Cookie policy

QinetiQ Group Cookie Policy

Updated April 2020

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Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to enhance user experience and to improve our website.

Upon accessing our website a message will be shown with a link to the cookie policy (this page) and two options:

  • Accept all cookies - permits our website to issue both operational and analytics cookies
  • Set cookie preferences - allows you to choose whether you accept analytics cookies

The terms ‘us’, ‘we’, ‘our’ and other similar terms refers to the QinetiQ Group of companies, including all individual business areas within the group.

The term ‘you’, ‘your’, ‘user’ and other similar terms refers to website visitors.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files of letters and numbers. These files are either stored in the memory of your computer or other device such as mobile phones or tablet devices (these cookies are generally known as session cookies) or are placed on the hard drive of your device (generally known as persistent cookies).

Cookies are created when you visit a website or other service that uses cookies. Cookies are commonly used to help the user’s browsing experience and provide more information about the user’s experience and interests. This information is generally used to make content, services and advertising more relevant and useful during future visits.

For more details about cookies and details of how to delete and disable cookies you can visit www.aboutcookies.org and also see our section with more information about cookies and how to delete them below.

What cookies are on the QinetiQ Group websites?

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. These allow us to record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed, and to count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Category  Purpose Expires

_ga

Analytics This cookie allow us to count user visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the site performance using Google Analytic services.  The information collected is stored by Google on servers in the United States. 2 years
_gid Analytics This cookie allow us to count user visits and traffic sources so that we can measure and improve the site performance using Google Analytic services.  The information collected is stored by Google on servers in the United States. 24 hours
 _dc_gtm_UA-460860-1 Analytics This cookie is related to Google Tag Manager. 1 minute
_hjClosedSurveyInvites
_hjDonePolls
_hjMinimizedPolls
_hjDoneTestersWidgets
_hjIncludedInSample
_hjShownFeedbackMessage
_hjid
Analytics These cookies are used by a website analytics service called Hotjar.  For more information please refer to the 'About Hotjar' section on the Hotjar support site.  A description of all Hotjar cookies can be found by clicking here. 1 year
_hjRecordingLastActivity
_hjTLDTest
_hjUserAttributesHash
_hjCachedUserAttributes
_hjLocalStorageTest
_hjptid
Analytics

These cookies are used by a website analytics service called Hotjar.  For more information please refer to the 'About Hotjar' section on the Hotjar support site.  A description of all Hotjar cookies can be found by clicking here.

On browser closure
SC_ANALYTICS_ GLOBAL_COOKIE Analytics This cookie will track your visits to our site. 1 year
_use_hitbox Analytics Randomly generated number that identifies your web browser when viewing embedded YouTube videos. On browser closure
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Analytics Records the number of views of an embedded YouTube video.  9 months
cookie_pref_accept Necessary Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message and have clicked the 'Accept all cookies' button or have set your cookie preferences. 1 year
cookie_pref_analytics Necessary Stores your preference for receiving analytics cookies. 1 year
QQCOMNXWCDSESSIONID Necessary General session cookie set by the server used to track the session state. Enables the site to remember selections and preferences made by the user. On browser closure
TSnnnnnnnn Necessary These cookies are used for security purposes and will have names such as TS01ac780c. On browser closure
australia#lang Necessary Stores the language code of your browser.  On browser closure
canada#lang Necessary  Stores the language code of your browser. On browser closure

Third party cookies

In addition to Hotjar we use the following third party services added via Google Tag Manager:

  • LinkedIn Insight Tag.  This creates a unique LinkedIn browser cookie when visiting our website and enables the collection of the following data for that cookie: metadata such as IP address, timestamp, and page events (such as page views).  For more information see please refer to https://www.linkedin.com/help/linkedin/answer/65521.

Where can I find more information about cookies, and how do I delete cookies?

Find out more about cookies including how to disable/enable and delete them at the following website www.aboutcookies.org. You can block most cookies generally by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies.

You may opt-out of any site being tracked by Hotjar:

Google provide a mechanism for users to opt-out or change their Ads settings:

Users can also opt-out of having their data collected by Google Analytics:

However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our sites, or you may experience reduced functionality when accessing certain services.

If you want to delete cookies from the browser on your mobile phone, you will need to refer to your handset manual.