Cookie policy

Cookies

A cookie is a piece of information placed on the user’s hard drive as a text file by a webserver when a user visits any given website.  It contains simple information about the user (for example browser version) but no personal information. While several types of cookies exist, the Health Research Authority website only uses session cookies and persistent cookies and does so in order to improve the content and structure of the site. A session cookie is transient and exists in temporary memory while the user is navigating a website. Session cookies are normally destroyed when the browser is closed.  A persistent cookie usually remains on the hard drive after the browser has been closed.

 

Changing your browser’s Cookie settings

It is possible to set your browser to reject some or all cookies. The HRA does not recommend changing your browser’s cookie settings, but if you decide to do so you will be able to find details of how to change your cookie settings in your chosen browser’s help file.

 

Opting Out of Google Analytics

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

 

Details of Cookies

The details of the cookies used on the HRA’s website are as follows:

Site Analytics Session Cookie

Role: These cookies allow us to understand how often users visit our site, how long they spend there, and the pages they interact with. We do not record any information that will uniquely identify you. Instead we put together the information from a very large number of users of our website to give us an overall picture of how people visit our site. This cookie will be deleted when you close your browser.

Name of Cookie:

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Issuer(s): Google Analytics

Site Analytics Persistent Cookie

Role: These cookies allow us to understand how often users visit our site, how long they spend there, and the pages they interact with. We do not record any information that will uniquely identify you. Instead we put together the information from a very large number of users of our website to give us an overall picture of how people visit our site.

Name of Cookie(s):

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Issuer(s): Google Analytics

Forms

Any information submitted through forms on the website will be dealt with by us in accordance with data protection legislation. Read more about our Freedom of Information and Data Protection Policies. Emails are not encrypted before being sent to us and as the internet is not always totally secure, users send the information at their own risk.