Our use of cookies

Visitors to our website

When someone visits www.hastingsgroup.uk we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting the website.

We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

Use of cookies by www.hastingsgroup.uk

This website uses cookies (small pieces of code that allow bits of information to be sent from your browser to our web server), but this doesn't mean that we have access to your computer. If you want to see a list of the cookies stored on it, go to ‘Page’ then ‘Web page privacy policy’ in your browser. If you want to disable Cookies, click on "privacy" after following the last two steps, and change the setting using the sliding bar.

Cookies 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 following sections detail the cookies we use and why.

Strictly necessary cookies

Your website session will launch with these automatically in place as they are essential to the function of the website.

Web server identification cookie (PHPSESSID). This cookie is generated so that the web server can identify users of the site and their behaviour on the site. This cookie is temporary and expires when you close your browser.

Content Management System cookie (CONCRETE5). This cookie is set by our Concrete5 content management system. It stores basic information for a user to maintain the website. No personal information is stored, and it is encrypted. This cookie is temporary and expires when you close your browser.

Content Management System cookie (CONCRETE5_csrf_token). This cookie is set by our content management system and is used as security prevention to protect against Cross-Site Request Forgery, used when a form is submitted. This is a persistent cookie and will be remembered by your browser for the next time you visit the website.

Performance cookies

These cookies will be introduced should you accept the use of cookies by ticking the box in the information bar that was delivered at the start of your website session. Performance cookies collect information about how visitors use a website. These cookies do not collect information that identifies a visitor. Any information collected by these cookies is anonymous. We only use such information to improve our website.

Google Analytics (_utma, _utmb, _utmc and _utmz). These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. For an overview of privacy at Google, visit www.google.com/policies/privacy.

Functionality cookies

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your log in details) and customised preference settings (e.g. text size). These cookies are also used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or using a map, which is what we use them for on our website. Information collected by "functionality cookies" cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. The "functionality cookies" on our website only collect anonymous information.

You Tube (APISID, HSID, PREF, SAPISID, SID, SSID, VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE). These cookies are needed for playing videos on our website. They are used by YouTube to store user preferences when viewing pages containing embedded video content within our website. They also collect anonymous information, e.g. how often a video is played and whether it is shared by our visitors. For an overview of privacy at Google, visit www.google.com/policies/privacy.

Removing cookies

Some of the cookies we use are essential for parts of the site to operate and they are in place at the start of your website session. We also use a Google Analytics script which uses cookies. You may delete and block all cookies from this site, but parts of the site will not work. But should you wish to delete or block cookies the following information may help. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings.

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.