What Are Cookies And How Do They Benefit You?
Cookies are not programs or software. When you visit a website it stores a snippet of text from your visit, the next time you visit that website, this text is retrieved by the website and they recognise you depending on the type of website. So when it feels like a website knows your preferences or is showing you items based on previous searches or choices this is because the website has used a cookie to recognise you. Cookies on our website do NOT store personally identifiable information such as postal addresses, email addresses or phone numbers.
Our cookies help us to:
- Make our website work as you'd expect
- Remember your settings during and between visits
- Offer you services/content relevant to you (banner advertising)
- Improve the speed/security of the site
- Allow you to share pages (stories/articles) with social networks like Facebook
- Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster
- Continuously improve our website for you
- Remember who you are, what you read, if you are logged in or not and how you registered with us
- Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do free of charge)
You can learn more about all the types of cookies we use below. These fall into a few categories such as website function cookies, social media cookies, third party and advertising cookies and analytics cookies
More About Our Cookies
1. Website Function Cookies
- Remembering your news search settings
- Showing you which pages you have recently visited
Please note, if you disable these cookies our site will not function as it should.
2. Third-party & social media functions
Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties
So you can easily Like or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site. The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.
3. Anonymous Visitor & Behaviour Statistics Cookies
This helps us to continuously improve our website. These analytics programs also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine or social network) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you and giving us information about what content you like to read or what videos you like to watch so we can invest money in doing more of what you like to do.
Google Analytics - you can opt out of Google Analytics using this tool.
4. Advertising Cookies
Cookies are widely used in online advertising. We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you.
Doubleclick - a Google product
Google - Adsense, AdX and dependent marketplaces
The Irish Times Group Digital Network Sales
and Remarketing Cookies
You may notice that sometimes after visiting a site you see increased numbers of adverts from the site you visited. This is because advertisers, including ourselves pay for these adverts. The technology to do this is made possible by cookies and as such we may place a remarketing cookie during your visit. We use these adverts to offer special offers etc to encourage you to come back to our site. Don't worry - we are unable to proactively reach out to you as the whole process is entirely anonymised. You can opt out of these cookies at any time as explained above.
5. Site Improvement Cookies
We regularly test new designs or site features on our site. We do this by showing slightly different versions of our website to different people and anonymously monitoring how our site visitors respond to these different versions. Ultimately this helps us to offer you a better website.
Turning Cookies Off
You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here).
Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of ours and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites
It may be that your concerns around cookies relate to so-called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software here.
Here is some further information from other resources: