Cookie Policy

The Hermitage Medical Clinic (HMC) respects the privacy of all visitors to our websites. This
document outlines our policy concerning the use of cookies on any website within the
hermitageclinic.ie domain. This policy may be updated to reflect technological or legislation
changes which may affect the use and management of cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files sent from a website and stored in the user’s web browser while the
user is browsing a website. These cookies may be saved by the user’s browser on their
computer. Cookies may be persistent, they may expire after some predefined period of time, or
they may expire at a given date in the future. When a user visits the same website again, the
browser may send cookies back to that website allowing the website to recognise the user and
remember things like their personalised details or preferences.

Can cookies threaten users’ privacy?

Cookies are stored on the computer’s hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive – so a
cookie can’t read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user’s e-mail address etc.
They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have
disclosed to a certain website.

How do I manage or refuse cookies?

The HMC takes privacy concerns seriously, so if you do not want any information collected via a
site cookie you can use your in-built browser settings to deny or accept individual or all cookies.
The procedure varies from browser to browser. More information about cookies and details of
how to manage or disable them can be found on www.aboutcookies.org.

How we use Cookies

We use information gathered from cookies to help improve your experience of our website.
Some cookies are essential so you can move around the website and use its features. For
example,

  • They help us to identify, customise and improve the experience for you.
  • They keep you logged in during your visit; without cookies you might have to log in on every
    page you go to.
  • Some are session cookies which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly.
    However these are automatically deleted after you close your web browser
Collection and use of technical information

The HMC uses Google Analytics and other technologies to collect anonymous traffic data to the
website to help us analyse how users use the site. Cookies are used to collect anonymous data
on user behaviour and standard Internet activity. The information stored in the cookie is
transmitted to Google and then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile
statistical reports on website activity for HMC.

HMC will never (nor will we enable Third Parties to) use this analytics tool to track or collect any
Personally Identifiable Data of visitors to the HMC site. This data is completely anonymous.
Users may also disable cookies from their web browser with no loss of functionality.
For further information on the privacy of Google Analytics data please
visit http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

Other third party cookies

Some cookies that have been set on our websites are not related to HMC. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, YouTube or Facebook, these service providers may
set their own cookies on your web browser. We do not control the use of these cookies and
cannot access them due to the way that cookies work, as cookies can only be accessed by the
party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information
about these cookies.