Picture by Mary Hill, Pans rocks Ballycastle
Updated Monday, 18 June 2012

INFORMATION ABOUT OUR COOKIES

This page contains comprehensive information about first and third party cookies used on UTV's Website, in accordance with The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011.

INTRODUCTION

By accessing and using our Website, you are agreeing we can set and use cookies. You are also agreeing to our Terms of Use and the terms of our Privacy Policy.

Please do read the information carefully so you know why we're using cookies on this site, how we're using them, and how you can turn them off or delete them.

If you do not agree with our use of cookies, please refrain from accessing this Website in the future.

To learn how to delete or disable cookies now, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org.

WHAT ARE COOKIES?

Cookies are small files containing a combination of letters and numbers stored on your browser and your computer's hard drive when you visit websites.

They are commonly used by websites to improve your browsing experience and deliver a better and more personalised service.

They generally make online content, services and advertising more relevant and useful to you. They also help make websites faster and easier to use.

Please note that cookies cannot be used to use programmes on your computer, access information on your hard drive or deliver viruses.

HOW DOES UTV USE COOKIES?

UTV's Website, including the UTV Player, set cookies when you visit the Website to distinguish your visit from that of other users in order to optimise our services.

Our cookies help us provide you with a better user experience and more relevant functionality.

The cookies that we use only collect anonymous information. They don't tell us who you are.

Unless you have adjusted your browser settings to refuse all cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our Website.

If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of the Website.

Please note that partners, advertisers and social media widgets used on this site also use cookies, which we do not set ourselves. More information on third party cookies is available below.

WHAT COOKIES ARE BEING USED ON THE WEBSITE?

There are two types of cookies on this website - first party cookies which are set by us, and third party cookies which are set by others.

We set functional and analytical cookies when you visit the website.

Functional cookies

Our functional cookies allow us to improve the services we offer, for example:

  • By remembering that you have voted in polls;
  • By remembering your preferences when you return to the website;
  • By allowing UTV to provide any appropriate regionalised service relevant to your location;
  • By remembering you have seen our cookie information notice.

Our functional cookies DO NOT collect personal information.

Analytical cookies

Analytical cookies collect information about how our website is being used.

For example they allow us to count the number of visitors and record how many times pages are viewed.

They tell us what people look at on the website, and for how long.

This helps us to determine the most popular items or sections on the site and allow us to improve the service which we offer.

Analytical cookies also allow us to compile anonymous traffic reports - some of which may be shared with third parties, including advertisers.

Analytical cookies DO NOT collect personal information.

Detailed information about our first party cookies

What is the cookie called?What does it do?Where is it?When does it expire?What is its type?Where can I find more information?
ASP.NET_SessionIdIt stores a session id when you first visit the site, to remember whether your computer is accessing it from outside the UK as some of our services are 'geo-blocked' by law. It also records if your computer was used to cast a vote on our polls.All pages1 yearFirst party/Persistent (UTV session)support.microsoft.com/kb/899918
Utv_cookies_policy_shownIt remembers that our cookie information notice was displayed when the site was accessed by your computer and device.All pages1 yearFirst party /Persistent (UTV)www.u.tv/Cookies
utv_default_locationAn optional cookie that will store your set location for personalised services, such as showing the weather forecast for your preferred area.All pages1 yearFirst party /Persistent (UTV)www.u.tv/Cookies
__utmzIt stores the type of referral used by the visitor to reach your site, whether via a direct method, a referring link, a website search, or a campaign such as an ad or an email link. It is used to calculate search engine traffic, ad campaigns and page navigation within the site. It is updated with each page view.All pages6 months from set/updateFirst party/Persistent (Google Analytics)www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
__utmaThis cookie is used to determine the number of unique visitors to the site and it is updated with each page view.All pages2 years from set/updateFirst party/Persistent (Google Analytics)www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
__utmbThis cookie is used to establish and continue a user session. Each time a user visits a different page on your site; this cookie is updated to expire in 30 minutes, thus continuing a single session for as long as user activity continues within 30-minute intervals. This cookie expires when a user pauses on a page for longer than 30 minutes.All pages30 minutes from set/updateFirst party/Session (Google Analytics)www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
__utmcThis cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to record the length of individual session on the website.All pages1 year from set/updateFirst party/Persistent (Google Analytics)www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

