Website of The Northern & Western Regional Assembly – Data Protection Policy
The Northern & Western Regional Assembly has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. By visiting nwra.ie, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice.
This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with the aforementioned website. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such. Some technical terms used in this statement are explained at the end of this page. You can contact us at:
Northern & Western Regional Assembly
The Square, Ballaghaderreen
Phone: 00 353 94 9862970
A cookie is a small piece of data in the form of a text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device having visited a website. It allows a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a length of time.
How Cookies are used on this website
There are two main categories of cookie:
- Session Cookies: are temporary cookies that are not stored on your computer or mobile device. These session cookies are erased when you close your browser, or after 20 minutes of inactivity.
- Persistent cookies: are cookies placed on your computer or mobile device for a pre-determined length of time when you visit this site.
This website may use Google Analytics to assist with managing our website to ensure we provide relevant information in an easily accessible format and as a tool to give our members/visitors best service.
Below is a list of cookies that we currently use:
|APISID||2 yr||Google maps. Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps|
|CONSENT||1 yr||Google maps. Information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.|
|HSID||2 yr||Used by Google to store user preferences and information of Google maps|
|SSID||Close of session||Google analytics. Security cookie to authenticate users, prevent fraudulent use of login credentials, and protect user data from unauthorized parties.|
|_unam||9 months||Analytics. Monitors “click-stream” activity, e.g. web|
|_utma||12 months||Analytics. Used to distinguish users and sessions.|
|_utmb||30 mins||Analytics. Used to determine new sessions/visits.|
|_utmc||Close of session||Analytics. To determine whether the user was in a new session/visit.|
|_utmt||10 mins||Analytics. Used to throttle request rate.|
|_utmv||6 months||Analytics. Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site.|
|PHPSESSID||Close of session||Login functionality.|
|wfvt_(random number), wordfence_verifiedHuman||30 mins||WordPress Wordfence security plugin cookies to verify the user is a person and not a bot or security threat.|
|OGPC||1 MONTH||These cookies are used by Google to store preferences and user information each time they visit web pages containing geographical maps of Google Maps.|
|AID||1 week||AID are used by Google to link your activity across devices if you’ve previously signed in to your Google Account on another device. “We do this to coordinate the ads you see across devices and measure conversion events. These cookies may be set on the domains google.com/ads, google.com/ads/measurement, or googleadservices.com. If you don’t want the ads you see to be coordinated across your devices, you can opt out of Ads Personalization using Ads Settings”.|
|NID||6 months||Advertising cookie by Google.|
|aviaCookieConsent, aviaPrivacyRefuseCookiesHideBar, aviaPrivacyEssentialCookiesEnabled, aviaPrivacyGoogleTrackingDisabled, aviaPrivacyGoogleMapsDisabled, aviaPrivacyGoogleReCaptchaDisabled, aviaPrivacyGoogleWebfontsDisabled, aviaPrivacyVideoEmbedsDisabled, aviaPrivacyMustOptInSetting||1 month||Essential cookies set by the theme to save user cookie options.|
|_ga||2 years||The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site’s analytics report. The cookie stores information anonymously and assigns a randomly generated number to recognize unique visitors.|
|_gid||1 day||Installed by Google Analytics, _gid cookie stores information on how visitors use a website, while also creating an analytics report of the website’s performance. Some of the data that are collected include the number of visitors, their source, and the pages they visit anonymously.|
|_gat_gtag_UA_4320601_25||60 seconds||Set by Google to distinguish users.|
|YSC||Session||This cookie is set by YouTube to track views of embedded videos.|
|VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE||6 months||This cookie is set by Youtube to keep track of user preferences for Youtube videos embedded in sites;it can also determine whether the website visitor is using the new or old version of the Youtube interface.|
|mailpoet_page_view, mailpoet_subscriber||No expiry||mailpoet_page_view cookie is to correctly calculate subscriber’s engagement and identify inactive subscribers.|
mailpoet_subscriber is used for Abandoned Cart emails. Both cookies are set to not expire.
The Northern & Western Regional Assembly fully respects your right to privacy, and we will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear permission. Any information which you volunteer to our website will be treated with the highest standard of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003.
