect information about how you as a user uses our website. For example, which pages you will view the most and if you receive any error messages from pages you have viewed. These cookies don’t collect personal information that could identify you as a visitor. All the information that these cookies will collect are aggregated and therefore anonymous. These cookies are used to improve how the website works only.

Functionality cookies

These cookies will remember choices you have made that will improve your experience on our site. By using the website you agree that we can place these cookies on your device.

These types of cookies allow the website to remember choices you’ve made (such as language, region you’re in) and provide more personalised features. These cookies can be also used to remember changes you’ve made to the text size, fonts and other parts of the website that you can customise. These cookies may also be used to provide you services you have requested such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies will collect may be anonymised and they can’t track your browsing activity on other websites.

Targeting or advertising cookies

These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

These cookies are used to deliver adverts that are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the amount of times that you will see a specific advertisement, as well as help us measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with our permission. They will remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Often the targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

Behavioural advertising and online privacy

A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry, which can be found at The guide also contains an explanation of the IAB’s self-regulatory scheme that allows you greater control of the advertising you get to see.

Using browser settings to manage cookies

The “Help” menu located on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies. It will also tell you how you can have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable these cookies altogether. You will also be able to disable or delete similar data used by add-on’s used by the browser (such as Flash cookies) by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.

However, because these cookies allow you to take advantage of some of the websites essential features, we recommend that you leave them turned on. For example, if you choose to block or reject cookies you will not be able to add items to your Shopping Basket, proceed to our Checkout, or use any of our products and services that require cookies.

Disclosing your information

The What Is Computing website will never disclose your information to anyone outside of the website except where we have your consent; where we are required or permitted to do so by law; to other companies who provide a service to us; or any successors in title to our business.

Whenever we transfer personal information to countries outside the European Economic Area, we will ensure that appropriate security measures are taken.

Other websites

The website may contain links to other sites which are outside of our control, and not covered by this policy. The operators of these sites may collect information from you that will be used by them in accordance to their own policy, which may be different from our policy.

Changes to our policy

This policy replaces all previous versions and is correct as of May 2012. We reserve the right to change the policy at any time.

Contacting us

If you have any queries, please contact us at

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