Last updated: 3 April 2019

About Cookies

Cookies are small text files stored on a device, such as a PC, a mobile device or any other device that can store information, and devices that connect to the internet. Cookies serve a number of important functions, including to remember a user and their previous interactions with a website.

Cookies can be used to:

  • keep track of items in an online shopping cart
  • keep track of information when you input details into an online application form.
  • identify users when they log in to banking services and other online services.
    help web pages to load faster and to route information over a network.

Cookies can include:

  • a user’s personal data, such as an IP address, a username, a unique identifier, or an email address.
  • non-personal data such as language settings or information about the type of device a
    person is using to browse the site.
  • advertising IDs, user IDs and other tracking IDs

Cookies are:

  • first party, such as those set by your own website, i.e. the host domain
  • third party, such as those set by a domain other than the one the user is visiting, i.e. a domain other than the one they can see in their address bar. Such cookies can be related to advertising or to social media plugins enabled by the controller of the website, such as in the form of a ‘like’ button or a sharing tool.

Cookies may also have an expiry date. Session cookies, for example, which are designed
to only function for the duration of a browser session or slightly longer, are likely to
have a very short lifespan or expiry date and to be set to expire once they have served
their limited purpose. Cookies also provide anonymised tracking data to third-party applications like Google Analytics.


Cookies Policy

Like most websites, we use some cookies. They’re used for many things, such as remembering whether you’ve visited the site before, so that you remain logged in or to help us work out how many visitors we get on the site over a given period of time. These cookies contain information about the use of your computer but they don’t include personal information about you.

You may prefer to disable cookies on this site and others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser. We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all browsers.

When someone visits we use:

  • Session Cookies: As you travel around our site, there are times when we need to remember technical information as you go from page to page. We use this technical information in many ways to enhance your user experience. This cookie contains no personally identifiable information and only stays in place until you end your session (usually when you leave our site).
  • Analytics Cookies: We use web analytics services to recognise your browser or device and, for example, to identify whether you have visited specific services we offer previously. This information is anonymous and only used for statistical purposes. It allows us to track information, such as how many individual users we have and how often they visit our website.
  • Persistent Cookies: this type of cookies will remain on your computer indefinitely, even after you leave our site.
  • Third-Party Service Cookies
      • Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.
      • Social sharing, video and other services we offer are run by other companies. If you are already logged in to these companies services when you visit our site they may place cookies on your computer. Below is a list of places where you can find out more about specific services that we may use and their use of cookies: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.
      • Google Analytics – to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. For more information, see Google Analytics’ privacy policy. You can opt out of Google Analytics completely by using the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. You should also be able to use your browser in “private” or “incognito” mode, which does not retain any information on your browsing activities.

Cookies Management

We do not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you though we may combine information from your registration with the data we get from the web analytics services we use and their cookies to analyse how you and other people use our online services.

Most current browsers allow you to:

  • Block third party cookies
  • Block cookies from particular sites
  • See what cookies you have got and delete them on an individual basis
  • Block all cookies from being set
  • Delete all cookies when you close your browser

Note that you will lose any preferences if you delete cookies, which includes where you have opted out from cookies (as this requires an opt-out cookie to be set). In addition, if you block cookies completely many websites will not work properly and some functionality on these websites will not work at all. We do not recommend turning cookies off when using our online services for these reasons.Find out more about how to manage your cookies for your browser here: Chrome, Firefox,  Explorer,  Opera,  Safari,  Safari iOS ,  Android,   Windows Phone. 

You should be also able to use your browser in “private” or “incognito” mode, to look like a brand new user every time you browse the web.

This Statement may change from time to time, and any changes will be posted on ECC Ireland’s website and will be effective when posted. This is a live document, under regular review.

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