How does City Lit use cookies?


This Cookies Guidance should be read alongside, and in addition to, the Privacy Policy.

What types of cookies does City Lit use?

We use different types of cookies for different things, such as:

  • to give you a better, more personalised experience
  • remember the preferences you set while using our website
  • to understand how our websites are used

Here are the different kinds of cookie we use:

Essential cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without them services you have asked for cannot be provided.
Some examples of how we use these cookies are:
  • Signing into the website.
  • Remembering previous actions such as text entered into a registration form when navigating back to a page in the same session.
Functional cookies
These help us make your experience on our website easier. They enable basic functions such as “remember me” buttons and anything that remembers the particular settings chosen by you. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. Switching off these cookies will mean that areas of our website can’t work properly.
Analytics cookies
These help us understand how people are using our websites. For instance which pages people go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works.
Some examples of how we use these cookies are:
  • To collect information about which web pages visitors go to most often so we can improve the online experience.
  • Error management to make sure that the website is working properly.


What cookies does City Lit use?

Below is a list of the cookies used by City Lit and a brief summary of their primary purposes.


None of the cookies used on the website contain personally identifiable information.

Essential Cookies
Cookie Name Purpose Cookie Provider
PHPSESSID To store the logged in user's username and a 128bit encrypted key. This information is required to allow a user to stay logged in to a web site without needing to submit their username and password for each page visited. Without this cookie, a user is unable to proceed to areas of the web site that require authenticated access. Magento
private_content_version Appends a random, unique number and time to pages with customer content to prevent them from being cached on the server. Magento
persistent_shopping_cart Stores the key (ID) of persistent cart to make it possible to restore the cart for an anonymous shopper. Magento
form_key A security measure that appends a random string to all form submissions to protect the data from Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF). Magento
store Tracks the specific store view / locale selected by the shopper. Magento
login_redirect Preserves the destination page the customer was navigating to before being directed to log in. Magento
mage-messages Tracks error messages and other notifications that are shown to the user, such as the cookie consent message, and various error messages, The message is deleted from the cookie after it is shown to the shopper. Magento
mage-cache-storage Local storage of visitor-specific content that enables e-commerce functions. Magento
mage-cache-storage-section-invalidation Forces local storage of specific content sections that should be invalidated. Magento
mage-cache-sessid The value of this cookie triggers the cleanup of local cache storage. Magento
product_data_storage Stores configuration for product data related to Recently Viewed / Compared Products. Magento
user_allowed_save_cookie Indicates if the shopper allows cookies to be saved. Magento
mage-translation-storage Stores translated content when requested by the shopper. Magento
section_data_ids Stores customer-specific information related to shopper-initiated actions such as display wish list, checkout information, etc. Magento
Mention-Me Ltd Third party service provider who will place functional cookies if students interact with refer-a-friend programme. Processing student email addresses and certain order data for the purposes of: enrolling students onto our refer-a friend programme, monitoring the programme and safeguarding against gaming or fraudulent use of the programme, communicating with students in connection with operation of the programme and delivery of rewards and reporting to City Lit on the performance of the programme. For more information, please visit Mention Me


Marketing cookies
Cookie Name Purpose Cookie Provider
recently_compared_product_previous Stores product IDs of previously compared products for easy navigation. Magento
recently_viewed_product Stores product IDs of recently viewed products for easy navigation. Magento
recently_viewed_product_previous Stores product IDs of recently previously viewed products for easy navigation. Magento
recently_compared_product Stores product IDs of recently compared products. Magento
optimizelyDomainTestCookie These Optimizely cookies allow us to test different versions of website pages to different users at the same time and to track how users navigate around our website. We use this information to test new features and make the website easier to use. Optimizely
optimizelyEndUserId Cookie set by the Optimizely website optimisation platform. This cookie is a unique user identifier Optimizely
optimizelyRedirectData After Optimizely Experimentation has executed a redirect experiment, it stores various data from the original page so that Optimizely Experimentation still has access to it on the new page. Optimizely
optimizelyOptOut Stores a boolean indicating whether the visitor has opted out of participating in Optimizely Experimentation powered experimentation. Optimizely
AWSELB Enables sticky sessions. RUM requires sticky sessions. See AWS load balancer documentation for more information. Its value is random data. Optimizely

Controls the AWSELB cookie's attributes (for example, SameSite and Secure). For more information, see AWS documentation on application-controlled session stickiness. See Configure sticky sessions for your Classic Load Balancer in AWS documentation for more information.



Analytics cookies
Cookie Name Purpose Cookie Provider
 _ga Used to distinguish users. Google Analytics


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