Introduction

Last Updated 25/04/2017

Most websites use cookies in order to improve the visitor experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting (‘first party cookies’) or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing (‘third party cookies’).

This website uses cookies, by continuing to use this website we assume you agree to their use.

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer, or mobile, device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve, or read, the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will usually contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.

First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting.

First party cookies used are:

Key Value When do cookies expire?
CMSPreferredCulture en-IE 1 year
ASP.NET_SessionId 5qjrwa4y13embwszac5ix5n0 When session ends
VisitorStatus 11060449806 20 years
optimizelyEndUserId oeu1491388007792r0.612... 10 years
optimizelySegments %7B%221413651193%22%3A... 10 years
optimizelyBuckets %7B%7D 10 years
_ga GA1.2.993604193.149138... 2 years
_gat 1 When session ends
optimizelyPendingLogEvents %5B%5D When session ends


Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set a cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from services such as YouTube or Flickr, and these services may set their own cookies.

A website may use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their website, these may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites. This website does not use this type of cookie.

Third party cookies used are:

Name Goal Source Domain When do cookies expire?
Optimizely Tracker https://1407944038... .optimizely.com 10 years
Optimizely Tracker https://1407944038... .1407944038.log.optimizely.com 10 years

Session cookies

Session cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.

Persistent cookies
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period and is not deleted when the browser is closed. We use persistent cookies when we need to manage return visits. For example, we use this type of cookie to know how many repeat visits the site receives compared with new visits.

Flash cookies 
Many websites use Adobe Flash Player to deliver video and game content to their users. Adobe utilise their own cookies, which are not manageable through your browser settings but are used by the Flash Player for similar purposes, such as storing your preferences or tracking users.

Flash cookies work in a different way to web browser cookies rather than having individual cookies for particular jobs, a website is restricted to storing all data in one cookie. You can control how much data can be stored in that cookie but you cannot choose the type of information stored. Find out how to manage flash cookies.

Targeting or Advertising Cookies

Targeting or Advertising cookies are linked to services provided by third parties. The third party provides these services in return for recognising that you have visited our Site. These cookies collect information about your browsing habits on this Site in order to make advertising both on this Site and other Sites you subsequently visit relevant to you and your interests, to limit the number of times those adverts are served to you and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.

Cookie Name Description When do cookies expire?

DoubleClick by Google (Ad Platform)
IMRID

These cookies collect information about your browsing habits on this Site in order to make advertising both on this Site and other Sites you subsequently visit relevant to you and your interests, to limit the number of times those adverts are served to you and to help measure the effectiveness of advertising campaigns Please check here.

If the link above does not work copy and paste link below into your browser.

www.google.com/policies/technologies/ads/

Managing cookies

How can I control cookies?

Web browser cookies
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly if this information is stored and used by a third party without their knowledge. Although this is generally quite harmless, you may not, for example, want to see advertising targeted to your interests. It is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some of the functionality of the website by doing so.

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser settings so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set.

If you wish to restrict or block the web browser cookies set on your device, you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser explains how to change these settings.

Microsoft Internet Explorer

How to delete cookies in Microsoft Internet Explorer

Google Chrome
How to delete cookies in Google Chrome

Firefox
How to delete cookies in Firefox

Safari
how to delete cookies in Safari

You can also visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to manage cookies on a wide variety of desktop browsers.

Adobe Flash Player Cookies
As mentioned above, the Adobe Flash Player, which is used to provide services such as videos or web-based games, is also capable of storing information on your device. However, these cookies cannot be controlled through your web browser. If you wish to restrict or block flash cookies, then you must do this on the Adobe website. Please be aware that restricting the use of flash cookies may affect the features available to you.

GeoDirectory Cookies

The following are examples of the types of cookies we use.

Analytic cookies

We use cookies to measure how users interact with website content, for example what are the most popular pages.

Functional cookies

We use a combination of session and persistent cookies to display the website and provide interactive tools.

Third party cookies

To enhance the user experience, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as flickr and YouTube. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from their websites. Similarly, when you use one of the share buttons on the GeoDirectory website, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. GeoDirectory does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about such cookies.