What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data sent by a website's server to your computer or mobile device and stored in your browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari). It consists of anonymous information, including a unique user identifier. When you revisit a site or navigate between pages, this data is passed from your browser to the site's server. With this data, the website is able to 'remember' your browser, enabling it to retrieve your user preferences, to personalise your visits and to simplify any sign-in procedures.
All of the information a cookie collects can only be retrieved by the website server that sent the cookie to your browser.
Cookies on irishtimes.com
Cookies are necessary for the website to provide certain features and functions. For example, they allow us to provide services such as Reader Offers; without cookies, you would not be able to save items in your shopping basket and you would be required to log in every time you visited a new page.
Other cookies are performance related. They are set by irishtimes.com and third parties, including Comscore and Google Analytics. Performance cookies allow us to collect statistical information about our visitors, such as whether they have visited the site before and the pages they view. This information is gathered anonymously - it does NOT enable us to identify who you are. We use these cookies to determine the kind of content and services our visitors value most, which in turn helps us improve our website and its content.
Advertising cookies are also set on irishtimes.com. These cookies are used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement and to help measure the effectiveness of an advertising campaign.
Some of the cookies set on our website are served by third parties and not directly related to The Irish Times or our partners. For example, occasionally you will find a page on irishtimes.com that includes a video embedded from YouTube. Service providers such as YouTube set their own cookies on your web browser. We do not control which cookies are set by third parties or how the cookie information is used - a cookie can only be accessed by the party who set it. For more information on these cookies, please visit the third-party website.
Cookies are meant to improve the user experience, but some users prefer to set restrictions on the types of cookies that can be stored on their computer or mobile phone.
By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set or to reject all cookies.
It is important to note that you will lose some functions of a website if you choose to restrict or disable its cookies.