Collection and storage of data
When you visit Oireachtas.ie some information is automatically retrieved about your visit to our site. The information that may be retrieved includes:
- your IP address
- the search terms you used
- the pages you accessed on the website and the links you clicked on
- the date and time you visited the site
- the referring site (if any) through which you clicked through to this site
- your operating system (eg, Windows or Mac)
- the type of web browser you use (eg, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox)
- other data like your screen resolution and the language setting of your browser.
The statistical information referred to above will be viewable by certain Houses of the Oireachtas Service staff, contractors or third parties who provide administration and/or support services for our website. The information is used to produce summary reports on usage and performance of our online services, and to help us analyse and improve our website content and functionality. We do not use any of the information above to personally identify visitors --- it is used in aggregate form only.
Where you voluntarily provide personal information, for example your email address to subscribe to our email alerts or as part of a public petition or a questionnaire, the data will be used only for the reasons provided and/or for research or analysis purposes. In the case of email alerts, you will always have a clear mechanism to remove yourself from future mailings. You should note that any petitions you submit may be published in their entirety, or with some redaction.
Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer by a website. Some cookies can be read by the website on your subsequent visits. The information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing habits on the webpage, or a unique identification number so that the website can "remember" you on your return visit. Other cookies are deleted when you close your browser and only relate to the working of the website. Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the website.
- When you first visit oireachtas.ie, you will see a message informing you about cookies. If you click the 'I Accept' button, oireachtas.ie will set a cookie which records your preference.
- Analytical cookies from Google Analytics are used throughout our website. These cookies collect information that is used in aggregate form to help us understand how our websites is being used.
Other third party cookies
Some cookies that have been set on our website are not related to the Houses of the Oireachtas. If you visit a page on our website with content embedded from, for example, YouTube, that service provider may use their own cookies. We do not control the use of these cookies -- they can only be accessed by the party who originally set them. You should check the third party websites for more information about these cookies.
- Mozilla Firefox
- Google Chrome
- Internet Explorer
- Safari for Mac
- Safari for iOS
- Google Chrome on Android
Social media platforms
We maintain a presence on several social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. Any information, communications, or materials you submit to us via a social media platform is done at your own risk without any expectation of privacy. We cannot control the actions of other users of these platforms or the actions of the platforms themselves. Your interactions with those features and platforms are governed by the privacy policies of the companies that provide them.
Third party websites
Your personal data
If you have any concerns or queries about how your personal data is processed via this website, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Compliance Officer for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts is:
Ms. Jennifer McGrath
Houses of the Oireachtas Service
+353 1 618 4738
For further details on your data privacy rights, please refer to dataprotection.ie.
Glossary of technical terms used
The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.
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.
Last updated: 24 April 2017