Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

The National Federation of Group Water Scheme ( NFGWS ) takes your privacy seriously. We use cookies on our websites to improve customer experience. In this Cookie Policy, “NFGWS” means National Federation of Group Water Scheme and by using this website (the “Site”) you indicate that you accept NFGWS’s use of cookies in the manner described in this policy.

1. What are cookies?
2. How do we use them?
3. Cookie classifications
4. Cookies that CMP use
5. Essential and non-essential cookies
6. Changes to our cookie policy
7. Other information
8. How to contact us

1.1 What are cookies?

A cookie is small piece of data (text file) sent from a website and stored on your computer or mobile device. Almost all websites use cookies and they have several different functions. The main purposes for cookies are to:
1. Allow the site to function correctly and to help keep it secure.
2. Make the site easier to use by remembering information that you’ve entered, to recognise you as a site user and to personalise your visit.
3. Collect basic information about the way you have used the site.
The cookies may allow NFGWS to record additional information on the webpages you have visited and the contents of those webpages, any information you input, your time of visit, how you arrived at the webpages and related session information, your requested page, web browser type, IP address, etc.
1.2 How do we use cookies?
NFGWS uses this information to better understand website usage so that we know what areas of our website users prefer. This information is stored in log files and is used for statistical reporting.

1.3 Cookie classifications

NFGWS  uses two classifications of cookies:
• Strictly Necessary Cookies, which are defined as cookies which are required to help keep data safe. They allow you to move between different pages on our site. They also help to keep your details secure
• Not Strictly Necessary Cookies, which are defined as cookies that help us improve the performance of our site. They tell us how pages are used, which ones are commonly viewed and help us piece together a full picture of a typical customer journey through the site. They also tell us if any errors occur.
There are three types of cookies on our website, which fall under the two classifications:
i. Session cookies
ii. Persistent cookies
iii. Third party cookies

1.4 Cookies that NFGWS use
We use:
i. Session cookies – A session cookie exists only while the user is reading and navigating the website. Session cookies enable users to carry out essential tasks on our site. Without session cookies, the site will not function correctly. This type of cookie expires as soon as you exit the browser you are using to view our website.
ii. Persistent cookies – A persistent cookie will outlast a user’s session. This could be used to record a vital piece of information such as how the user initially came to this website, or to record details about the last browsing session on the site. For this reason, persistent cookies are also called tracking cookies.
iii. Third party cookies – Third party cookies are not related to or controlled by NFGWS. Third party cookies are used by our business partners, e.g. Google Analytics. Google Analytics tracking uses cookies in order to provide meaningful reports about site visitors. NFGWS monitors this information to gather data about repeat visitors to our site and their user experience. This helps us ensure that improvements are consistently made to our sites based on your experiences. Google reserve the rights to the data collected.
This Site may link through to third party websites which may also use cookies over which NFGWS has no control. NFGWS recommends that you check the relevant third parties’ privacy policies for information about any cookies that they may use.

1.5 Essential and non-essential cookies

Some cookies are essential in order for users to use the website. These are not stored in your computer or mobile device and they do not contain any personal data. You can delete these cookies, however, the site may not function appropriately.

Here is a list of essential cookies:

Type Description Expiry
Session cookies These assist with the onsite customer experience and alert NFGWS of any issues that customers might be experiencing. They expire when you terminate the browser session. Once session has terminated
Cookie notice Facilitates the displaying of the cookie policy prompt. 1 hour

Non-essential cookies are usually supplied by our business partners and help provide information relevant to you as well as for analytical purposes. Here is a list of non-essential cookies:

Type Description Expiry
Google Analytics cookies Google Analytics is a simple, easy-to-use tool that helps website owners’ measure how users interact with website content. As a user navigates between web pages, Google Analytics provides website owners JavaScript tags (libraries) to record information about the page a user has seen e.g. the URL of a page.  The Google Analytics JavaScript libraries use HTTP Cookies to remember what a user has done on a previous page(s) and interactions with the website. It gathers information on visitors to the website so the website owners can check how their site is performing – how many visitors, where did they come from, actions they take on the site etc. 2 years
IED cookie Used by Google DoubleClick to register and report the website user’s actions after viewing or clicking one of the advertiser’s ads with the purpose of measuring the efficacy of an ad and to present targeted ads to the user. 2 years
YouTube cookies YouTube cookies try to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos and stores the user’s video player preferences using embedded YouTube video. 179 days
YouTube GPS cookies Registers a unique ID on mobile devices to enable tracking based on geographical GPS location. 30 minutes
Test cookie Used to check if the user’s browser supports cookies. 1 day

 

1.6 Changes to our cookie policy
NFGWS may amend this policy from time to time. The “date amended” appears at the bottom of this Cookie Policy and this date indicates when the Cookie Policy was last revised.

1.7 Other information
For more information on cookies and cookie legislation, please visit the following sites:
• www.allaboutcookies.org
• www.youronlinechoices.eu
• www.aboutcookies.org
• www.dataprotection.ie

Most web browsers give you some control over cookies through the browser settings. However, turning cookies off may interfere with your browsing experience.
For instructions on how to manage and disable cookies, see the privacy and help documentation of your specific browser’s website. If you use more devices and/or browsers you will need to disable cookies on each device and on each browser separately.

1.8 How to contact us
If you have any questions, requests or comments regarding this Cookie Policy, please contact us on

Phone: +353 47 72766