Cookie Policy

Our websites use cookies and local storage to distinguish you from other users. This allows us to provide you with the best possible experience when you browse our websites and helps us to understand how to improve our service even further.

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Information about our use of cookies

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is sent from a website. If you provide your consent, this information is stored on your browser or the hard drive of your computer.

Why we use cookies?

We use these to identify when you have returned to our website so that we know if you have been to our website before. This helps us tailor the experience that you have

What type of cookies do we use?

The cookies we use are broken down below:

Essential cookies - These cookies are required for the operation of our website. Examples include cookies that enable you access our website and cookies that ensure content works correctly on your device. If you decide to opt-out from storing these cookies, certain parts of our website will not work correctly and in some cases may not work at all.

Performance cookies – These cookies collect anonymised information about how visitors use our website, including details of the site where the visitor has come from and the total number of times a visitor has been to our website. We use the information to improve our website and enhance the experience of its visitors.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Type of Cookie
Application Provider
Name of Cookie
Expiry
Purpose

Essential

healthshield.co.uk

CookieConsent

1yr

Purpose

Stores the user's cookie consent state for the current domain.

This cookie helps our website to function properly.

Type of Cookie
Application Provider
Name of Cookie
Expiry

Essential

healthshield.co.uk

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Session

Purpose

This ensures only valid requests can be made.

Helps prevent Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) attacks.

Type of Cookie
Application Provider
Name of Cookie
Expiry

Essential

Google

rc::c

Session

Purpose

This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots.

This is used as part of Recaptcha which is used on all online forms.

Type of Cookie
Application Provider
Name of Cookie
Expiry

Performance

Google analytics

_ga

2 years

Purpose

This cookie is used to distinguish users.

A randomly generated number is assigned (known as a client identifier) which is included in each page request to calculate data for analytics reports to help improve the website.

Type of Cookie
Application Provider
Name of Cookie
Expiry

Performance

Google analytics

_gid

24 hours

Purpose

This cookie is used to distinguish users.

Used to store a unique value of each page visited.

Type of Cookie
Application Provider
Name of Cookie
Expiry

Performance

Google analytics

_gat

1 minute

Purpose

Used to throttle request rate.

This is to increase the efficiency of network calls.

Type of Cookie
Application Provider
Name of Cookie
Expiry

Performance

Google analytics

collect

Session

Purpose

Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor's device and behaviour.

Information about our use of local storage

Duration

The longest duration for cookies is 1 year as shown in the list of cookies.

Local storage does not expire, the information remains on your computer for future browsing sessions. The technology works in real-time, allowing websites to access the data stored in the local storage on your browser when you access their websites. You are, however, able to manage your browser settings to disable the local storage and/or to delete the stored data (see below).

Managing cookies and local storage preferences

Most modern browsers allow you to see what cookies you have on your device, and manage your preferences by using their cookie settings. You can usually find these cookie settings in the “option” or “preference” menu of your browser. You can always use the “help” functionality in your browser to search for this information. Here is a list of links which you will find helpful to understand how to manage your cookie preferences:

Modern browsers allow you to delete the data in local storage (also referred to as "website data", "browsing data" or "other data" in some browsers) by using the privacy settings associated with that browser. Most browsers also now offer the option to accept, prompt for or block the storage of local data.

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