Cookies

We use cookies to help you experience our website. We'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on the SIB website.

What are cookies?

Delivering services over the Internet sometimes involves placing small amounts of information, known as "browser cookies", on your computer mobile phone or tablet. Cookies are used to improve services for you by:

  • enabling a service to recognise your computer so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using services, so that popular services can be made easier and faster to use
  • analysing anonymous data to help us understand how people interact with government services so we can make them better

What do cookies look like?

If you click on a cookie you'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the website server that gave you the cookie.

How we use cookies

The SIB website uses a variety of cookies. The NIDirect website provides more details about why cookies are used and how long they will last.

How to manage your cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by any website, you can do this through your Internet browser settings. Your browser is the way you access the internet – common browsers are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how you can restrict or block cookies.

For information on how to restrict or block cookies on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Alternatively, you will also find details on how to restrict or delete cookies on a wide variety of browsers, as well as more general information about cookies, on the About Cookies website.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the way our website works for you.