Cookies

Introduction

When you visit the HS2 Ltd website via the Internet in order to assist you with your web browsing experience, especially when revisiting our website, the site will sometimes place a small amount of information on your device, such as your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone. These include small files known as ‘cookies’. They can not be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve your web browsing experience by, for example:

  • Enabling a service to recognise your device so you do not have to give the same information several times during tasks or browsing sessions;
  • Recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you do not need to do it for every web page you visit; and
  • Analysing anonymised data to help us understand how people interact with the website so we can make improvements and to assist us in developing the website in an informed way for our online users.
How to manage cookies

You can learn more about cookies and how to manage them by visiting the 'About Cookies' website at: www.aboutcookies.org

Cookies we use on this website

First-party cookies

Name: has_js

Purpose: Checks user has Javascript enabled or not to deliver functionality

Typical content: A 1 bit which represents a 0 or a 1

Expires: 365 days

   

Name: PHPSESSID

Purpose: This cookie is essential for the functionality of the entire website.

Typical content: A 120-bit random number that is represented by a 20-character string

Expires: When user exits web browser

Further information: This is a standard Drupal session cookie and again verifies if the user has javascript enabled or not

   

Name: hs2RatedNID

Purpose: Allow user to rate our content and give us feedback.

Typical content: Yes / No

Expires: 30 days

Third-party cookies

We use third party suppliers and their services on this website, which may also use cookies as detailed below.
  

Cookies for improving service

We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this website. We do this to make sure it is meeting our users' needs and to understand how we could make the user experience of this website better.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (for example, your name or address) so this information can not be used to identify who you are.

We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
  

Web analytics/metrics

These cookies are used to evaluate site performance in terms of number of visits, unique visitors, drop-off rate for transactions, and so on.
  

Name: __utma

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie to track the number of times you access the site

Typical content: Randomly generated number

Expires: 2 years

 

Name: __utmb

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie to timestamp the exact time that you access the site

Typical content: Randomly generated number

Expires: 30 minutes

 

Name: __utmc

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie to timestamp the exact time that you leave the site

Typical content: Randomly generated number

Expires: When user exits browser

 

Name: __utmv

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie to define custom segments for reporting on website's custom data

Typical content: Segment value

Expires: 2 years

 

Name: __utmz

Purpose: Google Analytics cookie that keeps track of how you got to the site

Typical content: Randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached

Expires: 6 months

 

How to manage cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your web browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how to do this.

You can also find further information on the 'About Cookies' website at: www.aboutcookies.org

The 'About Cookies' website contains comprehensive information on how to manage cookies across a wide variety of web browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your device, as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

For information on how to do this within the web browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your mobile handset manual or visit the help section of your mobile provider’s website.

To opt-out of third-parties collecting any data regarding your interaction on our website, please refer to their websites for further information.

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