Northern Ireland Assembly Commission Privacy Policy

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Privacy Policy sets out how the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission uses and protects any information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, when you use our website www.niassembly.gov.uk. Please read the policy to understand our views and practices regarding personal data and how we will treat it. By using our site, you indicate that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to abide by them.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission, Parliament Buildings, Ballymiscaw, Stormont Estate, Belfast, BT4 3XX.

In order to provide full access to our website we sometimes need to collect information about you and how it will be used. This Privacy Policy provides details on the use of cookies on the website and how you can control and delete these cookies. This policy therefore applies to information we collect about:
• Visitors to our website;
• Feedback information you provide to us through the website;
• Personal Details you provide in requesting further information and subscribing to information through the website;

Visitors to our website

When someone visits our website at www.niassembly.gov.uk we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. We collect this information in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting any part of our website. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source. If we do want to collect personally identifiable information through our website, we will be up front about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and we will explain what we intend to do with it.

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission is committed to safeguarding your personal information. Whenever you provide such information, we are legally obliged to use your information in line with all laws concerning the protection of personal information, including the Data Protection Act 1998.

The table below explains the cookies we use and why:

Cookie

Name

Purpose

Google analytics

_utma
_utmb
_utmc

_utmv
_utmz

These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

For more information please see the link below: http://www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html

Online notification form cookie

ASP.NET_SessionId

Session cookie sent to the web browser. Used when you open the browser and then go to a website that implements ASP.NET session state. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

 

.EPiTrace

This cookie enables the content management system (the software we use to publish content on the site) to provide a graphical view of the current traffic on the site which we use to monitor spikes in visitor numbers and manage response times.

 

Use of cookies and how to control and delete cookies

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings.  The Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.  Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the website. 

Third Party Cookies

Google Analytics

The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc.  Google Analytics sets cookies on the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission website on its behalf in order to compile reports for us on user activity.  

Google may transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.  By using the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How to reject or delete this cookie

If you would like more information about the cookies used by Google Analytics, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policy in the link below:
http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacypolicy.html

Cookies set by Third Party Sites

When you visit a page with content embedded from, for example, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube or Twitter, you may be presented with cookies from these websites.  The Northern Ireland Assembly Commission does not control the dissemination of these cookies.  You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these and urge you to review these as they will govern the use of information you submit or which is collected by cookies whilst visiting these websites.

Facebook – www.facebook.com/about/privacy
Twitter - http://twitter.com/privacy
You Tube - http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/privacy/
Flickr Privacy Policy - http://info.yahoo.com/privacy/uk/yahoo/

To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org  

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Information we may collect from you - Feedback Forms

When we receive your feedback through the website we only use the personal information we collect to check on the level of service we provide and retain the personal information in line with our retention policy.  This information is not stored on the website.

Information we may collect from you - Enquiries / Subscriptions

We have to hold the details of the people who have requested information in order to provide the information/updates.  We only use the information supplied to respond to the enquiry or provide the information to the person as requested. We retain this information in line with our retention and disposal policy.  This information is not stored on the website.  We do not use information for marketing purposes and do not pass your information on to anyone else.  When people do subscribe to information from our website, they can cancel their subscription at any time by visiting http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/Utility/Subscribe/ and entering your email address and changing your subscription options.

Changes to this privacy notice

 This privacy notice will be reviewed and updated regularly.  This privacy notice was last updated 25 May 2012.

How to contact us

Requests for information about our privacy policy can be emailed to the Communications & Information Standards Office info@niassembly.gov.uk or by writing to:

Communications & Information Standards
Northern Ireland Assembly
Parliament Buildings
Ballymiscaw
Belfast
BT4 3XX

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