Cookies we use

To ensure you get the best from our Website, we advise you to keep cookies active on your computer. By accessing our Website, you automatically consent to our use of cookies and similar devices. For more details about cookies and third party cookies see our Privacy Policy.

The following table shows you the cookies our Website stores for the operation of the Website and for your greater experience:

Name Purpose Description
_ga Performance This cookie is used to distinguishes unique users It is 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.

_gat Performance This cookie name is used to throttle the request rate – limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.

It expires after 10 minutes.

__atuvc and/or __atuvs Convenience These are created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure that vistors sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before the Websites share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.

By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

comment_author, comment_author_email, comment_author_url Convenience When visitors comment on a news post, they will have cookies stored on their computer. This is purely for convenience, so you will not be required to re-type all your information again when you want to leave another comment in the future.

The commenter cookies are set to expire a little less than one year from the time they’re set.

_AVESTA_ENVIRONMENT Convenience This is a session cookie which is used when a user is signing up to our email service and is used to pre-fill your email address into the subsequent subscription form of our email newsletter service provider. No personal information is held.

This will expire when the browsing session ends

cookie_notice_accepted Convenience This cookie is used to indicate that a user has accepted the Website’s cookie notice.

By default it is set to expire after 1 year, although this is customisable by website owners.