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Boards.ie Cookie Policy

Revised: 25/05/2018

Introduction

Like many websites, Boards.ie Limited utilises cookies to enable us to enhance your user-experience and simplify the signing-in procedure. We also uses third party cookies to deliver our services, to serve ads and to analyse traffic.

Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored in the hard drive of your computer by your browser.

Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you wish, you can change the settings on your browser to reject all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is sent or to accept all cookies. Your browser's help screen or manual will tell you how to do this.

If cookies are disabled then functionality on boards.ie will be reduced and other sites may be affected to a greater extent.

With the exception of the following cookies (which facilitate logon to the site and are necessary for site security), we cannot identify you from the cookies we place.

Cookie Name Typical Value Purpose Expires
bbuserid Account ID for the user Set only if 'Stay logged in' option is checked when logging in. Enables auto-login on subsequent visits 91 days
bbsessionhash Hash (randomly generated hexadecimal string) Used for security purposes (for example to prevent cross site request forgery) by linking the hash value to the page a user is currently visiting. Any actions are then referenced against the hash and if they are different a security violation occurs Immediately upon leaving the website

Third Party Cookies

In addition to the cookies set by Boards.ie Limited, cookies may also be set by a number of our site partners.

For example, we may use data from Google's Interest-based advertising or 3rd-party audience data (such as age, gender, and interests) with Google Analytics. At no time will we use this information to identify specific users or track personal information.

Audience measurement cookies are used to collect information on an aggregate basis about how our site is used. This information helps us understand our audience and improve the site and is not used to track individual users. It includes number of visitors to the site, where visitors are visiting from, how many pages they look at and how long they stay on the site.

We also use third party advertisements to support our site. Some of these advertisers may use technology such as cookies and web beacons when they advertise on our site, which will also send these advertisers (such as Google) information including your IP address, your ISP, the browser you used to visit our site, and in some cases, whether you have Flash installed. This is generally used for geotargeting purposes (showing location-based advertisements) or showing certain ads based on specific sites visited (such as showing cooking ads to someone who frequents cooking sites).

We also may use cookies for ad serving through Google's DoubleClick, which places a cookie on your computer when you are browsing the web and visit a site using DoubleClick advertising (including some Google AdSense advertisements). This cookie is used to serve ads specific to you and your interests ("interest based targeting"). The ads served will be targeted based on your previous browsing history (for example, if you have been viewing sites about visiting Las Vegas, you may see Las Vegas hotel advertisements when viewing a non-related site, such as on a site about hockey). These cookies use "non personally identifiable information". It does NOT track personal information about you, such as your name, email address, physical address, telephone number, social security numbers, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.

Your consent

By using the website you consent to the use of cookies in accordance with this policy.

You can choose to opt in or opt out of the serving of personalised advertisements on boards.ie, however you cannot opt out of the serving of non-personalised ads. To change your preferences regarding personalised ads please go to http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ie/your-ad-choices. Please note that these changes will apply not just to boards.ie but to other sites you may also visit.

We also may use data from Google's Interest-based advertising or 3rd-party audience data (such as age, gender, and interests) with Google Analytics. At no time will we use this information to identify specific users or track personal information.