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Cookie policy

We use cookies across our website to track usage of the site and enhance your user experience. This policy explains how we do that

This Cookies Policy sets out the basis on which we, The Association of Investment Companies, use cookies and similar technologies on or in relation to our website, https://www.theaic.co.uk (our website). This Cookies Policy is effective from 12th April 2018

‘Essential’ cookies are automatically placed on your computer or device when you access our website or take certain actions on our website. ‘Non-essential’ cookies and other technologies are only placed on your computer or device if you have consented to us doing so. For information on the difference between essential and non-essential cookies, see the section below entitled About cookies.

For information on how you consent and how you can withdraw your consent to us placing non-essential cookies and other technologies on your computer or device, see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies.

Contents

About cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files sent by a website’s server to a web browser, processor memory or hard drive and stored there. They can be used for a range of different purposes, such as customising a website for a particular user, helping a user navigate a website, improving that user’s website experience, and storing that user’s preferences and login information.

Essential and non-essential cookies

Cookies can be classified as either ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’.

Essential cookies: these are cookies that are either:

  • used solely to carry out or facilitate the transmission of communications over a network; or
  • strictly necessary to provide an online service (e.g. our website or a service on our website) which you have requested.

Non-essential cookies: these are any cookies that do not fall within the definition of essential cookies, such as cookies used to analyse your behaviour on a website (‘analytical’ cookies) or cookies used to display advertisements to you (‘advertising’ cookies).

Session and persistent cookies

Cookies can be classified as either ‘session’ or ‘persistent’, depending on how long they last after they are placed on your browser.

Session cookies: session cookies last for as long as you keep your browser open. They expire when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies: persistent cookies expire at a fixed point in time or if you manually delete them from your browser, whichever occurs first.

First and third party cookies

Cookies can be classified as ‘first party’ or ‘third party’.

First party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by our website domain.

Third party cookies: these are cookies placed on your device by third party website domains.

If you require further information about cookies in general, please visit www.allaboutcookies.org

List of cookies used

We use the following cookies on or in relation to our website:

Name of Cookie

 

Essential or Non-essential?

Type of cookie

First or Third party?

Session or Persistent?

Expiry Time

Purpose

mw_cookie_consent

Essential

Cookie consent related

First

Persistent

3 months

Used to remember a user’s preferences regarding the use of cookies on the website

lang

Non-essential

Functional

Third

 

Session

 

End of browser session

Remembers user’s language preferences in relation to the website

Visitor_Info1_Live

Non-essential

Functional

Third

Persistent

8 months

Tries to estimate the user’s bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube users

Has_js

 

Non-essential

Functional

First

Session

End of browser session

Registers whether or  not the user has activated JavaScript in  the browser.

ACOOKIE

Non-essential

Analytical

Third

Persistent

987 Days

Collects anonymous users visits to the website, such as the number of visits on the website and what pages have been loaded with the purpose of generating reports of optimising the website content.

WT_#

Non-essential

Analytical

First

Persistent

2 years

Used for gathering non technical information regarding the users browser and operation system, IP address and screen resolution as well as the users navigation on website.

YSC

Non-essential

Analytical

Third

Session

End of browser session

Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos a user has seen.

__RequestVerificationToken

Non-essential

functional

Third

Session

End of browser session

Morningstar cookie. Ensures the user is the authenticated user to receive information.

ASP.NET_SessionId

Non-essential

functional

Third

Session

End of browser session

Session cookie from Monringstar. Identifies the session for that users request.

Essential cookies

These are cookies which are strictly necessary for our website to be able to operate or to provide you with a service on our website which you have requested. We use the following essential cookies on our website:

  • a first party persistent cookie to recognise whether you have accepted the use of cookies on our website. This cookie is called mw_cookie_consent This cookie expires after 3 months.

Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from essential cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: ensuring our site functions properly and providing you with online services you have requested.

How to opt out of essential cookies

Most browsers allow you to block all cookies, including essential cookies. Please note, however, that if you block all cookies, parts of our website and its functionality may not work or display properly.

You can delete existing cookies from your browser by clearing your browsing data and ensuring that the option to delete cookies is selected.

