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Cookies Policy

HMGCC Cookies Policy

About cookies

A cookie is a file containing an identifier (usually a string of letters and numbers) that is downloaded on to a device such as a computer, tablet or smartphone if a user accesses a website. When a user from that device visits the website again the cookies are sent back to the website. This means that website can recognise the device being used.

Cookies may be either "persistent" cookies or "session" cookies:

  • a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date;
  • a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

Cookies that we use

We use cookies for the following purposes:

Cookie Type Cookie Name Purpose When Set Ownership Validity
Penna Recruitment Portal  wcn_session This cookie is used when you use our online application portal to remember your settings during your session. For further information please see relevant the privacy policy. On login to Recruitment Portal  1st Party Persistent
Google Analytics  _ga
These cookies are used to gather information about how visitors use our website. The information gathered is in anonymous form and includes the number of visitors to different part of our website and where they have come from.
For further information, please see Google's privacy policy.
Site first accessed 3rd Party  Persistent
Google Tag Manager gtm_auth
Google Tag Manager (also known as GTM) is an 'online tool' which allows us to deploy and manage various marketing and analytics tags on our Site.
For further information, please see Google's privacy policy.
Site first accessed 3rd Party Session 
Session cookie  BNI_persistence Used by the traffic balancing service to run the website functionality/content requests including images and JS Each time site accessed  1st Party Session 
Security cookie __RequestVerificationToken This is an anti-forgery cookie set by web applications built using ASP.NET MVC technologies. It is designed to stop unauthorised posting of content to a website, known as Cross-Site Request Forgery. It holds no information about the user and is destroyed on closing the browse Each time site accessed 1st Party Session 


Managing cookies

Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites. If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.