Costa Limited respects your data and your privacy is important to us. For more information about how we use and protect data please see our Privacy Notice.
What is a cookie and what do they do?
Session and persistent cookies and how long they last
All cookies are either session cookies or persistent cookies.
Session cookies last for the length of your visit to a website and remember information from one page to another, so you don’t have to keep entering it .
They delete themselves when you close your browser.
Persistent cookies remember things for longer, from one visit to the next. They can personalise the site and remember information each time you visit. We use them to see how people engage with our site to help us change and develop the site and improve your experience of it.
These stay on your device when you close your browser and vary by cookie – please see the cookie table at the end for specific expiration times .
What are first and third party cookies?
Whether a cookie is first or third party depends on where it comes from and can be sent by different parties.
If the cookie comes from our site it is a first party cookie set by us.
If it comes from another site or organisation, such as our suppliers or business partners, it is a third-party cookie, specifically chosen by us to provide a service, such as a more personalised visit. For example, instance, you may be on a website that has ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons for social network sites. If you click one, the social network site will put a ‘third party’ cookie on your device. That cookie may then collect data about you and send it to them too. You will need to set your privacy choices on their site, to tell them how they can use your data.
What different types of cookies does the site use and what are they each for?
Different types of cookies do different things. We use the following cookies on our sites and apps.
Strictly Necessary Cookies - these are required for the operation, security and integrity of our website and app and are essential when you move around them and use their features. For example, they remember your details when you login and allow you to access your account. Without such cookies such services cannot be provided.
Functional Cookies remember you when you return to the site or app and choices you have made on previous visits, such as searches and which country you’re from. This allows us to improve your experience by remembering your preferences when you log into our loyalty club. These Cookies will remain on your device until you choose to clear them, however, if you choose to do this, you will need to log in again into your loyalty account each time you visit the site as an example, but they do eventually expire.
Analytical/Performance Cookies – these allow us to anonymously count the number of visitors to our website and see how they move around and use them. This helps us improve how they work, to find things easily and improve site navigation. The data is aggregated and anonymised, which means we cannot identify you as an individual. Some of the Analytical Cookies we use include (but not limited to) Google Analytics and Adobe Digital Analytics.
For our mobile app, your Costa Club loyalty number is used for analytical purposes to help us improve your user experience.
Marketing / Targeting cookies
These Cookies will collect information about your browsing habits and help website owners to understand the performance of their marketing activities and improve the relevance of the adverts that you see. They are set by the website owner or by carefully selected third parties who may use that information to show you adverts that they think you will be most interested in when you visit other websites They may also use that information to see how well their adverts are performing and that information may also be shared with other parties such as advertisers. If you do not allow these cookies, you may see more content and adverts that do not match your interests.
Costa do not currently use these type of cookies.
What are similar technologies?
Tagging works in a similar way to cookies. We use a tag called a pixel. A pixel is an image that once imbedded in an email connects to a file stored on our web server and allows us to determine customer interest in our marketing emails. Tags can also be known as beacons.
These allow us to see which promotions seem of interest to our customers, and if a particular offer seems to interest you. We may use this information to send offers which appear to be more relevant to you.
Do I Have to Accept Cookies?
You may reject cookies, however, site and app functions will be affected. Cookies help our sites and app to work properly and personalise your experience. You’ll be able to browse the sites and app without cookies but some standard functionality, preferences and certain features will not work.
By accepting cookies, you allow us to improve your experience and remember information about you, which can personalise your experience.
To withdraw consent, you can reject or delete cookies. Please see the Managing Your Cookies section below on how you can adjust your browser settings.
By browsing or using our site or app you agree that we and the selected third parties in this notice can use (as described in this notice) data collected by the cookies you allow. If you do not agree, you can withdraw your consent by setting your browser to reject cookies, see below.
There are several ways to manage cookies. You can:
Set your browser to prevent cookies from being accepted. More information should be in your browser’s “help” menu. How to adjust your browser will depend on which browser you’re using.
Set some browsers to send you an alert when a website is trying to place a cookie on your browser.
Block cookies by activating the setting on your browser to refuse all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies including strictly necessary cookies, site access and features can be limited or not available.
Delete cookies stored in your browser by “clearing cookies”. This will only delete cookies already stored. It won’t prevent new ones being accepted unless you change the acceptance settings. Also, clearing your cookies on one browser of one device does not automatically clear them on another. You need to clear all browsers on all devices, independently.
By declining cookies in the banner that appears when you visit our site.
More information about cookies is available on external websites such as www.aboutcookies.org. For help with how to manage and delete cookies, visit www.aboutcookies.org. Further information about advertising cookies, and how to manage them, can be found at youronlinechoices.eu (EU based), or aboutads.info (US based).
We are not responsible for the content or cookies from external websites. If you follow a link from our site to a third-party site, they will have their own privacy and cookie notices.
Please bear in mind that if you restrict or disable cookies it can limit functionality and prevent sites from working properly at all.
Keep in mind
If more than one person uses your device, the choices set up by other people will apply to you as well unless you change them. For example, if you share a computer with your family, you may see ads based on sites they have visited as well as sites you have visited.
Cookies that are already on your device
Turning off one or more types of cookies will not delete any that have been downloaded in the past.
Our address is Costa Limited, Costa House, 6 Porz Avenue, Houghton Hall Business Park, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Beds, LU5 5YG. You can also contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any queries in relation to data privacy, please email us at email@example.com.
Cookies and similar technology used by us are listed below.