PRIVACY & COOKIES POLICY
What information do we collect?
We fully respect your right to privacy in relation to your interactions with the website and endeavour to guarantee to be transparent in our dealings with you as to what information we will collect and how we will use your information. Also, we only collect and use individual user details where we have legitimate business reasons, and where we are legally entitled to do so.
How do we collect information from you?
- IP Addresses
We collect IP addresses from visitors to our website (an IP address is a number that can uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on the internet). This allows us to identify the location of users, to block disruptive use and to establish the number of visits from different countries. We analyse this data for trend and statistics reasons, such as which parts of our website users are visiting and how long they spend there.
What is a Cookie?
A cookie is a small text file that a website saves on your computer or mobile device when you visit the website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie, to develop a record of the user’s online activity. Cookies on this site may be delivered in a first-party (set by this website) or third-party (set by another website) context and may also be set in association with emails you receive from us.
Cookies help us improve your experience when using the website. They also help us understand how people use our site, such as which pages are most popular, so that we can improve how we serve our website users and clients.
Cookies Used on This Site
Essential Cookies: These cookies are essential for enabling user movement around our website. These cookies do not gather information about you that could be used for marketing purposes and do not remember where you have been on the internet. This category of cookies cannot be disabled. The table below provides more information about these cookies.
Analytics Cookies: We use Google Analytics cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website. These cookies collect information in the aggregate to give us insight into how our website is being used. We anonymise IP addresses in Google Analytics, and the anonymised data is transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. The following table has more information about these cookies.
|Cookie Name||Source||Expiry||Purpose||How to Block
|_ga||Google Analytics||2 years from set/update||These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use this website. We use the information to help us improve our site through the collection of anonymised information (e.g., number of visitors to website and where visitors have come to the site from).
|Open the Cookie Consent Tool to set your preferences or delete these cookies through your browser settings.
|_utma||Google Analytics||2 years from set/update|
|_utmz||Google Analytics||6-months from set/update|
To view an overview of the privacy of Google Analytics cookies please go here: https://support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.
You may install a Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on by going here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Adverts may be delivered to you based on your online or mobile behavior (on this website and other websites), your search activity, your responses to one of our advertisements or e-mails, the pages you visit, your general geographic location, or other information. These ads may appear on our sites or on third-party websites. The technology partners with whom we work to help us conduct interest-based advertising may be members of self-regulatory associations such as:
- Network Advertising Initiative (NAI): http://www.optout.networkadvertising.org
- Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA): http://www.aboutads.info/choices
You may also see advertisements for third-parties on our website or other websites or properties, based on your visits to, and activities on this website and other sites.
Third Party Websites’ Cookies
When using our website, you may be directed to other websites for such activities such as accessing relevant YouTube videos, or if you choose to take a look at our social media platforms. These websites may use their own cookies. We do not have control over the placement of cookies by other websites you visit, even if you are directed to them from our website.
How to Control and Delete Cookies
- Consent Tool
- Using Your Browser
Many of the cookies used on our website and through emails can be enabled or disabled through our consent tool or by disabling the cookies through your browser. To disable cookies through your browser, follow the instructions usually located within the “Help,” “Tools” or “Edit” menus in your browser. Please note that disabling a cookie or category of cookies does not delete the cookie from your browser unless manually completed through your browser function.
You can also use a browser plug-in such as Ghostery* from Cliqz International GmbH or the Tracking Protection List* from TRUSTe. (A browser plug-in is a piece of software which adds extra capabilities to your browser—for example, to play video or scan for viruses.).
Cookies that Have Been Set in the Past
Collection of your data from our analytics cookies can be deleted. If cookies are deleted, the information collected prior to the preference change may still be used, however, we will stop using the disabled cookie to collect any further information from your user experience. For our marketing cookie, when a user opts out of tracking, a new cookie is placed to prevent users from being tracked.
What about other tracking technologies?
