Cookies Policy

Our Cookies Policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website you visit.  It may allow a website to “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site.  Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or in some cases by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics.

Further information on cookies can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm

How are they used on this site?

This site uses 2 different types of cookies:

  • Session Cookies
  • Persistent Cookies

Session Cookies are temporary cookies that are not persistently stored on your computer or mobile device.  They are used to deliver basic functions of a website while you are actively using it – for instance during a registration process.  Session cookies are generally erased when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies are those placed on your computer or mobile device for a pre-determined length of time when you visit this site.  This allows the site to deliver functions between browser sessions and subsequent visits.  This site only places cookies that are specific to this site.

Cookies used on www.charitiesregulator.ie

The Charities Regulator uses cookies when you visit our website.  We have introduced Google Analytics to our pages in order to assist us in redeveloping our websites.  Google Analytics allows us to measure and learn in aggregate how our website is being used, and to see for example, which are the most popular pages.  This will help us ensure we provide relevant information in an easily accessible format.  We also use a number of session cookies and a persistent cookie to record your acknowledgement of our cookie usage.

Google Analytics make available an opt-out mechanism and provides more information.

Google Analytics Cookies

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site.  We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Domain

Name

Expires

charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie or charitiesregulator.ie

_utma 

2 years

charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie or charitiesregulator.ie

_utmb

Less than a day

charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie or charitiesregulator.ie

_utmc

End of Session

charitiesregulatoryauthority.ie or charitiesregulator.ie

_utmz

6 months

Facebook Cookies

This website carries embedded ‘share’ Facebook buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends through Facebook.

Domain

Name

Expires

.facebook.com

Datr 

2 years

.facebook.com

lsd

End of Session

.facebook.com

reg_ext_ref

End of Session

.facebook.com

reg_fb_gate

End of Session

.facebook.com

reg_fb_ref

End of Session

.facebook.com

wd

End of Session

.facebook.com

act

End of Session

.facebook.com

_e_3aVO_0

1 week

Twitter Cookies

Twitter may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to improve their service including understanding user interaction, monitor aggregate usage and web traffic routing.  See Twitter's privacy policy page for further information.

 Domain

Name

Expires

.twitter.com

7 days

.twitter.com

guest_id

2 years

.twitter.com

original_referer

End of Session

.twitter.com

external_referer

1 day

.twitter.com

_twitter_sess

End of Session

Video Sharing Cookies

YouTube use cookies to help maintain the integrity of video statistics and prevent fraud.  We may embed some videos from our official YouTube channels.

Domain

Name

Expires

.youtube.com

use_hitbox

End of Session

.youtube.com

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

240 days

.youtube.com

PREF

10 years

 Managing Cookies

Within your browser settings you can choose whether your wish to accept cookies or not.  Different browsers make different controls available to you and so we provide links below to popular manufacturers’ instructions on how you can do this.  Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete all cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use (“third party cookies”), or those from specific websites.