What is a cookie?
A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on your computer/device’s hard drive and which records how you move your way around a website so that, when you revisit that website, it can present tailored options based on the information stored about your last visit.
Cookies can also be used to analyse traffic and for advertising and marketing purposes.
Cookies do not harm your computer/device.
Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential/necessary’ or ‘non-essential’. Essential/necessary cookies: these are cookies that are either:
- used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
- strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested
Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as:
- cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies)
- cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies)
Cookies are either session cookies (only stored on your computer during your web session and automatically deleted when you close your web browser) or persistent cookies (those that store a file on your computer and it remains there when you close your web browser).
Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’. First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain. Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.
If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org
How to change your cookie settings
You can change or check the types of cookies you accept. You can usually choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. Most internet browsers also enable you to choose whether you wish to disable all cookies or only third party Cookies. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser or the documentation that came with your device.
You can block cookies at any time by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
It is recommended that you keep your internet browser and operating system up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser and manufacturer of your computer or device if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.
Our website may place and access certain Cookies on your computer/device.
Before Cookies are placed on your computer or device, you will be shown a cookie banner requesting your consent to set those Cookies. By giving your consent to the placing of cookies you are enabling us to provide the best possible experience and service to you. You may, if you wish, deny consent to the placing of Cookies; however certain features of our site may not function fully or as intended.
Our site uses analytics services provided by Google. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse anonymous usage information, enabling us to better understand how our site is used. This, in turn, enables us to improve our site. You do not have to allow us to use these Cookies, however whilst our use of them does not pose any risk to your privacy or your safe use of our site, it does enable us to continually improve our site, making it a better and more useful experience for you.
The Cookies may be placed on your computer or device:
|_ga||smehrservices.co.uk||This cookie used to collect visitor ID to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website||2 years||HTTP Cookie|
|_gat||smehrservices.co.uk||This cookie does not store any user information – used to throttle request rates - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|_gid||smehrservices.co.uk||This cookie used to collect visitor ID to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website||Session||HTTP Cookie|
|Collect||Google-analytics.com||Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels||Session||Pixel Tracker|
|DYNSRV||smehrservices.co.uk||Used for load balancing to manage server traffic demand.||Session||HTTP Cookie|