Cookie Policy

This cookie policy was last updated: 5 April 2022

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) (“us”, “we” or “our”) uses ‘cookies’ to help us remember certain information about your visits to our website (the “Website”) including, but not limited to, technical information about your visit, e.g. traffic data, location data, browser language, the previous website from which you reached us and the type of browser you use. Our Privacy Statement will apply to how we treat the information we collect through cookies.

What are cookies?

A cookie is usually a small text file that is stored on a device (e.g. your phone or your computer). Cookies have a number of different functions and they may, amongst other things, collect information, including personal information, about you. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of websites. For example, a cookie could allow our Website to recognise your browser, while another could store your preferences and other information and let you navigate the website effectively.

Cookies can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests.

Types of cookies used on the Website

Subject to obtaining your prior consent where required, we may place our cookies on your device via our Website. We may also allow our business partners to place cookies on your device.

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. Subject to obtaining your prior consent where required, we may use the following cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the Website to function and cannot be switched off in our systems. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but this will mean that some parts of our Website won’t work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

Strictly Necessary Cookies
Cookie Subgroup Cookies Cookies used Purpose Expiry Date OptanonAlertBoxClosed, OptanonConsent First Party This cookie is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down. It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user. This cookie stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor. 6 months

Functional Cookies

These cookies enable the Website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.

Functional Cookies
Cookie Subgroup Cookies Cookies used Purpose Expiry Date vuid Third Party These cookies are used by the Vimeo video player on websites. Two years

Targeting Cookies

These cookies may be set through our Website by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant advertisements on other websites. They 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 less targeted advertising.

Targeting Cookies
Cookie Subgroup Cookies Cookies used Purpose Expiry Date _fbp First Party This cookie is used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers. Three months IDE, test_cookie Third Party This cookie is used so we can either include or exclude people who have been on our site from our digital advertising. 390 days _GRECAPTCHA, CONSENT Third Party This cookie is set by Google reCAPTCHA, which protects our site against spam enquiries on contact forms. Session Third Party This cookie is used by Facebook to identify new and returning visitors. Sessions sc_at Third Party This is a cookie set by Snapchat to track new and returning visitors. 389 Days

Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our Website. 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.

Performance Cookies
Cookie Subgroup Cookies Cookies used Purpose Expiry Date _pk_id* First Party This cookie is used to help website owners track visitor behaviour and measure site performance. 13 months _gat_UA-nnnnnnn-nn First Party This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. One minute _ga, _gat_UA-, _gclxxxx, _gid First Party This is a cookie set by Google Analytics to track new and returning visitors. 2 years

(i) Google Cookies and Google Analytics

Our Website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’) which uses cookies. These cookies are not active by default and your consent is required for their use. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers outside of Ireland, which may include the United States, Europe or Asia. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the Website, compiling reports on Website activity for Website operators and providing other services relating to Website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of Google Cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser or by using the cookie settings button below to turn off performance cookies.

(ii) More information

How Google uses cookies:

Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites:

Consent and cookies

Any cookie that is not Strictly Necessary is not active by default and does not send information to the resource it is called from. We obtain your consent for cookies which are not strictly necessary. Accepting all cookies, makes all cookies active. You can modify your cookie preferences for the Website at any time by clicking on the “Manage Cookie” button below.

Manage cookies

You can choose whether to accept cookies or not. This Cookie Policy and our Privacy Statement are provided to be transparent about our practices regarding the use of cookies and to allow you the opportunity to make an informed choice. Your browser may allow you to set how it handles cookies. You can manage cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to accept, refuse or delete cookies. If you use your browser setting to block all or some cookies (including strictly necessary cookies) all or some parts of the Website may not work as intended or may not work at all without cookies.

We will use cookies to save your cookie preferences. If you give us consent to use cookies that consent will last for 6 months from the date that you last provide your consent to us. We will ask you for your consent again after 6 months the next time you use our Website on the same device.

More information

You can find more information about cookies by visiting the following information websites:

Changes to our Cookie Policy

We can change this Cookie Policy at any time. The most up to date version of our Cookie Policy will always be available on the Website.

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