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BMF respects the privacy of all visitors to our website.

This is our policy on the use of cookies on We may update this Cookie Policy from time to time to reflect any changes in technology or legislation affecting the way we use cookies and how you, as a user, can manage them.

What Are Cookies?
Cookies are small text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit our website. Cookies are then sent back to our website on each of your subsequent visits, or to another website that recognises that cookie.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also helps us to improve our site.

If you choose to opt out of receiving cookies you may lose some features and functionality of [- for example you will not be able to login with your BMF website ID to view our Members' Area content].

If you want to:
  1. prevent your browser from accepting new cookies;
  2. remove cookies; or
  3. disable cookies,

the help menu in the menu bar of most browsers will explain how to do this or you can click on the links below to access instructions from some of the most popular browsers:
For more information on how to manage cookies, please visit

What Cookies Do BMF Use?
When you use the website, the following types of cookies can be set on your device:
Below is a list of the specific cookies we use and a description of what they do:
BMF_CookiePolicyAcceptance1 year after accepting cookie policy message.Indicates that you have read our cookie policy.
*_CookiePolicyAcceptance1 year after accepting cookie policy message.Indicates that you have read the cookie policy for our sector websites.
DomAuthSessIdWhen the browsing session ends or after 8 hours of inactivity.Session-based authentication.
Set when a member has logged into our site.

Third Party Cookies
Some cookies that have been set on our websites are not related to BMF. When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, a social networking site, these service providers may set their own cookies on your web browser.

We do not control the use of these cookies as cookies can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. Below is a list of the third party cookies in use on our website:
CookieExpiryAdditional information
__utma2 years from set/updateGoogle Analytics - Used to distinguish visitors and pages visited. Records a unique ID, the date and time of first visit, time of current visit nd total number of visits made
__utmz6 months from set/update Google Analytics - Records the site you may have linked to our page from. Only records data if you clicked on a link to our site from a different website.
_ga2 years from set/updateGoogle Analytics - Used to distinguish users to site.
_gid24 hoursGoogle Analytics - Used to distinguish users to site.
_dc_gtm_UA-*1 minuteGoogle Tagmanager - Used to track which Google Analytics ID is used.
_gat_UA-*1 minuteGoogle Analytics - used to throttle request rate.
_gali30 minutesGoogle Analytics.
CONSENTYear 2037/2038YouTube.
PREF1 year from setYouTube.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE1 year from setYouTube.
YSCWhen the browsing session endsYouTube.
s_glWhen the browsing session endsYouTube.
muc2 years from set/updateTwitter.
dnt10 yearsTwitter - Do Not Track.
eu_cn1 year from set/updateTwitter.
guest_id2 yearsTwitter.
kdt2 yearsTwitter.
personalization_id2 yearsTwitter.
remember_checked_on10 yearsTwitter.
tfw_exp14 daysTwitter.
__atuvc2 years from set/updateAddThis social sharing widget. To enable visitors to share content with a range of networking and sharing platforms.
__atuvs30 minutesAddThis social sharing widget.

Clear Pixels
As well as using cookies on our website, we also use invisible 11 pixel tags, known as 'clear pixels'. These pixels are used to collect statistical information about visitors to our website and the pages they view. BMF use these pixels to understand what content is popular and how the layout of the website might be improved.

Also, clear pixels are used in each [eZine and newsletter] sent by our system. If you receive the HTML formatted version of our [eZine and/or newsletter] and your email is configured to download images, a record of whether or not you open the email (and, if you open the email, how frequently you open it) will be saved with your subscriber history. Your engagement with the content of the communication (such as which links you click on) will also be recorded.

We use this information in aggregated form to give us an indication of the popularity of content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting. We may also use the information to publish more content relevant to certain categories of subscribers in future issues and to unsubscribe recipients who haven't opened our emails for a while.

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BMF is a part of Ibec clg which is registered in Ireland.
Registration No. 8706.
Registered address: 84/86 Lower Baggot Street Dublin 2

Phone +353 (0)1 605 1500 Fax +353 (0)1 638 1500 Email