Cookie Policy

version 1.4

20/11/2017

background and context

This policy sets out how hps group manages cookies in relation to our website. All questions about this policy should be directed to compliance@hpsgroup.co.uk

document history

Version

Date

Author

Changes

1.0

01/11/2017

Cassie L-M

Document creation

1.1

03/11/2017

BDB, lawyers

Legal review

1.2

10/11/2017

Tracy James

Initial review

1.3

10/11/2017

Cassie L-M

Cookie content update

1.4

20/11/2017

Cassie L-M

Proofreading amends

 

table of contents

1 purpose.

2 scope.

3 policy.

3.1. about cookies.

3.2. how we use cookies.

3.3. list of cookies.

3.4. strictly necessary cookies.

3.5. analytical/performance cookies.

3.6. functionality cookies.

3.7. targeting cookies.

3.8. managing cookies.

3.9. blocking cookies.

3.10. deleting cookies.

4 contact us.

5 further reading.

6 approval

 

 

1.purpose

 The EU has introduced a new law regarding online privacy. It is designed to protect the privacy of internet users, increasing online security and data privacy. This policy sets out how hps group manages cookies in relation to our website.

2.scope

 This policy applies to the hps group website: www.hpsgroup.co.uk

3.policy

3.1. about cookies

 

Cookies are files, often including unique identifiers, that are sent by web servers to web browsers, and which may then be sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

Cookies can be used by web servers to identify and track users as they navigate different pages on a website, and to identify users returning to a website.

Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies. A persistent cookie consists of a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, which will be stored by the browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date (unless deleted by the user before the expiry date). A session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

3.2. how we use cookies

We use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features. We also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.

Cookies do not contain any information that personally identifies you, but information that we store about you may be linked, by us, to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

We use the information we obtain from you for the following purposes:

1. To recognise your computer when you visit our website
2. To track you as you navigate our website
3. To improve the website’s usability
4. To analyse the use of our website

We don’t sell the information collected by cookies, nor do we disclose the information to third parties, except where required by law (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

3.3. list of cookies

Here is a list of all cookies used on the hps group website:

cookie

vendor

purpose

category

cookiescriptaccept

hps group

Agree to disclaimer

Functionality

_ga

Google Analytics

Unique tracking session

Targeting

_gid

Google Analytics

Unique ID tracking

Targeting

_gat

Google Analytics

Unique tracking session

Targeting

 

3.4. strictly necessary cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

3.5. analytical/performance cookies

They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

3.6. functionality cookies

These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

3.7. targeting cookies

These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

3.8. managing cookies

You can manage cookies through your web browser settings.

3.9. blocking cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. For example:

  • In Internet Exploreryou can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools” » “Internet Options” » “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.
  • In Firefoxyou can block all cookies by clicking “Tools” » “Options” and check “Tell websites I do not want to be tracked” in the “Privacy” tab.
  • In Chrometo block cookies go to “Tools” » “Settings” » “Under the Bonnet” » “Content settings…” and select your option in the “Cookies” section.
  • In Safariyou need to select “Edit” » “Preferences” » “Security” and select your option for “Accept cookies”.

 

Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of this and other websites.

3.10. deleting cookies

You can also delete cookies already stored on your computer.

  • In Internet Exploreryou need to go to “Tools” » “Internet Options” and select “Delete temporary files” under the “General” tab.
  • In Firefox, you can delete cookies by going to “Tools” » “Options” and then in the “Privacy” tab “clear your recent history”.
  • In Chrometo delete cookies go to “Tools” » “Settings” » “Under the Bonnet” » “Content settings…” » “All cookies and site data…” then click “Remove All”.
  • In Safariyou need to select “Edit” » “Preferences” » “Security” » “Show Cookies” and click “Remove All”.

Doing this may have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.

4.contact us

If you have any questions about our cookies or this Cookies policy, please  contact us .

5.further reading

For more information about cookies see the links below.

6.approval

This policy shall be effective immediately upon approval.