What is a cookie?

A “cookie” is a text file containing small amounts of information which is stored on your computer, tablet or mobile (device) when you visit a website.

There are different types of cookies which are used to do different things, such as letting you navigate from page to page on a website efficiently, remembering preferences you have given a website, and improving your overall experience. Others are used to measure the number of site visits and the most popular pages visited, and may be used to provide you with advertising which is more tailored to your interests.

Some cookies are placed on your computer only for the duration of your visit to a website and these are called “session” cookies. These automatically expire when you close down your browser. There is another type of cookie known as “persistent”. These cookies remain on your device for a period of time.

Please note that cookies can’t harm your computer. We don’t store personally identifiable information in cookies we create, but we do use encrypted information gathered from them to help improve your experience of this website.

We’re giving you this information as part of our initiative to comply with recent legislation, and so that you can manage cookies as required.

If you would like more information on cookies please visit: www.allaboutcookies.org/cookies/

Why do we use cookies?

The cookies we use cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information that we gather are used in the following ways:

Types of Cookies

First Party Cookies

First party cookies are set by the website, you are visiting and they can only be read by that site.

Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set their own cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from, for example YouTube, Vimeo or Flickr, and these sites may set their own cookies. We do not control how these cookies are used and you should check the relevant third party’s website for more information.

Session Cookies

Session Cookies are stored only temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.

Persistent Cookies

This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period and is not deleted when the browser is closed. Persistent cookies are used where we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session.

How do I control how my browser interprets cookies?

All recent versions of browsers allow you to control how cookies are stored on your device. You can set your browser to accept or reject all cookies, or only accept certain types of cookies.

Please note that some of the cookies necessary to enable you to move about the site, and if you disable them you may not be able to visit certain areas of the site or access certain content. For more information on how to control cookies please visit: www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/

Cookies Used By AVH

At AVH we use cookies for the following purposes:

  1. to ensure the website works correctly,
  2. to remember any preferences you may have given the website, and
  3. to collect anonymous data which allows us to see how people arrive at our website and which content is viewed.

Below is a list of the main cookies used by AVH and what each is used for:

Cookie NameCookie TypeExpirationSite Coverage
exp_last_visit1st party (Persistent Cookie)24 hrsall pages
exp_tracker1st party
(Session Cookie)
sessionall pages
exp_last_activity1st party
(Persistent Cookie)
24 hrsall pages
_utma3rd party
(Persistent Cookie)
2 years from set/update.all pages
_utmb3rd party
(Persistent Cookie)
30 minutes from set/update.all pages
_utmc3rd party
(Persistent Cookie)
sessionall pages
_utmz3rd party
(Persistent Cookie)
sessionall pages