When we refer to “cookies” we mean any tool used to store or access information on a User’s computer or other device. Cookies are widely used to allow online and mobile sites to function efficiently. A cookie is often a small text file that (depending on your browser settings) is deposited on your computer, mobile phone, tablet or other device when you visit a site. The cookie may be sent back to that site when you visit again, and may then be used by the server to identify and track your use of Hiive.
Cookies last for various durations. A “session cookie” is a short lived cookie which, depending on your browser settings, is generally deleted when you close your browser. A “persistent” cookie is a long-term cookie that will be stored by your browser until its set expiry date (unless you delete it before the expiry date).
There are four widely recognised categories of cookie by function:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are necessary for the operation of a site (or part of a site), e.g. enabling a user to log into secure areas of a site.
- Performance cookies. These are limited to performance and website improvement, e.g. measuring errors to support service improvement.
- Functionality cookies. These are usually the result of an action by a visitor to a site. They may be used to stop a visitor being offered the same service twice, e.g. so as to prevent a visitor from being asked if they want to fill in a survey when they have already chosen not to do so.
- Targeting cookies or advertising cookies. These record your browsing history (such as visits to sites, visits to particular pages and links followed) and use that information to make content and/or advertising displayed on a site more relevant to you.
We use certain types of cookie:
- to inform you Hiive is using cookies;
- to evaluate the use of Hiive and compile a report for us;
- to identify you as you use Hiive;
- to help us authenticate you as a registered User of and to give you access to your user profile;
- to maximise security;
- to customise and personalise your experience of Hiive.
These cookies do not contain any information that, in itself, personally identifies you and do not provide us with access to the rest of your device. We may, however, associate the information contained in cookies with personal information that you have provided to us separately.
Here is a list of the cookies that we use on Hiive, and details of what each of the cookies is used for.
|Cookie name||Cookie type||Purpose|
|Google Analytics Cookies*
|__utma: Persistent. Duration: 2 yrs
__utmb: Persistent. Duration: 30mins
__utmz: Persistent. Duration: 6 months
__utmv: Persistent. Duration: 2 yrs
|When a user visits Hiive, these cookies are used to distinguish unique users, sessions and visits.
The information they record helps us to measure how visitors use Hiive. We use the information they provide to help improve Hiive.
|.AspNet.ApplicationCookie||Session||When a user visits Hiive, this cookie is used to let us know who they are, so that the user’s activities on Hiive are unique to them.|
|AspNet.Correlation.Google||Session||When a user visits Hiive, this cookie is used to validate they are logged in and who the security provider was|
|AspNet.ExternalCookie||Session||When a user visits Hiive, this cookie is used to validate they are logged in and who the security provider was|
|__RequestVerificationToken||Session||When a user fills in a form on Hiive, this cookie is used to protect that form from being tampered with or mimicked.|
Please note that Google may also transfer Google-held information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf.
We may introduce further types of cookie from time to time to improve your experience of Hiive. If we do so, we shall update the list above to note any further cookies used on Hiive.
If you require any further information on the cookies that we use, you can contact us as described in the How to contact us section below.
Rejecting and deleting cookies
To learn how to reject or delete cookies, we recommend that you consult the "Help" function of your internet browser or, for a mobile phone, your handset manual.
Below is a guide on where to find information about controlling cookies, depending on your internet browser.
|Browser||Where to find information about controlling cookies|
Further information on rejection and deletion of cookies is provided at www.aboutcookies.org.
If, however, you decide to disable or delete any cookies, some parts or features of Hiive (especially interactive features) may not work properly. Disabling or deleting cookies may also affect your ability to use other online or mobile sites.
How to contact us
Changes to this Cookies Policy
This policy was last modified on 15 October 2014.