For more detailed information on how to accept and reject cookies, including guidance for specific browsers, please see the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Non-essential cookies

We use the following types of non-essential cookies on our website:

  • Functional cookies
  • Analytical (or performance) cookies
  • Targeting (or advertising) cookies

Functional cookies

These are cookies that are designed for purposes such as enhancing a website’s functionality. These are either not strictly essential for the website or functionality which you have requested to work, or are cookies which serve non-essential purposes in addition to their essential purpose. We use the following functional cookies on our website:

  • a third party session cookie to remember the language in which to display our website to you. This cookie is called lang
  • first party session cookie to register whether user has activated JavaScript in their browser. This cookie is called has_js
  • Third party persistent cookie to estimate the visitor’s bandwidth on their computer for the purpose of playing YouTube videos. This cookie is called Vistor_Info1_Live

How to opt in or out from functional cookies

See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Processing information about you contained in or obtained from functional cookies

Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from functional cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation). We will only process such personal information if you have consented to us placing cookies on your computer or device.
Legitimate interests: ensuring our website is displayed in the correct language for you, checking whether our Hotjar analytical tool will work and ensuring YouTube videos on our website display as efficiently as possible.

Analytical (or performance) cookies

Analytical (or performance) cookies track and gather data about what a user does on a website. These cookies are not essential for our website or its functionality to work. We use the following analytical cookies on our website:

  • First party and third party session and persistent cookies to analyse users’ access to and use of our website and its features. These cookies are: ACOOKIE, WT_# and YSCACOOKIES and WT_# expire after 987 days and 2 years respectively. YSC is a session cookie.

More information

For information on how YouTube (Google) uses data from cookies it uses, please visit www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/

For more information on how Webtrends use information collected by cookies, please visit https://www.webtrends.com/terms-policies/privacy/gdpr-faq/ and their privacy policy here https://www.webtrends.com/terms-policies/privacy/privacy-statement/

How to opt in or out from analytical cookies

See the section below entitled How to accept or reject cookies

Processing information about you contained in or obtained from analytical cookies

Legal basis for processing: we process information about you contained in or obtained from analytical cookies in our legitimate interests (Article 6(1)(f) of the General Data Protection Regulation).
Legitimate interests: analysing how individuals use our website to help us improve our website and business. For further information on how we use the information gathered from our use of analytical cookies, including profiling, please see the section entitled Our use of automated decision making and profiling in our privacy policy, which is available here: https://www.theaic.co.uk/privacy-policy

Web beacons

We and any the marketing company we use called This is Embrace embed web beacons in our marketing emails. Web beacons are small GIF image files which enable us to track your receipt of our marketing emails, how often you view our adverts or website pages, your location, IP address and browser information. Web beacons are activated whenever you open a marketing email or access a page on our website which contains a web beacon. Web beacons transmit data when you view them but are not capable of accessing any other information on your computer. Web beacons are not stored on your hard drive unless you download a GIF image containing them.

Some (but not all) browsers enable you to restrict the use of web beacons by either preventing them from sending information back to their source (for example, when you choose browser settings that block cookies and trackers), or by not accessing the images containing them (for example, if you select a ‘do not display images (in emails)’ setting in your email server).

How to accept or reject cookies

There are a number of different ways in which you can accept or reject some or all cookies. Some of the main methods of doing so are described below:

You are welcome to block the use of some or all of the cookies we use on our website. However, please be aware that doing so may impair our website and its functionality or may even render some or all of it unusable.

You should also be aware that clearing all cookies from your browser will also delete any cookies that are storing your preferences, for example, whether you have accepted cookies on a website or any cookies that are blocking other cookies.

You can find more detailed information about cookies and adjusting your browser settings by visiting www.allaboutcookies.org

Accepting or rejecting cookies

Cookie control tool

You can accept or reject non-essential cookies by using our cookie management tool, as outlined below.

Browser settings

You can accept or reject some or all cookies (for example, blocking all third party cookies) by adjusting your browser settings. If you do not know how to do this, the links below set out information about how to change your browser settings for some of the most commonly used web browsers:

Some browsers, such as Chrome and Firefox, allow you to change your settings to browse in ‘incognito’ mode, limiting the amount of data placed on your machine and automatically deleting any persistent cookies placed on your device when you finish your browsing session. There are also many third party applications which you can add to your browser to block or manage cookies.

Existing cookies

To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, you should select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.

Copyright

The copyright in this Cookies Policy is either owned by, or licensed to, us and is protected by copyright laws around the world and copyright protection software. All intellectual property rights in this document are reserved.