This site, like many others, uses small files called cookies to help customise your experience.

What are cookies?

‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari, Google Chrome) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a “memory” for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately.

How does the ALLIANCE use cookies?

A visit to any page on may generate any of the following types of cookies:

_ga – Used to distinguish users – 2 Years (or until cleared) – Google
_gid – Used to distinguish users – 24 Hours (or until cleared) – Google
_gat – Used to throttle requests to Google – 1 Minute (or until cleared) – Google
ls_smartpush – Used by the web server – 2 months (or until cleared) – Essential – Server cookie

Other third-party cookies

From time to time, might display video or audio content from other sites like youtube. These third parties may also set their own anonymous cookies, for the purposes of tracking the success of their application, or customising the application for you. Because of how cookies work, are unable to access these cookies. These third-parties are also unable to access any data within cookies set by

How do I turn cookies off?
It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. For example, we cannot remember your text size preference without the use of a cookie to store it in.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these setttings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.

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