Cookies Notice & Website Privacy Policy

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Cookies Notice

What is a cookie?

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. It may allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. 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.

Further information on cookies can be found at:

How does TU Dublin use Cookies including Third Party Cookies?

TU Dublin ( uses cookies to help improve your experience on our site and to help us understand what content is most useful to our visitors. We use cookies for functionality that are 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). We also use cookies for advertising, analytics and social media purposes.

  • Certain cookies are essential to the proper functioning of TU Dublin systems.
  • We use analytics cookies to help us understand what content is most useful to our visitors.
  • Cookies are not used by this website to store any personal information other than the IP address you use when accessing our website.
  • We use session cookies to make navigation through the website smoother. Session cookies are used to deliver the basic functions of a website. Session cookies are stored temporarily during a browsing session and are deleted from the user’s device when the browser is closed.
  • We use persistent cookies when we need to manage return visits. This type of cookie is saved on your computer for a fixed period of 6 months and is not deleted when the browser is closed. For example, we use this type of cookie to know how many repeat visits the site receives compared with new visits.
  • Security - for staff and registered students of TU Dublin, these cookies allow us to secure access to your account, and to allow you to move between TU Dublin systems without additional authentication.
  • IP addresses are read by the website to identify users location, for example users located on a TU Dublin campus will be offered internal functionality.
  • We use information about the device type and capabilities for delivering content, e.g. to deliver the right size creative or video file in a format supported by the device.

We use a service called Google Analytics to collect data about the number of visits to pages of our site, and the journey of visitors through the site. This helps us to optimise the site design. The Google Analytics cookies used on our site are listed in the table below.


The name and purpose of First-party cookies we use on are:

Cookie name



We use Amazon Web Services to host our system. This cookie allows us to deliver our service seamlessly from multiple servers using a load balancer, so the cookie simply records which one is serving you.

__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmz, _ga, _gcl_au

Cookies used for Google Analytics.

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. More information is available on:


We use a session cookie to remember your language preference when viewing the site. This session cookie (called lang) is erased when you close your browser or after 5 minutes of inactivity.


This cookie allows the website to “remember” your actions or preferences regarding the use of cookies on the website.


Cookies and collection and use of technical information

Information on internet traffic is collected routinely by TU Dublin and by its service providers (e.g. HEAnet). This technical information is used to ensure the smooth running of the TU Dublin network and for statistical or administrative purposes. It is not used to gather identifiable personal information on individual website visitors, except in so far as this is permitted by law and may be necessary in order to prevent or detect problems or offences in relation to the operation of the website.

This information may be used for the purposes of evaluating your use of the TU Dublin website and to improve our website service to you. It is stored and used in the aggregate only and is not used to obtain personal data or to contact you personally.

Third party cookies

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video or an embedded google map. For example, when you visit a page with content embedded from, Google, Twitter, YouTube or Facebook, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser. For example, Facebook sets cookies via our website if you ‘like’ one of the posts on our site and twitter sets cookies via our website if you “tweet” one of the posts on our site.

We embed videos from YouTube across our site. When you watch these videos on our website, YouTube may store cookies used for a range of purposes. For more information visit YouTube/Google Privacy information

Google Custom Search Engine (CSE) functionality has been implemented on the website for the in-page search box. The Google CSE may deliver cookies. The CSE is covered by the Google Privacy Policy

As these are third party providers, we do not control the use of these cookies and cannot access them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functionality offered by these third parties.


List of third party cookies on this site, their purpose and name:



Cookie name

Social media sharing buttons.

Xtc, uid, _atuvc, uit, dt, _atrfs, loc, ssh, sshs, ssc

Measure the effectiveness of advertising

IDE, test_cookie

Social media sharing buttons.

lu, datr, presence, act, p, sub, c_user, s, xs, csm

1P_JAR: Google cookie that carries out information about how the end user uses the website and any advertising that the end user may have seen before visiting the website. testcookie: Used to test if the browser supports displaying of the cookie statement at the top of the browser window.

testcookie, 1P_JAR

Display TU Dublin twitter streams & social media sharing.

_twitter_sess, guest_id, k, remember_checked, twid, twll, original_referrer, external_referer

Display of content hosted on


Part of the powerpoint presentation display.


Sharing buttons on website.

stid, __uset

Google Search Console

A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page, and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch turned on.



Advertising and Tracking Cookies

We sometimes use tracking pixels to assist with our online advertising and marketing to effectively promote the University and have a better understanding of what our audiences are interested in. These cookies are anonymous and they help us collect information on our advertising campaigns. This, in turn, allows us to make our ads more relevant to our website users. This means you should generally only see ads relating to your personal interests and you won’t constantly see the same ones. They allow us to interact with you once you’ve left our website.

TU Dublin may advertise using the Google Display Network to deliver online content such as imagery, text and videos on participating websites. For example, if you have looked at certain pages on our website we might want to highlight upcoming events or give you more information about a specific course. This process uses google remarketing technologies, is anonymised and you can opt out of these cookies at any time. On some occasions, TU Dublin may also use DoubleClick which is required for advertising frequency capping.

Opt out Google Adwords: Users may opt-out of Adwords Remarketing use of cookies by visiting
Opt out Double Click: Opt-out: Users may opt-out of Double Click cookies by visiting and

TU Dublin may also use Facebook Retargeting which is a remarketing service provided by Facebook Inc using the Facebook Pixel on TU Dublin websites.

