The following information explains our policy regarding the personal information we collect about you.
1 - Statement of Intent
Certain sections of the website request that you supply your personal information (i.e. your e-mail address, name, contact details) so that you may
utilise the services on our site and by entering these details you enable us to
provide you with the services you select (such as sending us an order for goods).
Whenever you supply this information, Christmas Shop will treat
the information in accordance with this policy and will act in accordance with
current Internet best practice.
2 - Information Stored Regarding Site Visitors
During the course of any visit to this website, the web pages you see, together
with something called a cookie, are sent to your computer (see "What are Cookies and where are they used on the Christmas Shop website?" in point 3 below for more on this). The majority of web
sites on the Internet (if not all) do this, as cookies allow the website
publisher to do useful things like find out whether the computer / its user has
visited the site before. This is done on a repeat visit by checking to see if a
cookie has been left there on a previous visit.
Any information that is supplied through cookies can help us to provide you with
a better service. The Christmas Shop site utilises cookies to
maintain the shopping cart system we provide - items you select to purchase
from our online catalogue are stored in cookies. The cookies remain on your
computer until either your order is submitted to us, or a period of 7 days
passes (by setting the expiry period of 7 days, you may return to our site
within that period to complete your unprocessed order).
3 - What are Cookies and where are they used on the Christmas Shop website?
When you use the Christmas Shop website shopping cart system, your computer will automatically be issued with a cookie. Cookies are text files that
identify your computer to our web server. Cookies themselves do not identify the individual user (you), just the computer used.
Cookies themselves only record the products you have selected to buy and are only valid for a specific period of time (in the case of our shopping cart,
the period is 7 days). Users have the opportunity to set their computers to accept all cookies,
to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these, of course, means that certain personalised services
cannot then be provided to that user.
Cookies are only utilised by our site in the following circumstances:
Cookies are not used, or set by the Christmas Shop site without good reason. Each of the cookies listed below are critical to enabling site functionality.
You can still browse our site anonymously, until such time as you request one of the previously mentioned facilities.
- When you add, amend or remove products to and from our Shopping Cart facility
- You sign in, or out using the Account Login facility, where available
- If you arrive at this site via a third party (i.e. affiliate) site, in which case we note the site you originated from (note that nothing personally
identifiable is stored along with this, other than the pure lead source)
A summary table follows explaining about each cookie this site uses..
Manages shopping basket item selections.
Linked to the user account login (where a user account login is in use).
Provides us with the source (i.e. an affiliate) site that you came through to arrive at our site.
This allows us to track how site visitors arrived at our site (note that no personally identifiable
details are ever stored, only the lead source).
Used to record your consent / agreement to understanding that cookies are used on this site. We must adhere
to what is known as the EU Cookie Law. This involves us providing details as to what
alert when you arrive at our site, which contains links to allow you to consent / agree to your understanding
4 - Storage of your Personal Information
The Christmas Shop website typically requests information in the way
of forms held within the pages on this site. The data we collect, such as
personal / contact information, is collected by us in a fair manner - that is
we explain how we will use that data at the point of collecting it.
Data collected by us will never be passed on to third parties, or used without
your consent. The only exception to this is when we are legally obliged to
5 - Posting of Offensive or Inappropriate Information
If you post or send offensive or inappropriate information anywhere on the Christmas Shop website, or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on
the site, where we consider such behaviour to be serious and / or repeated, Christmas Shop can use whatever information is available to it about
you to stop such behaviour. This may include informing relevant third parties
such as your employer, or e-mail service provider about the content and your
6 - Information Retention
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as you use the
service you have requested, and remove it in the event that the purpose has
been met. In addition, we will ensure that all personal information supplied is
7 - Handling of Sensitive Data Transmitted to and from this Site
Certain sections of the website require that you enter sensitive information
(such as credit card details when purchasing online with us) and wherever this
takes place, we have taken all steps to ensure that the data is handled
securely using https (SSL/TLS) secure connections. The https secure connections
use 128-bit high encryption to ensure all transactions are conducted securely
between your web browser and our system. Look for the padlock in the
bottom-right corner of your browser when accessing secure pages - this will
provide confirmation of our identity by a third party.