What are cookies?
Also known as browser cookies or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in browser directories. They are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions. Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites.
Cookies are created when a user's browser loads a particular website. The website sends information to the browser which then creates a text file. Every time the user goes back to the same website, the browser retrieves and sends this file to the website's server. Computer cookies are created not just by the website the user is browsing but also by other websites that run ads, widgets, or other elements on the page being loaded. These cookies regulate how the ads appear or how the widgets and other elements function on the page.
For more information see: www.allaboutcookies.org
Which cookies does HPRA.ie use?
The website is a .NET web application so uses ASP.NET Session cookies. You can see more about ASP.NET Session Cookies on http://support.microsoft.com/kb/899918.
Technical details in connection with visits to this website are logged by our internet service provider for our statistical purposes. No information is collected that could be used by us to identify website visitors. The technical details logged are confined to the following items:
- the IP address of the visitor's web server
- the top-level domain name used (for example .ie, .com, .org, .net)
- the previous website address from which the visitor reached us, including any search terms used
- clickstream data which shows the traffic of visitors around this web site (for example pages accessed and documents downloaded)
- the type of web browser used by the website visitor.
The HPRA will make no attempt to identify individual visitors, or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual. It is the policy of the HPRA never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party (apart from our internet service provider, which records such data on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard), unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only by the HPRA, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes.
You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute "personal data" for the purposes of the Data Protection Act, 1988 and the Data Protection (Amendment) Act, 2003.
How do I opt out?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. The AllAboutCookies
website includes more information about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them.
The Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on
allows internet users to opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites.