Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is downloaded onto your computer when you visit a website. Cookies are used by many websites and can do a number of things, eg remembering your preferences, recording what you have put in your shopping basket, and counting the number of people looking at a website.

The rules on cookies are covered by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (PECR). PECR also covers the use of similar technologies for storing or accessing information, such as ‘Flash cookies’ and device fingerprinting.

The ICO is responsible for enforcing these rules.
 

How do the cookie regulations affect me?

You may come across information about cookies and similar technologies on websites and be given choices about how some cookies are used. This might include, for example, being asked to agree to a cookie being used for a particular service, such as remembering your preferences on a site.

Organisations have to provide clear and comprehensive information about the way they use cookies, and ensure that for any cookie not strictly necessary for their website, they give you an appropriate means of consenting to that cookie being set on your device.
 

How can I control my cookies?

Browser controls
You can use your web browser to:
  • delete all cookies;
  • block all cookies;
  • allow all cookies;
  • block ‘third-party’ cookies (ie, cookies set by online services other than the one you are visiting);
  • clear all cookies when you close the browser;
  • open a ‘private browsing’ / ‘incognito’ session, which allows you to browse the web without recording your browsing history or storing local data such as cookies (you should however be aware of the limitations of this feature in a privacy context); and
  • install add-ons and plugins that extend browser functionality.

Where to find information about controlling cookies
 

By continuing to use this website you agree to us placing cookies on your device. Most web browsers accept cookies by default, but you can change these settings to prevent this if you wish. You should consult the documentation of your web browser for advice on how to do this.
 

Cookies used on this website

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. The table below explains the cookies we use and why.
 
Necessary Cookies
Cookie name Cookie description
ASP.NET_SessionId This holds an ID to identify your session. It is deleted when you close your browser.
UserAuth_[id], UID These cookies are used to determine whether or not you have previously logged in on this device.
CookiesNotificationSeen_ This cookie is set when you dismiss the notification message about our cookies policy so that the message is not displayed in future.
hubb_app_visitor This cookie is set when you visit /Hubb and are not logged-in. It is used to track which content you've viewed in the various sections of the app so that an indicator can be shown when there is new content for you.
_hjFirstSeen The cookie is set so Hotjar can track the beginning of the user's journey for a total session count. It does not contain any identifiable information.
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress The cookie is set so Hotjar can track the beginning of the user's journey for a total session count. It does not contain any identifiable information.

 

Marketing & Social Sharing Cookies
Cookie name Cookie description
IDE This cookie is set by Doubleclick and carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website.
__atuvc This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. It stores an updated page share count.
__atuvs This cookie is associated with the AddThis social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms. This is believed to be a new cookie from AddThis which is not yet documented, but has been categorised on the assumption it serves a similar purpose to other cookies set by the service.
bt2  Used by the social sharing platform AddThis to keep a record of parts of the site that has been visited in order to recommend other parts of the site
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE
 
This cookie is set by Youtube to keep track of user preferences for Youtube videos embedded in sites; it can also determine whether the website visitor is using the new or old version of the Youtube interface.
loc Stores the visitors geolocation to record location of sharer
uvc Tracks how often a user interacts with AddThis

 

Analytical Cookies
We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.
Cookie name Cookie description
_ga
_gali
_gat
_gid
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.
demdex Used by Adboe Analytics to help identify a unique visitor across domains.  The demdex cookies is set in the third party, demdex.net domain in the browser
_hjid Hotjar cookie. This cookie is set when the customer first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the random user ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.
YSC This cookie is set by YouTube to track views of embedded videos.