How We Use Cookies

By using the Alliance Trust PLC (‘Alliance Trust’) website, you’re confirming that you are happy to accept our use of cookies. Here you can find out more about how we use them.

What are cookies?
Cookies are small, harmless files placed on your computer’s hard drive or in your browser memory when you visit a website.

What do cookies do?
Cookies help to make the interaction between users and websites faster and easier. Some of the cookies we use, help us understand how you use our website, for example the pages you visit and the links you click on, while others enable us to learn which advertisements bring users to our website. What our cookies don’t do is store any personal or confidential information about you.

Are cookies safe?
Yes, cookies are harmless text files. They can’t look into your computer or read any personal information or other material on your hard drive. Cookies can’t carry viruses or install anything harmful on your computer.

Why should I keep cookies switched on?
Parts of our website rely on cookies to work properly. If you do not keep cookies switched on during your visits to our website, our website may not function properly and there may be parts that you will be unable to access. For example, the Investor Type check box will appear on every page that you visit, or you may be able to view only the Private Investor sections of the site.

Types of cookie we use and why

1. ALLIANCE TRUST OR ‘FIRST PARTY’ COOKIES

We use only a small number of first party cookies, these are provided by our marketing partners. None of them collect any personally identifiable data.

Session Cookies
We use two session cookies, which last only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. These simply enable us to identify that the same person is moving from page to page. Full details can be found below.

NameExpirationPurpose
ARRAffinity End of session    To make sure the visitor page requests are routed to the same server in any browsing session.
ASP.NET_SessionId End of session       Tracking cookie used to maintain an anonymised user session.


Persistent Cookies

These cookies remain on your device until they expire or are deleted, this can be anywhere between 10 minutes and 5 years. We use ones provided by Google Analytics and Cloudfare. These cookies are used for a number of purposes including retrieving information you have previously provided, for example, which type of investor you are when you visit the website and help us serve you more relevant content and save you having to enter the same information repeatedly. Full details can be found below.

NameExpirationPurpose
_gat_, _ga, _gid 10 minutes, 2 years, 24 hours These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors reach and use our website which we use to help us improve our website and user journey.
__cfduid 5 years Set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic.

 

2. THIRD PARTY COOKIES

As well as using cookies from our marketing partners, from time to time we may also embed external content from other third party websites within our website.

All the third parties used are listed below and their cookie policies are available on the owner’s website.

In general terms these cookies track much the same information as the first party persistent cookies and for the same reasons. They do not collect any personally identifiable data but are used mainly to track usage of the site.

A full list of the cookies that our third parties use can be found below.


IS Application

NameExpiryPurpose
__utma 2 years                         Tracks each user's amount of visits, and the time of the first, the previous, and the current visit (presumably partly for double checking).
__utmb 30 minutes       Used to track how long you stay on a site - when a visit starts and approximately ends.
__utmc End of session    Used to track how long you stay on a site - when a visit starts and approximately ends.
__utmz 6 months            This tracks where a visitor came from; search engine, search keyword, link etc.
MyInvestisCookie End of session Stores encrypted tokens passed through MyInvestis.
myinvestisdata End of session Stores user data when login using myinvestis.
sc_fv End of session Flash Version.
#sitename#lang End of session This stores the language for the website.
ASP.NET_SessionId End of session SessionId what .NET Manages for maintaining the session.
.ASPXAUTH End of session Auth Id, which .NET assigns as a uniqueue ID to authenticate user on each request.

 
Control Based Cookies

NameExpiryPurpose
itmeid_cookie Persistent until deleted        Cookie from Mynotes.
cookieCollection Persistent until deleted    Cookie from Mynotes.
myNotesCounter Persistent until deleted    Cookie from Mynotes.
pdfPages Persistent until deleted      Cookie from PDF Basket – 2 Items added Separated by |.
PreviewPages Persistent until deleted Cookie from PDF Basket.
selectedTab Persistent until deleted Cookie from Mynotes.

 
ID Application

NameExpiryPurpose
_cookieConsent 1 year              Cookie Consent Disclaimer text.
_ga, _gat, _gat_newTracker 2 years       Tracking ID for the analytics.
has_js End of session    To check if js is enabled or not.

 
IR Tools

NameExpiryPurpose
.ASPXFORMSAUTH End of session                                           This attribute is used to specify the HTTP cookie to use for authentication.
.ASPXROLES End of session       Cookies used to keep track of if the visitor has any permissions on the website. Only used for logged in users.
ASP.NET_SessionId End of session    SessionId what .NET Manages for maintaining session.

