This policy outlines what cookies are, the categories of cookies, how we use them, and the legal basis for using cookies that collect personal data.
In this policy, National College of Ireland is referred to as ‘NCI’, ‘we’, ‘us’, and ‘the College’. This policy is also subject to change as any developments in technology or legislation governing cookies and similar technologies may alter the way in which the College uses them or how a website visitor can manage them.
Cookies are small text files that a website can place in the browser of your computer or mobile device, while you are browsing the internet. They are designed to remember stateful information and record a visitor’s browsing activity. Once a cookie has been dropped onto a user’s computer or mobile device, the cookie provider can continue to access it.
If you would like to find out more about cookies, you can consult web resources such as aboutcookies.org or allaboutcookies.org.
i. Allow the website to work properly for users
ii. Collect information about how users are using the website
iii. Remember user preferences to make the site easier to use and provide a more personalised experience
iv. Track user online activity to deliver targeted and relevant advertising
You will also be presented with the option to opt-in to specific types of cookies. This can be done by clicking the “Cookie Settings” button. You can opt-in by moving the slider to “on” and then click “Confirm my Choices”.
There are some cookies which are strictly necessary as they are required for the website to properly function. These do not require your consent and will be placed on your computer or mobile device to enable you to view and use the website. Where a user clicks “Only Accept Strictly Necessary”, a cookie will be launched to remember that preference.
You may change your preferences at any point by scrolling to the bottom of the page you are on or the ncirl.ie homepage. You can click on “Cookie Preferences” and the preference centre will reappear for you.
When you disable all cookies, or certain cookies, you may not be able to fully view or use the site as some are required to enable particular functionalities.
i. First and third party cookies
There are many different types of cookies. For example:
ii. Categories of cookies
The information collected through cookies on ncirl.ie can include IP addresses, the user’s behaviour on the site, the user’s preferences on the site, the browser or device that a user has accessed the site with, and a user’s browsing activities across different websites. This information is collected through different categories of cookies that serve different purposes. For example, NCI uses:
Please refer to our cookie list in our preference centre. This list outlines the cookies used on the ncirl.ie domain and is regularly updated to reflect any changes. You may access the preference centre by scrolling to the bottom of this page. Once the preference centre is open, you can click on the category of cookie, "cookie details", and "view cookies".
As noted above, you may change your preferences at any point by scrolling to the bottom of the page you are on or the ncirl.ie homepage. You can click on “Cookie Preferences” and the preference centre will reappear for you.
Alternatively, you can check those that NCI sets in your browser:
Enter ncirl.ie in the “search cookies” bar as appropriate and select those which you would like to delete.
To disable these cookies on Apple and Android devices:
Other common online tracking technologies that can be used in conjunction with cookies include:
Web-beacons and tracking pixels; a web-beacon or tracking pixel is a small pixelated image that is used to keep track of a user’s navigation through a site or series of sites. They can also be used to ascertain whether or not an email was opened. Web-beacons can be used to, for example, count online ad impressions or monitor file downloads. Their purpose is to make browsing more efficient or make your site visit more personal. Information that can be tracked through web beacons includes IP addresses, browser, and time of visit.
Digital fingerprints; a digital fingerprint is a type of tracking that uses the traits of a user’s device or browser to build a profile. Information that can be collected includes, for example, the device being used, the browser and browser version, and operating system. If you would like to find out how well fingerprinting can identify you, you can consult web resources such as Panopticlick.
Please refer to NCI’s Data Protection Policy and Data Privacy Statement for further information on how NCI processes your personal data and how you can exercise your rights. Please be aware that privacy statements and policies are subject to change.