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1. What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed (or “set”) on computers (including mobile devices) when they are used to browse websites. The information in the text files can later be retrieved by a website so that it can recognise the user or device. Cookies come in two types:
All cookies have an “owner” – a domain specified in the cookie. For example, if you visit Scienceweek.ie and the domain of the cookie placed on your computer is Scienceweek.ie then this is a first-party cookie.
A third-party cookie either originates on or is sent to a website different from the one you are currently viewing. For example, a “Facebook like” button on our site may set a cookie that can be read by Facebook.
It can be difficult to avoid cookies as they are used by many websites nowadays. With a clear understanding of how they operate, you can take the necessary security measures to ensure that you browse the Internet confidently.
2. Why we use them on this site
4. How to turn off cookies
There are many sources of information about Internet cookies and we would encourage you to learn more so that you can make an informed decision about accepting or rejecting them. To find out how to remove cookies from your particular browser or to prevent them from being created, check your browser’s help files or read the instructions in online guides such as those onAllAboutCookies.org.
This site uses Google Analytics to measure site traffic (see below). One way to opt out of having your data collected by Google Analytics is to download and install the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your browser. This add-on is available for many popular browsers.
5. Website function cookies: our own cookies
6. Social website cookies
Some pages on our site may include sharing buttons so that you can easily “Like” or share our content on other sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Persistent cookies may be set by AddToAny, a share button service owned by Lockerz.com which provides you with many sharing buttons all in a single package. AddToAny may also add cookies from Media6degrees.com.
The privacy implications of using these sharing buttons will vary from one social network to another and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on the particular network.
Some pages on this site may also contain embedded content from third-party websites such as videos from YouTube and Vimeo. Some of these sites may set persistent cookies when you load these pages or interact with the content.
7. Visitor statistics cookies
Like many websites, we collect statistical and other analytical information on an aggregate basis of visitors to our site. This is information that cannot be used to identify you personally or contact you, such as demographic information regarding browser types, user IP addresses, and other statistical data involving the use of our site.
We use Google Analytics, a third-party web analytics service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”) to gather and analyse these visitor statistics. Google Analytics uses persistent cookies to record site traffic information which may include:
This information is used for statistical purposes only, to:
The information generated by these cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on its servers. Google uses this information for the purpose of measuring your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage.
While Google Analytics collects the IP addresses of website visitors in order to give site owners a sense of where in the world the visitors come from, Google Analytics does not report the actual IP address information to site owners who use Google Analytics.
Google may also transfer the information that it collects 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.