- General Privacy Statement
- Collection of Personal Information
- Why do we collect this Information?
- Your Privacy
- Glossary of Terms
General Privacy Statement
This website is maintained by, the Department of Rural & Community Development. The Department of Rural & Community Development fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear and explicit permission.
Any personal information, which you volunteer, will be treated securely and confidentially in accordance with the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with this website. Some technical terms used in this statement are explained at the end of this page.
Collection of Personal Information
This website does not collect any personal identifiable data, however, each time you visit the site, we may collect statistical information, this may include your IP address and hostname, web browser version, pages visited and for how long you stay on any particular page etc. We may also collect the previous website address from which you reached us, including any search terms used.
Why do we collect this Information?
We collect this information to analyse the usage patterns of the website. This will allow us to improve the website’s effectiveness. We will never try to identify individual visitors, nor will we link or associate the technical details listed above with any individual. The information is solely collected to monitor the site activity and to aim to improve the visitor experience in accordance with user needs.
It is our policy never to disclose any information collected in respect of individual website visitors to any third party. If you are concerned about how personal data is processed via this website, please do not hesitate to bring such concerns to our attention. To do so, you can contact the TidyTowns unit of the Department of Rural and Community Development by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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 activities on the website, or a unique identifier 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. Certain cookies are also used to help web pages to load faster and to route information over a network.
The information stored in cookies may include personal data such as an IP address. It may also contain non-personal data such as language settings or information about the type of device a person is using to browse the site. We may use analytics cookies to provide information on the number of unique visitors and the pages they browse during their visits.
Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or to customise your settings for cookies. To find out how to do this, see the ‘Help’ menu on your browser. Please note that if you turn off cookies or change your settings, some features of the website may not work correctly.
Glossary of Terms
|An Internet Protocol address (IP address) is a numerical label assigned to each device connected to a computer network that uses the Internet Protocol for communication. An IP address serves two main functions: host or network interface identification and location addressing. 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.
|A web browser (commonly referred to as a browser) is a software application for accessing information on the World Wide Web. When a user requests a web page from a particular website, the web browser retrieves the necessary content from a web server and then displays the page on the user’s device. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer or Google Chrome.
|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 activities on the website.
|A new European Union-wide framework known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force across the EU on 25 May 2018. They provide for higher standards of data protection for individuals and impose increased obligations on organisations that process personal data.