Privacy and cookies policy
The Alliance of Health Care Assistants in Ireland (AHCAI) respects the privacy of visitors to our website and wants to protect any personal information that you give to us.
This statement is made in order to comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998, and to tell you how AHCAI will use any personal information that you give to us.
How we collect information
We get personal information about you when you register with us to become a member of AHCAI, complete a survey, take part in an event or competition, make a donation or give us personal information in any other way.
What information we collect
The types of personal information we might ask for may include your name, address, gender, email address, telephone number, credit/debit card or direct debit details as well as information volunteered by yourself.
How we use your information
Any information we collect about you will be stored securely and treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
We will use the information that you give to us:
- to send you information, products or services that you have asked for
- to look at how we can make the information, products and services we offer to you better. (including this website)
- to contact you about events, campaigning and our other work.
The AHCAI will not pass your personal details to other people or organisations without first obtaining your consent. For all the ways that we may use your information, we may need to share your information with other companies that we own or other companies that help us provide any of our services. However, there may be rare occasions, for example from an individual posting on our online forum or through contacting AHCAI via the website where there appears to be a clear need to safeguard the welfare of the individual and/or his/her family and it may be necessary to contact relevant authorities to address this.
Cookies are small text markers stored on your computer that enable us to understand how people use our website. No personally identifiable information is stored on the cookies. In common with many similar websites, we use them to help remember preferences and for anonymous statistical measurements – for example so we know how many “hits” a page has had.
- remember certain information about users so they don’t have to repeatedly give the same information
- recognise if users are already logged in to certain areas of the website
- measure how people use our website so we can continually improve how information is provided.
You can control and delete cookies
What cookies do we use?
This is a service we use from Google that collects information about how people use our website. We use this to make sure we are providing the best service we can to our web visitors.
Using cookies Google Analytics stores information about
- what pages you visit
- how long you stay on the page
- how you came to the site
- what things you click on
Although we collect this information we do not collect any personal information – so we don’t know what your name is or where you live. And the information we collect cannot be used to identify you. Also this information is for AHCAI’s use only and we don’t allow Google to share it.
Content Management System
WordPress is the system we use to build the website and update the pages. In a similar way to Google analytics this also collects information about how many times a page has been visited and how many times a file is downloaded (things like the PDFs of our research reports and briefings).
Cookies that are set by other websites
If you are using the sharing facility already mentioned (ie Share content with Facebook, Twitter) then it is possible those websites (ie. Facebook) may also set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. AHCAI does not control these type of cookies.
Occasionally we embed things like video, audio and pictures from other websites such as such as YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr or Soundcloud. This means it looks like one of our webpages but the video is being fed through from another site (ie YouTube). This means that every time you visit one of our pages with this sort of embedded content, those other sites may use their own cookies to record that you watched or viewed the content. AHCAI has no control over these cookies so you should check the relevant website for more information.
How do we protect personal information?
We will make sure that any personal information that you give to us is kept secure, accurate and up to date, and only keep it for as long as it is needed and only for the purposes for which you have agreed we can use it.
Under 18 year olds
If you are 18 or under, please get your parent/guardian’s permission before you give us any personal information about yourself.
By giving us any personal information you are agreeing to our use of that information as it says in this Privacy Statement.
Right of access
You have the right to ask for a copy of the information that we have about you, and we may charge a small fee to do this. Also, if any information that we have about you is wrong, you can ask us to correct it for you.
If your personal details change, please help us to keep those details up to date by telling us about any changes. If you want to see what information we have about you, or need to tell us about any changes to the information that you have given to us, please contact: Alliance of Health Care Assistants in Ireland on firstname.lastname@example.org. We may change this Privacy Statement at any time. If you use this website after changes are made you will be agreeing to those changes.