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Privacy Statement

Introduction

When the term 'we' is used, it refers to the owner of the website, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (abbreviation 'FSAI'). In order to provide you with information and services, we will need to collect and use information about you. We are committed to protecting your privacy and managing your personal information in a secure environment. The FSAI website has been developed with your rights and needs in mind and will be maintained according to strict guidelines and policies. In particular, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland will ensure that personal information is protected and adheres to the guidelines for the collection, use and disclosure of that personal information as required by the General Data Protection Regulation (abbreviation 'GDPR'). If you wish to access further information on FSAI and Data Protection please visit our Data Protection page.

If you have any queries in relation to this Privacy Statement, please contact the Data Protection Officer at dpo@fsai.ie or alternatively you may address written correspondence to the Data Protection Officer, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, The Exchange, George's Dock, IFSC, Dublin, D01 P2V6.

This Privacy Statement applies to all personal data collected via the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) website including the MenuCal calorie calculator (“MenuCal”) which is provided by the FSAI. By using our website (including MenuCal), you accept the practices described in this document. We may update our Privacy Statement from time to time to take account of changing requirements such as changes in technology or legislation. 

Collection of Personal Information

The FSAI fully respects your right to privacy, and will not collect any personal information on this website without your clear permission. Any personal information volunteered will be protected by appropriate security measures and safeguards, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

We will not ask for and collect any sensitive information about you (such as gender, marital status, age, race or health information) unless it is necessary to meet legal, public interest or statistical requirements related to and required to complete the transaction you have requested. Provision of this information (except where it is a legal requirement) is completely at your discretion, and you may decide to not provide it to us.

How We Use Your Personal Information

The personal information that you provide to the FSAI during registration for services on the FSAI website is used for identification purposes and will assist you to subscribe to FSAI services more easily. The information we collect from your use of the website enables us to provide personalised services that are tailored to your needs. Recording usage patterns helps us to identify the areas of our site that are popular and those that are not.

Disclosure of Your Information

We will not use your personal information or data for a purpose other than the purposes for which you supplied it, and will not disclose it to any other person or organisation unless:

  • The information is necessary to facilitate answering of a query or specific request, which you have made
  • We are required by law to do so
  • There are reasonable grounds to believe that disclosure is necessary to prevent a threat to life or health
  • That person or organisation is an agent or contractor providing a service to FSAI, who will be required to maintain the same or similar privacy principles as specified in privacy legislation
  • You have given us consent to do so.

Security of Information

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that all personal data we process is complete, up-to-date and stored in a secure environment accessed only by authorised persons. 

Appropriate safeguards are identified and implemented so that FSAI can take all necessary steps to protect your personal data and any transmission of information sent to or received by FSAI. Transmissions sent to or from FSAI are routinely monitored for quality control and systems administration. Although FSAI strives to reduce any security risks through all means necessary, no organisation can fully eliminate this risk. 

Website including MenuCal

This Privacy Statement covers the FSAI website including the MenuCal calorie calculator (“MenuCal”) which is provided by the FSAI. By using our website (including MenuCal), you accept the practices described in this document.

In relation to the information which you provide upon registration for MenuCal, we collect the minimum amount of information necessary in order to provide you with the MenuCal service; your name, email address, type of business and location. Optional details can be provided by the user; number of outlets, number of employees, how you heard about MenuCal. Information relating to the business is used to improve the MenuCal service. 

Google Analytics is used by the FSAI to monitor trends in the user engagement on the FSAI website. This enables the FSAI to improve and develop the website based on these insights. The FSAI does not use this service to identify individuals who visit the site.

The FSAI maintains this website to enhance access for stakeholders and other interested parties to avail of information relating to food safety and other services provided by the FSAI. No information processed in the running of the website is used to identify individual visitors; any information generated by visitors to the website is processed to enable basic functionality and development of the site.

Technical details are logged for administrative purposes. The following details are logged:

  • Time and date of visit
  • IP address used to visit site
  • URL of where the site visitor was linked to our site by (backlinks, search engines including search terms) 
  • The browser used by the visitor to the site 

Cookies

We also track the pattern of visitor usage across FSAI website using cookies. Cookies are very small text files that a website can transfer to an individual's device. These are used to make the FSAI website easier to use by storing information about your preferences on the site. Cookies are a common feature among most websites as not only do they store user preferences but also aid in the administration and development of the website. Upon visiting any FSAI site page you will notice our Cookie Policy link accessible on the top banner of each page. 

For further information on Cookies, please see our cookie policy.

Linked Websites

The FSAI website contains links to other websites (“linked websites”). Those links are provided for convenience only and the FSAI cannot guarantee that they will remain current or continue to be maintained. The FSAI are not responsible for the content or privacy practices associated with linked websites.

Our links with linked websites should not be construed as an endorsement, approval or recommendation by us of the owners or operators of those linked websites, or of any information, graphics, materials, products or services referred to or contained on those linked websites, unless and to the extent stipulated to the contrary.

Social Media

The FSAI is active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube and shares links to some of our content on these platforms. The FSAI utilises these channels to provide information to the public regarding the work that FSAI does and to answer queries sent through these channels. The FSAI uses analytical tools which aggregate social media engagement in order to measure the performance and success of the organisations social media activities.

Copyright

The material on our website, the software, design, text and graphics comprised in the site and the selection and layout of the site are owned or licensed to us and protected by copyright under the laws of Ireland and other countries. You may view this website and its contents using your web browser and save an electronic copy of the website solely in the usual operation of your web browser in visiting the site.

You must not otherwise reproduce, transmit (including broadcast), adapt, distribute, sell, modify, publish, communicate to the public or otherwise use any of the material on the site without FSAI’s prior written consent.

Contact

Should you wish to obtain further information on matters relating to the processing of your personal data, or any of the points raised in this document, please contact us at:
Data Protection Officer
Food Safety Authority of Ireland
The Exchange
George's Dock
IFSC, Dublin 1
D01 P2V6

Tel: 01 8171300
Fax: 01 8171200
Email: dpo@fsai.ie

Last reviewed: 21/5/2018

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