This privacy statement was last updated: 15 May 2014
This page sets out the National Consumer Agency's policy with regard to the privacy of the users of the ConsumerHelp.ie website and its other websites. By visiting these websites you are agreeing to the terms of this privacy statement. If you are not happy with the terms of this privacy statement and do not wish your information to be recorded, you may wish to leave this site.
The NCA respects the rights of its users and, except for the following list, does not collect personal information on its websites:
- Statistical information gathered automatically when you visit the websites
- Information provided voluntarily during subscription to the email newsletter from this website
Information gathered automatically when you visit the NCA websites
For general web browsing, certain information is recorded in the website log files and site metrics, 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 websites
- The date and time each computer accesses the websites
- The pages accessed and the documents downloaded by each computer
- The type and version of the browsers being used to access the websites
- The addresses of any third-party webpages which refer visitors to our websites
- Keywords used in search engines and directories to find our websites
- Keywords and phrases used to search our websites
Please be aware that if you are logged into a google account while visiting the National Consumer Agency's website, our website log files and site metrics may gather demographic data which you have included in your google profile. This may include age and gender. This information is used for statistical and quality purposes only, including:
- To find out how many people are visiting our sites
- To identify what pages are accessed most frequently
- To help us improve the information we are supplying to our users
- To make our site more user friendly
This information is made available to an agent of the NCA who provides an analysis and reporting service to the NCA. This agent is registered with the Data Protection Commission and has provided written confirmation to the NCA that they will comply with the relevant data protection obligations by keeping information secure and not using it for any purpose other than which it was provided.
An archive of these website log files and associated analysis and reports are retained indefinitely in the NCA as a way of measuring patterns of website traffic over the years and in order to facilitate future planning.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files sent from a website and stored in the user’s web browser while user is browsing a website. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.
Cookies on ConsumerHelp.ie and NCA websites
The cookies used on ConsumerHelp.ie and other NCA websites are listed below.
|Cookie Name||Nature of Cookie||First or Third Party||Purpose|
|__utma is a persistent cookie
__utmb and __utmc are session cookies that last for a maximum of 30 minutes
__utmz is a persistent cookie that lasts for six months
|These are third party cookies that are placed on your device to allow us to use the Google Analytics service||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. Further information is available about these cookies here: Google Analytics cookie information|
|_unam||_unam is a cookie which ensures the share this service (via email, Twitter, Facebook etc.) work smoothly||This is a third party cookie that is placed on your device to ensure the share this service runs smoothly||Many of our pages include a ShareThis button, which allows you to share our content via email, Twitter, Facebook etc. These cookies enable that service to work smoothly. _unam counts number of unique users that share content and how many page views are generated from the resulting share.|
|JSESSIONID||A JESSIONID cookie lasts until the end of the session||This is a cookie placed on your device by us||JSESSIONID is the unique ID of the http session generated by the server|
Should you decide to disable cookies at any time, some functionality of our website may be impaired.
Information provided voluntarily during subscription to NCA's ConsumerHelp.ie email newsletter
Some pages of this website allow you to subscribe to the NCA’s ConsumerHelp.ie email newsletter.
If you use the subscription form to subscribe to the newsletter your email address is automatically added to the subscriber database. Alternatively, if you send an email request to subscribe to this newsletter, your email address is received by a member of the Communications Department in the NCA who adds your name to the subscriber database.
We will only use your email address for sending you communications for which you have specifically subscribed or requested. All email newsletters include details of how you can unsubscribe.
An email address is the only information required in order to complete your subscription.
Subscriber lists are kept on a server belonging to and administered by an agent of the NCA who provides the email alert software to the NCA. This agent is registered with the Data Protection Commission and has provided written confirmation to the NCA that they will comply with the relevant data protection obligations by keeping information secure and not using it for any purpose other than which it was provided.
For backup purposes, copies of email alert subscriber lists are stored on secure servers to which a limited number of NCA personnel or their agents have access via the internal network.
Information provided in tools and calculators
ConsumerHelp.ie also provide tools and calculators for consumers to compare financial products or for personal or household budgeting purposes. Any personal information you provide in these tools is used for the sole purpose of making these calculations during your user session, and this information is not retained afterwards by the NCA.
Disclosure of personal information
The NCA will not disclose a user's personal information to any other party, unless:
- It is required to do so by law, or
- It is necessary in order to complete the user's request or answer the user's query
Security of your personal information
Due to the nature of the internet we cannot guarantee the security of any information while it is being transmitted to us via the internet.
However, we take our security responsibilities very seriously and take all reasonable steps (both technical and organisational) to protect your personal details once they have been received by the NCA.
Staff who have access to personal information gathered from the websites are made aware of data protection responsibilities. Names of the NCA staff members who have access to this information are available on request.
Information that is no longer in use is retained on backup tape for no longer than one year.
Your right of access to personal information
You may inform us of any changes in your personal data and, in accordance with our obligations under the Data Protection Acts 1998 and 2003, we will update or delete your personal data accordingly.
To find out what personal data we hold on you or to have your personal data updated, amended or removed from our files please contact us using the details below.
Privacy statements on third-party websites
Where the NCA websites provide links to third-party websites, these links are provided for information purposes only and the NCA is not responsible for the content, copyright or privacy policies of these websites.
Should you have any concerns about your privacy or any of the issues covered in this statement, email us.