Cookie Statement

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.

Cookies are intended to improve your user experience by making it easier and faster to navigate through a website. For example, some websites require that you log in to gain access. If such sites did not use cookies, then you would be required to enter your login details every time you navigated to a new page because the website would not be able to remember that you had already logged in.

Many websites also use cookies for advertising purposes. For example, certain cookies allow a website to determine if you’ve already seen a particular ad and therefore it may not display that ad on subsequent pages that you visit.

All of the information a cookie collects can only be retrieved by the website server that sent the cookie to your browser.

Cookies on pslc.ie

Analytical/performance cookies. They are set by pslc.ie and third parties, including Google Analytics and StatCounter. 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.

Third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies and third-party cookies together to inform, optimize and serve ads based on users’ past visits to this website.

Cookie Name Type Expiry Purpose
cookie_notice_accepted Preference 1 month To signal Cookie and Privacy policy acceptance.
__ga/__gid/__gat Analytical 10 minutes – 2 years Used to distinguish users and sessions, for more see Google Analytics Cookies
__unam Tracking 1 year The browser cookie tracks the content viewed by the visitor, for more info see ShareThis Privacy
sc_is_visitor_unique Analytical 2 years It solely determines whether you are a first-time or returning visitor and to estimate your accumulated unique visits, for more info see StatCounter Cookies

Some of the cookies set on our website are served by third parties and not directly related to The PSLC. For example, occasionally you will find a page on pslc.ie 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.

For more information, see our Privacy Statement

Controlling cookies

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.