Use of cookies on our sites

Introduction

About cookies

Cookies are small pieces of data that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application.

How we use cookies

We offer a range of services and these use cookies in varying ways for example:

  • Deliver the services that you have chosen.
  • Remember information about you, so you don’t have to give it to us again.
  • Keep you signed in.
  • Help us understand how people are using our services, so we can make them better.
  • To deliver advertising.
  • Help us personalise your experience by remembering your preferences and settings.
  • To find out if our emails have been read and if you find them useful.

For advertising, marketing and analytical cookies we obtain your consent, but performance and functionality cookies will always be set, by default, as ‘on’ as these support website usage and journeys.     

For more information about changing your cookie settings in your browser can be found at the AllAboutCookies website.

Types of cookies

First party cookies

These cookies are set by the website you’re visiting, and only that website can read them.

Third-party cookies

These cookies are set by someone other than the owner of the website you’re visiting. Some of our web pages may also contain content from other sites like YouTube or Flickr, which may set their own cookies. Also, if you share a link, the service you share it on (for example, Facebook) may set a cookie on your browser. We have no control over third-party cookies – you can turn them off, but not through us.

Third-party cookies we may use include: 

  • Our email services, supplied by Adestra, to inform about the relevant activities, events, services and products. The levels of response to these emails are tracked, in order to improve the effectiveness of our communications.
  • IET.tv, which uses Stream UK to deliver webcasts. These appear mostly on the IET.tv site but are also embedded in some web pages elsewhere.

Session cookies

These cookies only last as long as your online session and disappear from your computer or device when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies

These cookies stay on your computer or device after your browser has been closed and last for a time specified in the cookie. We use persistent cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session. For example, we use them to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.

Performance cookies

These cookies let you use all the different parts of the website. Without them, services that you’ve asked for can’t be provided.

Some examples of how we use these cookies are:

- When you sign into the website

- Remembering security settings that affect access to certain content

- Collecting information on which web pages visitors go to most often so we can improve our online services.

Functional cookies

These help us personalise your experience by remembering your preferences and settings.

Some examples of how we use these cookies are:

- Remembering your choice of favourite content and help you do things like commenting on a blog

- Remembering if you visited the website before so that messages for new visitors are not displayed to you

- Remembering settings on the website like colour, font size and layout

You can view a list of functional cookies we use below.

__cfuidThe __cfduid cookie helps Cloudflare detect malicious visitors to our website and is necessary for supporting security.30 daysStrictly Necessary
iet_csrf_tokenA security cookie used to identify the user and prevent Cross Site Request Forgery attacks.2 hoursStrictly Necessary
iet_last_activityRecords the time of the last page load. Used in in calculating active sessions.1 yearStrictly Necessary
iet_last_visitDate of the user’s last visit, based on the last_activity cookie. Can be shown as a statistic for members and used by forum and comments to show unread topics for both members and guests.1 yearStrictly Necessary
PHPSESSIDSession id, used to associate a logged in user with their data.1-2 hoursStrictly Necessary
iet_trackerContains the last 5 pages viewed, encrypted for security. Typically used for form or error message returns.SessionFunctionality
iet_visitor_consentsSaves responses to Consent requests for non-logged in visitors1 yearStrictly Necessary

Advertising cookies

Some of our websites use advertising cookies to show you specially targeted adverts. These cookies may also be able to track your browsing across different sites.  

Advertising

Using cookies for advertising

We may display advertising on our website and apps, using your data to personalise the adverts shown.

We may collect and analyse data about your device (e.g. your IP address and cookie IDs) and your use of our services (e.g. what articles you read).

To tailor and deliver advertising to you we may collect data from you across our online services. This data helps us to predict what might interest you and to show you adverts tailored to those interests. This is commonly known as Online Behavioural Advertising (OBA) or interest-based advertising. Not all the advertising we show is tailored based on your data and your interests. We may also tailor our adverts based on the content you are viewing, contextual advertising; for example, if you are reading an article then we might show you related ads.

Cross-device tracking

Your browsing activity may be tracked across different websites and different devices or apps. If you are not signed in to a web service, we may attempt to match your browsing activity on one device, such as your laptop, with your browsing activity on another device, such as your smartphone, so that we can improve the relevance of the advertising delivered to you.

Interaction with external social networks and platforms

This type of service allows interaction with social networks or other external platforms directly from the pages of this Website.

The interaction and information obtained through this Website are always subject to the User’s privacy settings for each social network.

This type of service might still collect traffic data for the pages where the service is installed, even when Users do not use it.

It is recommended to log out from the respective services in order to make sure that the processed data on this Website isn’t being connected back to the User’s profile.

Facebook Like button and social widgets

The Facebook Like button and social widgets are services allowing interaction with the Facebook social network provided by Facebook, Inc. or by Facebook Ireland Ltd, depending on the location this Website is accessed from,

Personal Data processed: Tracker and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy; Ireland – Privacy Policy.

Measurement

This Website uses Trackers to measure traffic and analyse User behaviour with the goal of improving the Service.

Analytics

Vendors

The services contained in this section enable the Owner to monitor and analyse web traffic and can be used to keep track of User behaviour.

