What is a cookie?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer, smartphone or tablet when you visit our website and allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. After your first visit, a cookie file is stored on your device and allows us to recognise you and make future visits to our website easier and more useful, ensuring a superior overall experience for our users.
Cookies help us to provide you with a better website. 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 however may prevent you taking full advantage of the website and enjoying it as intended.
Analytical / performance cookies
Analytical and performance cookies help us to remember and count our users as well as the ability to recognise how visitors navigate our website when they are using it, helping us to continually improve the experience.
When you return to our website, these cookies help us to recognise our users, personalizing the content so that your preferences are stored and remembered such as your country, language or username.
Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. They ensure that information is delivered to you securely and optimally whereby any information you share with us is protected and enables you to access secure areas of our website such as registration.
Targeting cookies record your visit to the HMS homes website as well as the pages you visit and links you follow. We use this information to tailor our website for you and make it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
Third party cookies
When you use the website, you may also be sent third party cookies. They may use the information they obtain from your use of their cookies to track your browser across multiple websites, to build a profile of your web surfing and to target advertisements which may be of particular interest to you.