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Cookies are a few characters of text sent back and forth between a visitor's web browser and the website server the visitor accesses. Cookies are used to collect data about a given browser, along with the information requested and sent by the visitor.

You can set your web browser to reject or delete cookies. Rejecting or deleting our cookies will only affect your ability to use our page sharing functions, such as recommending a page on Facebook or Twitter, or keeping your preferences for the size of text on a page or the contrast settings.

Google Analytics
We use Google Analytics, an analysis service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets cookies in order to measure the use of our site by visitors and compile reports for us on activity. Google Analytics cookies do not collect personal data about you.

Google stores the information collected by the cookies on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Please see for further information.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies when you visit our site:

Name: _utma
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 2 years

Name: _utmb
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: 30 minutes

Name: _utmc
Typical content: randomly generated number
Expires: when user exits browser

Name: _utmz
Typical content: randomly generated number and information on how the site was reached (eg directly or via a link, search, etc)
Expires: 6 months

Other cookies
We use cookies to allow users to set the level of contrast (colour of text and page background, etc) and the size of the text on the page. We also use cookies that are set by third parties which allow users to share pages on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The cookies used are:

a unique string of letter and numbers that allows our site to remember your preferences (see below)

set to 1 or 0 to verify that the user has JavaScript

allows the user to specify the amount of contrast on webpages

allows the user to specify the size of font on webpages
a group of cookies that allow users to share HCA webpages on social networking sites (please see for full details).
a cookie is used to allow users to share HCA webpages on the LinkedIn website (please see for full details).

Links to other sites
This site contains links to other websites, both those of government departments and of other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement of any site which collects personal information.

We do not pass on any personal information you have given us to any other site. The system will record your e-mail address and other information only if volunteered to us by you. This shall be treated as proprietary and confidential. It may be used for internal review and to notify you about updates to this website.

Changes to this page
If this policy changes in any way, we will place an updated version on this page. Regularly reviewing this page ensures you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we will share it with other parties.

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