Cookie Policy

About this Cookie Policy.

In this Cookie Policy, we try to explain what cookies are, how we use them, the types of cookies we use, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used and how to control the cookie preferences. For further information on how we use, store and keep your personal data, please see our Privacy Policy.

You can at any time change or withdraw your preferences on our website, or change your preferences on your browser, as described below.

This Policy applies to the following websites of the Data Protection Group, though not all websites may use all the same cookies:

Change cookie preferences

What are cookies?

Cookies and other technologies enable communications between you and other websites. Cookies are small data files sent from a server to your web browser and are stored in your browser’s cache and allow a website or a third party to recognise your browser. Cookies can provide a means to track user browsing over an extensive period of time and over different domains.

Cookies are often broken down as follows:

Session cookies are specific to a particular visit and carry information as you view different pages so you don’t have to re-enter information every time you change pages or go to checkout. Session cookies delete themselves automatically when you end the session or when you close your web browser.

Persistent cookies remember information about your preferences on the site and enable a server to recognise you every time you return. They are stored in your browser cache until you choose to delete them, or they delete themselves at the end of the period set by the operator.

Third-party cookies are not placed by us but by others and may gather browsing activity across multiple websites and across multiple sessions. They are usually a type of persistent cookie and are stored until you delete them or they expire at the end of the period set by the operator. They store data about your use, but they can be helpful because they allow us to and customise your experience. You can configure your own browser’s settings to set your preferences to accept or reject cookies, including third-party cookies

In addition to cookies, there are other similar technologies which we or third parties use:

Web beacons: These are tiny graphics (sometimes called “clear GIFs” or “web pixels”) with a unique identifier which are used to understand browsing activity. In contrast to cookies, which are stored on a user’s computer hard drive, web beacons are rendered invisibly on web pages when you open a page.

Social widgets: These are buttons or icons provided by third-party social media providers that allow you to interact with those social media services when you view a web page or a mobile app screen. These social widgets may collect browsing data, which may be received by the third party that provided the widget, and are controlled by the third parties.

UTM codes: These are strings that can appear in a URL (the “Uniform Resource Locator”, which is typically the http or https address entered to go to a web page) when a user moves from one web page or website to another, where the string can represent information about browsing, such as which advertisement, page, or publisher sent the user to the receiving website.

Local Storage Objects: Also called flash cookies, these are sets of data that can be stored on your browser by a site or app. They can be used to maintain preferences, a history of usage, or even the state or settings of a site or an app.

(see Managing Your Cookie Technology Preferences below).

Information on cookies generally can be found at:

How do we use cookies?

The Data Protection Group uses both first-party (set by us) and third-party cookies (set by others) for a number of purposes. We use first-party cookies that are necessary for the website to function the right way and for functionality that is necessary for services that are explicitly requested by the user for their session in accordance with the ePrivacy Regulations (S.I. 336/2011.

The third-party cookies used on our websites are used mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, keeping our services secure, providing advertisements that are relevant to you, and all in all providing you with a better and improved user experience and to help speed up your future interactions with our website.


When you visit our website for the first time, we will show you a pop-up with an explanation about cookies. If you click on “Allow All Cookies”, you consent to us using all cookies as described in this Policy. You can set preferences and disable the use of some cookies via the “Preferences” window or via your browser, but please note that if you restrict cookies our website may no longer work properly. We do not seek consent for necessary cookies.

What types of cookies do we use?

We group cookies on our website as follows:

Essential, including preference cookies

Essential Cookies are necessary for this site to function properly, for site security and to provides our services to you, e.g. your privacy preferences and enabling payments. You can only disable essential cookies via browser settings. If you do this it will affect your ability to use our services. These cookies are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. They are also set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms and paying for services or training.

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.

A session cookie is set to remember your language preference when viewing the site.


These cookies provide information about how our sites are being used so we can improve your experience. Cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site.

All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.


These cookies may be set via our sites by third-party online service providers. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They collect information about your browsing habits on our and other websites, to make advertising relevant to you and your interests, to control how often those ads are shown to you and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.  Data relating to your use of our Website and other websites may be analysed to create profiles relating to you and for you (i.e. “profiling”). This means that certain assumptions may be made about what you may be interested in and this information may be used to display advertising to you and other Internet users with similar browsing patterns to you. You have certain rights in relation to this type of processing. If you object to this type of processing, you can manage and delete cookies. 

They generally do not store directly personal information but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience still experience advertising but it will be less targeted advertising.

How can I control the cookie preferences?


You can manage your cookies preferences by clicking on the SET PREFERENCES” button and enabling or disabling the cookie categories on the popup according to your preferences.

