This Cookie Statement refers to www.fsai.ie. It outlines the Food Safety Authority of Ireland’s (FSAI) purposes for using cookies on its website at this time.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small pieces of data or small text files stored by a website on your device. These cookies may be saved by your web browser and may allow a website to ‘remember’ your actions or preferences over a period of time. It may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site.
Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or, in some cases, by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics. Cookies are not viruses or computer programmes. They are very small and do not take up much space.
- make our website work and keep it secure
- ensure that only humans, not bots, complete forms – these are called ‘strictly necessary cookies’
- monitor how the website performs for users (for example, the number of visits each webpage gets and how long people stay on the page (these are called ‘analytical cookies’)
- remember the choices you have made and to collect information about how you use the FSAI website (these are called ‘functional cookies’)
- allow videos to play on this website. These cookies can also collect data about how you browse the internet. Google uses this data to display targeted advertising to you across the internet
Types of information our cookies collect
1. Cookie browser data gives us information on
- the time and date you were on our website
- the pages you looked at
- which cookies you gave permission for
2. Device data gives us information on
- the type of device you are using to access the internet (for example, a mobile phone, laptop, tablet, etc.)
- the operating system you are using (for example, Microsoft Windows)
- the type and size of the screen you have
- the browser version you use (for example, Chrome, Safari, Firefox, etc.)
3. Log data gives us information on
- when you used the website
- how long you were on it
- what you search for
4. Location data gives us information about the country you were in when you used the data
- Analytical data – data about your usage of this website
- IP addresses – in server log files for website security purposes
All information we collect is anonymous. This means that you are not identified and we do not know who you are. If you give us permission to collect more information, we only do so with your consent. There are a small number of situations where we collect the information in our legitimate interests for website security purposes.
Consent and cookies
The website uses session cookies. Session cookies are used to deliver the basic functions of a website. This allows, for example, pages to remember technical changes or selections you may make between pages. Session cookies are temporary cookies and are erased when you close your browser.
We automatically set cookies that are strictly necessary. We do not need your consent to use them. You cannot change these or opt-out.
We automatically set anonymous cookies. We do not need your consent for these but you can opt-out.
This table explains the cookies we used and why.
|Cookie preference||CookieControl||This cookie is used to remember a user’s choice about cookies on www.fsai.ie. Where users have previously indicated a preference, that user’s preference will be stored in this cookie|
|Language selection||Language||This cookie is used to remember any selection a user has made about language on www.fsai.ie, using the language selector so that the site will be shown in the chosen language when returning to the site|
|Universal analytics|| _ga
|These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited. Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data.|
|YouTube cookies||VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE YSC||We embed videos from your official YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your device once you click on the YouTube video player but YouTube will not store personally identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode
|These cookies are used to deliver many types of targeted digital marketing. They store user data and behaviour information. This allows advertising services to target audient groups according to such variables as age, location, gender, etc.|
|These cookies are essential for you to browse this website and to use its features (for example, accessing secure areas of the site)|
How do I change my cookie settings?
Within your web browser, you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies. Different browsers make different controls available to you. Your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times or those from providers that website owners use (‘third party cookies’) or those from specific websites.
A web browser is the piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples include Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera. To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on - Analytics Help.
Access to your cookies data
Only FSAI staff and suppliers who are directly involved with providing services to our website will have access to cookies data collected by this website.
All FSAI staff and suppliers who may have access to personal data are bound to the FSAI through confidentiality and data protection agreements. They are obliged to keep your personal data secure. They can only use it for the purposes specified by FSAI.
These FSAI suppliers are made up of:
- website and app developers
- website hosting service providers
- social media platforms
- customer research providers
The majority of suppliers we use are processors that we have a contract with them to keep your information secure. They can only use this information with our specific instructions. We only disclose to them or allow them to access information that it necessary to provide their services.
Social media channels
If you are logged into your social media account when you access the FSAI website then the social media account provider may be able to associate your account with the pages on the FSAI’s website that your visit. They do not do this on behalf of our organisation but for their own purposes. You should make yourself aware of the privacy policies of the social media providers that are present on our website.
Will my personal data be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA)?
We use analytical tools to collect information about your use of this website. Anonymised data may be transferred to the United States of America (USA). We have anonymised IP addresses for analytical purposes on this website. This means that no individual can be identified by his/her/their IP address.
The FSAI website does not transfer any other personal data about you outside the EEA. If we decide to transfer your personal data outside the EEA, we will make sure the provisions of Chapter 5 of the GDPR (‘Transfers of personal data to third countries or international organisations’) are complied with.
Your data protection rights
Your e-Privacy rights state that you have the right to withdraw your consent to cookies. You can do so by clicking the Cookie Control button in the bottom-right of your screen.
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. You can read the FSAI’s Data Protection Statement by clicking here.
Making a complaint
If you are unhappy with the way we have processed your personal data, please contact the FSAI’s Data Protection Officer. S/he may be contacted at DPO@fsai.ie.
If we are unable to resolve your complaint, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Irish supervisory authority, the Data Protection Commission (DPC). You can lodge a complaint if, for example,
- we are unable to resolve your complaint about how your personal data is being processed
- you are unhappy with the manner in which your complaint was handled by the FSAI.
Further information may be found on the DPC’s website: www.dataprotection.ie
Further information on the Cookie Statement
This Cookie Statement is reviewed at regular intervals. It may be updated therefore to reflect technological and/or legislative changes which can affect the use and management of cookies. This statement forms part of the FSAI’s Data Protection Statement. If you have any comments and/or queries in relation to cookies or to this Cookie Statement, please contact the FSAI’s Data Protection Officer at DPO@fsai.ie.
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