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On the HCSA website, we use a selection of cookies to help improve website functionality. A cookie is a small text file which the website places on your computer’s hard drive, should it have permission to do so. The cookie then helps analyse web traffic, enables certain essential website functions, or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

Some of the cookies are required for the website to function normally for users. Other cookies are required for allowing HCSA members and associates to login to the members area, and stay logged in if the “remember details” option is selected.

We also use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for website traffic analysis purposes. It is completely anonymous and we do not collect any personally identifiable information from this data.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling website functionality and allowing us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website and some areas of the website may not function correctly.

Cookie NameDescriptionExpires
_utma Checks if the user has visited the website before, and records the total number of visits.Never
_utmzTracks the user’s browsing path and the way they found the HCSA website.6 Months