Privacy and Data Protection



HEA operates a code of practice whereby it uses its best endeavours to hold confidential any information provided to the HEA, subject to any obligations under law including the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003 or in response to questions, debates or other parliamentary procedures in or of the Oireachtas (the Irish Parliament).

For general web browsing, certain information is recorded in the website log files which may include:

  • The top level domain name from which you access the internet
  • The IP address of the computer from which you access the website
  • The date and time each computer accesses the website
  • The pages accessed and the documents downloaded by each computer
  • The type and version of the browsers being used to access the website
  • The addresses of any third party web-pages which refer visitors to our website
  • Keywords used in search engines and directories to find our website
  • Keywords and phrases used to search our website

This information is used for statistical purposes only including:

  • To find out how many people are visiting our sites
  • To identify what pages are accessed more frequently
  • To help us improve the information we are supplying to our users
  • To make our site more user friendly

Use of Cookies

The HEA does not use Cookies to identify your personal information or to detect your subsequent visits to our website.

Cookies

Cookies are files which are transferred to your device[1] hard disk by a website. Cookies can store information about your preferences and other information which you need when you visit a website. Eurireland.ie uses cookies to monitor our website traffic, to ensure better service levels and in order to provide you with certain features such as the customised delivery of certain information. Non-necessary cookies are only set if you give your consent, these cookies provide us with analytics data about visits to our website.

What is a cookie?
Cookies are small pieces of information that are placed on your device by a website that you visit. Cookies can store information about your preferences and other information that can be read by the website on any subsequent visit by you. The information stored in a cookie relates to how you browse the website and allows the website to remember you and your preferences when you return to it. More information on cookies, including how to disable cookies, can be found on aboutcookies.org.

Types of Cookies
Session cookies only last for the duration of your visit to the website, and are deleted when you close your browser.

Persistent cookies remain after you have closed your browser, and allow a website to remember your actions and preferences when you return.  These cookies are only used when you have given your consent for them.

How does Eurireland.ie use cookies?
The HEA uses cookies for analytics so it can track the number of visits to the website, the county location of that visit, the type of browser you are using etc. This information is used on an aggregate, and not an individual, basis to help provide visitors with a better experience of our website.  These cookies is set based on your consent.

There is also a cookie set when closing the cookie consent notification so you do not need to close it every time you visit the website.  This cookie is necessary and is not based on consent.[2]

The HEA will not personally identify visitors and will not use cookies to contact you. We are committed to respecting your privacy at all times.

Cookies do not in any way compromise the security of your computer.

 

Cookies in use:

All statistics cookies are based on consent.

Cookie Name Purpose Session / Persistent Expiry Period Cookie Type First / Third Party Name of Third Party (if applicable)
_cfduid Identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings. Persistent 11 months Necessary. Third party Highcharts
_ga Google Analytics Persistent Self-resetting (-1 day) Statistics Third Party Google Analytics
_gid Google Analytics Persistent Self-resetting

(0 days – same time as refresh)

Statistics Third Party Google Analytics
_gat Google Analytics Persistent Self-resetting

(1 day from refresh time)

Statistics Third Party Google Analytics
YSC YouTube Session Session performance Third Party YouTube
GPS YouTube Session Session analytics Third Party YouTube
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE YouTube Persistent 180 days Preference, Video, advertising Third Party YouTube
PREF YouTube Persistent 243 days Preference, video Third Party YouTube
IDE Advertising cookie for YouTube Persistent 1 year advertisement Third Party Doubleclick.net (YouTube)

 

You can configure your browser to block cookies.

While we process cookies based on consent, you can also manage your cookie settings varies from browser to browser. You can find more information about how to change your cookie settings from your browser’s help menu.

For Internet Explorer™: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies

For Safari™:  https://support.apple.com/en-ie/guide/safari/manage-cookies-and-website-data-sfri11471/mac

ForChrome™: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

For Firefox™: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences

For Opera™: https://help.opera.com/en/latest/web-preferences/#cookies

For more information about cookies and how to manage them, you can visit the website of the Irish Data Protection Commission https://www.dataprotection.ie/

 

[1] A device in this context can be a PC, a mobile device or any other device that can store information.

[2] Please refer to the E-Privacy Regulation for more information.

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set these optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Privacy Policy page


Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.


Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone.