Cookie policy

Last updated: September 2023

Cookie policy

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites that you visit. We use cookies to make our site work well for you and so we can continually improve it.

We use three categories of cookies on our site.

Cookie categories

Strictly necessary

These cookies are necessary for the website to operate. Our website cannot function without these cookies and they can only be disabled by changing your browser preferences.  
Performance These cookies allow us to measure and report on website activity by tracking page visits, visitor locations and how visitors move around the site. The information collected does not directly identify visitors. We drop these cookies and use Adobe and Google to help us analyse the data.  
Advertising These cookies help us provide you with personalised and relevant services or advertising, and track the effectiveness of our digital marketing activities. Read our privacy policy for more information.  

Use of cookies by PwC

The following tables list the cookies we use on this website.

Strictly necessary

Type First or third party Name Description

Strictly necessary

First party

ak_bmsc

This cookie is associated with Akamai and is used to differentiate between traffic from humans and bots.

Strictly necessary

First party

bm_sv

This cookie is associated with Akamai and is used to differentiate between traffic from humans and bots.

Strictly necessary

First party

JSESSIONID

General purpose platform session cookie, used by sites written in JSP. Usually used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.

Strictly necessary

First party

OptanonAlertBoxClosed

This cookie is set by websites using certain versions of the cookie law compliance solution from OneTrust. It is set after visitors have seen a cookie information notice and in some cases only when they actively close the notice down. It enables the website not to show the message more than once to a user. The cookie has a one year lifespan and contains no personal information.

Strictly necessary

First party

OptanonConsent

This cookie is set by the cookie compliance solution from OneTrust. It stores information about the categories of cookies the site uses and whether visitors have given or withdrawn consent for the use of each category. This enables site owners to prevent cookies in each category from being set in the users browser, when consent is not given. The cookie has a normal lifespan of one year, so that returning visitors to the site will have their preferences remembered. It contains no information that can identify the site visitor.

Strictly necessary

Third Party

__cf_bm

This cookie is used for bot management

Strictly necessary

Third Party

pwc_uuid

This cookie is used to identify unique visitors, with an ID and timestamp

Performance

Type First or third party Name Description

Performance

First party

_gclxxxx

Google conversion tracking cookie.

Performance

First party

_ga

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics - which is a significant update to Google's more commonly used analytics service. This cookie is used to distinguish unique users by assigning a randomly generated number as a client identifier. It is included in each page request in a site and used to calculate visitor, session and campaign data for the sites analytics reports. By default it is set to expire after 2 years, although this is customisable by website owners.

Performance

First party

_gat_UA-

This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.

Performance

First party

_gid

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics. This appears to be a new cookie and as of Spring 2017 no information is available from Google. It appears to store and update a unique value for each page visited.

Performance

First party

_hjAbsoluteSessionInProgress

This cookie is used by HotJar to detect the first pageview session of a user. This is a True/False flag set by the cookie.

Performance

First party

_hjFirstSeen

Identifies a new user's first session on a website, indicating whether or not Hotjar sees this user for the first time.

Performance

First party

_hjIncludedInSessionSample

This cookie is set to let Hotjar know whether that visitor is included in the data sampling defined by your site's daily session limit.

Performance

First party

_hjSession_xxxxxx

A cookie that holds the current session data. This ensures that subsequent requests within the session window will be attributed to the same Hotjar session.

Performance

First party

_hjSessionUser_xxxxxx

Hotjar cookie that is set when a user first lands on a page with the Hotjar script. It is used to persist the Hotjar User ID, unique to that site on the browser. This ensures that behavior in subsequent visits to the same site will be attributed to the same user ID.

Performance

First party

_hjTLDTest

When the Hotjar script executes we try to determine the most generic cookie path we should use, instead of the page hostname. This is done so that cookies can be shared across subdomains (where applicable). To determine this, we try to store the _hjTLDTest cookie for different URL substring alternatives until it fails. After this check, the cookie is removed.

Performance

First party

AMCV_

This is a pattern type cookie name associated with Adobe Marketing Cloud. It stores a unique visitor identifier, and uses an organisation identifier to allow a company to track users across their domains and services.

Performance

First party

AMCVS_

This is a pattern type cookie name associated with Adobe Marketing Cloud. It stores a unique visitor identifier, and uses an organisation identifier.

