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This Cookie Notice explains how we use Cookies on our website, NSAI.ie. It is a declaration of the cookies that are active on our website, the purpose of the cookies and what they track. This Cookie Notice also provides you with information on how to opt out of the cookies being used. 

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your browser by websites that you visit. They are widely used for a variety of purposes including to make websites work or to remember you from one visit to the next. 

First-party cookies are directly stored by the website (or domain) you visit. These cookies allow website owners to collect analytics data, remember language settings, and perform other functions that provide a good user experience. An example of a first party cookie is one that is stored on your browser when you visit a site and login. The next time you visit, the website will detect the cookie in your browser, and you will not need to login again.

Third-Party cookies are created by domains that are not the website (or domain) that you are visiting. These are usually used for online-advertising purposes and placed on a website through a script or tag. A third-party cookie is accessible on your browser to any website that loads the third-party server’s code.

First-party cookies are supported by all browsers and can be blocked or deleted by the user. Third-party cookies are supported by all browsers, but many modern browsers block third-party cookies by default.

What types of cookies do we use and why?

We use the following categories of Cookies on this Website:

COOKIE

PURPOSE

The “Cookie” Cookie

This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on NSAI.ie. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie.

We treat the “cookie” cookie as a necessary cookie (see below) and it is refreshed every six months.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary to ensure the website functions properly.

You cannot reject these cookies using our cookie management tool. You can control these cookies from your browser settings using the reject all cookies settings. Some functionalities on the website won’t work if necessary cookies are rejected.

 

We use necessary cookies to manage your visit to the website and to implement online banking functionality associated with Secure Customer Authentication.

Functional Cookies

Functional cookies enable a website to remember information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in.

Performance Cookies

These are cookies gather analytics on the usage of our website including distinguishing unique users, remembering the number and time of previous visits, remembering traffic source information and determining the start and end of a session.

Targeting Cookies

Targeting cookies are set by external advertisers to learn about a website visitor's overall online behaviours, such as websites they frequently visit, purchases, and interests that they have shown on various websites. It allows internet advertisers to provide targeted advertising content based on  user profiles.

You can adjust your browser settings to decline cookies or alert you when a website is attempting to place a cookie on your computer. 

Cookie details

Further information on the cookies we use on NSAI.ie and how to manage them is set out below. Cookies can also be managed using our cookie management tool.

Strictly Necessary Cookies

COOKIE

PURPOSE

RETENTION

DOMAIN NAME

exp_csrf_token

This cookie is used to identify trusted web traffic. It is a security cookie used to identify the user and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks.

A few seconds

www.NSAI.ie 

PHPSESSID

The PHPSESSID cookie is native to PHP and enables websites to store serialised state data. On the Action website it is used to establish a user session and to pass state data via a temporary cookie, which is commonly referred to as a session cookie. As the PHPSESSID cookie has no timed expiry, it disappears when the client is closed.

Session duration

www.NSAI.ie

exp_last_visit

These cookies are set by our content management system, Expression Engine upon arrival to our site. This cookie tracks visitor activity and expires when the session ends. The cookie records the date of the user’s last visit, and can be shown as a statistic for members to show unread topics for both members and guests.

1 year

www.NSAI.ie

exp_last_activity

This cookie is set by our content management system, Expression Engine upon arrival to our site. This cookie tracks visitor activity and expires when the session ends. This cookie ecords the time of the last page load. Used in conjunction with the last_visit cookie.

1 year

www.NSAI.ie

OptanonAlertBoxClosed

This cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust. It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down. It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user. The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information. 1 year

www.NSAI.ie

OptanonConsent This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor. 6 months

www.NSAI.ie

Functional Cookies

COOKIE

PURPOSE

RETENTION

DOMAIN NAME

exp_tracker

These cookies are set by our content management system, Expression Engine upon arrival to our site. This cookie contains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically, it is used for form or error message returns. This cookie tracks visitor activity and expires when the session ends.

Session duration

www.NSAI.ie

popup

This cookie manages the popup notice on our website. It expires when the session ends.

Session duration

www.NSAI.ie

tads

This cookie is used to improve the user’s experience when viewing the live Irish Standard Time on the National Metrology Laboratory’s part of the website. It lasts for the duration of a session on our website where the user consents to its use.

Session duration

free.timeanddate.com

YSC

This cookie is set by the YouTube video service on pages with embedded YouTube video. This cookie expires when you close your browser.

Session duration

youtube.com

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

This is a cookie that YouTube sets that measures your bandwidth to determine whether you get the new player interface or the old. This cookie expires after 6 months.

