What is a cookie?

Cookies are small data files placed on your computer, mobile or other device when you browse online. They are standard across almost all websites and they do not affect your device. We use them to collect information that’s used to enhance your experience in our online store. We do not, however, use cookies to collect or record information on users’ name, address or other contact details.

What do cookies do?

We use cookies to help our site work. Cookies store information that help you shop online. For example, cookies remember items you placed in your shopping bag – without them, you wouldn’t be able to place your order with us.
Cookies allow our customers to navigate through our online store. In addition, cookies let us improve and personalise content displayed to you.

Some cookies (known as session cookies) are removed when you close your browser. Other cookies remain on your computer longer. These cookies (known as persistent cookies) allow us to remember you when you return to shop with us again.

Persistent cookies store information in between visits, such as your preferred settings. They help us display relevant information to you based on previous visits.

You can choose not to allow cookies by changing your browser settings. However by doing so you will stop the online store checkout from working. Disabling cookies will prevent you placing orders with us online.
Dunnes Stores will never use cookies to store sensitive personal details.

The cookies we use

In order to comply with EU legislation, Dunnes Stores use a system of classifying the different types of cookies we, and third parties, use on our site.

We have listed each of the main categories of cookies below, along with more details on each specific type. The cookies in use are:

1. Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies are necessary to enable the site’s basic operation. No prior consent is required for these. These cookies are essential to the operation of our online store. If you disable these cookies, you will not be able to buy items online.

Cookie name Purpose
Necessary to keep track of the items in your bag, the stage you have reached in the checkout process and so on.

Without this information, each page you looked at would seem to come from a different, unique visitor. There would be no way of remembering information from one page to the next.

These cookies are session cookies. They are removed when you leave the website and close your browser.

country_iso< Stores the country setting of your browser, or the country you have selected from the menu.

This is required so that you can see the correct prices, delivery information and so on for your selected country.

currency_iso Stores the relevant currency of your chosen country.
nextPreviousIds This stores the last product that you viewed. This enables the ‘previous’ and ‘next’ product buttons for easy navigation of our online store.
view_format Stores your choice of number of columns on the product listings page.
Stores the categories you have visited. This enables the ‘breadcrumbs’, which show the path you took to get to a particular page to display above the page heading.

2. Performance cookies

These cookies collect visitor information such as browser usage, pages visited and error messages received. The data collected by these cookies is anonymous and aggregated.  This information is used to help us to diagnose problems and to fix any issues we find. It helps us improve our website for you.

Cookie name Purpose
_utma, _utmz These cookies enable the function of Google Analytics Software. This software helps us to take and analyse visitor information such as browser usage, new visitor numbers, response to marketing activity and shopping times.

This information helps us to improve the website and your shopping experience, and to make our marketing campaigns more relevant where possible.

The data collected will be aggregated and will never show confidential information.

3. Functionality cookies

Functionality cookies remember choices that you make. These choices could include changing the text size or the language in use on the website. Collecting this data means you won’t need to select this information again. We will remember your preferences.

Cookie name Purpose
language_iso Remembers your choice of website language, if you changed the language settings.

4. Targeting or advertising cookies

Banner advertising may appear on websites that we are affiliated with. We will use cookies to collect information on the effectiveness of this advertising and to understand browsing behaviour based on this advertising. The data contained by these cookies will not contain any personal information.

Targeting or advertising cookies will allow us to understand the shopping habits of our customers and to understand how advertising campaigns work for us so that we can make our advertising campaigns more relevant to you.

Cookie name Purpose
Id Allows websites and servers to distinguish the browser from other browsers that store different cookies, and to recognize each browser by its unique cookie ID.
_drt_ These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.

5. Third party cookies

Some of our business partners may set cookies on our website.

Cookie name Purpose
eCircle eCircle use cookies to collect data on the emails we send you. Alongside ecircle, we use this data to improve your customer experience. We can send you more relevant emails based on previous purchases. The data collected will not be confidential and will not contain personal information.
Cookie name Purpose
DC Storm Cookies:

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DC Storm Cookies are used by our clients to identify how users interact with their site, so that they can see things like the most popular pages and the journey that users take though their site.

  • First Party cookies – These cookies are set by the domain of the website that you are visiting.
  • Third Party cookies – These cookies are set by a domain different to the one of the website that you are visiting. DC Storm only use these when a client owns more than one website and wishes to see how users move between these, to track impressions and when a client is using a Storm Lite – which doesn’t use Javascript.

Who sets our cookies?

Cookies on our website are either set by us or our preferred suppliers. In general, they are used to improve your experience and are necessary to allow you to purchase on our online store.

Cookies may also be set by third parties who work with us on affiliate marketing programmes. Please note that no personal data or personal payment details are collected by these third parties or suppliers. Individual customers cannot be identified through use of these cookies.

Social media and YouTube

If you are sharing content you find on our website via Facebook or Twitter, please be aware that these social networking websites may use cookies. Similarly, if you visit a website which contains embedded content such as YouTube, you may be sent cookies. These websites may use cookies that Dunnes Stores does not control. We suggest that you check these websites for more information on how they use your information.

How do I disable cookies?

If you want to disable cookies you need to change your website browser settings to reject cookies. How to do this will depend on the browser you use and we provide further detail below on how to disable cookies for the most popular browsers:

For Microsoft Internet Explorer:

  1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Internet Options”
  2. Click on the “privacy” tab
  3. Select the setting the appropriate setting

For Mozilla Firefox:

  1. Choose the menu “tools” then “Options”
  2. Click on the icon “privacy”
  3. Find the menu “cookie” and select the relevant options

For Opera 6.0 and further:

  1. Choose the menu Files”> “Preferences”
  2. Privacy

Want to find out more about cookies?

We hope that you found our information useful. For additional information please go to www.youronlinechoices.eu. Please note that if you do delete certain cookies on this website you will prevent the online checkout from working correctly, and you will not be able to place an order.

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