Cookie Policy

This cookie policy was last updated: 22 February 2018

The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) uses ‘cookies’ to help us remember certain information about your visits to our website including, but not limited to technical information about your visit, e.g. traffic data, location data, browser language, your IP address, 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 a small data file that is transferred to your device (e.g. your phone or your computer) which collects 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 CCPC website (ccpc.ie)

We may place our cookies on your device via our website. Our Privacy Statement will apply to how we treat the information we collect through cookies. We may also allow our business partners to place cookies on your device.

The following are the main types of cookies used on the CCPC website:

Cookie Name Expiration Time Party Type Description
_ga 2 years First party Used to distinguish users
_gid 24 hours First party Used to distinguish users
_gat 10 minutes First party Used to throttle request rate
catAccCookies expires after 30 days First party Cookie set by the UK cookie consent plugin to record that you accept the fact that the site uses cookies
fr expires after 3 months Third party Used for advertising and contains the encrypted Facebook user ID and the browser ID
PHPSESSID Until the end of the session First party Used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, commonly referred to as a session cookie

(i) Google Cookies and Google Analytics

Our website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (‘Google’). Google Analytics uses ‘cookies’, which are text files placed on your computer to help the website analyse how visitors use the site. 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 cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

(ii) More information

How Google uses cookies:

http://www.google.com/policies/technologies/cookies/

Google Analytics Cookie Usage on Websites:

https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage 

Managing and disabling cookies 

You can choose whether to accept cookies or not. 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 or technically necessary cookies) all or some parts of the website may not work as intended or may not work at all without cookies.

Changes to our Cookie Policy

We can change this Cookie Policy at any time. If we make material changes to this Cookie Policy, we will post the changed Cookie Policy on the website.

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