This policy governs the use of personal data which you provide to us via our website. Personal data is any or all data relating to a natural person who is identified, or can be identified, from the data.
Patrick Costello TD respects your privacy. I understand that how your personal data is used and shared online matters to you, and I take the privacy of those who visit our website (“the site”) very seriously. I will not collect any data other than when you contact us, and I will always process that data in compliance with the law. Our site may contain links to other sites, and be aware that if you choose to click on those links, your data may be processed by other organisations hosting those sites. I cannot control or monitor this, and you should have regard to their privacy policies.
Who we are
- The site is owned and operated by Patrick Costello TD.
- We are regulated by Data Protection Commission.
- We are a member of Dáil Éireann.
You have certain rights as a data subject under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which governs the collection, processing and disposal of personal data by organisations such as ours.
In relation to personal data about you, you have the right:
- to be informed about how and why we collect and use the data
- to be informed about who may receive your data, where it may be transferred and how long it will normally be retained
- to be given access to the data we hold
- to have any inaccurate or incomplete data rectified
- to ask us to delete personal data earlier than we might already dispose of it
- to prevent us from processing the data further
- to object to us using the data for particular purposes.
We provide contact details at the end of this policy for you to use if you have any complaint about our processing of your personal data. If you are not satisfied with the way we deal with this issue, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the
Data Protection Commission (DPC), which is the body in charge of supervising personal data use in Ireland.
What data do we collect?
If you communicate with us by email via our website, we will collect your name, email address and any other content that you send to us in the body of the mail.
When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information.”
We collect Device Information using the following technologies:
“Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
“Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
“Web beacons,” “tags,” and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.
How is your data used?
We will process and store your data securely, and we will only keep it for as long as we need it for the purpose(s) for which it was collected.
In relation to the data we do collect, as laid out in the section above, will only use it to reply to your email.
We use the Device Information that we collect to help us to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how people browse and interact with the Site).
You have the right to withdraw your consent to our use of your personal data at any time, and to request that we delete it.
We will not share your personal data with anyone at any time.
How and where do we store your data?
We will only keep your data as long as we need it for the purpose(s) for which it is collected, and/or for as long as we have your permission to hold it.
Your data will only be stored within the Ireland as part of the EU and is treated lawfully and in accordance with the GDPR.
We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site–you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Accessing your data
You are entitled to make a subject access request under the GDPR. This means that you may request a copy of any personal data we hold about you, free of charge. We will provide any or all information in response to your request if you contact us on Patrick.Costello@Oireachtas.ie
If you have any questions about the site or this policy, or you wish to make a subject access request, then please contact us as follows, making your request or query clear:
- email: Patrick.Costello@Oireachtas.ie
- telephone: (01) 6183566
- postal address: Patrick Costello T.D., Leinster House, Kildare St, Dublin 2.
Amending the policy
We may change this policy from time to time, in response to changes in the law or for operational reasons. Any changes will immediately be posted on the site and you will be deemed to have accepted the amended policy if you continue to use the site afterwards. You should therefore regularly review this policy.