Cookies Policy

Does Social Innovation Fund Ireland use Cookies?

We may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file, which is stored on
the hard drive of your computer.

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a small file consisting of letters and numbers that is placed on your computer or other device.
Cookies enable our systems to recognize your device. Such recognition is necessary for the efficient
operation of our site.

When does SIFI use Cookies?

Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. For instance, when you
return to the Website after logging in, cookies provide information to the Website so that the Website
remembers you. Cookies help us to improve our Website, and to deliver a better, more personalised
service. You can change your web browser settings so your computer warns you each time a cookie is
sent, or to turn off all cookies. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser “Help menu” to
learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn off all cookies, you won’t have access to many
features that may make your browsing of the Website smoother, and some of our services may not
function properly.

What types of Cookies does SIFI use?

As a function of your interaction with the Website, it may ‘drop’ the following cookies:

Name: Description:
PHPSESSID In-house. PHP sessions preserve certain data across subsequent page/ site visits. This facility is used by WordPress (see here).
comment_author comment_author_email comment_author_url In-house. WordPress uses cookies for commenters so that a visitor doesn’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. Three cookies are set for commenters.
Used by Google Maps to display geotagged photos, which records your map preferences (PREF) and a unique identifier (NID). See Google’s privacy policy.
Third party. Google’s YouTube uses cookies for videos embedded from See Google’s privacy policy.
Used by Google Analytics. Google’s analytics is a tool that helps website and app owners to understand how their visitors engage with their properties. It may use a set of cookies to collect information and report website usage statistics without personally identifying individual visitors to Google.

Learn more about Analytics cookies and privacy information.

X-mapping-kjicghkc This is a load balancing cookie, and helps to optimise the performance of the site. Contains a random number. Expires at the end of your session.
uvc The uvc cookie is one of the cookies used to track usage of the service. It allows a user to share a webpage with many social sites

We may also use temporary “session” cookies which enable a visitor’s web browser to remember which
pages on the Website have already been visited. This information may be used to help us to improve,
administer and diagnose problems with our Website and server. The Website may also use other
technical methods to track visitor usage. We may also use these technical methods to analyse the
traffic patterns on the Website, such as the frequency with which our users visit various parts of the
Website. These technical methods may involve the transmission of information either directly to us, or
to another party authorised by us to collect information on our behalf. We may also use these technical
methods in HTML e-mails that we send visitors to the Website.

The Website uses Google Analytics to collect anonymous traffic data to the website to help us analyse
how users use the Website. These cookies collect anonymous data on user behaviour and standard
Internet activity. The information stored in the cookie is transmitted to Google and then used to evaluate
visitors’ use of the Website and to compile statistical reports on Website activity for us.

We will not (nor will we enable third parties to) use this analytics tool to track or collect any personally
identifiable information about users of our Website. This data is completely anonymous. Users may also
disable cookies from their web browser with no loss of functionality. For further information on the
privacy of Google Analytics data please visit

We may also use these technical methods in HTML e-mails that we send visitors to the Website, to
determine whether such visitors have opened those e-mails and/or clicked on links in those e-mails.

We may collect the information from use of these technical methods in a form that is personally

Third Party Cookies

Some cookies that have been set on our Website may not be related to or controlled by us. When you
visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Twitter or Facebook, these service providers
may set their own cookies on your web browser. We do not control the use of these cookies and cannot
access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the party which
originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

This policy was published on 23 Jan 2015.