Cookies & Internet Advertising
Cookies and How We Use Them
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- Keeping track of items stored in your shopping basket.
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- Preventing fraudulent activities.
- Improving security.
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Cookies and Brower Settings
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We do not provide any personal information to advertisers or to third party sites that display our interest-based ads. However, advertisers and other third-parties (including the ad networks, ad-serving companies, and other service providers they may use) may assume that users who interact with or click on a personalised ad or content are part of the group that the ad or content is directed towards (for example, users in a particular geographical area or users who bought or browsed for gardening books). Also, some third-parties may provide us information about you (such as demographic information or sites where you have been shown ads) from offline and online sources that we may use to provide you more relevant and useful advertising.
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