Privacy and Cookies
This website is maintained by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform fully respects your right to privacy,
and will not collect any personal information about you on this website without
your clear permission. Any personal information which you volunteer will be treated
with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance
with the Data Protection Acts, 1988-2003.
This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with this website.
Some technical terms used in this statement are explained at the end of this page.
Collection and use of personal information
This website does not collect any personal data, apart from information that
you volunteer. (For example, when providing feedback or asking a question). Any
information you provide in this way is used only for the purpose you provide it.
Information we routinely collect
We may collect the following information from each user of this site:
- Statistical information (IP address and hostname, web browser version, pages visited etc.).
- The previous website address from which you reached us, including any search terms used
- Other information submitted in forms, for example if you submit your personal details when requesting a form or providing feedback
What we use the information for
Any personal information you provide will be used only for the purpose
supplied. We will neither make attempts to identify individual
visitors, nor associate the technical details listed above with any individual.
It is our policy never to disclose such technical information in respect of
individual website visitors to any third party unless obliged to disclose such
information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only by
only for statistical and other administrative purposes.
You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any
identifiable individual, do not constitute ‘personal data’ for the purposes of
the Data Protection Acts, 1988 – 2003.
Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files, placed
on your computer by a website. Some cookies can be read by the website on your
subsequent visits. The information stored in a cookie may relate to your browsing
habits on the webpage, or a unique identification number so that the website can
‘remember’ you on your return visit. Other cookies are deleted when you close your
browser and only relate to the working of the website. Generally speaking,
cookies do not contain personal information from which you can be identified,
unless you have furnished such information to the website.
Cookies in a number of places on this website.
- When you first visit this website, you will see a message informing you about cookies. If you click the ‘Hide this message’ button, a cookie will be set which records your preference.
- This website uses Google Custom Search to provide the site’s search functionality. Google may set cookies when you use the search function. You can find Google’s privacy
policy here: www.google.com/policies/privacy/.
- Cookies from Google may also be set when Google Maps are displayed on this website.
Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or to customise your settings for cookies.
To find out how to do this, see the ‘Help’ menu on your browser.
Please note that if you turn off cookies or change your settings, some features of may not work correctly.
Further Information or to make a request
If you are concerned about how personal data is processed via this website,
please do not hesitate to bring such concerns to our attention at
Glossary of technical terms used
The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft
Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.
The identifying details for your computer (or your internet companys
computer), expressed in internet protocol code (for example 192.168.72.34).
Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the
address may not be the same every time a connection is made.