Updated on 13 July 2023
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are stored on your web browser. They can be used, for instance, to enable users to save passwords or language settings for online services. Cookies improve and help us develop the user experience. Cookies do not cause any damage to your device, nor can they spread viruses or malware.
In addition to cookies, we may also use some other similar technologies. Such technologies include, for instance, HTML-based web storage technologies, monitoring tools based on online requests and technology that identifies the user’s terminal device. Hereinafter, such technologies will be referred collectively to as “cookies”.
Cookie settings and cookie management
The cookies used by HSL are divided into four categories: strictly necessary cookies, functional cookies, statistic cookies and marketing cookies. By accepting all cookies, you can ensure that you have the best possible user experience on our website.
First-party cookies are cookies that we set to an online service you are visiting. Third-party cookies are cookies that we set on behalf of our partner or some other website. We may use third-party cookies to enable the use of various content on our website, such as videos and social media functionalities. In addition, third-party cookies may be used to ensure the functionality of the website, advertising and analytics for determining the number of users who have visited the site.
Organizations and agencies operating in the fields of social media, advertising and analytics can combine data they have collected by means of their own cookies with other data that you have provided to them or that have been collected when you have used their services. The processing of data collected by means of third-party cookies is not described in HSL’s privacy statement but in the privacy statements of each third party. You can access these privacy statements through your cookie settings.
How can you manage cookies?
You can change your cookie settings at any time by clicking on “Cookie settings” in the footer that is located at the bottom of the page. This will open a window where you can manage your cookie settings. Software designed for blocking online advertising, such as AdBlock, may prevent the window from opening.
Strictly necessary cookies
Cookies that are strictly necessary allow our website to perform its basic functions. They cannot be switched off to ensure that our services function correctly.
Strictly necessary cookies are needed, for instance, in maintaining login data when browsing the website, remembering cookie and language settings and other functions related to the usability of the website, storing information on an incomplete form or remembering items in a shopping cart. Furthermore, cookies concerning accessibility and data security are crucial in order for the website to function properly.
We use statistics cookies to measure the use and functionality related to the content of our services. The data we gather by means of statistics cookies help us to develop our services so that they better serve the needs of users. We only collect device or browser-specific data.