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Cookies Policy

COOKIE POLICY

Cookies and other technologies
CMG (the “CMG”) ("us", "we" or "our") uses "cookies" to help us remember details of your visits to our websites which can be found at www.anglocelt.ie, www.con-telegraph.ie, www.meathchronicle.ie, www.offalyindependent.ie, www.westmeathexaminer.ie, www.westmeathindependent.ie,   (the “Sites”) to help us remember details of your visits to our sites including, but not limited to technical information about your visit e.g. traffic data, location data, browser language, your IP address, the previous websites from which you reached us and the type of browser you use. Accordingly, our Privacy Statement will apply to our treatment of the information we obtain via our cookies and trackers.

What do we use cookies for?
We have summarised the cookie types into the following three categories:

  1. To provide you with the service you have asked for (Essential cookies)For example, keeping you logged in during your visit. Without cookies the sites might forget you and you'd have to constantly log back in. 
  2. To show adverts that are more relevant to your interests (Advertising cookies) For example, we and third party organisations may use cookies to restrict the number of times you see the same advert or to show other adverts that may be more relevant to you - often called online behavioral advertising (OBA). OBA is a way of using information about your web-browsing activity, collected by using cookies, to group you with other users into interest groups and show you advertisements based on those interests.
  3. To analyse and improve your browsing experience (Analytics & Customisation cookies) For example, for analysis purposes, we like to know what pages and links are popular and which ones don't get used so much to help us keep our sites relevant and up to date. We also use them to customise your visits to the sites, for example to remember choices you make such as your language or region.

Sites Functionality Cookies
We use Google Tag manager cookies to enable functionality that helps us provide the core websites and services
Cookies used are:

  • Google Tag Manager

Cookies are expired when the session is completed.
 

Analytics Cookies
Every time a user visits our Sites, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the Sites before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don't, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the Sites. Unless you are signed in to our Sites, these cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only. If you are logged in, we will also know the details you gave to us for this, such as username and email address. We exclusively use Google Analytics as our analytical system. 

Behavioural Advertising Cookies
These cookies may be set through our sites and other sites you visit around the web by third-party advertisers. They may be used by those third parties to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts here and on other sites across the web. These profiles are based on identifying your IP address, browser or internet device.

We create anonymous audience segments based on interactions with our Sites which can be tied back to a single cookie or device ID. We use cookie technologies provided by Google DoubleClick for Publishers (DFP) to assist us in creating these audience segments. We have no possibility of linking any anonymous user of our Sites who may be classified into an audience segment to an individual identifiable person.

We facilitate third parties to serve advertisements through our Sites. These third parties are Converge Digital and Tan Media. Advertisers try to make these ads relevant to you by tracking the topics you are interested in and other ads that you like to engage with across the web. All of these third parties participate in the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Transparency and Consent Framework, which means that you can in one place manage your privacy settings around behavioural advertising. Google DoubleClick for Publishers is our primary ad serving partner and Google provides its own mechanism for controlling how ads are personalised to you. The expiry date for the IAB Advertising Framework Cookie is 6 months.

Google anonymize IP addresses in logs by removing part of the address after 9 months. After 18 months, they further anonymize log data by anonymizing or deleting cookie or advertising ID information in both logs and ad serving databases.

User data tied to cookies and advertising IDs is also used to detect and prevent ad fraud and ensure that users don’t see ads that they’ve blocked in the past. In these cases, or in cases where Google stores this data on behalf of its customers (e.g. in Google Analytics), data may be stored for periods longer than those specified above.

Social Media Cookies 
Social Media providers use electronic tools including ‘Cookies’, ‘Social Plugins‘ and ‘Tracking Pixels’ to track your browsing habits, likes and social interactions across the internet in order to build up a profile about you. We enable these on our sites to facilitate social sharing.

Cookies utilised on the Sites are from:

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • ShareThis

The expiry date for Twitter cookies is 30 days and 90 days for Facebook cookies.

For more information on your Privacy rights while visiting the Sites please see our Privacy Policy.