Why do we use cookies?

Cookies enable us to identify your device, or you when you have logged in.

  • We may use cookies that are strictly necessary to enable you to move around the site or to provide certain basic features.
  • We may use cookies to enhance the functionality of the website by storing your preferences, for example.
  • We may also use cookies to help us to improve the performance of our website to provide you with a better user experience.

We will disclose the information to third parties only when it is required by law for example government bodies and law enforcement agencies or when they help us to provide our website service to you.

If you wish to control what cookies are set on your device through the ADS website then you can find out how to do this below.

Cookies we use

Cookie Name Description & purpose Persistence More information
PHPSESSID This stores the user’s session ID End of session Strictly Necessary
Members-lounge-hasIdentity Used to flag whether the user is logged in to the Member’s Lounge. This is used by the WordPress Plugin to decide upon displaying a “Login” button. End of session Functional
Members-lounge-fullName Used to store the Full Name of the user logged in to Member’s Lounge.  This is used by the WordPress Plugin to display in the header if a user is logged in to the Member’s Lounge End of session Functional
ml-compat-alert-closed Used to store the fact that the User has closed a specific browser compatibility popup, to prevent showing it repeatedly. 1 Month Functional and will only be seen by users of older Internet Explorer browsers.
End of session
End of session
15 days
1 year
1 year
Strictly Necessary. These cookies are only set when administrators and editors of the website log into the WordPress administration area. They are not set for ordinary website visitors.

More information about WordPress cookies

Google Analytics The ADS website uses Google Analytics. This is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate use of those services and compile a report for us. Your data will be processed by Google in accordance with the Google Privacy Policy Performance / Analytical


Used to distinguish users and sessions.  The cookie is created when the javascript library executes and no existing _utma cookies exists.  The cookie is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics 30 mins Performance / Analytical (Google Analytics)
_utmt Used to throttle request rate. 30 mins Performance / Analytical (Google Analytics)
_utmc End of browser session.  Not used in ga.js.  Set for interoperability with urchin.js.  Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the _utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit End of session Performance / Analytical (Google Analytics)
_utmz Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.  The cookie is created when the javascript library executives and is updated every time data is sent to Google Analytics. 6 months Performance / Analytical (Google Analytics)
_utmv   Used to store visitor-level custom variable data.  This cookie is created when a developer uses the _setCustomVar method with a visitor level custom variable 2 years Performance / Analytical (Google Analytics)

Third Party Cookies

Please be aware that there may be cookies from third parties. These third parties are responsible for setting out their own cookie and privacy policies. Please see the third party sites for information on these cookies. The behavioural advertising cookies used by this site are designed to ensure that we provide you with the most relevant adverts where possible by anonymously tracking your interests and presenting similar things that may be of interest. Find out more here and here.

How can I control cookies?

If you do not want to receive cookies, you can modify your web browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies which are set on your device then 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 desktop browsers.