Cookies

Overview of cookies

  • A cookie is a simple text file which stores data. (It is not a program: it doesn’t do anything.) A website which uses cookies sends this text file to your computer the first time you visit. The cookie is then stored on your computer and holds data relating to your visit - typically the name of the website and unique user ID which anonymously relates to you. The cookies we use in this website cannot be used to identify you personally.

Why we use cookies

Cookies help us to improve your experience as a user of this website.

For example:

  • They measure how many people are using our online services. This information can help us to improve our website further (cookies used for web analytics)
  • They remember a location (a postcode and an address) so that next time you visit our website you don’t have to enter your location details again (cookies used to set your location)
  • They allow you to adapt this website so that you can use colours and fonts of your choice (cookies used for accessibility settings)

You can control cookies

You can accept or reject cookies. You can also receive a prompt before accepting a cookie. You do this through your browser such as Internet Explorer or Safari. Find out more about controlling cookies by following the link in this page to AboutCookies.org

More about cookies

Cookies which are essential for the website to operate

The cookies below are necessary in order to provide a service to you which you have requested by using the website. These cookies are set to expire as soon as you quit your browser.

  • Name: TestCookie
  • Purpose: To determine whether a user's browser accepts cookie and can therefore log in
  • Name: random alphanumeric string
  • Purpose: To store the session id

Both of these cookies are required for our website to operate and do not contain personal data.

Our cookies banner sets a cookie

The banner which appears at the top of the screen informing you that the website uses cookies sets a cookie once the banner has been closed.

  • Name: hbbcCookieConsent
  • Purpose: A persistent cookie to let us know whether to display the cookies banner or not
  • Value: 1 - once user has closed the cookies banner
  • Expires: one year after the cookie is set

Last updated: 02/04/2014 15:18

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