Privacy

Cookie Guidance & Information

Many websites will not function correctly if Cookies are disabled. Doing so may prevent you from using a shopping cart, booking engine, quick quote or social media plug-ins.

However you can customize your cookie settings to restrict or allow cookie security features. You can change the expiration time frames for storing your personal data to a shorter or longer depending on your preferences. If you are sensitive to your personal information being stored then you can regularly clear your cookies in your browser.

If you want to delete your cookies then you can by clicking the ‘Clear browsing data’ and ‘Delete cookies and other site data’ under Privacy settings on the Tools menu. To disable cookies altogether, then un-tick the box ‘Accept cookies from sites’ and ‘Accept third-party cookies’ under the Privacy settings. However, be aware that you may not be able to use or access many websites that need cookies to function.

More information about Cookie can be found on Irish Data Protection Commission website

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small text files that a website places on your computer hard disk drive when you first visit the site. They are used by website owners to help users perform certain functions, such as a personalised preference page, user names, registered products and services. Every time a user goes back to the site, the browser retrieves and sends the cookie to the website’s server. Disabling the cookie may actually prevent the user from being able to use the website.

Many websites use cookies, they tell website owners what pages you visited and enables them to improve the user experience, and offer you the most suitable content.

Cookie Security

Cookies are often mistaken for viruses. This is not the case; cookies are in plain-text format. They do not have ability to duplicate themselves and spread to other devices. However, certain types of cookies can be misused for malicious purposes as they store personal data about users which can be used by dubious or untrustworthy parties as spyware. This is why some anti-spyware can flag cookies as a concern. We advise any company with a website to clarify the use of cookies with clear explanations, and instructions on how to disable cookies should the user wish to do so. Read more about Cookies, cookie types and how they work.

The Cookie Directive

To help govern the use of cookies and protect internet users privacy new rules in Europe came into effect on May 26th 2012. The cookie directive requires websites to gain consent from visitors to store a cookie on their computer. This is to protect the privacy of internet users, giving them the choice to give websites permission to store and receive information about the visitor’s usage of the site.

All the information about the Cookie Directive can be found on the Irish Data Protection Commission website.

This information was put together on the 20th July 2012, and is an overview and guide to the communication of the use of cookies by commercial websites in Ireland. Site owners, please seek advice from legal representatives if you are unsure of your compliancy with EU law.