Cookie Policy

This is the Cookie notice for https://www.hvdccentre.com/. It applies to information collected and used by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks ,which is a trading name of Scottish and Southern Electricity Power Distribution which are members of the SSE Group. When we refer to ‘SSE’, ‘we’, ‘us’, and ‘our’, we mean any of those SSE entities, as appropriate. This information is collected through instruments known as Cookies and various other technologies, collectively referred to in this Cookie Notice as ‘Cookies’. Please review this Cookie Notice and our Privacy Notice.

 

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files transferred and stored by your web browser to your computer or mobile device when you visit or use a website. Cookies allow websites to recognise your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions.

Cookies can be considered as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’ Cookies depending on the domain that places them. First party Cookies are Cookies set by a website visited by the. Third party Cookies are set by a domain other than that of the website visited by the user, so if a user visits a website and a third-party organisation sets a Cookie through that website, this would be a third-party Cookie.

Cookies can also be considered as ‘persistent’ or ‘session’ Cookies depending on their duration. Persistent Cookies remain on a user’s device for the time specified in those Cookies. They are activated every time that user visits the website that created the Cookies, until the Cookies expire or are disabled by the user. Session Cookies allow the actions of a user to be linked during a single browsing session. A session starts when a user opens a browser window and ends when the browser window is closed, following which all session Cookies are deleted.

 

Why do we use Cookies?

We use Cookies and other similar technologies to collect information about your browsing activity and about the device you have used to access our website (including the make, model and operating system, IP address, browser type and mobile device identifiers) so we can provide essential features and functionality on our website:

Make our website as easy and intuitive as possible for you to use

Monitor and analyse website usage and performance so we can measure the effectiveness of our website and improve it (including security)

Remember choices you make when visiting our website and recognise you when you return so you don’t have to remind us

Remember certain information about your browsing activity on our website, such as the web pages you have viewed and your preferences. This information can then be used to personalise and improve the way you interact with our website (for example, displaying content we think might be relevant to you based on your previous activity) and inform you of special offers and promotions tailored to your interests (where you have consented to receiving marketing communications from us).

 

Why do we use Cookies?

The Cookies used on our website can be broken down into three categories:

  • Strictly necessary
  • Performance
  • Targeting advertising

Strictly necessary

These Cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you that amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms.

You can set your browser to block or alert you about these Cookies, but then some parts of the site will not work.

Performance

These Cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve site performance. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.

If you do not allow these Cookies we will not know when you have visited our site and will not be able to monitor its performance.

Targeting advertising

These Cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites.

These Cookies are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these Cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Targeted advertising or remarketing is a type of targeted advertising that displays our adverts on third party websites across the internet to users who have previously visited this website. Remarketing involves collecting Cookies to inform, optimise and serve adverts based on someone’s past visits to this website. To opt out of this type of advertising you can use this free Google tool.

 

Cookie List

Strictly necessary

Name: __cfduid

Description: This domain is owned by OneTrust, a privacy management software which helps organizations achieve compliance with global regulations.

Default Expiration Scale: PERSISTENT

Host: onetrust.com

 

Name: OptanonAlertBoxClosed

Description: This cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust.  It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down.  It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user.  The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information.

Default Expiration Scale: PERSISTENT

Host: https://www.hvdccentre.com/

 

Name: OptanonConsent

Description: This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.

Default Expiration Scale: PERSISTENT

Host: https://www.hvdccentre.com/

 

Name: eupubconsent

Description: This cookie is used by the IAB Europe Transparency & Consent Framework to store the user’s consent to the data collection Purposes. The cookie holds an encrypted consent string that vendors participating in the framework can read and determine the user’s consent.

Default Expiration Scale: PERSISTENT

Host: https://www.hvdccentre.com/

 

Performance

Name: _gat

Description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

Default Expiration Scale: PERSISTENT

Host: https://www.hvdccentre.com/

 

Name: __ga

Description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics – which is a significant update to Google’s more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports.  By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

Default Expiration Scale: PERSISTENT

Host: https://www.hvdccentre.com/

 

Name: _gid

Description: This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google.  It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.

Default Expiration Scale: PERSISTENT

Host: https://www.hvdccentre.com/

 

Targeting

Name: lang

Description: This domain is owned by Twitter. The main business activity is: Social Networking Services. Where twitter acts as a third party host, it collects data through a range of plug-ins and integrations, that is primarily used for tracking and targeting. Twitter does not currently provide information on the use of specific cookies.

Default Expiration Scale: SESSION

Host: cdn.syndication.twimg.com

 

Name: _GRECAPTCHA

Description: This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer’s adverts appear.

Default Expiration Scale: SESSION

Host: google.com

 

Name: NID

Description: This domain is owned by Google Inc. Although Google is primarily known as a search engine, the company provides a diverse range of products and services. Its main source of revenue however is advertising. Google tracks users extensively both through its own products and sites, and the numerous technologies embedded into many millions of websites around the world. It uses the data gathered from most of these services to profile the interests of web users and sell advertising space to organisations based on such interest profiles as well as aligning adverts to the content on the pages where its customer’s adverts appear.

Default Expiration Scale: SESSION

Host: google.com

 

Managing Cookies When you visit our websites, you will be presented with a Cookie banner. It gives you the choice to accept the use of Cookies on the site or not. It will also present you with a link to our Cookie manager. Through the Cookie manager, you can choose to opt-in or opt-out of the types of Cookies active on our sites. You can also find out a bit more about what we use them for. Our Cookie manager will only remember your preferences for our site for the specific browser that you’re using at that time.

You can also manage your Cookie preferences at any time via the “shield” button at the bottom left of any page.

If you wish to change your Cookie settings generally, you can delete Cookies stored on your computer or change your privacy settings at any time via your browser settings.