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.
- 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.
Managing or deleting cookies
All recent versions of popular browsers, like Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, allow you to control cookies. You can set your browser to:
- accept all cookies
- reject all cookies
- accept or reject only certain cookies
For example, you might be happy to accept a cookie that allows you to log in to a website, but want to reject ones which are used to build a profile of how you use the internet.
You should also be able to set your browser to prompt you each time a cookie is offered.
Visit the Information Commissioner’s Office website to find out how to control or delete cookies.
- to improve your experience on the website. This might include making it quicker and easier for you to find what you need, or remembering your settings.
- to collect information about how you use our website through Google Analytics (GA). GA is a tool that produces detailed statistics about website activity. It allows us to see where the website can better meet our users' needs.
The cookies we use
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.
Online notification form cookie
It helps with the process of 'caching' (putting data in a temporary storage area) certain things to make the website work better for you. For example, if you change the page to high contrast, it’ll keep that setting until you close your browser.
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.
How to reject or delete these cookies
If you would like to opt out of google analytics tracking, you can download and install an add-on for your browser that will allow you to do this:
Cookies set by Third Party Sites and Information gathered 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 and you may provide personal information to these sights when you sign up for notifications and subscriptions or when you leave a comment.
Please not that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission does not control the dissemination of these cookies or the information you provide them. 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
Soundcloud - https://soundcloud.com/pages/privacy
You Tube - http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/policies/privacy/
MailChimp - https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/
Vimeo - https://vimeo.com/privacy
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 personal information on to anyone else. When people do subscribe to information from our website, they can cancel their subscription at any time by using the unsubscribe link on the email they are sent.
How long do you keep my personal data?
We will only retain your data for as long as necessary to process and in line with our Retention and Disposal Schedule
What rights do I have?
- You have the right to obtain confirmation that your data is being processed, and access to your personal data
- You are entitled to have personal data rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete
- You have a right to have personal data erased and to prevent processing, in specific circumstances
- You have the right to ‘block’ or suppress processing of personal data, in specific circumstances
- You have the right to data portability, in specific circumstances
- You have the right to object to the processing, in specific circumstances
- You have rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling
Changes to this privacy notice
This privacy notice will be reviewed and updated regularly.
How do I complain if I am not happy?
If you are unhappy with how any aspect of this privacy notice, or how your personal information is being processed, please contact the NI Assembly Information Standards Officer at:
Data Controller Name:
Northern Ireland Assembly Commission
Information Standards Officer:
Tel: 028 90 521147
If you are still not happy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):
Information Commissioner’s Office
Tel: 0303 123 1113
27 March 2023 (General review of information)
5 May 2022 (General review of policy, links and information)
4 April 2022 (Enquiries and Subscriptions section updated to remove reference to a subscription platform no longer being used.)
20 October 2021 (Information Standards Officer information updated)
19 July 2021 (Cookie information updated.)