There are several types of cookie that are used to keep track of information needed by a site user as they travel from page to page within a website.
Cookies can be used to track internet activity after the user has left a website. These are normally facilitated by organisations external to the website being visited and are generally known as ‘third-party’ cookies. They usually have a long lifetime with several months being quite common. They are ‘harvested’ and ‘refreshed’ whenever the user visits a page where the same or a similar cookie is being used.
Links to other websites
Our website and digital marketing material may provide links to and from the websites or partners or affiliates, or resources that we believe to be useful. These links will lead you to websites operated by third parties that operate under different privacy policies. You will be leaving the Avondale site for a site over which we have no control and do not accept responsibility or liability for their policies. Please check their policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
We currently use Google Analytics to measure and analyse visitor information related to our web site. For that purpose, your IP address, Internet traffic data and data on your browser type and PC are collected using several cookies (_utma, _utmc, utmb, utmz):
- _utma is used by Google Analytics to identify first-time site (‘unique’) visitors vs. returning visitors. It expires after two years
- _utmc identifies unique visitors vs. returning visitors but expires when you close your browser.
- _utmb is used for general visitor tracking and expires after 30 minutes.
- _utmz tracks source visits (the origin of the visit). It expires after six months.
Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default, but it is possible to set a browser to reject cookies. If this is done it is important not to exclude the benign and useful cookies. Choose an option that rejects all third party and long-lived cookies.