What are cookies?
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What types of cookies are used on niamhsmyth.ie?
- Essential cookies
These Cookies are essential in order to enable you browse our site
- Performance Cookies
These Cookies collect information about how visitors use www.niamhsmyth.ie, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site.
The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited List of cookies are used on www.niamhsmyth.ie
- cookie_test ( expires in 1 month ) To keep track of each complete visit to the website.
Google Analytics Cookies:
|__utma:||This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to thesite pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate things like Days and Visits to purchase. This cookie is what’s called a ‘persistent’ cookie, as in, it is not set to automatically expire unless removed by the user.|
|‘__utmb’ and ”utmc’||The B and C cookies are brothers, working together to calculate how long a visit takes. __utmb takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. __utmb expires at the end of the session. __utmc waits 30 minutes, and then it expires. You see, __utmc hasno way of knowing when a user closes their browser or leaves a website,so it waits 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, and if it doesn’t, it expires.|
|__utmz:||__utmz keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine youused, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website. It expires in 15,768,000 seconds – or, in 6 months. This cookie is how Google Analytics knows to whom and to what source / medium / keyword to assign the credit for a Goal Conversion or an Ecommerce Transaction|
|_utmv||__utmv cookie gets set on the person’s computer, so that Google Analytics knows how to classify that visitor. The __utmv cookie is also a persistent, lifetime cookie.|
Third Party Cookies
We use Google Analytics to supply site analytics for our website usage to improve the way we present our website. Google – www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html
When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Facebook, or Twitter, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. www.niamhsmyth.ie does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these and urge you to review these as they will govern the use of information you submit or which is collected by cookies whilst visiting these websites.
Facebook – www.facebook.com/about/privacy
Some of our pages displayed embedded YouTube videos, which set two cookies: PREF and
Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual. Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the website.
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Updated: November 2014