Performance

Third party

CONSENT

YouTube: Only loads YouTube cookies for embedded videos on pwc.ie if the user clicks 'play' on a video.

Performance

Third party

demdex

This cookie helps Adobe Audience Manger perform basic functions such as visitor identification, ID synchronization, segmentation, modeling, reporting, etc.

Performance

Third party

dextp

This domain is owned by Adobe. The main business activity is: Online profiling for targeted marketing

Performance

Third party

dpm

This domain is owned by Adobe Audience Manager. The main business activity is online profiling for targeted marketing.

Performance

Third party

ev_sync_dd

This domain is owned by Adobe. The main business activity is: Advertising

Performance

Third party

everest_g_v2

This domain is owned by Adobe. The main business activity is: Advertising

Performance

Third party

everest_session_v2

This domain is owned by Adobe. The main business activity is: Advertising

Performance

First party

s_nr

Adobe Site Catalyst cookie, stores date of visit and if visitor is new or returning

Performance

First party

gpv

This cookie is set by Adobe Analytics to store the quantity of pages the end user views when visiting websites.

Performance

First party

mbox

Cookie set by Adobe SiteCatalyst analytics software - used for measuring the performance of page content using A/B split testing

Performance

First party

s_cc

Adobe Site Catalyst cookie, determines whether cookies are enabled in the browser

Performance

First party

s_fid

This cookie name is associated with the analytics service provided by Adobe's Site Catalyst product suite. It is a new cookie introduced in 2013 as a 'fallback' visitor identifier where the s_vi cookie normally used for this purpose is blocked. It contains a randomly generated, unique id.

Performance

First party

s_ppv

Adobe Site Catalyst cookie.

Performance

First party

s_ppvl

This cookie is set by Adobe Analytics to store information on the percentage of the page displayed to the end user.

Performance

First party

s_sq

Adobe Site Catalyst cookie, stores information about the previous link clicked within the site

Performance

Third party

s_vi

Adobe Site Catalyst cookie, used to identify unique visitors, with an ID and timestamp

Performance

First party

test

Adobe Analytics site tracking.

Performance

First party

_ga_xxxxxxxxxx

This cookie is installed by Google Analytics. The cookie is used to persist the session state.

Performance

First party

_gat

This cookie name is associated with Google Universal Analytics, according to documentation it is used to throttle the request rate - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes.

Performance

First party

_hjIncludedInSessionSample_xxx

This is a Hotjar cookie set to determine if a user is included in the data sampling defined by our site's daily session limit.

Performance

Third party

at_check

Used by Adobe Target to check if cookies are enabled/supported on the browser

Performance

First party

VISITOR_PRIVACY_METADATA

YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

Advertising

Type First or third party Name Description

Advertising

First party

_fbp

Used by Facebook to deliver a series of advertisement products such as real time bidding from third party advertisers

Advertising

Third party

AnalyticsSyncHistory

This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.

Advertising

Third party

bcookie

This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.

Advertising

Third party

bscookie

This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.

Advertising

Third party

IDE

This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange

Advertising

Third party

li_gc

This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.

Advertising

Third party

lidc

This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.

Advertising

Third party

test_cookie

This domain is owned by Doubleclick (Google). The main business activity is: Doubleclick is Googles real time bidding advertising exchange

Advertising

Third party

UserMatchHistory

This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.

Advertising

Third party

VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

This cookie is used as a unique identifier to track viewing of videos

Advertising

Third party

YSC

YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

Advertising

Third party

CONSENT

YouTube is a Google owned platform for hosting and sharing videos. YouTube collects user data through videos embedded in websites, which is aggregated with profile data from other Google services in order to display targeted advertising to web visitors across a broad range of their own and other websites.

Advertising

First party

kms_ctamuls

 

Advertising

Third party

li_sugr

This domain is owned by LinkedIn, the business networking platform. It typically acts as a third party host where website owners have placed one of its content sharing buttons in their pages, although its content and services can be embedded in other ways. Although such buttons add functionality to the website they are on, cookies are set regardless of whether or not the visitor has an active Linkedin profile, or agreed to their terms and conditions. For this reason it is classified as a primarily tracking/targeting domain.

Advertising

First party



ln_or

This is a LinkedIn cookie used to determine if Oribi analytics can be carried out on a specific domain

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