What Personal Information About Customers Does The Northern & Western Regional Assembly Gather?
The information we learn from you helps us personalise and continually improve your online experience at nwra.ie and our other websites. Here are the types of information we gather:
Information You Give Us
We receive and store any information you enter on our website or give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features. When you register for a newsletter, we require personal information (like name, email address, etc.). We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, customizing our online services for you, improving our online services, and communicating with you.
Where a user voluntarily provides personal information, the data will be used for analysis, research or customer service purposes only. Any personal data provided by you to us will be held in accordance with the data protection principles set out in the Data Protection (Amendment) Act, 2003, the Data Protection Act, 1988, Electronic Commerce Act, 2000, and other relevant EU and Irish legislation.
If we do use mailing lists to pass on information on your account(s) or promotions to you about our online services, we will always have a clear mechanism for you to remove yourself from future mailings.
The Northern & Western Regional Assembly assures you that the identity of all who contact us through this website is kept confidential: we do not rent, sell, or exchange mailing lists, or otherwise disclose such information to third parties, except as may be required by law, or through voluntary cooperation with law enforcement authorities if we judge that such cooperation is necessary to combat fraud or other crime.
For general web browsing no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us from our website logs. For example, like many websites, we obtain certain types of information when your web browser (browsers are pieces of software that allow you to access the internet; examples include: Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, etc.) accesses nwra.ie or our other websites.
Examples of information collected:
- Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet (for example 192.168.88.21)
- Login—if using our account services
- Email address—if you email any of our public email addresses
- Computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, platform, referring url and pages visited
The Northern & Western Regional Assembly will make no attempt to identify individual visitors or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual, except in cases where criminal activity has taken place (i.e. in response to a “hacking” incident). It is the policy of The Northern & Western Regional Assembly never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to a third party (except for law-enforcement bodies and then only in response to illegal activity such as “hacking”; also our Internet Service Provider which records such data on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard), unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only by The Northern & Western Regional Assembly, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes. You should not that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute “personal data” for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003.
Does nwra.ie Share the Information it Receives?
Rarely. In cases where there is a statutory requirement to share information with a government agency or other local authority or where your information must be shared with another agency in order to answer a customer query, then the minimum amount of information required will be shared in an appropriate manner. Generally, information is shared with other agencies as an aggregate rather than as a specific piece of data. We may choose to release automatic information (see above) and other information received to the website to companies and organizations for fraud protection. Information of this type will only be shared about users who have caused or attempted to cause damage to nwra.ie. This type of information would be shared only as a result of “hacking” attacks, fraud or other illegal activities.
What Information Can I Access Online?
Nwra.ie will make as much public information available online as possible in order to improve the transparency of our organisation. We also publish annually details of beneficiaries of EU Funding and expenses paid to our Assembly Members.
Links To Other Websites
In order to make more information easier to find for our users, www.nwra.ie link to content owned and hosted by other local authorities, government agencies, companies, organizations, etc. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such. The Northern & Wester Regional Assembly makes no promises or recommendations about the quality of services provided by groups owning the websites we link to.
Glossary of Technical Terms Used
- Web browser: The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Opera.
- IP address: 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.
- Cookies: Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide security while you access your online ePayment account information.
In accordance with the Data Protection Acts 1988/2009/2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679, the Regional Assembly intends to ensure that any personal data given to us is:
- Processed lawfully, fairly & transparently
- Collected for specific, explicit & legitimate purposes
- Adequate, relevant & limited to what’s necessary
- Accurate & kept up to date
- Kept in a form which permits identification for no longer than is necessary
- Handled and stored in a way to ensure appropriate security
- To know what we do with your personal information
- To access your personal information
- To object to or restrict the usage of your personal information
- To have your personal information deleted, unless we have a reason to keep it
- To stop direct marketing messages
- To receive your personal information in a commonly-used format, or to have it passed to another data controller
We will take steps to verify your identity before granting access to your personal information. If you would like to make a Data Access Request, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacting the Northern & Western Regional Assembly
Northern & Western Regional Assembly
Right of Complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your response from the Northern & Western Regional Assembly, you have the right to make a complaint to the Data Protection Commission:
Data Protection Commission
Canal House, Station Road,
Portarlington, Co. Laois