This page contains information on what cookies are, the types of cookies used on this website, how to switch cookies off in your browser, how to specifically switch off advertising cookies, and some useful links for further reading on the subject.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored by the browser (eg. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store things like user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a ‘memory’ for the website, so that it can recognise you when you come back and respond appropriately.
A visit to a page on HCM’s website may generate the following types of cookies:
Site performance cookies
Site performance cookies are used to ensure our website functions correctly for you. Blocking these cookies may result in some parts of the site not working. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies include: has_js, cookie-agreed, JSESSIONID
Anonymous analytics cookies
These cookies allow us to track how many individual users we have, and how often they visit the site. They also tell us whether or not you’ve visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies and, if you don’t, we generate new ones.
We cannot use these cookies to identify individuals. We use them to gather statistics to help us improve our site, for example, the number of visits to a page or how long is spent reading a page.
We also use separate Google products similar to Analytics. These are Tag Manager, which tracks actions on our site, and Search Console, to analyse website performance.
Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.
Visitors can also opt out using the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.
These cookies include: _ga, _gat, _gid, collect
These cookies allow us to know whether or not you’ve seen an advert or a type of advert, and how long it is since you’ve seen it.
DoubleClick Floodlight tags help us track conversions (when someone clicks on an advert) and your actions on our site once you’ve clicked on one of our adverts. These tags also compile lists of users for use in future marketing campaigns.
Find out more about DoubleClick.
This is the technology we use to target audiences based on website behaviour across Google Search, the Google Display Network, Gmail and YouTube. It allows us to specify actions you can take on our website (such as viewing a course page, watching a video or submitting a form) and then target advertising at either people who have completed these actions, have not completed these actions, or those whose demographic profile matches those who have completed a particular action.
We also use Facebook cookies and pixels. Pixels are small blocks of code on webpages that do things like allow another server to measure viewing of a webpage and often are used in connection with cookies. Cookies and pixels are used to understand and deliver ads and make them more relevant to you. The user ID collected relates to your Facebook account and the data collected is used to advertise across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram. These pixels are also used to attribute website conversions back to advertising sources.
Further information can be found on the Facebook website.
These cookies include: ads/ga-audiences, fr, IDE, NID, sess, SEUNCY, TapAd_DID, TapAd_TS, TDCPM, TDID, test_cookie, tr, uuid2,
Other third party cookies
On some pages of our website, other organisations may also set their own anonymous cookies. They do this to track the success of their application, or to customise the application for you. Because of how cookies work, our website cannot access these cookies, nor can the other organisation access the data in cookies we use on our website.
For example, when you share an article using a social-media sharing button (for example, Twitter) on HCM’s website, the social sharing platforms that have created the buttons (Addthis and Sharethis) will record that you have done this and in some cases display a count of how many shares a certain page has had.
These Cookies include: _cfduid, _at.hist.#, __atuvc, __atuvs, __stid, _at.cww, at-lojson-cache-#, at-rand, bt2, di2, loc, mus, uid, uvc, vc, xtc, __sharethis_cookie_test__, _privy_41C1C357237979AE74F72568, _privy_a, _privy_b, _privy_match_session
How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website.
All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. To understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, or you can use the Help option in your browser for more details.
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their use on the Internet, you may find the following links useful:
The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising: youronlinechoices.co.uk/uk
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: The Information Commissioner’s Office
If you would like to contact us about cookies please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org