What is a cookie?
A cookie is a simple text file that is stored on your computer, or mobile, device by a website’s server and only that server will be able to retrieve, or read, the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will usually contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the site name and some digits and numbers.
First party cookies
First party cookies are set by the website you are visiting.
Third party cookies
Third party cookies are set by a different organisation to the owner of the website you are visiting. For example, the website might use a third party analytics company who will set a cookie to perform this service. The website you are visiting may also contain content embedded from services such as YouTube or Flickr, and these services may set their own cookies.
A website may use a third party advertising network to deliver targeted advertising on their website, these may also have the capability to track your browsing across different sites. This website does not use this type of cookie.
Session cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period and is not deleted when the browser is closed. We use persistent cookies when we need to manage return visits. For example, we use this type of cookie to know how many repeat visits the site receives compared with new visits.
How can I control cookies
Web browser cookies
Some people find the idea of a website storing information on their computer or mobile device a bit intrusive, particularly if this information is stored and used by a third party without their knowledge. Although this is generally quite harmless, you may not, for example, want to see advertising targeted to your interests. It is possible to block some or all cookies, or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some of the functionality of the website by doing so.
If you wish to restrict or block the web browser cookies set on your device, you can do this through your browser settings; the Help function within your browser explains how to change these settings.
You can also visit www.aboutcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to manage cookies on a wide variety of desktop browsers.
The following are examples of the types of cookies we use.
We use a combination of session and persistent cookies to display the website and provide interactive tools.
Third party cookies
To enhance the user experience, we sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as flickr and YouTube. Pages with this embedded content may present cookies from their websites. Similarly, when you use one of the share buttons on an An Post website, a cookie may be set by the service you have chosen to share content through. An Post does not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about such cookies.