Cookie Policy

Cookies are small text files that (depending on your browser settings) are deposited on your computer’s disk when you visit a site and may be sent back to that site when you visit again. We use cookies to store user preferences and certain other pieces of data in the course of providing our services. Most web browsers are initially set up to accept all cookies, but you may be able to configure your browser to refuse all cookies or to warn you when a cookie is being set. However, some Alpha Pro Partners features and services may not work properly if cookies are disabled.

Some cookies may only be set if you have registered with Alpha Pro Partners and have logged in. Some other cookies are only set if you have not registered or have not logged in. Some cookies may be set whether you have registered and have logged in, or not. Some cookies are only set for the mobile version of the site, some are only set for the ‘classic’ (non-mobile) version of the site, and some are set for both, as indicated below.

The cookies listed below do not contain any information that, in itself, personally identifies you and do not provide us with access to the rest of your device. We may, however, associate the information contained in cookies with personal information that you have provided to us separately, such as when you submit an enquiry via a website form.

Below is a list of cookies that we set, and details of what we use them for.

Cookies used by our website

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Browser identification cookie.

We issue each browser accessing Alpha Pro Partners with an anonymous unique ID. We use this to estimate the number of users visiting the site from time to time.

This is set for all users who use the desktop or mobile site.

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Session cookie.

This cookie is set on certain pages on the site, and is used to assist us in accounting for traffic. This is set for all users who use the desktop site.

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Data conversion cookie.

When we introduced registration and login facilities to Alpha Pro Partners, we changed the way we stored user settings and histories in cookies. This cookie contains no settings data; it only indicates that we have successfully migrated cookie data to the new system, and that we do not need to do it again. This is set for all users who use the desktop or mobile site.

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User engagement cookie.

This cookie is used to measure the level of user engagement, and is used to help target advertising. This is set for all users who use the desktop site.

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Settings cookie.

This cookie stores settings, including the font size, whether headlines should be set in bold, and all the publications you have hidden or highlighted. It enables us to respect these settings when you navigate between web pages, and return to Alpha Pro Partners from the same browser and computer. This is set for non-registered or non-logged-in users who use the desktop or mobile site.

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Web site version preference cookie.

This cookie stores your preference for the mobile or classic version of the Alpha Pro Partners web site. This is set for all users who use the desktop site.

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Web site layout preference cookie.

This cookie stores your preference for the layout of the Alpha Pro Partners web site.

This is set for all users who use the mobile or desktop site.

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Most visited topics cookie.

This cookie stores the topics and searches you visited most often. It enables us to present the “My Most Viewed” list so that your favourite topics are just a click away. This is set for non-registered or non-logged-in users who use the desktop or mobile site.

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Authentication cookie.

This cookie is used to identify your account when you are logged in to Alpha Pro Partners, and is required for us to be able to provide a personalised experience when you are logged in. It enables us to recognise your account when you navigate between web pages, and (should you not have logged off) when you return to Alpha Pro Partners from the same browser and computer.

This is set for registered and logged-in users who use the desktop site.

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Maintenance cookie.

This cookie stores no user data. We set it to be able to show a message in the rare event that we need to log you out in order to carry out essential system maintenance. This is set for registered and logged-in users who use the desktop site.

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Data encryption cookie.

This cookie is used to secure your settings (such as font size, etc) when we send a page to your browser. This is set for registered and logged-in users who use the desktop site.

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Mobile favourites cookie.

This cookie stores the topics you favoured on the mobile site. It enables us to redirect your browser to your favourite homepage when you revisit the site, and to display a list of your favourite topics so that they are just a click away.

This is set for non-registered or non-logged-in users who use the mobile site.

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Jump links cookie.

This cookie stores your preference as to whether or not to display ‘jump links’ to individual topics at the top of a page.

This is set for registered and logged-in users who use the desktop site.

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Ad retargeting cookies.

Any cookie whose name starts NN_RT_ may be set when you browse the web site of a third-party advertiser with which Alpha Pro Partners has a relationship (either directly or indirectly via its advertising provider(s)). Any such cookie will then be sent to the Alpha Pro Partners web site when you subsequently access it and may be used by Alpha Pro Partners (in conjunction with its advertising provider(s)) to target adverts related to the relevant third-party advertiser at your browser. No personal information is interchanged or stored during this process. You can enable and disable targeting of adverts for a variety of advertisers (for the web browser you are currently using) by visiting this page.

This is set for all users who use the desktop site.

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Session information cookie.

This cookie is used by us to record per-session settings to make navigation on the site easier. These include the most recent keywords you searched for and settings related to the most recently viewed topic page, e.g. how many headlines should be visible. This cookie is deleted when the browser is closed.

This is set for all users who use the desktop site.

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Session tracking cookie.

This cookie is used by us to compile anonymous statistics on how long users spend on the Alpha Pro Partners web site and how often they visit it.

This is set for all users who use the desktop site.

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User testing cookie.

This cookie is used to test improvements to the site with selected users.

This is set for all users who use the desktop site.

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Cookie policy cookie.

We use this cookie to remember if you have accepted our cookie policy on our news site so that we can avoid showing the message about cookies again.

This is set for all users who use the desktop or mobile site.

 

Third-party cookies

Please note that our business partners’ or other websites that may be accessible via the Site may also use cookies, over which we have no control. You should check the privacy and cookies policies posted on the relevant third-party websites for further information on such cookies (including details of how to reject or delete such cookies).

Thiswebsite also uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“ Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyse how users use the Site. The information generated by Google’s cookies about your use of the Site (including your IP address) is anonymous and will be sent to Google and held on Google’s servers in the USA in accordance with Google’s privacy policy (available at https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/privacy/). Please note that Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.

Alpha Pro Partners has enabled Google Analytics’ “Advertising Reporting Features” option. This means that Google Analytics may collect data from Google advertising cookies (when they are present) and other anonymous identifiers and associate this with the Google Analytics data it normally collects. This allows Google Analytics to provide Alpha Pro Partners with anonymous, aggregated data on things such as audience demographics and interests. No personal data is collected by Google as part of this feature and Alpha Pro Partners does not attempt to associate any of the data so collected with any personal data it may itself collect from you.

Further information on Google’s use of cookies, including in advertising, is available at https://www.google.com/policies/technologies/types/, and on its use of cookies for Google Analytics is available at: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage.

If you wish to opt out of data collection by Google Analytics, you can do so by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on, supplied by Google here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/.