Cookies on GameStop.co.uk
This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help customise your experience. Find out more about cookies and how you can control them.
This page contains information on what 'cookies' are, the cookies used by GameStop, how to switch cookies off in your browser, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.
What are 'cookies'?
'Cookies' are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a "memory" for the website, enabling it to recognize a user and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on GameStop may generate the following types of cookie:
- Site performance cookies
- Anonymous analytics cookies
- Registration cookies
- Other third party cookies
Site performance cookies:
This type of cookie is used to ensure you have the best possible experience on GameStop by:
- keeping your user session connected to the same web server for as long as possible
- remembering any essential site preferences
Anonymous analytics cookies:
Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie.
These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before.
Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones.
This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site.
Unless you are signed in to GameStop, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as username and email address.
When you register with GameStop, we generate cookies that signal whether you are signed in or not.
Our servers use these cookies to work out which account you are signed in with, and if you are allowed access to a particular service. It also allows us to associate orders, etc. with your user account.
If you have not selected 'keep me signed in,' your cookies get deleted when you either close your browser or shut down your computer.
Other third party cookies:
On some pages of GameStop, third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, GameStop cannot access these cookies, nor can the third parties access the data in cookies used by GameStop.
For example, when you share an article using a social media sharing button on GameStop, the social network that has created the button will record that you have done this.
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. For example, we cannot tell if you are signed in without using cookies, so you would not be able to post comments.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful; otherwise you should use the 'Help' option in your browser for more details.
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Safari
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful:
If you would like to contact us about cookies please email us at email@example.com
You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:
|Google Analytics||__utma||This cookie is typically written to the browser upon the first visit to your site from that web browser. If the cookie has been deleted by the browser operator, and the browser subsequently visits your site, a new __utma cookie is written with a different unique ID. This cookie is used to determine unique visitors to your site and it is updated with each page view. Additionally, this cookie is provided with a unique ID that Google Analytics uses to ensure both the validity and accessibility of the cookie as an extra security measure.||Find out more|
|Google Analytics||__utmb||This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site. When a user views a page on your site, the Google Analytics code attempts to update this cookie. If it does not find the cookie, a new one is written and a new session is established. Each time a user visits a different page on your site, this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page on your site for longer than 30 minutes. You can modify the default length of a user session with the _setSessionCookieTimeout() method.||Find out more|
|Google Analytics||__utmc||Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether or not to establish a new session for the user. For backwards compatibility purposes with sites still using the urchin.js tracking code, this cookie will continue to be written and will expire when the user exits the browser. However, if you are debugging your site tracking and you use the ga.js tracking code, you should not interpret the existence of this cookie in relation to a new or expired session.||Find out more|
|Google Analytics||__utmz||This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within your own site. The cookie is updated with each page view to your site.||Find out more|
|Google Analytics||__utmv||This cookie is not normally present in a default configuration of the tracking code. The __utmv cookie passes the information provided via the_setVar() method, which you use to create a custom user segment. This string is then passed to the Analytics servers in the GIF request URL via the utmcc parameter. This cookie is only written if you have added the _setVar() method for the tracking code on your website page.||Find out more|
|Google Analytics||__utmx||This cookie is used by Website Optimizer and only set when the Website Optimizer tracking code is installed and correctly configured for your pages. When the optimizer script executes, this cookie stores the variation this visitor is assigned to for each experiment, so the visitor has a consistent experience on your site. See the Website Optimizer Help Center for more information.||Find out more|
|Login||.ASPXAUTH||This is used by the ASP.NET framework to define whether a user is logged in or not.|
|Session ID||ASP.NET_SessionId||This is set by the ASP.NET framework and it identifies uniquely the user session on the server; it’s used by the framework to pass information between requests (ie. the user cart)|
|Load Balancing||srvsel||This is used by the Load Balancer to make the session sticky, so that users are sent always to the same server.|
Last Update: 10-11-2014