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RIAI Cookie Policy

The RIAI Cookie Policy explains:

  1. What cookies are;
  2. How the RIAI and its companies use cookies; and
  3. What you can do to manage cookies.

We are committed to protecting the personal information we collect when you use our websites and other services.

We may update our Cookies Policy to reflect any changes in technology or data protection legislation. Any updates or changes that may affect how we use cookies or how you as a user can manage cookies will appear on this page.

1. What is a cookie?

Cookies are files which are transferred to your computer or similar web enabled device (e.g. a tablet or phone) by a website. Cookies can store information about your preferences and other information which you need when you visit a website.

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 re-enter your login details every time you move to a new page within the website because without cookies the website would not know that you had already logged in. The information a cookie collects can only be retrieved by the website server that sent the cookie to your browser in the first place.

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 our website if you choose to restrict or disable its cookies (see “3. What can I do to manage cookies?”).  

2. How does the RIAI use cookies?

The RIAI and its chosen partners use cookies to monitor our website traffic, to ensure a better online service and to provide you with certain features such as simplified login and personalised visits. The information stored by cookies identifies your computer but not you personally.

Cookies are necessary for the website to provide certain features and functions. For example, they allow us to provide services such as the RIAI Members' Area, without cookies members would be required to re-enter login details every time they moved to a new page within the website.

Other cookies are performance related. They are set by RIAI.ie and third parties, including 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.

For a list of cookies used by RIAI.ie see “Appendix 1:Cookie list”.

By using the site you are agreeing to the use of cookies as described. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies when you use our site.
Some of the cookies set on our website are served by third parties and not directly related to the RIAI or our partners. For example, occasionally you will find a page on RIAI.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.

3. What can I do to manage 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.

User controls on the use of cookies are generally set within the Browser (e.g. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari). Control of cookies varies by browser, however, the settings relating to cookies are generally located within the privacy settings or similar.

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.  

Appendix 1:Cookie list

The cookies used by RIAI.ie belong to three major categories:

A. Essential
B. Non essential
C. Third Party Cookies

A. Essential

SessionID
This ID is used by the website to identify you during your session. A lot of the time it isn't used at all, but if you decide to do something complex during your visit that isn't simply clicking a link to move from one page to another (such as filling out a form), the website uses this ID to identify you throughout the process to make sure it runs smoothly.

exp_last_activity
Used only for logged in members.

exp_sessionid
Used only for logged in members.

exp_uniqueid
Used only for logged in members.

exp_userhash
Used only for logged in members.

exp_anon
Used only for logged in members.

exp_expiration
Used only for logged in members.

B. Non essential

exp_last_visit
Sets the datetime that the user last visited the site, and is set for both guests and logged in users. If not set, is automatically set to 10 years ago. Affects guests and logged in users.

exp_tracker
Tracks the last 5 pages viewed by the user on the site, and is used primarily for redirection after logging in etc. Affects guests and logged in users.

C. Third Party Cookies

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Google Analytics: Tracking the path of visitors through the website and identifying returning visitors. Statistics derived from this information help us identify how well certain pages and aspects of the site perform, and where we can make improvements to help visitors access the information they need more quickly and with less hassle.

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AddThis: The __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site JavaScript on the client side in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users.