Opt-out: Users may opt-out of Facebook Retargeting use of cookies by visiting

Facebook’s custom audiences feature enables TU Dublin to create an audience list for sending ads through Facebook. TU Dublin uses customer data such as email addresses and phone numbers to match (at an email address or telephone level) to Facebook users. TU Dublin may use personal characteristics such as age, role, your expressed interests, your previous interactions with the University or geographical location to target our communications, and advertising and promotions so that they are relevant to you. We may also use your personal characteristics (such as those contained within your Facebook profile) to assist us in identifying and targeting new audiences, including through online behavioural advertising (for example, through tools such as Facebook Lookalike Audiences).

Opt-out: Users may opt out of Facebook Custom Audiences by visiting

Managing Cookies

Within your browser, you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you, and so we provide links below to popular manufacturers' instructions on how you can do this. Generally, your browser will offer you 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.

Web Browsing

By visiting our website, the only personal data you disclose is the IP address you use when accessing our website. The information collected about your visit is limited to technical data such as:

  1. the Internet address (or IP address) of the device you used to access this website
  2. whether you reached the site using a search engine or if you clicked a link on another website
  3. the type of web-browser you used
  4. the type of device you used to access the Internet.

We use this data for administrative and statistical purposes as well as to help us improve our website functionality.

Website Privacy Policy


TU Dublin is committed to protecting the right to privacy of users of our website.

General Statement

This document relates to the main website of TU Dublin, the TU Dublin website you may find links to other third party websites for which the University does not have editorial responsibility or control, including the websites of student organisations and societies. While TU Dublin encourages compliance with our website privacy policy at such sites, we ask visitors to consult the privacy statement of individual sites or contact the persons responsible for those sites, in order to understand the policies and practices under which they operate.

TU Dublin fully respects your right to privacy and actively seeks to preserve the privacy rights of those who share information with the University. With the exception of the IP address you use to access our website, we will not collect any other personal information about you on this website without your permission and any information which you volunteer to TU Dublin will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality in accordance with Data Protection legislation. Your IP address may be used for the purposes of evaluating your use of the TU Dublin website and to improve our website service to you. It is stored and used in the aggregate only and is not used to obtain personal data or to contact you personally. (See the ‘How does TU Dublin use cookies, including third party cookies?’ section of this document)

Information on internet traffic is collected routinely by TU Dublin and its service providers. This technical information is used to ensure the smooth running of the TU Dublin computer network and for statistical or administrative purposes. (See the ‘Third party cookies’ section of this document)

Forms on TU Dublin Website

If you complete any web forms on the TU Dublin website, you are disclosing personal data that will only be used for the specific purpose of the Form. The disclosed information will be retained for as long as stated on the Form in line with the University’s Data Retention Policy.

Data Subject Rights

Individuals have a number of specific rights under data protection law to keep them informed and in control of the processing of their personal data.

What are your rights under Data Protection Law?

You have the following rights, subject to certain exemptions, in relation to your personal data:




The right to be informed about the data processing the University does.


The right to receive a copy of and/or access the personal data that the University holds about you.


You have the right to request that the University provides some elements of your personal data in a commonly used machine readable format in order to provide it to other organisations.


The right to erasure of personal data where there is no legitimate reason for the University to continue to process your personal data.


The right to request that any inaccurate or incomplete data that is held about you is corrected.

Object to processing

You can object to the processing of your personal data by the University in certain circumstances including direct marketing material.

Restriction of processing concerning the data subject

You can request the restriction of processing of personal data in specific situations where:

  1. You contest the accuracy of the personal data
  2. You oppose the erasure of the personal data and request restriction instead
  3. Where the University no longer needs the data but are required by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims

Withdraw Consent

If you have provided consent for the processing of any of your data, you have the right (in certain circumstances) to withdraw that consent at any time which will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before your consent was withdrawn. This can be done by contacting the department who obtained that consent or the University’s Data Protection Office (contact details below).

The right to complain to the Data Protection Commissioner

You have the right to make a complaint in respect of our compliance with Data Protection Law to the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner.


In order to exercise any of the above rights please contact us using the contact details set out below.

Information provided to data subjects when these rights are exercised must be transparent, understandable and easily accessible, using clear and plain language. The information should be provided in writing, or other means, including, where appropriate, electronically. When requested by the data subject, the information may be provided orally, provided that the identity of the data subject is clear or can be proven.

The six lawful reasons for processing personal data are:

  1. Consent
  2. To carry out a contract
  3. In order for an organisation to meet a legal obligation
  4. Where processing the personal data is necessary to protect the vital interests of a person.
  5. Where processing the personal data is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest.
  6. In the legitimate interests of a company/organisation (except where those interests contradict or harm the interests or rights and freedoms of the individual).

This Privacy Statement should not be construed as a contractual undertaking.  The University reserves the right to review and amend this statement at any time without notice and you should therefore re-visit this webpage from time to time.

Further Information and Contact Details

Further information on your data privacy rights is available on the website of the Data Protection Commissioner

Any queries or concerns you may have about the processing of personal information on this website should be addressed to:

Data Protection Officer

Registered Address: TU Dublin, Park House, 191 North Circular Road, Grangegorman, D07EWV4, Ireland

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