Cookie Policy

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and is designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower the data privacy of all EU citizens and to reshape the way organizations across the EU approach data privacy. Under GDPR legislation, information captured and stored using Cookies that may be used to identify an individual e.g. an IP address, is regarded as personal data and therefore falls into scope.

What are Cookies

Cookies are small text files stored by your browser on your computer or mobile device. They are created when your browser loads our website. Every time you visit our website, the browser you are using e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox etc. retrieves and sends the file to our server. They help us to track information on our systems and identify categories of visitors by using information such as your IP address, domain, browser type and pages visited.

  • First party cookies

     are cookies set by the website you’re visiting. Only that website can read them. In addition, a website might potentially use external services, which also set their own cookies, known as third-party cookies.

  • Persistent cookies

     are cookies saved on your computer and that are not deleted automatically when you quit your browser, unlike a session cookie, which is deleted when you quit your browser.

What Cookies we use and what they are for

Every time you visit our website; you will be prompted to accept or refuse cookies. The purpose is to enable the site to remember your preferences for a certain period of time removing the need to re-enter your preferences when browsing the site during the same visit.

The Utmost website mostly uses “first-party” cookies. These are cookies set and controlled by Utmost, not by third party external organisations.

The 3 types of first-party cookie we use are to:

  • store visitor preferences
  • make our websites operational
  • gather analytics data (about user behaviour)

Visitor preferences

These are set by us and only we can read them. They remember:

  • if you have agreed to (or refused) this site’s cookie policy

Some cookies are strictly necessary for the use of the website and to give you access to secure areas of our website or Partner Centre. Other cookies are used to enhance your experience such as Functionality or Statistic Cookies. We can store cookies on your device if they are strictly necessary for the operation of the website or partner centre. For all other types of cookies we require your consent, which you can withdraw at any time or by clearing the cookies from your internet browser as outlined below. Your consent is not required for the use of strictly necessary cookies. 

Please see below table for information on the Cookies used:

Cookie Declaration

Last Updated: 24th June 2020

Cookie Requirement Cookie Name Purpose Domain/Provider Expiry Type User (Standard Visitor)
Strictly Necessary PHPSESSID The identifier for your current session in PHP. If you delete it, you won't be able to access/make use of session variables. www.utmost.ie Session HTTP Local Storage New Visitor
Strictly Necessary ginger-cookie Tracks if user has accepted cookies www.utmost.ie 1 Year HTTP Cookie User Cookies not accepted
Strictly Necessary ginger-cookie Tracks if user has accepted cookies www.utmost.ie 1 year HTTP Cookie Cookies Accepted
Statistics _gid Responsible for tracking user behaviour. www.utmost.ie 1 day HTTP Cookie Cookies Accepted
Statistics _gat_gtag_UA_149147398_1 This cookie is used for throttling requests to Google Analytics to increase the efficiency of network calls. When you are using doubleclick on your site or you have demographic/interest reports enabled, then your browser will also send hits to Google doubleclick. To limit the requests being sent from your browser to Google doubleclick, this cookie is created. www.utmost.ie 1 day HTTP Cookie Cookies Accepted
Statistics _gat_UA-43367579-1 The cookie name will be your Tracking ID / Property Number www.utmost.ie 1 day HTTP Cookie Cookies Accepted
Statistics _ga _ga cookie is the centerpiece among all Google Analytics cookies. It is used for Visitor Tracking. www.utmost.ie 2 years HTTP Cookie Cookies Accepted
Functionality PREF This cookie stores your preferences and other information, in particular preferred language, how many search results you wish to be shown on your page, and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on. .youtube.com 2 years HTTP Cookie User Visits Page with Youtube embedded video
Statistics YSC This cookie is set by the YouTube video service on pages with embedded YouTube video .youtube.com Session HTTP Local Storage User Visits Page with Youtube embedded video
Functionality GPS Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location. .youtube.com 1 hour HTTP Cookie User Visits Page with Youtube embedded video
Functionality VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE Tries to estimate the users' bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos. .youtube.com 8 months HTTP Cookie User Visits Page with Youtube embedded video
User (Logged in Visitor)
Strictly Necessary wp-settings-* WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. www.utmost.ie 1 Year HTTP Cookie User logs into Utmost Partner Centre
Strictly Necessary wp-wpml_current_language Checks browser language www.utmost.ie Session HTTP Local Storage User logs into Utmost Partner Centre
Strictly Necessary wp-settings-time-* WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface, and possibly also the main site interface. www.utmost.ie 8 Months HTTP Cookie User logs into Utmost Partner Centre
Strictly Necessary wordpress_sec_* To provide protection against hackers, store account details. www.utmost.ie 15 days HTTP Cookie User logs into Utmost Partner Centre

The effects of not accepting Cookies

By not accepting the Cookies in use you may not have access to information on video streams we have made available, navigation and performance of the website may be impacted and you may not have access to certain areas of the website that require registration.

Information captured by Cookies and how long we keep it for

If you choose to accept cookies we will store your IP address, domain, browser type and pages visited for a maximum of 2 years depending on the cookie. After this period has expired we will delete the data unless we have a legal obligation to keep it.

The information we collect is only used by us to improve website performance, user navigation and website enhancements. The details we collect are not shared by us with any third parties unless we have a legal obligation to do so.

Your right to privacy

Utmost respect your right to privacy and you are not obliged to accept cookies when using our website. When you first access our website we present you with the options to accept or refuse the use of Cookies.

Further Information

If you have any questions on Cookies or any other aspects of Data Protection, please see our Privacy Notice on this website https://utmost.ie/privacy-notice/ for information and our contact details.

Updating your Cookie preferences

If you wish to update your cookie preference please choose from the following options: -

How to turn off Cookies in your browser

Different browsers have different ways of controlling the use of cookies. Please ensure you familiarize yourself with these options and the effects of altering these settings may have.

Google Chrome

To adjust the cookie settings when using Google Chrome, go to the ‘Settings’ menu, which can be accessed by clicking the spanner icon in the top right hand corner. Under ‘Advanced Settings’ you can find a section dedicated to Privacy and the option to delete all your cookies.

FireFox

With Firefox you get to the cookie settings by clicking in the menu box in the top left hand corner and selecting ‘Options’ and then ‘Privacy’ icon. You can set your preferences from here including the way to treat cookies.

Internet Explorer

Select the cog icon in the top right corner, choose ‘Internet Options’ from the drop down menu, then select the ‘Privacy’ tab in the pop-up that appears.

IE uses a slider control which you can use to select different levels of privacy to allow you accept or block cookies.

Safari

Click on Safari in the top-left corner of the main menu, then select Preferences. Click on Privacy and select “Block all cookies” and then confirm the warning message.

Removing cookies from your device

You can delete all cookies that are already on your device by clearing the browsing history of your browser. This will remove all cookies from all websites you have visited.

Be aware though that you may also lose some saved information (e.g. saved login details, site preferences).

Blocking cookies

You can set most modern browsers to prevent any cookies being placed on your device, but you may then have to manually adjust some preferences every time you visit a site/page. And some services and functionalities may not work properly at all (e.g. profile logging-in).

https://www.utmost.ie/cookie-policy/