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Cookie Policy

Effective: 27th May, 2020

Our Privacy Policy explains how we collect and process personal data about you. This Cookie Policy provides more detail about how we use cookies and similar technologies to collect certain information when you visit our website and the choices you have regarding our use of cookies.

1. WHAT ARE COOKIES?

Cookies are small data files stored on your device. They may be placed on your device by us (known as “first-party cookies”) or by other companies on our behalf (known as “third-party cookies”). For example, we partner with third-party analytics providers that place cookies when you visit our website. Cookies are stored locally on your device (including in HTML5 local storage and your browser’s cache), and are then sent back to our website on subsequent visits.

In addition, we utilise similar technology known as pixels, which are small images on a web page or in an email which can collect information about your browser or device and can also place cookies.

Our use of cookies helps us to understand how you are using our website so that we can improve our website and your experience of it.

2. WHAT TYPES OF COOKIES DO WE USE, AND WHY?

We use cookies for a number of reasons, like helping us see which features of our website are most popular, counting visitors to a webpage, improving our users’ experience, keeping our website secure, and generally to manage our business and website, and to provide you with a better experience. By using our website you agree that, unless you have set your device’s browser to reject them, we can place the types of cookies set out in the table below on your device, and use that data in accordance with this policy.

We use cookies from Google Analytics. You can access how Google uses data when you use our site at https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.

We use the following types of cookies for the stated purposes:

Type of CookiesWhy we use these Cookies
Technical These cookies are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website or to purchase goods online.
Preferences These cookies allow you to access our site with certain general features which are predefined according to a number of criteria in your device (eyou’re your language, type of browser or region settings). These are used to recognise your device when you return to our website. These cookies enable us to personalise content for you and to remember your preferences.
Security We use these cookies to help identify and prevent security risks in relation to our website.
Performance We use these cookies to collect information about how you interact with our website and to help us improve it. For example, we may use these cookies to determine if you have interacted with a certain webpage.
Analytics These cookies (including cookies related to Google Analytics’ tool referred to above) allow us to better understand how our users interact with our website. They allow us to recognize and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around a website when they are using it. These cookies help us improve the way a website works, for example by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. We can use these cookies to learn more about which features are the most popular with our users and where we may need to make improvements.

For a full list of the specific cookies we use on our website and the categories they fall into, please click this link

Generally cookies will not collect personal information, however any personal information that is collected by cookies on our website will be handled in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

3. YOUR CHOICES

When you first access our website from an IP address or mobile device, a banner will be displayed informing you that by continuing to use the website, you consent to Costco’s use of cookies.

Generally, your browser will accept cookies and allow automatic collection of data via cookies unless you change the browser’s default settings. You can restrict or disable the use of cookies through your browser; each browser provides different options for you to manage your preferences in relation to cookies. If you disable cookies, some of the features of our website may not function properly. If you clear cookies, you will be asked to consent to our placement and use of cookies again on your next visit to our website.

4. CONTACT US

If you have any questions or concerns about our use of cookies or similar technologies, please email us at privacy@costco.com.