Cookie statement

This website, mabs.ie, uses cookies that are necessary to make the website work. You can also choose to set optional cookies.

Cookies help us improve the use and functionality of the website and understand how visitors use the website. We have chosen these cookies because they do not identify you personally either to us or the providers of other cookies (third parties). If you choose to reject them, it is possible certain elements of the site may not function as expected (for example, playing a video).

You can change your cookie preferences at any time by clicking the 'My Cookie Preferences' link in the footer of every page on this website.

You should read this Cookie notice in conjunction with our Privacy Statement which gives more information on how we collect and use your personal data when you use mabs.ie.

Please note that this cookie notice is currently under review and a new version will be published shortly.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer or mobile device by a website. Cookies do things like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences or log in details and generally improving your experience.

Some cookies used on mabs.ie are strictly necessary cookies that must be in place to allow the website to function properly. You can disable these cookies by changing your browser settings but this may affect how this website functions for you.

You can also control optional cookies when you use mabs.ie. You can do this through the “Manage Preferences” link at the bottom of every page on mabs.ie. We set out information about the optional cookies we use in ‘What cookies do we use?’ below

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies for the following purposes:

Further information on cookies can be found at ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm.

What cookies do we use?

We have listed the cookies used on mabs.ie in this table.

Cookie name

Purpose

Expiration (days)

Host if Third Party

STRICTLY NECESSARY

mabs_cookieok2

Consent to cookies on mabs.ie

180

 

ANALYTICS

_ga

Google Analytics. Tells us how you use our websites. Used to ensure the website operates sufficiently for users

730

Google

_gid

Google Analytics. Sets a unique (anonymous) ID for your session to help tell us how you use our websites. Used to ensure the website operates sufficiently for users.

1

Google

_gat_<xxxxxxxxx>

 

Google Analytics

 

Contains campaign related information for the user. If you have linked your Google Analytics and Google Ads accounts, Google Ads website conversion tags will read this cookie unless you opt-out

 

session

Google

PERSONALISATION

c_user

To store a unique user ID

90

Facebook

presence

To store and track if the browser tab is active

session

Facebook

wd

To determine screen resolution

7

Facebook

Locale

To determine the last logged in person on the browser

7

Facebook

datr

To provide fraud prevention

730

Facebook

Fr

To enable ad delivery and retargeting

90

Facebook

Sb

To store browser details

730

Facebook

Xs

To store a unique session ID

90

Facebook

_fbp

To store and track visits across websites

90

Facebook

spin

unknown

1 +1hour

Facebook

test_cookie

This cookie is used to record if your browser supports cookies.

 

0

doubleclick.net (google)

 


Explaining the terms used in the table:

Type (How do we categorise the cookies)

Strictly Necessary cookies

We may set certain cookies which are strictly necessary to allow you to access citizensiformation.ie, to move between pages and to receive services which you have requested.

Analytics cookies

We set analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use citizensinformation.ie, for instance which pages visitors go to most often. We have anonymised IP addresses in Analytics  to prevent the identification of individual users. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous.

Personalisation cookies

Third parties use their own cookies to allow videos to play and serve you with relevant advertising where you have consented to this.

 


Expiration (How long cookies last)

Session Cookies

These cookies are added when a visitor starts to browse our Website or interacts with a specific feature and are deleted when the browser is closed. They will have a value of zero (0) in the table above.

Persistent Cookies

These cookies are added when a visitor starts to browse our Website or interacts with a specific feature, but may remain stored in your browser until a certain termination date is reached (this is described in terms of days in the table above from the most recent placement of the cookie). 

 

Host (Where cookies come from)

First Party Cookies

These cookies are provided by us and used by various features on our Website. Examples may include tracking visitors’ usage across the site to inform future development.

Third Party Cookies

These cookies are provided by “third party” vendors who provide products and features we have integrated into our Website.  Examples include playing videos.

What are scripts and third party requests?

Scripts are small pieces of computer code that can be used to track users and their behaviour on websites. Such scripts are used to provide functionality on websites (for example, maps) and to confirm that people submitting forms are real people and not automated bots (authentication using recaptcha).

What are social media buttons?

