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Privacy statement

This page sets out the terms of the Biology.ie policy with regard to the privacy of the users of the website. If you are not happy with the terms of this privacy statement and do not wish your information to be recorded, you should leave this site.

Biology.ie respects the rights of its users and, does not collect personal information through the Biology.ie website, apart from:

  • Statistical information gathered automatically when you visit the website.
  • Information provided voluntarily during registration.
  • Information provided voluntarily during the submission of a species sighting, including date of sighting, location of sighting and optional data in a note or description.

For general web browsing, certain information is recorded in the website log files, which may include:

  • The top level domain name from which you access the internet
  • The IP address of the computer from which you access Biology.ie
  • The date and time each computer accesses Biology.ie
  • The pages accessed and the documents downloaded by each computer
  • The type and version of the browsers being used to access Biology.ie
  • The addresses of any third party web pages which refer visitors to Biology.ie
  • Keywords used in search engines and directories to find Biology.ie
  • Keywords and phrases used to search Biology.ie.

This information is used for statistical purposes only - including

  • to find out how many people are visiting Biology.ie
  • to identify what pages are accessed most frequently
  • to help us improve the information we are supplying to our users
  • to make our site more user friendly.

Cookies

A cookie is a block of data that a web server places on a user's PC. Typically it is used to ease navigation through the site. However, it is also a useful means of the website tracking the user's path through the site, and identifying repeat visits to the site by the same user (or same user's machine). They can also help the website owner to identify and troubleshoot errors arising on the website.

The Biology.ie website uses session cookies which store information in the form of a session identification that also records the IP address of the computer from which you access the website. These session cookies are deleted from your computer when you close your browser. A copy of the session cookie is made on the computer where the website is hosted in order to help improve technical delivery and assist with ongoing maintenance and troubleshooting of the website.

The Biology.ie website uses a persistent cookie (cookies that remain on your computer between visits) to present your most recently selected map.

If you do not want to accept cookies you can adjust your browser settings as most browsers can be set to prevent them being downloaded.

Information provided voluntarily through website forms

Some pages of the website contain forms that -

  • Allow you to register
  • Allow you to submit a species sighting.

Information of Species Sightings

The location and name of a species may be provided to the Irish Biological Records Centre.

Storage of subscriber lists and personal information

Subscriber lists and any personal information submitted are kept on a server and Biology.ie will comply with the relevant data protection obligations by keeping information secure and not using it for any purpose other than for which it was provided.

Security of your personal information

Due to the nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee the security of any information whilst it is being transmitted to us via the Internet. However, we take our security responsibilities very seriously and take all reasonable steps (both technical and organisational) to protect your personal details once they have been received by Biology.ie.

Privacy statements on third party websites

Where the Biology.ie website provides links to third party websites, these links are provided for information purposes only and Biology.ie is not responsible for the content, copyright or privacy policies of these websites.

Contacts

Should you have any concerns about your privacy or any of the issues covered in this statement, please contact: info@[removethis]biology.ie