A cookie is a text file stored in a user’s web browser on any device they use to access a website that holds information regarding the user’s visit, such as preferences. When the user returns, the browser provides the cookie with the stored information to the site.
What cookies are used for?
Cookies are used for adjusting a website’s content to fit a user’s preferences and optimize the website. They store useful information that improve the user’s experience of a website. They are most commonly used for:
Storing login information so that a user does not need to re-login on every visit. Recognizing the type of device a user is browsing with and any preferences applied to optimize the website specifically for the device. Creating statistics that help website owners to understand how their users interact with their website, which allows them to improve their structure and content.
What types of cookies are used?
There are two types of cookies: persistent cookies and session cookies. Persistent cookies remain on your hard drive for a period of time specified in the cookie’s file parameters or until removed manually. When you return to a website and it requires you to login again despite previously storing your login information, it is usually because the persistent cookie expired; this helps to increase security while maintaining accessibility.
Session cookies, on the other hand, are used temporarily and expire once the website or browser is closed. They are used to track user activity on a website during a single visit. When a website requires that you verify your age or location once every visit before allowing you to view content and without requiring additional personal details, that is a session cookie at work.
Do cookies include personal data?
If there is a need for the collection of personal information, such as for creating accounts, then cookies may store personal information. However, it is required by data protection law that users are informed of the collection of personal data. This data will also be encrypted to render it inaccessible for unauthorized users.
By default, browsers are configured to accept cookies. However, these settings may be changed to block cookies entirely, or to inform the user each time they are used. Detailed information about cookies and the options associated with them are available in each browsers’ settings.
SECTION 1 - WHAT DO WE DO WITH YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION? Galway Hookers Association does not collect any personal data about you on this website, apart from information which you volunteer (for example by emailing us, using our shop online for purchasing our products). This personal data may include: - your name and contact details, including your address, phone number and email address; - any other personal data relating to you that you provide to us or that we generate about you in connection with your use of this website.
When you visit our website, the following information is retained about that visit:
- the IP address of the visitor’s web server; - the top-level domain name used (for example .ie, .com, .org, .net); the previous website address from which the visitor reached us, including any search terms used; - the type of web browser and operating system used by the website visitor.
Galway Hookers Association will make no attempt to identify individual visitors, or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual. It is the policy of the Galway Hookers Association never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party (apart from our internet service provider, which records such data on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard), unless obliged to disclose such information by law. The technical information will be used only by Galway Hookers Association, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes.
SECTION 2 - CONSENT How do you get my consent? When you provide us with personal information to complete a transaction, verify your credit card, place an order, arrange for a delivery or return a purchase, we imply that you consent to our collecting it and using it for that specific reason only. How do I withdraw my consent? If after you opt-in, you change your mind, you may withdraw your consent for us to contact you, for the continued collection, use or disclosure of your information, at anytime, by contacting us at
SECTION 3 - DISCLOSURE We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so or if you violate our Terms of Service.
LINKS When you click on links in our Website, they may direct you away from our site. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of thied parties and encourage you to read their privacy statements. Galway Hookers Association will not share your information with these third parties. These third parties are encouraged by us to follow appropriate privacy standards and policies, but we are not responsible for the actions of those parties, the content of their Web sites, or any products or services they may offer.
SECTION 6 - SECURITY To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.If you provide us with your credit card information, the information is encrypted using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and stored with a AES-256 encryption. Although no method of transmission over the Internet or electronic storage is 100% secure, we follow all PCI-DSS requirements and implement additional generally accepted industry standards.
COOKIES The Galway Hookers Association web site uses "cookies," which are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on your computer's hard drive. Our cookies do not contain any personally identifying information, but enable us to provide a shopping cart and to store your order information between visits. If you've set your browser to reject cookies, you can still use our site, but will not be able to purchase items. We recommend that you leave them turned on.
SECTION 7 - AGE OF CONSENT It is our policy not to sell products for purchase by children. If you are under 18, you may use the Galway Hookers Association web site only with the involvement of a parent or guardian. By using this site, you represent that you are at least the age of majority in your state or province of residence, or that you are the age of majority in your state or province of residence and you have given us your consent to allow any of your minor dependents to use this site.
SECTION 8 - SOCIAL MEDIA
Galway Hookers Association participates in social media to inform and engage with people within our County and with our National and International followers. Galway Hookers Association uses social media to:
- Provide information about the Galway Hookers Association and our projects. - Promote Galway Hookers Association initiatives, meetings, publications, events and other community activities. - Inform the public about any opportunities that may be of interest to them.
Galway Hookers Association does not engage with user content that is:
Spam Inappropriate or misleading Malicious Potentially defamatory or harmful to Galway Hookers Association
MODERATION Comments or opinions expressed by followers of Galway Hookers Association on social media do not represent the views of the Galway Hookers Association. Galway Hookers Association will moderate and remove any comments which are abusive, derogatory, defamatory or malicious in nature, or that do not comply with our social media policy.
FOLLOWING AND LIKING Being followed or liked by any of the Galway Hookers Association’s social media accounts does not imply endorsement of any kind. Galway Hookers Association will take a discerning approach towards following and liking, and will seek only to connect to the most relevant accounts.
SOCIAL MEDIA PRIVACY Galway Hookers Association does not capture or record the contact details of parties following our Facebook account. Any personal information is treated in accordance with the relevant social media policy. Social media policies can be located as follows:
QUERIES AND COMPLAINTS If you have any queries or complaints in connection with our processing of your personal data, you can contact us at You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Irish Data Protection Commission if you are not happy with the way we have used your information or addressed your rights. Details of how to lodge a complaint can be found at on the Data Protection Commissioner website or call the Data Protection Commissioner at 353 (0)761 104 800.