Version 1, 11th February, 2015
For the purpose of the Irish Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, the data controller is Science Gallery International.
2. WHAT IS A COOKIE?
Cookies enable very basic communication between the device you use to access the internet and the server. Specifically, cookies are small text files placed on your computer, tablet, mobile or other device.
Cookies do not usually contain any personal information. Typically they are used to identify the type of device being operated, to document your IP address and for a wide variety of functional and operational reasons such as keeping you logged into a web based application throughout your visit, keeping track of items in an online shopping cart while you browse or to record your preferences (things like your language and timezone) so you are not repeatedly asked the same questions every time you use an online service.
3. TYPES OF COOKIES WE USE
We use a number of different types of cookies across our online products and services. If you choose to use our services some or all of the cookies identified below may be stored in your browser.
These cookies allow us to remember information that changes the way our web based applications behaves or look, such as your preferred language, timezone or location. For instance, remembering your timezone and location enables us to provide you with local time and date critical listings translated to match your own timezone. These cookies can also be used to assist you in changing text size, font and other parts of products that you can personalise.
Loss of the information stored in a preference cookie will erase your personalised settings and may make the service less functional but should not prevent it from working.
ii. Session / Security
We may use session/security security cookies to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and to protect user data from unauthorized parties. Without these cookies our services cannot function properly.
Process cookies help make our services work properly and deliver key services that most authenticated users will expect, like navigating around web pages or accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies our services cannot function properly.
iv. Session State
We may use ‘session state’ cookies often collect information about how users interact with a website. This may include the pages users visit most often, and whether users get error messages from certain pages. We use these so-called ‘session state cookies’ to help us improve our services, in order to improve our users’ browsing experience. Blocking or deleting these cookies will not render the website unusable.
We may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors. In addition to reporting website usage statistics analytics cookies help us improve our users’ browsing experience and generate deeper insights into how our services are used.
vi. Third Party Cookies
Some cookies used in our services are set by third parties. For example when you visit a page with embedded content from YouTube or that contains social media widgets such as the Facebook ‘like’ button, these service providers may use their own cookies.
We do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access the information stored within.
More information on third party websites can be found by consulting the privacy statements and cookie policies of these third party
4. MAKING CHOICES AND MANAGING COOKIES
Some people prefer not to allow cookies, which is why most browsers give you the ability to manage cookies to suit you.
All browsers provide an option to clear your browsing data. You can use this option to delete cookies and other site and plug-in data. This functionality allows users to remove cookies and other browsing data from their device at any time.
In some browsers you may also be able to set up rules to manage cookies on a site-by-site basis, giving you more granular control over your privacy, enabling you to disallow cookies from all sites except those that you trust.
Most browsers also provide a ‘private’ or ‘incognito’ browsing mode. This is useful when you don’t want your website visits or downloads to be recorded in your browsing and download histories for a short period of time. Any cookies created while in incognito mode are deleted after you close all incognito windows.