Waterford City & County Council Cookie Policy

What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small piece of data that may be stored on your computer or mobile device. It allows a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a length of time.

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

How are they used on this site?
This site uses 2 different types of cookie:

  • Session Cookies
  • Google Analytics Cookies
  • Session Cookies are temporary cookies that are not stored on your computer or mobile device. They are used as part of the registration process for financial security purposes. A session cookie is also used to remember your language preference when viewing the site. These session cookies are erased when you close your browser, or after 20 minutes of inactivity.

    Persistent cookies, which our website does not use, are those placed on your computer or mobile device for a pre-determined length of time when you visit a site.

    Waterford City & County Council also uses Google Analytics in assisting us to continuously develop our website.

    Google Analytics Cookies used on www.waterfordcouncil.ie site include:

    Cookie Name Expiration Time Description
    _ga 12 months from last visit Used to distinguish visitors to site
    _gat 10 minutes Used to slow request rate
    _utmt 10 minutes Used to slow request rate
    _ _utma 12 months from last visit Used to distinguish visitors and pages visited. Records a unique ID, the date and time of first visit, time of current visit and total number of visits made
    _ _utmb 30 minutes from last visit Used to determine new sessions or visits. Stores the number of page views in current visit and start time of visit
    _ _utmc Session cookie Used to note that the visit has ended when browser is closed
    _ _utmz 6 months 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