Cookies are not the only way to recognise or track visitors to a website. Media Literacy Ireland may use other, similar technologies from time to time, like web beacons (sometimes called “tracking pixels” or “clear gifs”). These are tiny graphics files that contain a unique identifier that enable us to recognise when someone has visited our web sites or opened an e-mail containing a Newsletter and/or eZine that we have sent them. In many instances, these technologies are reliant on cookies to function properly, and so declining cookies will impair their functioning. Your engagement with the content of the communication (such as which links you click on) will also be recorded.
We use this information in aggregated form to give us an indication of the popularity of content and to help us make decisions about future content and formatting. We may also use the information to publish more content relevant to certain categories of subscribers in future issues and to unsubscribe recipients who haven’t opened our emails for a while.
Mailing Lists and Registration processes
If users wish to utilise certain services located on specific sections of the website, they are requested to sign up. Services that currently require some form of sign up include:
- Email newsletters from the website
- Registering with ACAUS for nominated services
To register as a user of such services we need to collect information such as, at a minimum, an email address. We may also ask some further questions so we can gain a clearer understanding of what you are interested in, in order to personalise the information that we give you.
You can update your personal information held and change your stated interests and whether or not you wish to receive correspondence from us. You may unsubscribe from the e-newsletter and other updates by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of all our email correspondence. We may ask different questions for different services, including competitions. We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
Email Newsletter services are provided through MailChimp.com. MailChimp are certified to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and the Swiss-U.S Privacy Shield Framework and are fully compliant with EU data protection legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Mobile Devices & Social Media
Applications developed in connection with the website for mobile devices will operate and capture information as set out above. Applications developed by us but deployed on other platforms such as social media channels may provide feedback to us on activity and usage specific to a user.
Note: If you are aged 18 or under, please get your parent/guardian’s permission before you provide any personal information to us. Users without this consent are not allowed to provide us with personal information.
How do we use the information we collect?
We collect different types of information about our users for the following reasons:
- To personalise the way our content is presented to you and to ensure that content from our website are presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer or mobile device.
- To help us to monitor and improve the services we offer, including this website. As part of this, we may use and disclose information in aggregate (so that no individuals are identified).
- To carry out any legal obligations arising from your interaction with the website.
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
Are there cases where we may use your information to contact you?
We may contact you:
- For administration reasons related to the service to which you have signed up (e.g. to provide you with password reminders or to notify you that a particular service, activity or online content has been suspended for maintenance, or in response to a question that you ask us).
- To provide you with information about our services, activities or online content. You should only receive e-newsletters or similar correspondence and updates from ACAUS if you have agreed to in response to any contact you have made with us, e.g. on our Facebook page, or via the Contact Us facility. It will be made clear to you where you have these choices, for example, by providing tick boxes for you to decide whether you wish to receive e-newsletters.
- To invite you to participate in surveys about our services (participation is always voluntary).
Where we wish to use your personal information in any other way, we will ensure that we notify you first. You will also be given the opportunity to withhold or withdraw your consent for the use of your personal information for purposes other than those listed in this document.
Do we protect your personal information?
We do our utmost to protect user privacy through the appropriate use of the security technology: we ensure that we have appropriate physical and technological security measures to protect your information; and we ensure that when we outsource any processes that the service provider has appropriate security measures.
However, this website may contain hyperlinks to websites owned and operated by third parties. These third-party websites have their own privacy policies, including cookies. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third-party websites and your use of such websites is at your own risk.
Who do we share data with?
We may disclose your personal information to any company or other corporate entity under the control and direction of ACAUS.
We reserve the right to access and disclose personal data to comply with applicable laws and lawful government requests, to operate our systems properly and to protect both ourselves and our users.
ACAUS voting members are also members of one of our home institutes and Chartered Accountants Worldwide (CAW) (See About us on our website for details.) We do share with each institute and CAW details on their members attending ACAUS events on an event by event basis.
We may also use service providers to help us run the website or services available on the website. Any third parties who access your data in the course of providing services on our behalf are subject to strict contractual restrictions to ensure that your data is protected, in compliance with data protection legislation.
Where do we store your personal data?
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Legal information and how to contact us
The Data Controller for this website and services provided through this website is ACAUS.
If you would like to obtain a copy of the personal data we hold on you, or have any queries regarding the ACAUS use of personal data please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.