What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
How cookies personalise your website experience
For repeat visits (assuming you are using the same device and the same browser) cookies will remember your preferences, will know how you use the website, and will adapt the content you are shown so that it is more relevant to your personal interests and needs.
There are four categories of cookies:
- 1. Strictly Necessary Cookies
Strictly Necessary cookies enable features without which you would not be able to use the website as intended. They are only saved on your computer while you are actually browsing the website. An example would be your language preference when browsing this website. Your consent is not required for the use of Strictly Necessary cookies. Strictly Necessary cookies cannot be disabled without losing some of the features of this website.
- 2. Performance Cookies
Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages they go to most often, and if they get error messages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. They are only used to improve how a website works.
- 3. Functional Cookies
Functional cookies allow a website to remember choices you make (such as your username, language or location) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies is anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.
- 4. Targeting cookies
Targeting cookies are used to deliver adverts and other communications that are more relevant to you. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other parties such as advertisers. Quite often targeting cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
You can completely disable cookies in your browser at any time.
However it is important to note that if you change your settings and disable or block certain cookies, this will affect your website experience. We might not be able to provide some features you have previously chosen to use and you will not be able to take full advantage of some of our current website features.
How do I change my cookie settings?
This is a relatively simple process as most common web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
Click on any of the links below to manage your cookies on these popular browsers:
- Google Chrome
- Microsoft Edge
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. To find out more about cookies, including seeing what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. For example when we blog, we often cite external sources as references. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Controlling your personal information
If you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by writing to or emailing us at email@example.com. We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to 18 Upper Stephen Street, Dublin 8, Ireland. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.