Cookie Policy

A cookie is a small amount of data, which often includes a unique identifier that is sent to your computer or mobile phone (referred to here as a "device") browser from a website's computer and is stored on your device's hard drive. Each website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other websites. Many websites do this whenever a user visits their website in order to track online traffic flows.

On VAMT's websites, cookies record information about your online preferences. Users have the opportunity to set their devices to accept all cookies, to notify them when a cookie is issued, or not to receive cookies at any time. The last of these means that certain personalised features cannot then be provided to that user and accordingly they may not be able to take full advantage of all of the website's features. Each browser is different, so check the "Help" menu of your browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences.

During the course of any visit to a VAMT website, the pages you see, along with a cookie, are downloaded to your device. Many websites do this, because cookies enable website publishers to do useful things like find out whether the device (and probably its user) has visited the website before. This is done on a repeat visit by checking to see, and finding, the cookie left there on the last visit.

Below you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit the website and how to reject or delete those cookies.

1. How to control and delete cookies

VAMT will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by VAMT websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the VAMT website. VAMT use a number of suppliers who also set cookies on our websites on our behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see section 3 below.

2. List of the main VAMT cookies

This is a list of the main cookies set by the website, and what each is used for.

Name About Use Expires
_utma This is written the first time visitor visits the site. Updated with each visit. Helps identify the unique visitors. 2 years from last update
_utmb Session cookie that is update with each page view or event. This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site 30 mins after the last update/visitor inactivity
_utmc Session cookie that is update with each page view or event. This cookie is used to establish and continue a user session with your site expires after the last update/visitor inactivity
_utmz This cookie stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the site. The cookie is updated with each page view. It is used to calculate traffic drivers e.g. search engine traffic, ad campaigns and navigation within the site 6 months from set/update
_utmv This cookie stores the custom variable information that you set in your code. It is used to set and pass custom variable information to Google Analytics server. 2 years from set/update
_atuvc This cookie makes sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before AddThis share count cache is updated. No data from this cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behavior for users. 2 years from set/update

3. Third Party Cookies

Third party cookies are also placed by Facebook and Twitter if you use social sharing.