Detailed information about third party cookies used by our partners

Organisation setting the cookieWhat does it do?Where is it?When does it expire?What is its type?Where can I find more information?
ITV.comITV.com sets flash cookies to store your subtitle and volume preferences when you watch network content on the UTV Player (e.g. Coronation Street, Emmerdale), so that you don't have to set them each time you visit. Flash cookies also store the last point you reached in a video you were watching so you can resume watching from the last point you reached. They're also used to remember your parental control preferences and encrypted PIN so once you have set your parental control preferences and PIN we will remember your settings.UTV PlayerNeverThird Party (ITV)

www.itv.com/cookies

To learn how to delete Flash cookies, visit helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html

JWPlayerThe JW Player, which we use for video content produced by UTV, may create a flash cookie to save your viewing preferences, for example preferred volume.UTV Player/news/sport and entertainment pagesNeverThird Party (JWPlayer)To learn how to delete Flash cookies, visit helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html
MUZU.TV

MUZU.TV sets a number of cookies to record your video plays and measure the delivery of ads.

The Muzu video player may also create a flash cookie to save your viewing preferences, for example preferred volume.

Entertainment pagesVariesThird party (MUZU.TV)

www.muzu.tv/site/privacyPolicy

To learn how to delete Flash cookies, visit helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html


Detailed information about third party cookies used by social media widgets

If you're logged out of Twitter, Facebook or Google+, they have no personal information about you.

When you log into Twitter, Facebook or Google+ and other similar services, they'll know when you visit our Website. However, they do not share any information with us.

Organisation setting the cookieWhat does it do?Where is it?When does it expire?What is its type?Where can I find more information?
AddThisThe __atuvc cookie is created and read by the AddThis social sharing site in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before the share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis.On article pages2 yearsThird party/Persistent (AddThis)www.addthis.com/privacy
FacebookFacebook cookies are used for 'Like & Recommend' buttons as well as our other Facebook PluginsOn index pages, articles and microsites2 yearsThird party/Persistent (Facebook)www.facebook.com/about/privacy/
TwitterTwitter tailors content for its users based on their visits to websites that integrate Twitter buttons or widgets.
Twitter receives what it calls "Log Data", including the web page you visited and a cookie that identifies your browser. Tailored content is stored with only your browser cookie ID and is separated from other Widget Data such as page-visit information.
On index pages, articles and microsites2 yearsThird party/Persistent (Twitter)twitter.com/privacy
GoogleGoogle cookies are used for the Google+ buttons.On index pages, articles and microsites2 yearsThird party/persistent (Google+)www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/

Detailed information about third party advertising cookies

We use a variety of advertising services. None of the cookies they use collect personal information about you.

Organisation setting the cookieWhat does it do?Where is it?When does it expire?What is its type?Where can I find more information?
ADTECHADTECH uses cookies to store the following non-person-related data:
- Browser type
- Operating system
- Date and time at which a specific banner was delivered.
This data is used to measure the delivery of banners and also includes the number of clicks on a banner or how often a specific banner has been delivered to an individual user.
On pages running ads served by ADTECH.VariesThird party (ADTECH)www.adtech.com/cookie_opt-out/
DoubleClickDoubleclick (part of Google) uses cookies and IP address analysis to identify unique users visiting our website (through the collection of non-personally identifiable information) and to track the conversion rates for particular advertising campaigns, to help serve advertisements which are of particular relevance to you, and to control the frequency with which particular advertisements are displayed to our users.On pages running ads served by DoubleClick.VariesThird party (DoubleClick)

www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

To opt-out, please go to: www.google.com/policies/privacy/ads/


HOW DO I TURN COOKIES OFF OR DELETE THEM?

You can block most cookies (except for Flash cookies) by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari all include a "Do Not Track" option.

If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our sites, or you may experience reduced functionality when accessing certain services.

To find out how to disable/enable cookies or delete the cookies which have already been stored on your computer, please visit www.aboutcookies.org.

Generally you can't delete Flash cookies (also known as local shared objects) with browser settings, but Adobe's website provides information on how to delete or disable them.

You can find more about this here: helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/kb/disable-local-shared-objects-flash.html

Please note that if you disable Flash cookies, you will not be able to play video content on the UTV Player.

If you want to delete cookies from the browser on your mobile phone or any other device, you will need to refer to your handset manual.

CONTACT US

Questions, comments and requests regarding this page are welcomed. If you have any questions or concerns about our use of cookies, please contact us by completing the form in the Contact Us section of this Website.

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