Google Analytics (Google Ireland Limited)

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Ireland Limited (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Website, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services.
Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Personal Data processed: Tracker and Usage Data.

Place of processing: Ireland – Privacy Policy – Opt Out.

Content performance and features testing (A/B testing)

The services contained in this section allow the Owner to track and analyse the User response concerning web traffic or behaviour regarding changes to the structure, text or any other component of this Website.

Google Optimize

Google Optimize is an A/B testing service provided by Google LLC or by Google Ireland Limited, depending on the location this Website is accessed from, ("Google"). 

Google may use Personal Data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Personal Data processed: Tracker and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy; Ireland – Privacy Policy.

Heat mapping and session recording

Heat mapping services are used to display the areas of this Website that Users interact with most frequently. This shows where the points of interest are. These services make it possible to monitor and analyse web traffic and keep track of User behaviour.
Some of these services may record sessions and make them available for later visual playback.

Hotjar Heat Maps & Recordings (Hotjar Ltd.)

Hotjar is a session recording and heat mapping service provided by Hotjar Ltd.
Hotjar honors generic "Do Not Track" headers. This means the browser can tell its script not to collect any of the User's data. This is a setting that is available in all major browsers. Find Hotjar’s opt-out information here.

Personal Data processed: Tracker, Usage Data and various types of Data as specified in the privacy policy of the service.

Place of processing: Malta – Privacy Policy – Opt Out.

Remarketing and behavioural targeting

This type of service allows this Website and its partners to inform, optimize and serve advertising based on past use of this Website by the User.
This activity is facilitated by tracking Usage Data and by using Trackers to collect information which is then transferred to the partners that manage the remarketing and behavioural targeting activity.
Some services offer a remarketing option based on email address lists.
In addition to any opt-out feature provided by any of the services below, Users may opt out by visiting the Network Advertising Initiative opt-out page.

Users may also opt-out of certain advertising features through applicable device settings, such as the device advertising settings for mobile phones or ads settings in general.

Remarketing with Google Analytics

Remarketing with Google Analytics is a remarketing and behavioural targeting service provided by Google LLC or by Google Ireland Limited, depending on the location this Website is accessed from, that connects the tracking activity performed by Google Analytics and its Cookies with the Google Ads advertising network and the Doubleclick Cookie.

Personal Data processed: Tracker and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy – Opt Out; Ireland – Privacy Policy – Opt Out.

Facebook Remarketing

Facebook Remarketing is a remarketing and behavioural targeting service provided by Facebook, Inc. or by Facebook Ireland Ltd, depending on the location this Website is accessed from, that connects the activity of this Website with the Facebook advertising network.

Personal Data processed: Tracker and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy – Opt Out; Ireland – Privacy Policy – Opt Out.

TikTok Remarketing

TikTok Remarketing is a remarketing and behavioural targeting service provided by TikTok, Inc. , that connects the activity of this Website with the TikTok advertising network.

Personal Data processed: Tracker and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy 

Twitter Remarketing (Twitter, Inc.)

Twitter Remarketing is a remarketing and behavioural targeting service provided by Twitter, Inc. that connects the activity of this Website with the Twitter advertising network.

Personal Data processed: Tracker and Usage Data.

Place of processing: United States – Privacy Policy – Opt Out.

Cookies and consent

Obtaining consent

We will obtain consent from you to use marketing, behavioural and analytical cookies. Consent will be obtained from you when you first enter one of our websites.  You can change your preferences at any time. 

If you do choose to change your setting you may still see adverts on our websites, but they may be less relevant to you as they will not be tailored to your interests.

Change your browser settings

You can prevent your browsing from being tracked generally by adjusting your browser settings, browsing in ‘private mode’ or using browser add-ons.

You can find out how to do this by visiting the relevant support page for your browser, or by using the help function on your browser:

Ad choices

Ad Choices tools for web browsers

You can also opt-out from targeted advertising on this website and more generally across the internet using the opt-out tools of ad industry bodies, including:

  • European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance (EDAA)
  • Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA)
  • Network Advertising Initiative (NAI)

Ad choices for mobile applications

If you are accessing our services through the web browser on your mobile device, you should follow the instructions above.

However, mobile applications use different technologies to recognise your device.

To opt out of your app usage data being used to target advertising within apps you should follow the instructions below.

  • Apple iOS (Please visit the Apple support page for more information)
    Go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising
    Turn on Limit Ad Tracking
     
  • Google Android (Please visit the Google support page for more information)
    Go to Settings
    Select Google in the Accounts section
    Select Ads in the Privacy section
    Tick Opt-out of interest-based ads
     
  • Microsoft Windows (Please visit the Microsoft support page for more information)
    Go to Settings
    Tap on Privacy
    Tap on Advertising ID, and turn off ‘Let apps use my advertising ID for experiences across apps’

Other & Contact

Other tracking technologies

Some sites use things like web beacons, clear GIFs, page tags and web bugs to understand how people are using them and to target advertising to them. They usually take the form of a small, transparent image that is embedded in a web page or email. They work with cookies and capture data like your IP address, when you viewed the page or email, what device you were using and where you were. 

Contact us

Please contact the IET’s Data Protection Officer if you would like more information.

Last updated: May 11, 2021