We include a link to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and the Abhaile Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube accounts on mabs.ie. We do not place any cookies or other trackers when you use this link. However, if you are logged into your own account in a different tab of the same browser when you visit our site, then any of these social media platforms may use their own scripts and trackers to record your visit to our social media accounts.

What type of information do our cookies collect?

We receive the following types of anonymised and aggregate information about you through the cookies we use:

We anonymise and aggregate the data that we collect. Where you give us permission to collect additional information then we will do this on the basis of your consent (which will be clearly requested) or in limited cases on the basis of our legitimate interests explained in our Privacy Statement (for example, website security).

How long does my consent last for?

Expiration periods for individual cookies are set out in the table above, but where your consent is required it will generally last for 6 months from the date you gave it to us using Manage Preferences. After this, the cookie tool will automatically treat your consent as withdrawn.

How long will you retain the information?

We do not process or retain personal information in an identifiable format for longer than is necessary. Where we do process and retain your personal information, we will apply the following guidelines:

The only exceptions to the periods mentioned above would be where:

Who will my personal data be shared with?

If we were to disclose your personal information to third parties or permit them to access that information, it would be in connection with the purposes mentioned above.

Our third-party service providers, agents and subcontractors (“suppliers”), commercial partners, group companies and other third parties could receive cookie-related personal information either directly from you, us or from one of our suppliers. However our policy is to aggregate and anonymise the cookie data so far as we can.

Our suppliers can be categorised as follows:

The majority of suppliers we use are processors with whom we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it other than in accordance with our specific instructions. We would only disclose to them or allow them to access personal information that is necessary for them to provide their services.

Will my data be transferred outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)?

The transmission of information via the Internet is not completely secure and may involve the transfer of personal data to a third party outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). In the event, that it is necessary to transfer your personal data outside of the EEA, we will ensure appropriate safeguards are in place to protect the privacy and integrity of such personal data, including Standard Contractual Clauses under Article 46.2 of the GDPR or an adequacy decision under Article 45.

We use Google Analytics to collect information about your use of the Website. Google does transfer data to the United States of America (USA). However, we have anonymised IP addresses for the Website which means that no individual can be identified by their IP address.

Twitter and YouTube also transfer data collected by the cookies to the USA. We are working to understand how the data transfers to the USA can continue to be conducted lawfully and may take additional safeguarding actions to protect any data collected and transferred.

How can I manage cookies?

You can control the cookies placed and retained on your device for all sites that you might visit. The Privacy Statement and this Cookie Statement are provided to be transparent about our practices regarding the use of cookies and to allow you the opportunity to make an informed choice along with the Preference choices that you can make from the banner or thorugh “My Cookie Preferences” at the bottom of each page.

Where applicable, we will obtain your prior informed consent to use cookies and other tracking technologies.

For instructions on blocking and deleting cookies, see the privacy and help documentation of your specific browser’s website. If you use more devices and/or browsers you will need to disable cookies on each device and on each browser separately. Here are the locations of the cookie settings for all major web browsers:

You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

If you limit the ability of the Website to set cookies, this may prevent you from using certain features of the Website properly and your user experience – which will no longer be personalised for you – may deteriorate. You may also be able to opt-out from certain cookies through third-party cookie management sites. Disabling cookies may prevent you from using certain parts of citizensinformation.ie. If you delete your cookies from the browser, you may need to remember to re-install opt-out cookies.

Who is the data controller for mabs.ie?

Citizens Information Board is the data controller for any personal data processed by mabs.ie. Please see the Privacy Statement for more details.

A data controller is the legal entity that decides why and how your personal information is processed. In relation to cookies set by third parties, if any, through the citizeninformation.ie , those parties may also be a controller of your personal information, which means they will also have a legal responsibility to you in respect of the personal information they receive. Please see the section “Who will my cookie data be shared with?” for further details.

What are my data rights?

Under certain circumstances, by law, you have a number of rights, such as: ePrivacy rights – the right to withdraw your consent to non-necessary cookies – you can change your cookie settings from the “Manage Preferences” from the bottom of each page on the Website.

Data Protection Rights - you have several rights in relation to any personal data processed by cookies on a Website. You have a right to: