CompareNI.com - Cookie Policy

Cookie Policy

At CompareNi.com we use cookies to remember you when you come back to our site. By doing so we can measure how effective our marketing campaigns are, helping us to improve user experiences on our websites. In order to use the CompareNI website to its fullest potential, your browser will need to support cookies. If cookies aren’t enabled on your computer or device, it may limit your experience on our site and in some cases you may not be able to access some of our services at all.

What are cookies?

A “cookie” is a small piece of information sent by a web server to store on a web browser so it can later be read back from that browser. They are simple, very small text files stored on your computer when you browse certain web pages, useful for having the browser remember some specific information, usually helping to improve the user’s browsing journey.

Am I safe if my browser uses cookies?

Yes, it is safe to use cookies as they don’t do any harm to your computer. They are not programs, therefore they cannot bring any viruses to your computer. They can’t install malware programs or trojans on your computer. Typically they are small lookup tables, containing pairs of key-data values and nothing else.

CompareNI cookies

The following cookies listed below are needed so that our website works properly for all our customers.

Cookie namePurpose of Cookie(s)
PHPSESSIDThis cookie allows us to operate our web servers so that saving details and running a car insurance quote comparison is possible. The website would not work without it.
piwik_visitorThis cookie allows us to test different variations of web pages and analyze user behaviours, logging different browser statistics, allowing us to optimize the functionality as well as look & feel of the website to improve user experience.
AFFID, AFFKWID, WLKWID, CREFThese cookies are used to log users who are referred to us from an affiliate or co-branded website.
AWSELBThis cookie allows us to operate our web servers so that saving details and running a car insurance quote comparison is possible.
curef, cqrefThese cookies allow us to save and rerun a quote on our website for a specific user.
cb-enabledThis cookie is used to trigger a pop up which provides further information on our Cookie Policy.
rid, crid, user_nameThese cookies are used to log which of our users have entered our site from a renewal email campaign.
NOPOPUPThis cookie is used to disable popups from being displayed to users who enter our site from particular affiliates.
EmailTracking, emv_campaign, emv_click,emv_content, emv_email, emv_medium, emv_source, emv_urlThese cookies are used to log various statistics about different email campaigns. This allows us to know how successful particular campaigns have been.
key, valueThis cookie allows us to display a captcha to a user who is carrying out too many quotes on a short time interval on our website. This helps with security and server load on our system.
has_jsThis cookie records whether JavaScript is enabled in your browser, to ensure we display the appropriate content. This is a session based cookie and will be deleted once your session expires.
incap_ses, visid_incap, nlbiThese cookies are used for security to filter out malicious requests on our system.

3rd party cookies

We use these cookies to help us to monitor the customer journey of our users which gives us the information we need to improve the service we offer our customers and within our business constraints.

Cookie namePurpose of Cookie(s)
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmt, __utmv, __utmz, __ga, __gid, __gatThese cookies are Google Analytics which are used to gather anonynmous information on how visitors are using our website, drop-off pages as well as which device and web-browser they use.
__uetsidThis cookie is used by Bing to gather anonymous information on how visitors are using our website.
uidThis cookie is used by ESV Digital to gather anonymous information on how visitors are using our website.
test_cookie, fr, id, SessionData, UserData, datr, lsd, reg_ext_ref, reg_fb_gate, reg_fb_refThese cookies are used by DoubleClick, Yahoo Search Marketing and Facebook and allow us to display ads online and to analyze user behaviour in relation to them, helping us optimize our traffic quality.
p_id=TwitterThis third party cookie lets us collect user data through Twitters application for purposes of conversion tracking and serving ads targeted to users interests.
NIDThis cookie is used by Google and contains a unique ID used to remember your preferences and other information while on our website.

Non-essential cookies

We use these cookies for online marketing purposes. The website can operate without them but they are used to help improve our online marketing effectiveness. These cookies can be disabled.

Cookie namePurpose of Cookie(s)
Adwords RemarketingThese third party cookies let us serve personalised adverts to you when you have left our site and are browsing other websites e.g. if you leave our website without completing a quote we will use remarketing to remind you to return if you want to complete it.

Please Note: Some of the services we use (including social networks such as Facebook and Twitter) tend to change their cookies on a regular basis so our cookie policy may not always be kept 100% up-to-date despite our efforts to do so.

Behavioural advertising

We have relationships with carefully-selected and monitored suppliers who may also set cookies during your visit. The purpose of these cookies is “behavioural advertising” (also known as “remarketing”), which is a means of showing you relevant products and services based on what you appear to be interested in. If you’d like to opt out of behavioural advertising, please go to the Network Advertising Initiative website.

Click here for instructions on managing your browser cookie settings.

Further information

If you’d like to learn more about cookies in general and how to manage them, visit aboutcookies.org