Privacy Policy

mcguire.ie is operated as a personal blog. However, such is the nature of blogging and web use in general, there are elements of user engagement and tracking used for visitors to mcguire.ie.

Every effort is undertaken to ensure your personal information is safeguarded.

TL;DR

I use Google Analytics primarily to collect non-indentifying data about visits to the blog. I will also know your provided name and email address if you comment publicly on any articles on the blog. There is no hope of this information being passed or sold to third parties.

So, what kind of information is collected?

Personal information is collected for the continued development and running of the website, distribution of newsletters and responding to queries. For the most part, information will be limited to contact details provided by you – namely a name, email address and query. Information submitted through contact forms are encrypted via SSL.

When is personal information collected?

Information is collected if you

  • register for a newsletter on mcguire.ie
  • submit a comment or query regarding any item on mcguire.ie
  • forward information via email or hard copy

When your personal information is no longer required for the purposes outlined in the above paragraph, all reasonable steps will be undertaken to destroy that information.

Personal Data collected: email address, first name, last name and website.

Akismet is a SPAM protection service provided by Automattic Inc. This type of service analyzes the traffic of mcguire.ie, potentially containing personal data, with the purpose of filtering it from parts of traffic, messages and content that are recognized as SPAM.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

You may restrict the use of cookies and disable any tracking by altering your web browser settings. Restricting the use of cookies may restrict the use of certain services.

  • Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on a user’s prior visits to your website or other websites.
  • Google’s use of advertising cookies enables it and its partners to serve ads to your users based on their visit to your sites and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • Users may opt out of personalized advertising by visiting Ads Settings. (Alternatively, you can direct users to opt out of a third-party vendor’s use of cookies for personalized advertising by visiting www.aboutads.info.)

Google Analytics is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). Google utilizes the Data collected to track and examine the use of this Application, to prepare reports on its activities and share them with other Google services. Google may use the Data collected to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

Like millions of other websites,mcguire.ie uses Google Analytics to collect data about visitors to the blog.

From Google Analytics I can see

  • Where you came from (another website, social network, etc)
  • How long you spend on the site
  • What kind of device you’re browsing on
  • And a lot more besides.

However, I cannot tell who you are, what you look like, or what you had for dinner. Again, the details are anonymous with no personally identifiable data collected.

I use the statistics provided by Google Analytics for purposes like keeping track of the number of visitors to the blog.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

This information is collected anonymously and all tracking activity falls inside the Google Analytics Terms of Service (TOS).

Personal Data collected: Cookies and Usage Data.

If you have any queries, questions or comments, email [email protected]