Cookie Policy


In this document you will find information on what cookies are used in this site and how to reject or delete those cookies if you wish.

If you wish to delete any cookies that are already on your computer please follow the guides on

What are Cookies?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies by visiting: or

How the IoD Uses Cookies

Cookies allow the IoD to recognise devices and track how our visitors use We use cookies that are essential for you to navigate or provide you with basic website features. Data collected from some cookies helps us enhance the performance of and offer you a better user experience.

There are several types of cookies that are used to keep track of information needed by a site user as they travel from page to page within a website.

First-party cookies

The domain specified in the cookie relates to the cookie's owner (the ‘party’), who has set the cookie. cookies will have the domain specified in a cookie. These are first-party cookies.

Session Cookies

The iod_jersey_session cookie stores the visitors encrypted ‘session id’ and is required for everyone visiting the site. This helps to maintain security and to keep track of visitor data. It is a required cookie for forms where it allows the data entered to be processed.

The XSRF-TOKEN cookie stories the encrypted cross-site request forgery value to protect your session and interactions with with website from third parties.

Third-party Cookies

Cookies can be used to track internet activity after the user has left a website. These are normally facilitated by organisations external to the website being visited and are generally known as ‘third-party’ cookies. They usually have a long lifetime with several months being quite common. They are ‘harvested’ and ‘refreshed’ whenever the user visits a page where the same or a similar cookie is being used. sets a number of cookies. These are used to analyse visitors’ browsing of for future improvements.

A third-party cookie is set when you visit a site but the domain named in the cookie sent to your computer is not the same as the website.

Other Third-party Processing Activities

If you shorten our site URLs, for example on Twitter or Facebook, we may use services such as,, and to do so, and our site works with these to rebrand our URLs as a link. Also our website sometimes offers features that allow users to share links with social networks and our site may shorten that URL using one of these services.

These services provide us with anonymised, aggregated statistics relating to the use of our shortened URL, for example by telling us how many times it has been clicked on.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to measure and analyse visitor information related to our web site. For that purpose your use of this website and data on your browser type and device are collected using several cookies:

  • _ga - Google Analytics - Used to analyse visitor browsing habits, flow, source and other information. Expires after 2 years.
  • gat_gtag[property_id] - Google Analytics - Used to analyse visitor browsing habits, flow, source and other information. Expires immediately.
  • _gid - Google Analytics - Used to analyse visitor browsing habits, flow, source and other information. Expires after 24 hours.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. For information on how to reject or delete this cookie.

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We use Cloudflare to protect the website and it’s visitors from malicious agents.

  • _cfduid - collects and anonymizes End User IP addresses using a one-way hash of certain values so they cannot be personally identified. The cookie is a session cookie that expires after 30 days.

Cookies Set by Third-party Sites

We sometimes need to embed media content from third party websites. For example video content from websites such as YouTube and Twitter. As a result, when you visit a page with content from sites like these, you may be presented with cookies from these websites. We do not control these so you should check the relevant third party website for more information.

Share Tools

If you share information on this site with friends through social networks e.g. Facebook or Twitter you may be sent cookies from these websites. We do not control these cookies so please check the relevant third party website for more information.

Rejecting cookies

Internet browsers normally accept cookies by default, but it is possible to set a browser to reject cookies. If this is done it is important not to exclude the benign and useful cookies. Choose an option that rejects all third party and long-lived cookies.

Policy review

For the avoidance of doubt all policies relating to data protection and/or General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) (whether referred to on the Infonet, the IoD website or otherwise communicated to the IoD’s staff, members or non-members) are not contractually binding on the IoD and may be withdrawn or amended at any time. They will be under ongoing review and will be replaced with the latest versions accordingly.