Cookie policy

We use cookies

How and why we use cookies

We use cookies on our site (http://habhousing.co.uk) to create the most secure and effective website possible for our users. We have always used cookies but, due to a change in legislation, all EU websites are now required to provide additional information on what cookies are, how they are used and what benefits they bring. This Cookie Policy answers these questions. Please note that you are not currently required to do anything, other than read our Cookie Policy to understand these changes. The changes will not affect the way in which you currently use our website.

Brief overview

HAB uses 'analytics' cookies to help us make our website better for those who visit it regularly. They help us work out what users like and don't like, as well as ways we can improve the website and its content for you.

Cookies are used for a variety of other reasons, for example - to safeguard your privacy when browsing the site. Please note that our cookies do not store your personal information such as your name, address, telephone or email.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are sent to and stored on your computer, smartphone or other device for accessing the internet, whenever you visit a website. Cookies are useful because they allow us to offer a user experience on our website that is as smooth as possible. At HAB, we mostly use analytics cookies to help us understand users behaviour on our website, so that we can improve their online experience. Cookies can also be used, amongst other things, to remember preferences, let users navigate between pages efficiently, verify the user and for carrying out essential security checks. Some of the functions that cookies perform can also be achieved by using similar technologies. This policy refers to 'cookies' throughout, however it also includes these alternate mechanisms (e.g. Flash cookies or Local Shared Objects, also known as LSOs, read more about them at http://www.allaboutcookies.org/privacy-concerns/).

How to manage cookies

The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web-enabled devices will typically accept cookies.

However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it is likely to affect how websites work. If you block cookies completely, many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all.

This is very important because any settings that you change in your browser will not just affect HAB cookies but will also apply to all websites that you visit (unless you choose to block cookies from particular sites).

Please remember that HAB does not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you; although we may combine information that we collect from the web analytics services we use and their cookies or similar technologies, such as LSOs to analyse how you and other people use our website.

Most modern browsers will allow you to:

  • See the cookies that have been set and delete them on an individual basis.
  • Block third party cookies.
  • Block cookies from particular sites.
  • Block all cookies from being set.
  • Delete all cookies when you close your browser.

If you wish to amend your cookie preferences for this website or any other websites, you can do this through your browser settings. Your browser's 'help' function will tell you how to do this. When our website provides links to other websites, please bear in mind that third party websites will have their own privacy and cookie policies that will govern the use of any information you submit. We recommend you read their policies, as HAB is not responsible or liable for their privacy practices.

Analytics cookies

It is possible to opt out of having your anonymised browsing activity within websites recorded by analytics cookies. HAB uses Google Analytics and you can opt out of their cookies by clicking on the following link https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Please note, this will take you to the relevant third party's website and generate a 'no thanks' cookie, which will stop any further cookies being set by third parties.

Don't forget that by not allowing analytics cookies, this stops us from being able to learn what people like or don't like about our website. Your activity on the website would therefore not be taken into account when we look at ways to improve it.

Third party and Flash cookies

The most common types of cookies are HTTP cookies. You can control these using the process described above, in the "How to manage cookies" section of this policy. As well as HTTP cookies, there are other technologies that work in a similar way to cookies called LSOs.

More Information about cookies

More detail on how businesses use cookies is available at www.allaboutcookies.org.

 

Full details on HAB cookies can be found below:

Session cookies

Session cookies expire on exit, which means that they only last for your online session and they disappear from your computer, or device, when you close your browser.

  • Session cookie - This cookie is a ‘session cookie’ and tells us that you are actively using our site. This cookie allow us to know how many users are visiting the website, at any given time
  • _utmb (visitor session times) - This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the visitor session times on our sites. Each time you visit a new page on the site the cookie is set to expire within 30 minutes. If no existing cookie, a new one is created
  • _utmc (referrals) - This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website. Google Analytics uses this cookie in conjunction with __utmb to determine visitor sessions
  • has_js - This cookie checks if the user has JS (Javascript) enabled on his browser (1 value).

Persistent cookies

Persistent cookies stay on your computer or device after the browser has been closed and last for the period of time specified in the cookie. These persistent cookies are activated each time you visit the site where the cookie was generated.

  • _utma (unique visitors) - This Cookie is used to identify unique visitors to our sites. The results are sent to our Google Analytics account so that we may see how many unique visitors come to this site based over a period of time. Expires after 2 years
  • _utmz (traffic sources and navigation) - This cookie is used by Google Analytics to determine the type of referral used by each visitor to arrive at our site. The cookie determines if the user has come directly to the site or via a search engine, email or email campaign. We use this data to understand how our users arrive at the website

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