1. About cookies
A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web 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.
Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
Cookies that we use
Cookies used on HMIPS
Strictly necessary cookies: [ASP.NET_SessionId] - General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written with Miscrosoft .NET based technologies. Used to maintain an anonymised user session by the server.
Preferences cookies: [site-cookies] - this cookie remembers your choice from the cookie banner where we ask for consent to use Statistics cookies.
Statistics cookies: [NID, _ga, _gat_gtag_UA*, _gid] - We use the 3rd party Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies . The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can, however, obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
- Chrome (windows, android, iPhone or iPad)
- Safari on mac
- Safari on iPhone/iPad