Cookies on this website
The Health Service Executive (HSE) owns and runs this website.
Cookies are small files that are created and saved on your phone, tablet or computer when you visit a website. They store information about how you use the website, such as the pages you visit and how you interact with content.
Cookies are not viruses or computer programs. They are very small so do not take up much space.
To see the current list of cookies please click on the “Cookie settings” button in the website footer.
Types of information our cookies collect
We receive the following types of information about you through the cookies we use:
cookie browser data – cookie identifiers, time and date, pages viewed, which cookies you have consented to
device data – device type, screen resolution, operating system version, browser information (version and basic settings)
log data – when and how long you used this website for, what you searched for
location data – the country and county you were in when you used the website
analytical data – data about your usage of this website
IP addresses – in server log files for website security purposes
We anonymise and aggregate the data that we collect. If you give us permission to collect more information, we do this in line with your consent. There are a small number of situations where we collect the information in our legitimate interests.
Consent and cookies
We automatically set cookies that are strictly necessary. We do not need your consent to use them. You cannot change these or opt-out.
Your consent will last for 6 months from the date that you last provide it to us. After 6 months, we will automatically ask you to give us a new consent, the next time you use our website on the same device.
How you can control your cookie settings
Some cookies, like those used to collect information about how you use our website, are not essential. We'll only use them if you say it's OK through your cookies settings. Please click on the “Cookie settings” button in the website footer to manage your preferences.
No matter what cookie settings you choose, you should be able to visit all pages on our website without losing any functionality. But some additional features may not be available to you.
Choose which cookies we can use when you visit our website by clicking on the “Cookie settings” button in the website footer.
Access to your cookies data
Only HSE staff, and suppliers who are directly involved with the management of this website will have access to cookies data collected.
All HSE staff, and suppliers which may have access to personal data shall be bound to the HSE via confidentiality agreements and are obliged to keep your personal data secure, and to use it only for the purposes specified by the HSE.
Our suppliers can be categorised as follows:
Advertising, PR, digital and creative agencies
Market and customer research providers
Social media platforms
Website and app developers
Website hosting services providers
The majority of suppliers we use are processors with whom we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it other than in accordance with our specific instructions. We only disclose to them or allow them to access information that is necessary for them to provide their services.
In relation to the cookies used on this Website, we use the following key suppliers:
Google Analytics - performance monitor, audience summary, active users, user explorer, analytics audience, comparison reports, user flow report;
Information generated by a cookie about the use of this Website (but not including your IP address) may be transmitted and stored on Google’s servers in the United States.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
For detailed information about the modules listed above and Google’s handling of personal information, please see www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners and http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy/privacy-policy.html.
Social Media Channels
If you are logged into your social media account when you access this website then the social media account provider may be able to associate your account with the pages that you visit. They do not do this on behalf of the HSE but for their own purposes, please make yourself aware of the privacy policies of the social media providers that are present on our website.
You can find out more about the policies of these social media channels here:
Social Media Channel
Will my personal data be transferred outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)
The HSE uses Google Analytics to collect information about your use of this website. Google does transfer data to the United States of America (USA). However, the HSE has anonymised IP addresses for this website which means that no individual can be identified by their IP address.
The HSE does not transfer any other personal data about you outside the EEA. If the HSE decides to transfer your personal data outside the EEA they shall ensure the provisions of Chapter V of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are complied with.
Your data protection rights
Your ePrivacy rights state that you have the right to withdraw your consent to cookies. Control your cookie settings by clicking on the “Cookie settings” button in the website footer.
Data Protection Rights
Your data protection rights include the right to access, right to object, right to object to automated processing and the right to review your data.
Read the HSE’s data protection statement.
Submit a request - HSE Consumer Affairs
To exercise any of these data protection rights, you can submit a request to HSE Consumer Affairs free of charge. You may be charged if your request is clearly unfounded, excessive or repetitive.
Making a complaint
If you are unhappy with the way that we have processed your personal data, please contact the HSE’s Data Protection Officer.
The HSE Data Protection Officer (DPO) can be contacted directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact our DPO offices in your area.
If we are unable to resolve your complaint then you have the right to lodge a complaint with our supervisory authority, the Data Protection Commission and the HSE Data Protection Officer. You can lodge a complaint if:
- we are unable to resolve your complaint about how your personal data is being processed
- you are not happy how your complaint has been handled