Cookies Policy & Privacy Statement - DataScan

Cookies Policy & Privacy Statement

Published 11/06/2015

Introduction

Your privacy is important to us and this privacy statement sets out how DataScan Ltd. collects, uses and protects any information you give us when you use DataScan.ie. If you give us any information by which you can be identified when using DataScan.ie then we will use it only in accordance with this privacy statement.

What are Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed on your computer by a website. 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 web page, or a unique identification number so that the website can ‘remember’ you on your return visit.

Generally speaking, cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified, unless you have furnished such information to the website. This website uses cookies to track usage and help improve features and services of the site.

Statistical and analytical information from cookies provides us with general and not individually specific information about the number of people who visit this website; the number of people who return to this site; the pages that they visit; where they were before they came to this site and the page in the site at which they exited. This information helps us monitor traffic on our website so that we can manage the site’s capacity and efficiency. It also helps us to understand which parts of this site are most popular, and generally to assess user behaviour and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the site.

What we do with the information we collect

We require this information for the operation of TheJournal.ie, to understand your needs and provide you with a better service. In particular, we may use or disclose your information for the following reasons:

  • We may use this information for our administration, record keeping and in connection with any payment;
  • We may use this information for technical processing and to address technical problems or service complaints;
  • We may use this information to deal with cases of illegal activity, abuse or harassment;
  • We may transfer this information to enable an external auditor to verify our traffic figures;
  • We may disclose this information where required by law to do so;
  • We may disclose this information to law enforcement, government officials or courts where we believe that disclosure is necessary and proportionate; and
  • We may disclose this information where we believe that disclosure is necessary and proportionate for the protection of the legitimate interests of ourselves or of a third party.

We will not otherwise disclose, sell or distribute your information to any third party without your permission.

Cookies we use

There are two types of cookie you may encounter when using this site;

FIRST PARTY COOKIES: these are our own cookies, controlled by us and used to provide information about usage of our site.

The following is a listing of the main cookies used on our site together with brief details of the information they store and for what purpose;

Analytics cookies: Every time a user visits our website, web analytics software provided by a third party generates an anonymous analytics cookie. These cookies can tell us whether or not you have visited the site before. Your browser will tell us if you have these cookies, and if you don’t, we generate new ones. This allows us to track how many individual unique users we have, and how often they visit the site. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only.

CookieTypeDurationDescription
viewed_cookie_policyCookie Law Info Plugin1 YearThis cookie is created when the user clicks the Accept button in the Cookie Info bar.
_gaGoogle Analytics2 YearsUsed to distinguish users.
_gatGoogle Analytics10 DaysUsed to throttle request rate.
__utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmv, __utmz, __qca, disqus_unique, UIDR, mc, UID, testCookieDisqusThe __utma, -b, -c, -v and -z cookies have the same expiration as our Google Analytics cookies. __qca expires 26 years after your last visit to a page containing Disqus, while disqus unique expires in 6 months.Disqus set a number of cookies on any page that includes a Disqus comment box. While we have no control over the cookies set by Disqus, they appear to include a mixture of pieces of information to measure the number and behaviour of Disqus users, including information that links your visits to our website with your Google, Facebook, Twitter or Disqus account if you are signed in to one. This cookie does not identify you personally unless you are logged into Disqus, in which case it is linked to your Disqus, Google, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Turning off Cookies

Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies. If you want to know how to do this please look up the help menu on your browser. However, switching off cookies may restrict your use of the website and/or affect the way in which the website operates. Also, if you do this you may not be able to use all services on our websites and you might see more pop-ups and other intrusive advertising, as we won’t be able to limit what you see using cookies. You will, however, still be able to view editorial content.

Find out more about the use of cookies on http://www.cookiecentral.com

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.

If you are primarily concerned about third party cookies generated by advertisers, you can turn these off by going to http://www.youronlinechoices.com/ie/

Links to other websites

This website may provide links to third-party web sites for your convenience and information. If you access those links, you will leave this web site. DataScan Limited is not responsible for the content of external internet sites. We encourage you to review the privacy statement of any company before submitting your personal information.

THIRD PARTY COOKIES: these are cookies found in other companies’ internet tools which we are using to enhance our site, for example Disuqus, have their own cookies, which are controlled by them.

The companies that generate these cookies have their own privacy policies and DataScan Limited has no access to read or write these cookies, other than allowing them to be served, we have no role to play in these cookies at all.

If you would like to disable “third party” cookies generated by advertisers or providers of targeted advertising services, you can turn them off by going to the third party’s website and getting them to generate a one-time “no thanks” cookie that will stop any further cookies being written to your machine.

The following are links to the main third party advertising, analytics, survey and commenting platforms we use, each of which provides instructions on how to do this:

Disqus: http://disqus.com/

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Changes to this Statement

If there are updates to the details of this Privacy and Cookie Policy, we will post those changes and update the revision date at the top of this document, so you will always know what information we collect online, how we use it, and what choices you have.

Data Protection in Ireland

More information on data privacy rights is available directly from the website of the Irish Data Protection commissioner http://www.dataprotection.ie

Contacting Us

If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement or you wish to make a complaint, please feel free to contact us through our info@datascan.ie email.

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