Cookie policy

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website, so the website recognises your device the next time you visit. Cookies are used to improve navigation, making visitors’ experiences faster, easier, and more personalised. In this policy, the term ‘cookies’ refers to all files that collect information in this way. Cookies serve many functions for the operators of websites. For example, they can allow us to remember visitors’ language preferences or login information, analyse how well the website is performing, and recommend content we believe is most relevant to individual visitors.

Cookies on our website

We use cookies to improve visitors’ experience of the VERITY EU project website. These cookies automatically track and collect technical information from visitors’ browsers. This information may include Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, browser language, Internet service providers (ISP), referring/exit pages, URLs, operating systems, date/time stamps, and other similar information. However, this information does not identify individual users, and will be used exclusively to analyse trends, manage the website, and track user movements to different pages of the website to improve the services provided. Because cookies are not strictly necessary for the website to function, users are given the option to opt out of cookie usage. We do not use cookies to track visitors once they have left the website, and the data from cookies will not be passed on to or used by any commercial enterprise that is not operating under our instruction.

Consent for cookies

Because cookies are not strictly necessary for the website to function, users are given the option to opt-in to cookie usage via a cookie consent banner that appears on their first visit. This VERITY website’s essential cookies, required for the functioning of the website, will be used without consent. Instead, non-essential cookies will only be used with users’ explicit consent.

How do we use cookies?

A visit to our website may generate ‘first-party’ cookies and ‘third-party’ cookies. First-party cookies are set by us and relate to the domain of our website. A third-party cookie is associated with a domain name different from that of the page the user is visiting. They are only generated with users’ agreement. We use third-party cookies to provide enhanced site functionality such as embedded video content.
We use the following types of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies: These are the most important cookies, as they are essential for the operation of the site, allowing users to navigate pages and access basic features. If users opt to disable these cookies, they will not be able to access the VERITY website.
  • Functionality cookies: these enable us to remember visitors and personalise their experiences on the website. They record information about choices users have made on our website in the past, such as language.
  • Performance/analytics cookies: These are used to analyse how the website is accessed, used, and performs to provide visitors with a better user experience and to maintain, operate, and continually improve the website. For example, these cookies allow us to better understand the profile of our website’s visitors so we can improve the presentation of our content or collect general (i.e., not personal) information about website visitors, such as what browsers or devices they are using, how many are first-time visitors, etc.

Within these three categories, cookies are classified as either session or persistent cookies. ‘Session’ cookies are temporary and are deleted from users’ devices once they close the browser window. ‘Persistent’ cookies remain on users’ devices for a longer period and are used by the website to recognise users when they return.

Retention period of the Cookies we use

Session cookies are not retained after the browser window is closed. Functionality and performance/analytics cookies are stored by Google to ‘remember’ the users’ interactions with the website for a period not exceeding two years.

How to control Cookies

Users have the right to choose whether to accept cookies through the website’s pop-up window. Users should note that rejecting cookies may prevent them from using the full functionality of the website.
Most browsers allow users to change their cookie settings, usually in the “options” or “preferences” menu.

Legal basis for processing

The legal basis for processing personal data collected through cookies is the user’s consent, which can be withdrawn at any time.

User rights

Users have the following rights under the GDPR (Arts. 12-23):

  • The right to access their data.
  • The right to rectify their data. 
  • The right to erase their data.
  • The right to restrict the processing of their data.
  • The right to data portability.
  • The right to object to the processing of their data.

Lodging a complaint (Art. 77)

If you believe your data protection rights have been violated, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.

Change of this policy

We may change this policy to reflect changes in the law or our practices and services. We suggest users visit this policy periodically for updates.

Contact us

If you have any concerns about how your data is processed, you can contact us by email or post:
Data Protection Officer, Trilateral Research Ltd, Marine Point, 2nd Floor, Belview Port, Waterford, X91 W0XW, Ireland, or at DPO [at] trilateralresearch.com. We will respond to your queries within 30 days.