Cookie Policy

About this cookie policy

This Cookie Policy explains what cookies are and how we use them. You should read this policy to understand what cookies are, how we use them, the types of cookies we use i.e, the information we collect using cookies and how that information is used and how to control the cookie preferences. For further information on how we use, store and keep your personal data secure, see our Privacy Policy.

You can at any time change or withdraw your consent from the Cookie Declaration on our website.
Learn more about who we are, how you can contact us and how we process personal data in our Privacy Policy.
Your consent applies to the following domains:

What are cookies ?

Cookies are small text files that are used to store small pieces of information. The cookies are stored on your device when the website is loaded on your browser. These cookies help us make the website function properly, make the website more secure, provide better user experience, and understand how the website performs and to analyze what works and where it needs improvement.

How do we use cookies ?

As most of the online services, our website uses cookies first-party and third-party cookies for a number of purposes. The first-party cookies are mostly necessary for the website to function the right way, and they do not collect any of your personally identifiable data.

The third-party cookies used on our websites are used mainly for understanding how the website performs, how you interact with our website, keeping our services secure, providing advertisements that are relevant to you, and all in all providing you with a better and improved user experience and help speed up your future interactions with our website.

What types of cookies do we use ?

Essential: Some cookies are essential for you to be able to experience the full functionality of our site. They allow us to maintain user sessions and prevent any security threats. They do not collect or store any personal information. For example, these cookies allow you to log-in to your account and add products to your basket and checkout securely.

Statistics: These cookies store information like the number of visitors to the website, the number of unique visitors, which pages of the website have been visited, the source of the visit etc. These data help us understand and analyze how well the website performs and where it needs improvement.

Marketing: Our website displays advertisements. These cookies are used to personalize the advertisements that we show to you so that they are meaningful to you. These cookies also help us keep track of the efficiency of these ad campaigns.
The information stored in these cookies may also be used by the third-party ad providers to show you ads on other websites on the browser as well.

Functional: These are the cookies that help certain non-essential functionalities on our website. These functionalities include embedding content like videos or sharing contents on the website on social media platforms.

Preferences: These cookies help us store your settings and browsing preferences like language preferences so that you have a better and efficient experience on future visits to the website.

The below list details the cookies used in our website.

Antispam uses cookies to prevent timed content from being fed to users repeatedly.  We don't use the cookie to track your browsing of this or any other site.

How can I control the cookie preferences ?

Should you decide to change your preferences later through your browsing session, you can click on the “Privacy & Cookie Policy” tab on your screen. This will display the consent notice again enabling you to change your preferences or withdraw your consent entirely.

In addition to this, different browsers provide different methods to block and delete cookies used by websites. You can change the settings of your browser to block/delete the cookies. To find out more out more on how to manage and delete cookies, visit,


GDPR Compliance

The Union of Students in Ireland seeks to comply fully with the provisions of GDPR.  In principle, USI seeks to handle data as follows:

  1. USI will seek to avoid capturing special category information about people accessing our services, but if it does so it will:
    1. Minimize the data collected
    2. Process the information internally in a secure environment with the smallest number of operatives exposed to the information as possible
    3. Complete the processing of the information as quickly as possible and terminate (delete) the special category information along with non-special category information as quickly as possible
  2. There are several routes for the collection of information within USI, not restricted to but including:
    1. Registration to attend events
    2. Registration to support a political action
    3. Registration for competitions

as may be run from time to time in the pursuance of an intended and notified objective of the organisation.

In each case, USI will store (a form of processing), apply data management and analysis techniques (another form of processing) and eventually delete (the final form of processing) data when it has been used for its intended business purpose, and will not hold on to data beyond the close of its intended business purpose.

  1. USI discourages the passive collection or collation about individuals accessing our services or seeking to communicate with us and will take steps to avoid this.
  2. USI occasionally receives information from persons accessing our services inside the meaning of special category data in a method which USI considers to be insecure and whereupon storage would create a risk of exposure. In these cases, USI will:
    1. Retrieve the information and store it in a more secure and suitable location
    2. Delete the information to the best of USI’s ability on the insecure system
    3. Process the information in accordance with the principles in a) above.