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PRIVACY POLICY & GDPR COMPLIANCE, The Irish Politics Website (the Forum), is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. If you have questions about your personal information please contact us.

PRIVACY POLICY & GDPR COMPLIANCE, The Irish Politics Website (the Forum), is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. If you have questions about your personal information please contact us.

By using this site or/and our services, you consent to the Processing of your Personal Data as described in this Privacy Policy.

Overview fully respects and supports your right to online privacy and informed consent. Unless you choose to send an email or a message via the Contact Us link, we do not have access to any identifying information about any visitor to the web site. We do not collect any private, personally identifiable information about you surreptitiously. No personal information whatsoever is required or requested in order for you to access the information and services on this site. You may access this site in total anonymity if you wish.

If you do choose at any time to send your email address or any other personal information via email or otherwise, or if you regsiter as a member of this site, be assured that this information will never be given out, sold to advertisers, or used for any purpose other than what you intend.

Data We Gather

Information You Have Provided Us With

If you register as a member of this site, your account will include the following information:

  • your choice of a username or membername
  • email address
  • home page (website, optional)
  • birth date (optional)
  • biography (optional)
  • location (optional)
  • interests (optional)>/li>
  • occupation (optional)
  • number of posts
  • various Profile Settings (whether you want email notifications, etc.)

Information Automatically Collected About You

This includes your IP address, which is logged when you register as a member or when you log into the site as a member. Your IP address does not identify you personally. It identifies your Internet Service Provider (ISP). It cannot identify your specific location; it identifies the location of your ISP which may identify the city in which your ISP is located or it may identify the location of the head office of your IP, which may be several hundred kilometers away.


It is strongly recommended that, if you upload any images to the website, you avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included, such as those taken with digital cameras or smart phone cameras. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data that might be included in images on the website.


If you have an account as a member of this site and you log in to this site, we will set one or more cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select "Remember Me", your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will automatically be removed immediately.

How We Use Your Personal Data

We use your Personal Data on legitimate grounds and/or with your Consent in order to enhance your experience as a forum member.

With your additional and specific consent, we may process your personal data for the following purposes:

  • to send you notifications of replies the forum threads you have subscribed to; you may change the frequency and form of this contact at any time in your Account Settings
  • to contact you for other reasons related to your account and the security and integrity of your account.

Who Else Can Access Your Personal Data?

We do not share your Personal Data with anyone.

How We Secure Your Data

We do our best to keep your Personal Data safe. We use safe protocols for communication and transferring data (such as HTTPS) to encrypt your personal information and prevent interception or hijacking of that information by any third party. We use anonymizing and pseudonymizing where suitable. We monitor our systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks. On the server, we use two separate firewalls working together to monitor and block attempted breaches of the server. We also use a security measures on this site to monitor and block attempted breaches of your account. Any attempts to breach the security of your account result in a notification sent to you so that any additional measures to protect you and our site may be taken.

In the unlikely event that all of these measures should fail, we promise to notify suitable authorities of any data breaches and to notify you if there is a threat to your rights or interests.

If you have an account with us, note that you have to keep your username and password secret.


We use cookies to personalize and enhance your experience with us.

A cookie is a tiny text file stored on your computer. Cookies store information that is used to help make sites work. Only you can access the cookies created by our website, and you can control your cookies at the browser level. Choosing to disable cookies may hinder your use of certain functions on this site.

We use cookies for the following purposes:
  • Necessary cookies these cookies are required for you to be able to use some important features on our website, such as logging in.
  • Functionality cookies these cookies provide functionality that makes using our service more convenient and makes providing more personalized features possible. For example, they might remember your name and e-mail in comment forms so you don't have to re-enter this information next time when commenting.
  • Analytics cookies - these cookies are used to track the use and performance of our website and services. These cookies don't collect any personal information.

You can remove cookies stored in your computer via your browser settings. Alternatively, you can control some 3rd party cookies by using a privacy enhancement platform such as or For more information about cookies, visit

We use Google Analytics to measure traffic on our website. Google adds some cookies to facilitate the collection of non-identifying aggregate data that helps us see where our traffic is coming from and to collect other aggregate statistics on our visitors. Google has their own Privacy Policy which you can review here. If you'd like to opt out of tracking by Google Analytics, visit the Google Analytics opt-out page.

We also display Google Ads on this website. Google also uses cookies to track which ads have been displayed and how many times those ads are clicked. We do not control these cookies and have no access to their content. However, Google has its own privacy policies and options which you can view here:

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union and the European Economic Area. We agree that keeping your data safe is our highest priority and are committed to abiding by the terms of the GDPR.

This privacy statement is intended to be an overview of what measures we currently have in place to abide by the GDPR.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to make changes to this Privacy Policy.

Last modified September 26, 2018.

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