What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit our website. Cookies are then sent back to our website on each of your subsequent visits, or to another website that recognises that cookie.
If you choose to opt out of receiving cookies you may lose some features and functionality of www.sfa.ie [- for example you will not be able to login with your SFA website ID to view our Members' Area content].
If you want to:
- prevent your browser from accepting new cookies;
- remove cookies; or
- disable cookies,
the help menu in the menu bar of most browsers will explain how to do this or you can click on the links below to access instructions from some of the most popular browsers:
For more information on how to manage cookies, please visit http://ec.europa.eu/ipg/basics/legal/cookies/index_en.htm.
What Cookies Do SFA Use?
When you use the www.sfa.ie website, the following types of cookies can be set on your device:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies:
These cookies are required for the operation of our website including, for example, cookies that enable you to log into the Members' Area of our website.
- Performance Cookies
These cookies are used to collect statistical information about visitors to our website and the pages they view. SFA use these cookies to understand what content is popular and how the layout of the website might be improved.
- Functional Cookies
These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make and provide enhanced and more personalised features.
- Targeting and Advertising Cookies
These cookies are used to deliver advertising that is more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.
|DomAuthSessId||When the browsing session ends or after 8 hours of inactivity.||Session-based authentication. |
Set when a member has logged into our site.
Third Party Cookies
Some cookies that have been set on our websites are not related to SFA. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, a social networking site, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser.
We do not control the use of these cookies as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Below is a list of the third party cookies in use on our website:
|__utma||2 years from set/update||Google Analytics - 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|
|__utmz||6 months from set/update||Google Analytics - 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.|
|_ga||2 years from set/update||Google Analytics - Used to distinguish users to site.|
|_gid||24 hours||Google Analytics - Used to distinguish users to site.|
|_dc_gtm_UA-*||1 minute||Google Tagmanager - Used to track which Google Analytics ID is used.|
|_gat_UA-*||1 minute||Google Analytics - used to throttle request rate.|
|_gali||30 minutes||Google Analytics.|
|PREF||1 year from set||YouTube.|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||1 year from set||YouTube.|
|YSC||When the browsing session ends||YouTube.|
|s_gl||When the browsing session ends||YouTube.|
|muc||2 years from set/update||Twitter.|
|dnt||10 years||Twitter - Do Not Track.|
|eu_cn||1 year from set/update||Twitter.|
|__atuvc||2 years from set/update||AddThis social sharing widget. To enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.|
|__atuvs||30 minutes||AddThis social sharing widget.|
|ApplicationGateWayAffinity||When the browsing session ends||LeadForensics.com. Use to track visitors visiting certain pages.|
As well as using cookies on our website, we also use invisible 1×1 pixel tags, known as 'clear pixels'. These pixels are used to collect statistical information about visitors to our website and the pages they view. SFA use these pixels to understand what content is popular and how the layout of the website might be improved.
Also, clear pixels are used in each [eZine and newsletter] sent by our system. If you receive the HTML formatted version of our [eZine and/or newsletter] and your email is configured to download images, a record of whether or not you open the email (and, if you open the email, how frequently you open it) will be saved with your subscriber history. Your engagement with the content of the communication (such as which links you click on) will also be recorded.
We use this information in aggregated form to give us an indication of the popularity of content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting. We may also use the information to publish more content relevant to certain categories of subscribers in future issues and to unsubscribe recipients who haven't opened our emails for a while.