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Use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

The Health and Care Professions Council only uses cookies when they are needed to technically deliver the service, and to gain usage statistics. We do not use cookies to collect any personal information from users.

More detailed information on our use of cookies can be found below.


WebTrends cookies

Name: “WT_FPC” and "ACOOKIE"
Website(s): hpc-uk.org, hpcheck.org, healthgulation.org
Type: Persistent
Purpose: Improving our service through analytics

The Webtrends First Party Cookie is an analytics cookie for tracking user interaction with the site.

We use this information for the purpose of monitoring the site's usage, which allows us to improve the design of the site to make sure information is accessible as possible.

WebTrends also sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it, and fast.

WebTrends cookies do not contain any personal information.



Google analytics cookies


Name: “_utm*"
Website(s): hpc-uk.tv
Type: Persistent
Purpose: Improving our service through analytics

The Google Analytic First Party Cookie is an analytics cookie for tracking user interaction with the site.

We use this information for the purpose of monitoring the site's usage, which allows us to improve the design of the site to make sure information is accessible as possible.

Google Analytics also sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This is to ensure that the service is available when you want it, and fast.

Google Analytic cookies do not contain any personal information.


Classic ASP cookies

Name: “ASPSESSIONIDCACCABAQ” and "ASP.NET_SessionId"
Website(s): hpc-uk.org, healthregulation.org
Type: Session
Purpose: Helping the website to function

These cookies are essential for various forms and web pages to operate. It is set upon site arrival and is deleted when you close your browser.

This cookie is generated by Classic ASP for the purpose of storing the Session ID which is then used to identify variables stored on the server with a given connecting client.

This cookie is non-persistent which means that that it is only stored within the memory of the browser (it is not written to disk) and is automatically removed from your computer when the browser is closed.


JavaServer Pages cookies

Name: “JSESSIONID” "HPCServer" and "HPCRegNum"
Website(s): hpc-portal.co.uk
Type: Session
Purpose: Helping the website to function

These cookies are essential for various forms and web pages to operate. It is set upon site arrival and is deleted when you close your browser.

The HPCRegNum cookie is used for the "Remember my HCPC Registration Number" optional feature, meaning that you do not have to type in your registration number each time you log on.


PHP cookies

Name: “PHPSESSID"
Website(s): hpc-uk.tv
Type: Session
Purpose: Helping the website to function

This cookie is generated for the purpose of storing the Session ID which is then used to identify variables stored on the server with a given connecting client.

These cookies are essential for various forms and web pages to operate. It is set upon site arrival and is deleted when you close your browser.


YouTube cookies

We embed videos from our official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode.

This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.



Controlling cookies on your machine:

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.



Types of cookies explained:

Session cookies
Files that allow a site to link the actions of a visitor during a single browser session. These might be used by an internet bank or webmail service. They are not stored long-term and are considered "less privacy intrusive" than persistent cookies.

Persistent cookies
These remain on the user's device between sessions and allow one or several sites to remember details about the visitor. They may be used by marketers to target advertising or to avoid the user having to provide a password on each visit.

First and third-party cookies
A cookie is classed as being first-party if it is set by the site being visited. It might be used to study how people navigate a site.

It is classed as third-party if it is issued by a different server to that of the domain being visited. It could be used to trigger a banner advert based on the visitor's viewing habits.



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