Confidentiality and Privacy Policy

Updated 07/04/11

At BreakingNews.ie we take your privacy and the protection of your information seriously. We have created this policy in line with the Data Protection Commissioner to demonstrate this commitment and to tell you how we handle and use your data.

If after reading this policy you have any questions please contact us using the details below.

Please review this statement periodically as we will amend and update it from time to time. This policy relates to transactions and activities in which you voluntarily engage and it relates to data gathered on BreakingNews.ie but it does not extend to any offline activities between you and any of our third party advertisers or news items.

Please note that the Site may contain links to other websites. For example, if you click on a banner or advertisement on the site and link to another website, then this privacy policy will not apply to any information collected on that website. We recommend that you read the privacy policies of each website that you visit.

We endeavour to comply with the guidelines laid out by Ireland's Data Commissioner in the collection, protection and distribution of data we may collect about you on our website. You should be aware of your rights and your right to contact us;

Data Protection Officer,
BreakingNews.ie,
City Quarter,
Lapps Quay,
Cork.
[email protected]

By using our website you consent to our online/website privacy policy.

Children under the age of 13

BreakingNews.ie is not directed at users under the age of 13. We do not to the best of our knowledge collect information from or relating to children under the age of 13. If we discover that we have collected personal information from a child below the age of 13 without verifiable parental consent we will delete that information as quickly as possible. If you believe we might have any information from or about a child under 13, please contact us at [email protected]

What information do we collect?

You are not required to provide information directly to us in order to view the site. We only request information which is necessary for us to fulfil our service obligations on the website. We are a news source and as such any information presented to you is sourced from news outlets or written by our newsdesk.

When you register to advertise on our site, you may be asked to enter your name, postal address, email address, phone number, business name and/or photographs. We store this information to present it to our users and you enter this information voluntarily. In entering this information you expressly agree to have it listed online.

If you share or comment on an article you do this via Disqus.com - click here to view the commenting house rules.

We may also keep a record of any contact you have with us.

With your consent, we may use your mobile number to send you promotions, notifications, or other services

What do we use this information for?

Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways;

To notify you of any changes to the website or service

To notify you of local offers/news within any newsletter we may produce which you voluntarily register for

To notify you of any polling/survey or survey results which might be of interest to you

To improve our customer service levels to you - your information helps us to respond efficiently and effectively to your support requests.

To provide advertisers on the website with information that you have requested we send onto them regarding a specific offer or coupon they have advertised.

You can opt-out of our newsletter or advertiser database at any stage using the link on all emails sent via BreakingNews.ie

Your information, whether public or private will not be sold, exchanged, transferred or given to any other company for any reason whatsoever without your express consent.

Information you post

Any personal information which you volunteer in your public profile either through IntenseDebate.com or which you post as a comment will be available worldwide to anyone with access to the website.

Please do not post any information you are not happy to leave up indefinitely. Please do not post any offensive or discriminatory information (commenting house rules.) We recommend you do not post your name, address, telephone number, email address or anything else that may lead someone to identify you if this is something you would not wish to have publicly accessible.

Please note that certain information (such as photographs) which you may choose to provide might reveal your gender, ethnic origin, nationality, religion and/or sexual orientation.

You are free (if you wish) to choose a username via Disqus.com which does not reflect your real name. However please be aware that we cannot guarantee that others will not be able to determine your identity.

Site Security

At BreakingNews.ie we make every effort to protect the data which you provide to us. We consistently monitor our servers for unauthorised access and we have appropriate security management systems in place to safeguard this. Anti-virus software and Firewalls are installed on all areas of the site.

We do recognise however that, unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you provide to us. You do so at your own risk.

Third party activities relating to any advertiser to whom you submitted your information via BreakingNews.ie are beyond our control. We urge you to review the privacy policy of such advertisers to ensure your information is secure once it is transferred to that third party. If you wish to modify any information submitted to an advertiser you must contact them directly as they are responsible for that information.

IP Addresses and Cookies

Like most other websites we will collect information about your computer including, if available, your IP Address, Operating System, Browser Type and Location for statistical and behavioural tracking. This information helps us to enhance our service to you. This does not identify any individual; it is used as a tool to gather broad levels of data for analysis and to measure audience size and patterns of usage such as visitor numbers and how unique they are.

We may also collect a cookie file for the same reason. These are small files that a site or service provider transfers to your hard drive through your browser which essentially enables us to remember certain non-identifiable information. You can disable cookies through Internet Options on your browser menu at any time.

We also use outside providers for web-site statistics. The primary provider we use is Google Analytics. You can find further information on the information which it collects at http://www.google.com/analytics/.

If you access us via a mobile browser or our App we may identify the location of your device, the browser type you accessed with and the operating system.

Who is BreakingNews.ie?

We are owned by Landmark Digital, you can find further information about them and us on www.landmarkdigital.ie

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