6 months

youtube.com

Performance Cookies

COOKIE

PURPOSE

RETENTION

DOMAIN NAME

_gid

This cookie is associated with sites using Google Analytics to measure traffic. _gid cookie is placed by Google Analytics to count and track pageviews and expires after 1 day. The main purpose of this cookie is: Analytics

1 day

www.NSAI.ie

_gat_UA-nnnnnnn-nn

This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites. Its purpose is to track performance. 

a few seconds

www.NSAI.ie

_ga_nnnnnnnnnn This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to calculate visitor, session, campaign data and keep track of site usage for the site's analytics report. The cookies store information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to identify unique visitors. 2 years www.NSAI.ie

_ga

These are sites associated with sites using google analytics to measure traffic. The _ga cookie is placed by Google Analytics to store a unique user ID, it expires after 2 years.

The main purpose of this cookie is: Analytics

2 years

www.NSAI.ie

__Host-psifi.analyticsTraceV2, __Host-psifi.analyticsTrace Registers statistical data on users' behaviour on the website. Used for internal analytics by the website operator. 6 months www.loom.com
loom_anon_comment This cookie stores information for the widget settings on the website. 6 months www.loom.com
loom_referral_video Used to detect referrals in relation to website's embedded video-player. Session www.loom.com
ajs_anonymous_id This cookie is used to count how many times a website has been visited by different visitors - this is done by assigning the visitor an ID, so the visitor does not get registered twice. 6 months www.loom.com
_hjSessionUser_nnnnnn Hotjar cookie that is set when a user first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID. 6 months www.NSAI.ie
_hjFirstSeen Identifies a new user's first session on a website, indicating whether or not Hotjar's seeing this user for the first time. 6 months www.NSAI.ie
_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress This cookie is used by HotJar to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie. 6 months www.NSAI.ie
_hjIncludedInSessionSample_nnnnnnn Set to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by your site's daily session limit. 6 months www.NSAI.ie
_hjSession_nnnnnn Ensures subsequent requests in the session window are attributed to the same session. 6 months www.NSAI.ie
_hjTLDTest Enables hotjar to try to determine the most generic cookie path to use, instead of page hostname. Session www.NSAI.ie
VISITOR_PRIVACY_METADATA Stores the user's cookie consent state for the current domain 6 months youtube.com

Targeting Cookies

COOKIE

PURPOSE

RETENTION

DOMAIN NAME

IDE

DoubleClick IDE cookies are used for serving targeted advertisements that are relevant to users across the web. Targeted advertisements may be displayed to users based on previous visits to a website. These cookies measure the conversion rate of ads presented to the user.

1 year

doubleclick.net

Test_cookie

This cookie is set by DoubleClick to determine if the website visitor's browser supports cookies.

A few seconds

doubleclick.net

GPS

This YouTube cookie is used to collects user data through videos embedded in our website. This data is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

A few seconds

youtube.com

NID

This cookie is set by DoubleClick (which is owned by Google) to help build a profile of your interests and show you relevant ads on other sites.

The main purpose of this cookie is: Targeting/Advertising/Marketing

6 months

Google.com

eupubconsent This cookie is used by the IAB Europe Transparency & Consent Framework to store the user's consent to the data collection Purposes. The cookie holds an encrypted consent string that vendors participating in the framework can read and determine the user's consent. 6 months www.NSAI.ie
CONSENT This cookie carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the said website. 6 months youtube-nocookie.com
_gat_gtag_nnnnnnnnnnnn Used by Google Analytics to limit requests to its service. 6 months www.NSAI.ie

 

Date Effective: 8th May, 2024

Our website has a cookie management tool that facilitates acceptance and rejection of cookies.  The Cookie management tool can be accessed using the “Cookie Notice” tab in the bottom left corner of our website.

Within your browser you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies on all websites or not. Different browsers have different settings available to you. Below we have provided links to popular browsers on how to access these settings. Generally, your browser will offer the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use (“Third Party Cookies”), or those from specific websites:

Some third-party cookies drop information into your local storage or browser cache. While we have made efforts to limit the use of cookies that use local storage, it is a good idea to clear your browser cache(sometimes referred to as your browsing history) on a regular basis.

Our Website contains links to and from third party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own cookie settings, and these are not endorsed by us.  We do not accept any responsibility or liability for these third-party websites. Please undertake the appropriate due diligence before submitting any information to these websites. 

We will post any changes to our Cookie Notice on the Website and when doing so will change the effective date at the top of this Cookie Notice.  

We are the National Standards Authority of Ireland.
Please contact us if you have any questions about this Cookie Notice:

  • Email: info@nsai.ie
  • Address:  1 Swift Square, Northwood, Santry, Dublin 9, Ireland D09 A0E4
  • Telephone: +353 1 807 3800

Our website is www.NSAI.ie