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This page describes the information that is gathered using cookies, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent cookies from being stored on your computer, but this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the functionality of the site.
For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies.
Without cookies, you would need to log-in every time you visited a different page.
Most importantly, cookies save you time as they help us to remember who you are. Cookies help us to be more efficient. We can learn about what content is important to you and what is not. We can revise or remove web pages that are not of interest and focus our energies on content that our users want.
If you make use of any e-commerce or payment facilities on myinfo.ie, cookies will need to be used as these are essential to ensure that your order is remembered between pages so that we can process your order properly.
This site uses Google Analytics which the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web. This software helps us to understand how visitors use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long a visitor spends on the site and the pages that the visitor opens on the site. This information helps us to improve our content and identify pages that need some attention. While this information is captured for every visitor to the site, it does not capture any personal information and the visitor is not identified from the data.
For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.
In certain instances we may use the Google AdSense service to place advertisements on our pages. This service uses a particular type of cookie to serve more relevant adverts across the web and to limit the number of times that a given ad is shown to you.
For more information on Google AdSense see the official Google AdSense privacy FAQ.
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these buttons and/or plugins to work the social media sites will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site (in a similar way to that described in the text above). For more information on the cookies set by Social Media Sites, please refer to their respective privacy policies.
Advertising companies also enable you to opt-out of receiving targeted advertising, if you would prefer to do so. This does not stop cookies being set, but it does stop these companies using and collecting some data. For more information and opt-out controls, please go to: http://www.youronlinechoices.eu/
If you are still concerned about cookies being set on your computer and you want to control which cookies you accept, you can configure your browser to accept all cookies or to alert you every time a cookie is offered by a website’s server. Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You also can set your browser option so that you will not receive cookies and you can also delete existing cookies from your browser.
The steps involved depend on the particular browser that you are using (see your browser Help for how to do this).
You may find that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of myinfo.ie and many other websites that you visit. Therefore we strongly recommend that you accept the default settings on your browser and that you do not disable cookies.
Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site.
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