Data Protection Commissioner
Data Protection Commissioner

Cookie Policy

Updated 31st March, 2017.

What is a cookie

A cookie is a small piece of data that may be stored on your computer or mobile device. It allows a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a length of time.
Further information on cookies can be found at

How are they used on this site


This site uses 2 different types of cookie,

o    Session Cookies
o    Persistent Cookies
Session Cookies are temporary cookies that are not stored on your computer or mobile device. They are used as part of the registration process for financial security purposes. A session cookie is also used to remember your language preference when viewing the site. These session cookies are erased when you close your browser, or after 20 minutes of inactivity.
Persistent cookies are those placed on your computer or mobile device for a pre-determined length of time when you visit this site. This site only places cookies that are specific to this site.
Cookies used on
The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner has introduced Google Analytics to assist us in redeveloping our website to ensure we provide relevant information in a easily accessible format.
Google Analytics Cookies used on this site
Cookie Name
Expiration Time
12 months from last visit
Used to distinguish visitors to site
10 minutes
Used to throttle request rate
_ _utma
12 months from last visit
Used to distinguish visitors and pages visited. Records a unique ID, the date and time of first visit, time of current visit nd total number of visits made
_ _utmb
30 minutes from last visit
Used to determine new sessions or visits. Stores the number of page views in current visit and start time of visit
_ _ utmc
Session cookie
Used to note that the visit has ended when browser is closed
_ _utmz
6 months
Records the site you may have linked to our page from. Only records data if you clicked on a link to our site from a different website

Specific Cookies

 The following cookies are used specifically on this site
Cookie Name
Expiration Time
6 Months
Records if you have clicked in the Cookie Notifaction and therefore does not display notification for 6 months.

What Personal Data is collected by using this website?

This website will collect the IP address of visitors. This Office can not identify an individual by an IP address. However in the event of a cyber attack against this site. we may pass on such detail to the competent Authority so they make take the necessary steps to obtain information from the relevant ISP to identify an individual if they consider initiating criminal prosecutions

Managing Cookies

To remove cookies from your computer or mobile device, please see the attached links for the web browser you use.
·         Google Chrome
·         Internet Explorer
·         Firefox
·         Safari
This Cookie Policy forms part of our overall Privacy Statement