Last Updated: July 2017
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Cookies are very small text files which store small amounts of information. They are sent to your computer or mobile device (referred to as a “device”) by websites that you visit. They are commonly used in order to make websites work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. They are used to remember settings and preferences between visits to the site, as well as information between different pages on the same site.
For security reasons, cookies can only be read by the site that set them. SPAR IRELAND have no access to cookies set on your computer by third parties such as Google, Facebook, etc. However, through the use of third party cookies, it is possible for sites to collect information about visitors to other sites. For example, online advertisers may use third party cookies to anonymously track an individual’s visits to sites on the web. More information about our use of first party cookies and about how we allow third party cookies on our sites is given below.
To find out more about cookies in general, you might find one of the following link useful:
Your online choices or All About Cookies or the Network Advertising Initiative
Currently, there are four types of cookies that may be generated as you browse our site: session cookies, preference cookies, analytics cookies and third party cookies.
As you move through the site, various pieces of information need to be stored in order for the site to function properly. For example, if you perform a search for a store, the search terms you use will be remembered so that you can change them later. If you log in, we will remember which account you logged in with.
This information is stored by the browser and is referred to as a “session”. We set one cookie to keep track of which session you are using. Old session data is automatically deleted from our site so we do not store this information long-term.
You can use your browser settings to control whether or not we set session cookies. More information on your browser settings is provided at the bottom of this page.
Please be aware that cookies are critical to the working of the site. If you choose to disable cookies from this site, you may find that the functionality of the site will be reduced.
Currently we only set two types of preference cookie. One is set if you manually switch between mobile or desktop versions (e.g. view the desktop version of the site when on a mobile phone). Your choice will be stored in a cookie. The other is set when you click OK to signify that you have accepted cookies. If this cookie is set, we will not display the banner at the top of the page.
There are no Preference Cookies
These cookies are set as a direct result of your choice, and function solely as indicators of what that choice was. We do not believe they pose any risk to your privacy. However, you can always use your browser settings to control whether or not our site can set cookies on your computer.
Please be aware that cookies are critical to the working of the site. If you choose to disable cookies from this site, you may/will not be able to log in and/or the functionality of the site will/may be greatly reduced. [Clarify with individual website developers]
In order to monitor how our sites are performing, we collect data about page visits. This information is completely anonymous we cannot determine who it came from. When we use this data, we look at numbers of visitors overall rather than individual visits.
Analytics information is used in reports and to improve our site. For example, we can use analytics data to add, remove or change features of the site based on how popular they are with users.
Google provides a tool to opt-out of Google Analytics. This is available for all modern browsers in the form of a browser plugin.
Additionally, you can control how cookies are set using your browser settings. See the paragraph on browser settings at the end of this document for more information.
The advertisements you see displayed on the site are generated by third parties. These services may use their own anonymous cookies to track how many times a particular ad has been displayed to you, and may track your visits to other sites where their ads are displayed. Please note that advertisers can only track visits to sites which display their ads or other content. This tracking is anonymous, meaning that they do not identify who is viewing which ads.
Tracking in this manner allows advertisers to show you ads that are more likely to be interesting to you, and also limit the number of times you see the same ad across a wide number of sites. As an example of how advertisers operate, if you recently researched holidays, adverts for holiday operators may subsequently appear on our sites.
We do not have access to, or control over, these third party cookies; nor can we view the data held by these advertisers. Online advertisers provide ways for you to opt-out of your browsing being tracked. More information about the advertisers we use, and how to opt-out, is provided below.
Short code put the Cookies
The International Advertising Bureau has produced a website to give more information about privacy and advertising on the internet.
A browser is a program you use to view web pages. Your browser allows you to control what cookies are set on your computer, and how long they are stored. You may have more than one browser installed on your computer. In this case, you will need to change the settings for each browser you use.
Browser manufacturers provide help pages relating to cookie management in their products. Please see below for more information.
For other browsers, please consult the documentation that your browser manufacturer provides.