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A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website you visit. Some cookies allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time. Other cookies are deleted when you close your browser and only relate to the working of the website. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the website.
Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or in some cases by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics.
How are cookies used on this site?
- functionality that is strictly necessary for services that are explicitly requested by the user for their session as per Regulation 5(5), SI 336 of 2011 (the ePrivacy Regulations). This website uses session cookies. Session cookies are used to deliver the basic functions of a website i.e. to allow pages to remember technical changes or selections you may make between pages. Session cookies are temporary cookies and are generally erased when you close your browser.
- monitoring website performance and collecting anonymous data on traffic to the website. These cookies help ensure there are adequate computer resources to serve the website. These are called ‘analytical cookies’.
Our website does not use any third party or persistent cookies.
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The Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General,
3A Mayor Street, Dublin 1.
Phone: + 353 1 863 8600