What are cookies?

Cookies are tiny text files stored on your computer or other mobile or handheld device (such as smart ‘phones or ‘tablets’) when you visit certain web pages.

Cookies are essential to the effective operation of our website and to enable you to interact with us online.  The information collected by cookies cannot be used to identify you personally.

What do cookies do?

Cookies do lots of different things, like letting you navigate between pages effectively, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website.

If our website did not use cookies, you would appear to be a new visitor every time you moved to a different webpage; for example, after entering your log in details and moving to another page the website wouldn’t recognise you and would ask you to log in again.

Some other examples of what cookies can do include: 

  • recording your preferences such as country, language and timezone so you don’t have to keep setting them;
  • recording the areas and pages of our website that you have visited so that we can use this information to help us improve the flow and content delivery of our website to ensure that it is easy to use and so we can improve the services we provide to our visitors.

Are cookies safe?

Yes cookies are 100% safe. Cookies do not harm your computer, they do not contain any information that could be used by others to identify you personally and they do not contain any confidential information, such as your email address.

What are the different types of cookie used by Premier Farnell?

At Premier Farnell we have categorised the cookies we use into four different types:

  1. Strictly necessary cookies
    Some cookies are strictly necessary to allow you to move about the website easily or to provide you with certain features you have requested, such as identifying you as being logged onto the site. View our Strictly Necessary Cookies. 
  2. Performance Cookies
    Performance cookies collect information about how you use our website e.g. which pages you visit and if you experience any errors. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor, although they may collect the IP address of the device used to access the site.  All information collected is only used to help us understand how our visitors use our website, what interests our users, and to measure how effective our pages are so that we can improve how we present our content to you. These cookies help to improve the performance of the website, providing a better experience for you. View our Performance cookies.
  3. Functionality Cookies
    Functionality cookies are used to remember settings about choices you’ve made on the website such as the language preference you’ve chosen for the site and allow us to provide services you’ve asked to use and to improve your visit. View our Functionality cookies.
  4. Targeting and Advertising Cookies
    Targeting and advertising cookies are used to work out what advertising might be most relevant to you based on the areas you look at on our website.  View our Targeting and Advertising cookies.

Third Party Cookies

Some of the cookies used on our website are set by third party organisations that we use for different services. For example, we use a company called global3digital to host our website so many of the cookies are set by global3digital. We may also sometimes embed video or other content from websites such as Twitter and these sites may set their own cookies.   Further details on the third party cookies we use are included on the example list of cookies we use on our site and you can check the relevant third party’s website for more information about their cookie policy.

Find out how you can manage your cookie settings via your browser and see the example list of cookies used on this website.

Cookie settings and list of cookies:

Can I turn cookies off?

We use cookies to make our website easier to use and so that we can provide the best possible service. Cookies are an essential part of how our website works, and to ensure it works properly for you, we recommend that they are enabled. If you disable cookies, some parts of the website will not work. 

However, if you would like to disable or block cookies from this website you can do so via your browser settings.

How to manage cookie settings via your browser:

Most internet browsers accept cookies automatically, but you can change your browser settings to erase cookies or prevent automatic acceptance.  If you would prefer us not to store cookies on your device, use the appropriate browser instructions below to change your settings.

Please note, if you use a different device, different account on your device or a different browser, you will need to set your preference for them separately. The settings you have chosen today will only apply to the device and browser you are using now.

You can also delete any existing cookies from your browser’s cache by using the settings available in your web browser. However, clearing the cache will mean that you need to reapply any cookie settings previously selected when revisiting our website in the future.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 and 9.0
Choose the menu ‘Tools’ (or alternatively the Cog icon in Internet Explorer 9.0) and then ‘Internet Options’. Click the ‘Privacy’ tab. Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.

For more specialised cookie settings click on ‘Advanced’, check the 'Override cookie handling' button and modify the settings to suit your requirements.

For Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0
Choose the menu ‘Tools’ and then ‘Internet Options’. Click the ‘Privacy’ tab. Move the slider to choose your preferred settings.

The default setting is medium and the menu allows you to select the level of "filtering" on the basis of (a) the source of the cookie and (b) whether the source has a privacy policy.

For more specialised cookie settings click on ‘Advanced’.

For Mozilla Firefox 13.0.1
Choose the menu ‘Tools’ then ‘Options’. Click on the icon ‘Privacy’. Under the ‘History’ section select the ‘Use custom settings for history’ option from the drop down menu and then choose your preferred cookie settings.

Google Chrome 21
Click the Wrench icon on the browser toolbar. Select ‘Settings’. Click ‘Show advanced settings’ at the bottom of the page. In the ‘Privacy’ section, click the ‘Content settings’ button. In the Cookies section choose your preferred settings.

Safari 5.1 (OS X Lion)
Choose menu item ‘Safari’ and select ‘Preferences’. Click on the menu item ‘Privacy’ and choose your preferred settings.

Safari 5.1 (Windows)
Select the Cog icon on the browser toolbar and then select ‘Preferences’. Click on the menu item ‘Privacy’ and choose your preferred settings.

Premier Farnell corporate website cookies

If you don’t make any changes to your current cookie settings via your browser,  the  following are the cookies that may be used when you visit this website:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We don’t currently use any strictly necessary cookies. 

Performance Cookies

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Google -
These cookies are only used for aggregated and anonymous analytics (e.g. country locations, type of browser) by Google Analytics


Functionality Cookies

We don’t currently use any functionality cookies.

Targeting and Advertising Cookies

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