What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data sent by a website's server to the browser on your computer or mobile device. Cookies help us to recognise and remember your device when you visit our websites and enable us to retrieve among other things, your preferences.
- For the operation of our website and Services
- To improve your user experience by making it easier and faster to navigate through our website
- To simplify any sign-in procedures
- To log your use of our website and services so that we can understand which content you find useful or interesting.
- To support our advertising services
- To determine the effectiveness of promotional campaigns, email campaigns and advertising
- To ensure content from our site and mobile applications is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device.
- To provide social media features such as liking and sharing our content
What type of cookies do we use and why do we use them?
We use different types of cookies to run our website and Services including:
Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.
These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or third party providers. We may embed video, audio, tweets and other content in our articles and pages. We do not control which cookies are set by third parties or how the cookie information is used. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly. Some third party functional cookies may track your browser across other sites and build up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other sites you visit.
Analytical cookies help us to understand how visitors gain access to or read our content and interact with our Services. We collect statistical information about our visitors, such as whether they have visited the site before and the pages they view. We use these cookies to determine the kind of content and services our visitors value most, which in turn helps us to improve our website and its content. By understanding which content you find useful or interesting, we can recommend more content that you might like, as well as continuing to produce the most valuable content to meet your needs. Analytical cookies are set by us and by third parties, including Comscore and Google Analytics.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, please visit https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. On this website you’ll find information about a browser plug-in that can be installed to prevent your data from being used by Google Analytics.
To help fund the content, products and services we provide, third-party vendors, including Google, display advertising on our Services. These cookies may be set through our advertising partners.
- Help show ads that are relevant to you based on inferred interests. This is often called online behavioural advertising (OBA)
- Restrict the number of times you see the same ad (frequency capping)
- Create a browsing profile that is used to deliver more relevant ads
- Measure the effectiveness of the ads that are served
- Detect fraudulent traffic
Any information which is transmitted to advertisers and advertising networks is non-personally identifiable, but is based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies you will experience less targeted ads. We do not have access to the information collected by third-party cookies nor do we control how they process this information.
For more information on online behavioural advertising, please visit www.youronlinechoices.com/ie/your-ad-choices. On this website you'll find information about how behavioural advertising works, further information about cookies and the steps you can take to opt out of such targeting. By turning off ads personalisation, you will still see ads on our site, but they’ll be less targeted to you.
Social Media Cookies
These cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.
Managing your cookie preferences
Cookies are meant to improve your user experience, but some users prefer to set restrictions on the types of cookies that can be stored on their device.
To review or change your cookie consent choices, or for a full list of all the cookies in use on the website, including third party cookies, along with purpose descriptions, the duration of the cookie and additional information, please go here: Manage my settings
Alternatively, by modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies or to accept different types of cookies.
It is also possible to configure your browser from accepting cookies altogether by changing your browser’s cookie settings.
The following links may be helpful:
- Cookie settings in Chrome
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS
Please visit your browser’s help page for more information. It is important to note it may affect your ability to use our services if you choose to restrict or disable cookies.
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