Last updated: 21 May 2018
What are cookies and why do we use them?
A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that is placed on your computer or device if you agree to their use. Cookies enable our systems to recognise your device either for the duration of your visit or for repeat visits. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier.
You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you set your browser to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website and some of the services you request may not work correctly.
Types of Cookies
There are four types of cookies currently used on Microfinance Ireland’s website:
- Strictly Necessary Cookies
These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around MFI’s website and use its features. These cookies are deleted when you close your browser. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
- Performance or Analytical Cookies
These cookies collect information about how users use MFI’s website. For example, MFI uses Google Analytics and Facebook Audience Network to track anonymized usage statistics for the site. This data is used to measure audiences, including how frequently people visit the site, how the website is found, which pages are most frequently viewed, and which other websites may be visited.
These cookies do not collect information that identifies a website user. This information is combined with data from thousands of other users to create an overall view of website use and is never identified individually or personally. These cookies are only used to identify ways to improve the website. To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites please visit: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
For more information about Google Analytics, and the cookies it sets, please visit: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/collection/analyticsjs/cookie-usage
- Functionality Cookies
These cookies allow us to recognise you and remember choices you make (such as choice of language or mobile device preferences) when you return to our website.
You may also receive emails from Microfinance Ireland which will contain cookies. These cookies allow us to track emails we receive and send replies if and as required. Microfinance Ireland collates information received from cookies within emails and uses it to make future emails more helpful and interesting for recipients.
- Advertising or Targeting Cookies
You can opt out of one or all third party Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) cookies on the web browser you are currently using with an “opt-out cookie” by visiting http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ie/your-ad-choices
Most browsers automatically accept cookies. You have the ability to accept or decline cookies or request that you be warned when a website is trying to install a cookie. This can be done by modifying the settings in your browser. Please note that disabling cookies may affect the functionality of some parts of this website.
For more information about managing cookies and how to stop cookies being installed visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies