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What are cookies?
For the majority of websites to work correctly, there is a need to collect certain basic information about their users so as to help provide the best possible user experience. This is achieved by using cookies. A cookie is a small piece of data, stored in a simple text file, which is sent by a website’s server to the user’s computer or mobile device and stored in the user’s browser and only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Every time a user loads the website, the browser will send the cookie back to the server to notify the website of the user’s activity.
Cookies are intended to improve a user’s experience by making it easier and faster to navigate through a website. They help us to improve our site by monitoring visitor interest and behaviour anonymously. Each cookie is unique to the user’s web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers. It allows a website to remember things like the user’s preferences on subsequent visits or what’s in the users shopping basket or to authorise other designated websites to recognise these users for a particular purpose.
Most, of the data collected is anonymous, though some of it is designed to detect browsing patterns and approximate geographical location so as to improve the user experience. Generally cookies do not contain personal information from which the user can be identified, unless the user has furnished such information to the website.
Cookies are also used to help ensure that advertisements that a user sees online are more relevant and of interest to them.
We collect a number of cookies from our users to help track our own performance and help us to improve your overall experience of the site. Amongst other things, the cookies we use allow users to register to make comments, allow us to calculate how many visitors we have anonymously and how long they stay on our site.
We believe that your experience of the site would be adversely affected if you opted out of the cookies we use.
What types of cookie are there and which ones do we use?
Both persistent cookies and session cookies are used on our website;
- Persistent cookies remain on a user’s device for a set period of time specified in the cookie and are typically used to remember user preferences. This can be things like whether you want to be logged in automatically when you visit the website, or whether you’ve already been asked to take part in a survey for example. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie and remain valid until there set expiry date.
- Session cookies are temporary. They are used to retain information during a browser session; this can be things like storing the contents of your shopping basket on an e-commerce site. A browser session commences when a user opens the browser window and completes when the browser window is closed. Session cookies are deleted as soon as you close your browser.
Cookies can be categorised into four different functional areas as follows: ‘essential’ or ‘strictly necessary’ cookies, ‘performance’ cookies, ‘functionality’ cookies and ‘third party’or ‘targeting’ or ‘advertising’ cookies.
Strictly necessary cookies are essential to navigate around a website and use its features. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to use basic services like registration or shopping baskets. These cookies do not gather information about you.
We use ‘strictly necessary’ cookies to set unique identifiers for each unique visitor, so site numbers can be analysed, to remember the contents of your shopping basket and to allow you to sign in to The Irish Place website as a registered user.
Performance cookies collect information in an anonymous form for statistical purposes on how visitors use a website, including the number of visitors to the site, where they have come to the site from and the pages they visited. They do not contain personal information, and are used to improve your user experience of a website.
The performance cookies used are for Google Analytics. To find out more concerning privacy, please read Google Analytics Privacy to find out more. You can out opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites by making use of the Google Analytics opt-out tool. The cookies are called _utma, _utmb, _utmc and _utmz.
Functionality cookies allow users to customise how a website looks for them: they can remember usernames, language preferences and regions, and can be used to provide more personal services like local weather reports and traffic news.
We use functionality cookies to store your user preferences on Your Account page. Remembering if you’ve been to the site before so that messages intended for first-time users are not displayed to you.
Third Party advertising and targeting cookies are used by advertisers and social networks to learn about your browsing habits so as to help deliver relevant advertising and content to you. They can also limit the number of times you see an advertisement, and be used to chart the effectiveness of an ad campaign by tracking users’ clicks. They can also provide security in transactions.
They are usually placed by third-party advertising networks with a website operator’s permission, but can be placed by the operator themselves. They can remember that you have visited a website, and this information can be shared with other organisations, including other advertisers. They cannot determine who you are though, as the data collected is never linked to your profile.
Without these cookies, online advertisements you encounter will be less relevant to you and your interests. If you would like more information about interest-based advertising, including how to opt-out of these cookies, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com
Most browsers allow you to control cookies by adjusting your browser settings. You generally have the option to see what cookies you’ve got and delete them on an individual basis, block third party cookies or cookies from particular sites, accept all cookies, be notified when a cookie is issued or reject all cookies. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser.
For this reason it is not recommended to turn cookies off when using TheIrishPlace.com.
The following links may be helpful in providing more browser-specific information.
If you are concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, then as mentioned earlier, these can be turned off by visiting the Internet Advertising Bureau’s consumer advice site www.youronlinechoices.com. This website will provide you with a list of all cookies that are currently set on your device and how you can opt out of each of them.
Last revised on January 14, 2016