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing

session, you can click on the “ ” tab on your screen. This will display the

consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block or delete cookies. To find out more on how to manage cookies, visit, or

In addition to the options provided above, you may refuse or accept cookies from the website at any time by activating settings on your browser. Information about the procedure to follow in order to enable or disable cookies can be found on your Internet browser provider’s website via your help screen. We have also supplied links to several of the more popular browsers for procedures on how to view and disable cookies.

Google Chrome Browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer Browser
Mozilla Firefox Browser
Apple Safari BrowserOpera Web Browser

Please note that if all cookies are disabled, not all features of a website may operate as intended by you, or by us!

How to delete cookies
For further information on how to delete cookies, we recommend that you read the information provided at the following link:

Further Information

For more information about Google Analytics please see “Safeguarding your data”.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all sites visit:

You can opt-out of making your site activity available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (gtag.js, ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) that is running on websites from sharing information with Google Analytics about visit activity.

For more information about Facebook, please see How do social plugins work?

If you would like further information about the cookies used in relation to YouTube videos, the YouTube privacy notice, including details about YouTube related cookies, is available at:

For more information regarding targeted advertisements please see:

  1. Google Adwords:
  2. Programmatic/Display:
  3. Facebook Ads:

If you would like to find out more about advertising networks and affiliate programmes and how cookies are used for these purposes, please visit This is an information portal which is run by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), the trade association for digital advertising, and will provide you with information about online behavioural advertising and the choices available to you.

Further details of the cookies are given below. Please note that some third party sites may place other cookies over which we have no control, and you may wish to adjust your browser settings accordingly.


Necessary cookies help make a website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website.
The website cannot function properly without these cookies.

Name Provider Purpose Expiry Type
CookieConsent [x2]
Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain 1 year HTTP
Preserves user session state across page requests. Session HTTP
wc_cart_hash_# [x2]
Pending Persistent HTML
wc_fragments_# [x2]
Pending Session HTML


Preference cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks,
like your preferred language or the region that you are in.
Name Provider Purpose Expiry Type
lang Remembers the user’s selected language version of a website Session HTTP
CookieConsentBulkSetting-# Enables cookie consent across multiple websites Persistent HTML
CookieConsentBulkTicket Enables cookie consent across multiple websites 1 year HTTP


Statistic cookies help website owners to understand how visitors interact with websites by collecting and
reporting information anonymously.
Name Provider Purpose Expiry Type
__utma [x2]
Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit. Used by Google Analytics. 2 years HTTP
__utmb [x2]
Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accessed the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit. 1 day HTTP
__utmc [x2]
Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website. Used by Google Analytics to calculate the duration of a website visit. Session HTTP
__utmt [x2]
Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server. 1 day HTTP
__utmz [x2]
Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used. Used by Google Analytics. 6 months HTTP
_ga [x2]
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 2 years HTTP
_gat [x2]
Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate 1 day HTTP
_gid [x2]
Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 1 day HTTP
__utm.gif Google Analytics Tracking Code that logs details about the visitor’s browser and computer. Session Pixel
collect Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels. Session Pixel


Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display ads that are relevant and
engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable for publishers and third party advertisers.
Name Provider Purpose Expiry Type
IDE Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user. 1 year HTTP
test_cookie Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies. 1 day HTTP
NID Registers a unique ID that identifies a returning user’s device. The ID is used for targeted ads. 6 months HTTP
rc::c This cookie is used to distinguish between humans and bots. Session HTML
local_storage_support_test The cookie is used in context with the local-storage function in the browser. This function allows the website to load faster by pre-loading certain procedures. Persistent HTML
personalization_id This cookie is set by Twitter – The cookie allows the visitor to share content from the website onto their Twitter profile. 2 years HTTP
tfw_exp Facilitates the Twitter timeline widget on the website. 1 day HTTP
CONSENT Used to detect if the visitor has accepted the marketing category in the cookie banner. This cookie is necessary for GDPR-compliance of the website. 6800 days HTTP
GPS Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location. 1 day HTTP
PREF Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites. 8 months HTTP
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos. 179 days HTTP
YSC Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen. Session HTTP
yt-remote-cast-installed Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session HTML
yt-remote-connected-devices Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Persistent HTML
yt-remote-device-id Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Persistent HTML
yt-remote-fast-check-period Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session HTML
yt-remote-session-app Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session HTML
yt-remote-session-name Stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video Session HTML
_ir Pending 1 day HTTP
__widgetsettings Pending Persistent HTML
i/jot/syndication Pending Session Pixel
metrics_token Pending 1 month HTTP


Unclassified cookies are cookies that we are in the process of classifying, together with the providers of individual cookies.
We do not use cookies of this type