Privacy Statement

Identity:

The Senior Public Service is responsible for assisting in the management of the career development of senior public servants in Ireland.

This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with this Website. The Senior Public Service is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such.

Some technical terms used in this statement are explained at the end of this page.

General:

For general web browsing no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us via our internet service provider. This information may include

  • The logical address of the server you are using
  • The top level domain name from which you access the Internet (for example, .ie, com, .org etc.)
  • The type of browser you are using.
  • The date and time you access our site
  • The Internet address (IP address) used to link to our site

Some of the above information is used to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to our site, identify what pages are accessed most frequently and generally, help us to make our site more user-friendly.

Personal Information:

Any personal information which you choose to send to us via the Website will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

Certain items of information not specific to any individual and/or any particular organisation may be extracted from computer records for general statistical purposes. Statistical information that is gathered does not constitute “personal data” for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

Any queries you may have regarding data protection may be forwarded to  secretariat@sps.gov.ie.

Use of cookies and Google Analytics

A cookie is a piece of information that an Internet Web site may send to your browser when you access information at that site. While this site uses cookies, we will not use them to store confidential data, or to attempt to identify you.

This website uses Google Analytics, to help analyse how users use the site. Google Analytics uses “cookies”, which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. This information is used to evaluate visitors use of the website, and to compile statistical reports on website activity for the SPS. Google may also 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.

You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

For further information on Cookies & Google Analytics, please visit Google’s website

Technical Terms used:

Web browser

The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox, Mozilla, Safari and Opera.

IP address     

The identifying details for your computer (or your Internet company’s 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. When you use the Internet, you are assigned an IP address and when you visit our site we log the IP address of your web server. This is used for a number of reasons including administering the site, analyzing trends and gathering statistics. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.