Cookie & Privacy Policy

What Are Cookies

As is common practice with almost all professional websites this site uses cookies, which are tiny files that are downloaded to your computer, to improve your experience. This page describes what information they gather, how we use it and why we sometimes need to store these cookies. We will also share how you can prevent these cookies from being stored however this may downgrade or ‘break’ certain elements of the sites functionality.

For more general information on cookies see the Wikipedia article on HTTP Cookies…

How We Use Cookies

We use cookies for a variety of reasons detailed below. Unfortunately is most cases there are no industry standard options for disabling cookies without completely disabling the functionality and features they add to this site. It is recommended that you leave on all cookies if you are not sure whether you need them or not in case they are used to provide a service that you use.

Disabling Cookies

You can prevent the setting of cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser Help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies will affect the functionality of this and many other websites that you visit. Disabling cookies will usually result in also disabling certain functionality and features of the this site. Therefore it is recommended that you do not disable cookies.

The Cookies We Set

This site offers newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.

When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.

Third Party Cookies

In some special cases we also use cookies provided by trusted third parties. The following section details which third party cookies you might encounter through this site.

This site uses Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solution on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.

For more information on Google Analytics cookies, see the official Google Analytics page.

From time to time we test new features and make subtle changes to the way that the site is delivered. When we are still testing new features these cookies may be used to ensure that you receive a consistent experience whilst on the site whilst ensuring we understand which optimisations our users appreciate the most.

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including Facebook and Twitter, will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.

More Information

Hopefully that has clarified things for you and as was previously mentioned if there is something that you aren’t sure whether you need or not it’s usually safer to leave cookies enabled in case it does interact with one of the features you use on our site. However if you are still looking for more information then you can contact us through one of our preferred contact methods.

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear and explicit permission. Any personal information which you volunteer will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

Any and all information collected at this site will be kept strictly confidential and will not be sold, reused, rented, loaned, or otherwise disclosed to third parties. Any information you give to us will be held with the utmost care, and will not be used in ways that you have not consented to.

User Accounts
We provide you with the ability to edit the information in your user account information that your provided to us by using your personal page configuration area. You may request deletion of your user account by contacting us. Content or other data that you may have provided to us and that is not contained in your user account, such as a post on a forum, may continue to remain on our site at our discretion even though your user account is deleted.

Email Database Policy
If you have opted in to receive email updates from the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, you are in complete control of the information provided. The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival places control over communications directed to you where it belongs, in your hands:
• We only send our e-mail newsletters to subscribers who ask to receive them.
• Once you are on the list, you can easily get off. Each e-mail newsletter you receive has simple instructions on how to immediately unsubscribe from our newsletter list. To do this you must use the e-mail addresses you specified at the time of becoming a member.
• If you change or move e-mail addresses please let us know so we can redirect your e-mail to your new address.
• Being a Cat Laughs email database subscriber means you have a user account on our system. As per above, you have the right to edit or delete your user account at any time by contacting us.

This website does not require the use of cookies however they are used for email database subscribers to enhance user experience by storing user preferences. Technical details in connection with visits to this website are logged by our internet service provider for our statistical purposes. No information is collected that could be used by us to identify website visitors.

The technical details logged are confined to the following items: The IP address of the visitor’s web server; the top-level domain name used (for example .ie, .com, .org, .net); the previous website address from which the visitor reached us, including any search terms used ; clickstream data which shows the traffic of visitors around this web site (for example pages accessed and documents downloaded);and the type of web browser used by the website visitor.

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival will make no attempt to identify individual visitors, or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual. It is the policy of the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to any third party (apart from our internet service provider, which records such data on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard), unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only by the Cat Laughs Comedy Festival, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes. Please note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute “personal data” for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

Please note this statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with this website (www.thecatlaughs.com). We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such.
Changes to this privacy policy may be made from time to time. We will notify you of any substantial changes to this policy either by posting a prominent announcement on the homepage of the website and/or by sending a message to the email address you have provided within your user settings. Whilst this privacy policy states our standards for maintenance of data and we will make every effort to meet them, we are not in a position to guarantee these standards. There may be factors beyond our control that may result in the disclosure of data. As a consquency we disclaim any warranties or representations relating to maintenance or non disclosure of data.

Glossary of technical terms used:
Web browser:

The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Opera.
IP address:

The identifying details for your computer (or your internet company’s computer), expressed in “internet protocol” code (for example 192.168.72.34). Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.
Cookies:

Small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer by a web site. Cookies can be read by the web site on your subsequent visits. The information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing habits on the web page, or a unique identification number so that the web site can “remember” you on your return visit. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the web site.