AAT cookie policy

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are stored on your computer or mobile device. Their purpose is to collect information relating to how you use our website, how you reached it, what sort of device you were using and your internet browser type.

The types of cookie we use

The different types of cookie on our site are explained below.

Session cookies

These are like the short-term memory of our blog. They last only as long as your current internet session, and will be deleted from your computer when you close your browser.

We use session cookies to:

  • keep you logged in while you move through pages and services on our site
  • enable you to complete transactions on the site
  • pre-populate forms with information to save you typing in details you’ve already provided.

Persistent cookies

These cookies allow our blog to recognise you when you visit, and help save you time.

Persistent cookies are used to “remember” you when you return to your MyAAT login. They also record items that you might have added to a basket, such as an event you’ve booked but not confirmed, and enable basic web traffic analysis using Google Analytics.

If you don’t want our website to remember you, make sure you log out and close your browser after each visit.

These cookies remain stored on your computer until you delete them, or they reach a specified expiry date.

Retargeting cookies

We use retargeting cookies to deliver dynamic adverts based on webpages you’ve visited. Many third parties such as blogs, search engines and other websites will use these cookies to check if you’ve visited AATComment lately. If you’ve visited us, the third party will show you an AAT advert on their website.

You can opt out of these, and a number of targeted advertising cookies, by visiting the National Advertising Initiative and Google. This won’t stop companies from showing you ads, but it will prevent them from personalising their ads to you specifically.

Analytical/performance cookies

Analytical/performance cookies are used to monitor the performance of our blog: for example, to determine the number of page views and the number of unique users who have visited the blog.

The information these cookies provide allows us to analyse patterns of user behaviour. This is anonymous – it can’t be used to identify you and doesn’t contain any personal information, and is only used for statistical analysis purposes.

We use Google Analytics to gather the performance information for our website. This analysis helps us see which areas of the of the website are popular, which pages are viewed and for how long. Google stores the information gathered; read Google’s privacy policy for more information.

Third-party cookies

During your visit to our blog, you may notice some cookies that are not related to AAT.

We sometimes embed content from social media and other third-party websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. This means when you visit a page on our blog containing such content, you may be presented with third-party cookies that track your use of our website.

We don’t control these cookies, but you can find out more about them in the table below.

Non-essential cookies

Non-essential cookies Cookie name Purpose
DoubleClick DoubleClick – Expires 90 days Used to improve advertising relevancy, reporting on campaigns, and to avoid showing adverts you have already seen.
Facebook Facebook Connect – Expires 90 days Facilitates liking, sharing and commenting on our posts via Facebook. These cookies also re-target you to our website via advertising and track conversations.
Facebook Social Plugins – Expires 90 days
Facebook Impressions – Expires 90 days
Google Google Analytics – Expires 90 days These cookies are used to collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.
Google Tag Manager – Expires 90 days
GA Audiences – Expires 90 days
Yandex Yandex.Metrics – Expires 90 days This is a web analytics tool that allows us to get visual reports and recordings of user activity, track traffic sources, and evaluate the performance of online and offline advertising.
Full Circle Studies ScoreCard Research Beacon Used to conduct market research at a census level, the cookie allows us to collect anonymous information about general visitation patterns.
Twitter Twitter Button – Expires 90 days Allow us to display Twitter feeds on our site and facilitates fast sharing directly from our posts
Twitter Syndication – Expires 90 days
AddToAny AddToAny (Formerly Lockerz share) These cookies are for a social bookmarking platform that allows visitors to share or save an item using a variety of services, such as Facebook, Twitter, email.

How we use cookies

We use different types of cookie for different things, such as:

  • analysing how you use the AAT Comment
  • giving you a better, more personalised experience
  • recognising you and keeping you signed in as you move around the site.

What happens if you turn off AAT cookies

You’re unable to opt out of mandatory cookies, as these are an important part of providing you with an effective service. If you choose to opt out of non-mandatory cookies, you may find your experience across our website isn’t as useful and informative as it could be. We’ll no longer be able to offer you the same level of tailored, personalised services and you may not be able to access some of the services on our website.

How to change your cookie settings

If you do not want information about your browsing behaviour to be used for site analytics or delivering personalised adverts, you can opt out of non-essential cookies by updating your cookies preferences.

Web browser settings

You may also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all the cookies (including essential cookies or those that AAT do not have control over) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Please use the links below to get instructions on how to remove third-party cookies managed by organisations outside AAT’s control from your browser.

Clicking on these links may allow the collection or sharing of your personal data in ways which will differ to those detailed in our privacy policy. We’d encourage you to read the privacy policies of the external websites you visit from our website.