UCD Cookie Statement

Use of Cookies

When using this website, the cookies described here will be applied. For information on how to turn off non-essential cookies on your device including how to turn them off, please see section below “Ways to manage cookies.”

Cookies are widely used to make websites work or work more efficiently. A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. In most cases cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. However, cookies are not able to run programmes or deliver viruses to your computer.

Cookies and tracking technologies help UCD enhance your experience when using our website. They also help us understand how you use our site, such as which pages are most popular, so that we can better serve you and your interests.

Cookies on the UCD site are delivered in a first-party context (set by www.ucd.ie) or, on some occasions, by a third-party (set by another website), but with UCD’s consent. These third-party websites may use their own cookies and will have their own privacy policies. UCD does not have control over the placement of cookies by other websites you visit, even if you are directed to them by our website.

Types of Cookies

Two categories of cookies are used on www.ucd.ie: persistent cookies and session cookies.

 Session cookies expire at the end of your browser session, allowing us to link your actions during a browsing session.

Persistent cookies are cookies that help us recognise you. They are stored on your device in between browser sessions, allowing UCD to remember your preferences and actions across multiple sites and on multiple visits.

Cookies can have a range of functions including: Essential Cookies; Analytics Cookies; Marketing Cookies; and Social Plug-In Cookies.

Essential Cookies. These cookies are essential for enabling user movement around the UCD website and providing access to features and systems we offer. They also secure areas of the UCD website. This category of cookies cannot be disabled as they are essential to the functioning of the system. Essential or functional cookies do not require seeking user consent/permission.

Analytics Cookies. We use analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website. These cookies collect information in the aggregate to give us insight into how our website is being used. We anonymize IP addresses and only the anonymized data is transmitted to analytics providers.

Customised Information & Advertising Cookies: UCD does not place ads anywhere on our sites. However, some pages under the www.ucd.ie domain use cookies that are based on your interests expressed or that measure the results of our digital campaigns.

Social Plug-In Cookies. When you interact with social media content, you trigger the placement of relevant cookies from these platforms. These cookies are set by third parties, including Facebook and Twitter, and allow you to share what you’ve been doing on our websites on social media.

General Cookies Used on This Site

Cookie Name Function Session or Persistent

ga

gat

_gid

_utma

_utmz

Google Analytics

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website and blog, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.

Read Google's overview of privacy and safeguarding data

How to opt-out of Google Analytics

The longest lasting cookie expires 2 years after your last visit to the website. Others are deleted 6 months, 30 minutes and the moment you close your browser.

AWSELB

Amazon Web Services Elastic Load Balancing

Creates a cookie, named AWSELB, that is used to map the browser session to an AWS server instance for the duration of the browser session

Session

_atuvc

AddThis social sharing widget

The main purpose of this cookie is: Functionality

This cookie is associated with the AddThis.com social sharing widget which is commonly embedded in websites to enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.

Persistent and can last up to 2 years.

JSESSIONID

User Session ID

Used for single sign on session management

Session

_utmz, __utma, __utmb, N_T, PP_TOS_ACK, SNID, GAPS, NID, PREF, S

Google Calendar

List of google cookies for calendar functionality

Google set cookies on any page that includes a Google Calendar.

All the cookies are immediately deleted or expire within 4 months, except for PREF and GAPS, which last for 2 years.

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE, PREF, YSC,

Youtube.com

Display of content hosted on youtube.com

Google set cookies on any page that includes a YouTube video.

Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit

Google Maps

SID, SAPISID, APISID, SSID, HSID, NID, PREF

Google Maps

Google set cookies on any page that includes a Google Map.

Most of the cookies expire 10 years after your last visit

 

Cookies Used in Our Promotional Media Campaigns

Cookie Type Description of purpose Any links to other information held about users? What type of data it holds? Cookie type – session or persistent?
Doubleclick Pixel Counter of traffic to pages with remarketing if enabled About Pixels
  •  The HTTP request of the user
  • Browser and system information
  • First-party cookies
Persistant (Data stored and kept with Google Servers for a lifespan of 30 days. Accessible by UCD, PHD and Google only)
Google Analytics Pixel Counter of traffic to pages with remarketing if enabled Tracking Code Overview
  • The HTTP request of the user
  • Browser and system information
  • First-party cookies
Persistant (Data stored and kept with Google Servers for a lifespan of 30 days. Accessible by UCD, PHD and Google only)

Ways to Manage Cookies

Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set, visit https://www.aboutcookies.org or https://www.allaboutcookies.org.

Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

You can opt out of Google Analytics without affecting how you visit our site. For more information on opting out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites you use, visit this Google page: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

You can read more about how you can control advertising cookies on Google’s ‘Privacy & terms@ page: https://policies.google.com/technologies/ads

To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies, visit https://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager07.html

Further information about deleting and blocking cookies can be found at https://www.allaboutcookies.org