Last updated 23/05/18
What are cookies and how do they work?
Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to the devices you use to access the Loughs Agency’s online content. Your browser makes these cookies available every time you visit the website again, so it can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on your device.
Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using devices and accessing online information much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies, but they fall into four main groups.
1. Cookies that are needed to provide the content or service you have asked for. Some cookies are essential to help your devices download or stream the information, or so you can move around websites and use their features. Without these cookies, content or services you’ve asked for can’t be provided. Here are some examples of essential cookies:
2. Improving your browsing experience
Cookies allow the application or website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide improved features. For example:
We like to keep track of what websites, information and links are popular and which ones don’t get used so much, to help us keep our information relevant and up to date. It’s also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people navigate our information and when and where ‘error messages’ may originate.
This group of cookies, often called ‘analytics cookies’ are used to gather this information. The information collected is grouped with the information from everyone else’s cookies. We can then see the overall patterns of usage rather than any one person’s activity. Analytics cookies are used to improve how an application, a website and its pages work.
Our web locations, websites and communications you get from us contain small invisible images known as ‘web beacons’ or ‘pixels’. These are used to manage the interaction between you and the online information or email and allows us to assess the effectiveness of the communication.