 
Webcast

NameExpiryPurpose
__ga, __gat_org 2 years            Tracking ID for the analytics.
__utma 2 years       Tracks each user’s amount of visits, time of the first, the previous and the current visit.
__utmb 30 minutes                      Tracks how long user stays on a site – when a visit starts and approximately ends.
__utmc End of session           Tracks how long user stays on a site – when a visit starts and approximately ends. This expires quickly.
__utmz 6 months    Tracks where a visitor came from; search engine, search keyword, link etc.
cookiesAgreed 1 day    Used to detect if the user has already agreed the cookie usage policy.
connect.sid 1 day    Session ID (unique for each user).
note 1 day    Stores the user note for downloading purpose.
reporting_id 1 day    Reporting ID (unique for each user).
webcaster-stream-selection 1 day    To detect the stream selected by the viewer before the webcast.
read_messages 1 day    To detect if the viewer has read the messages.

 
MI Dashboard

NameExpiryPurpose
__utma 2 years       Tracks each user’s amount of visits, time of the first, the previous and the current visit.
__utmb 30 minutes    Tracks how long user stays on a site – when a visit starts and approximately ends.
__utmc End of session    Tracks how long user stays on a site – when a visit starts and approximately ends. This expires quickly.
__utmz 6 months    Tracks where a visitor came from; search engine, search keyword, link etc.
__utmt 10 minutes    Google analytics cookie. Used to throttle request rate.
_ga 2 years    Google analytics cookie. Used to distinguish users.
__cfduid 1 year    Used by the content network, Cloudflare, to identify trusted web traffic.
__CliPkgTyp/td> 1 year    To serve package specific content to users.
ads End of session    To serve promotional content to users on login.
currentUser End of session    To display current user name.
geoip 1 month    To server promotional content to user based on location information of current user.
FirstVisitMsgDisplayed End of session    To preserve the welcome message visibility.
languagepreference 1 year    To preserve users language preference.
miuseridentity End of session                                         To preserve current user identity.
myAlertStatisticsTour 1 year    To preserve alert statistics tour steps.
myAlertTour 1 year    To preserve alert tour steps.
myAppsTour 1 year    To preserve app statistics tour steps.
mySocialTour 1 year    To preserve social media statistics tour steps.
myTour 1 year    To preserve website statistics tour steps.
myTourEvents 1 year    To preserve event calendar tour steps.
myWebcastTourStep 1 year    To preserve webcast statistics tour steps.
myWebcastTourType 1 year    To preserve type of webcast tour steps.
DCTTour 1 year    To preserve data charting tour steps.
ajs_anonymous_id 1 year    Segment IO cookies to identify known users and track their site activity.
ajs_group_id 1 year    Segment IO cookies to identify known users and track their site activity.
ajs_user_id 1 year    Segment IO cookies to identify known users and track their site activity.
intercom-id-xxxxx 20 years    Intercom cookies to identify known users and track their site activity.
intercom-lou-xxx 20 minutes    Intercom cookies to identify known users and track their site activity.
intercom-session-xxx 20 minutes    Intercom cookies to identify known users and track their site activity.
DSID 1 month    Doubleclick.Net. GA Advertising.
IDE 2 years    Doubleclick.Net. GA Advertising.

 
IS, ID Infrastructure

NameExpiryPurpose
AWSELB End of session      AWS Classic Load Balancer Cookie: Load Balancing Cookie: Used to map the session to the instance.
AWSALB 1 hour    AWS Classic Load Balancer Cookie: Load Balancing Cookie: Used to map the session to the instance.

 
OT Infrastructure

NameExpiryPurpose
AWSELB 1 day      AWS Classic Load Balancer Cookie: Load Balancing Cookie: Used to map the session to the instance.
AWSALB 1 day    AWS Classic Load Balancer Cookie: Load Balancing Cookie: Used to map the session to the instance.

 
Security

NameExpiryPurpose
incap_ses_* End of session                                                   Incapsula DDoS Protectiona and Web Application Firewall: The cookie on which HTTP requests are related to a certain session (AKA visit) Re-opening the browser and accessing same site is supposed to be considered different visits. In order maintain existing sessions (i.e. Session Cookie).
nlbi_* End of session      Incapsula DDoS Protectiona and Web Application Firewall: Load balancing cookie. To ensure requests by a client are sent to the same origin server.
visid_incap_* 12 months      Incapsula DDoS Protectiona and Web Application Firewall: The cookie on which sessions are related to a specific visitor (visitor representing a specific computer) In order to identify clients which have already visited Incapsula. The only cookie that is persistent, for the duration of 12 months.
__utmv 900 seconds     Incapsula Classification cookie: To see how the client reacts and handles a malformed cookie in order to identify what that client is.

 
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