Cookie Policy & Privacy Policy

We greatly value the privacy and security of the information that you share with us through our website. We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected, therefore any information supplied to us will be used only in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Please note that we may change and update this policy from time to time so please check this page to ensure that you are happy with any updates or changes.

The following policy applies to EducateAutism and its online practices. EducateAutism may be referred to herein as “We”, “Our”, or “Us”. This policy sets out how we collect, use and protect any information that you give us when you visit and/or use our site.

Managing Cookies

Within this privacy policy you will find detailed information about our website's use of cookies. If you wish to manage your cookies now before reading further it is usually possible to stop your website browser from accepting Cookies or to stop accepting cookies from specific/selected websites; note that blocking cookies on some websites can impact on their usability/functionality leading to some features not working.

If you want to check and manage third party advertising cookies then you can turn these off and manage your preferences by going to the Your Online Choices website and specifically to the Your Ad Choices section of their website.

Modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. As each browser often updates the method of changing these settings we have provided the below links that bring you to the most commonly used browsers' websites where they outline how to change the browser settings in relation to accepting or decling cookies:

What kinds of personal data do we collect?

As outlined by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, personal data “means data relating to a living individual who is or can be identified either from the data or from the data in conjunction with other information that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of the data controller”.

Contacting Us

On our contact form we require that you provide your name and you have the option to supply your email address if you wish. You may supply us with additional personal information not explicitly requested through our contact page and this decision rests with you. Your contact information will never be passed to any third party and will only be used to respond to your contact with us. If it is necessary to pass your information to a third party to complete a request made by you, we will first request your permission to do this. If you have contacted us and would like us to delete the contact details you provided to us please use our contact us page to make this request.

Facebook Likes

If you have liked our Facebook page and use your real name then we will be able to see that you have liked our page. In order to remove our access to this information please unlike our Facebook page.

What non-personal data do we track?

Cookies

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website. Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website as they allow us to know which pages you find useful and which you do not.

If you agree to accept cookies by not changing your browser settings, the file (cookie) is added and the cookie helps us analyse web traffic. We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to our visitors’ needs. The BBC provides a concise and clear outline of website cookies.

Types of Cookies

  • Essential Cookies: These enable services you specifically ask for.
  • Functionality Cookies: These allow our website to recognise when you return to our website so that we can remember your preferences.
  • Analytics and Performance Cookies: These allow us to count visitors to our website and to learn about how our website is used (e.g. which pages are most popular). This helps us understand our audience on an aggregate (overall) basis. This lets us know things like the number of visitors to our website, where the visitors are visiting from in the world, how many pages they look at, and how long they stay on a page or visit. Please note that this information is not used to track individual users or any individual person.
  • Advertising Cookies: These are used to measure interactions with advertisements and to prevent the same advertisements being shown to you too often. They are also used to make the advertisments you are shown more relevant to you and more valuable to us and advertisers. These cookies are anonymous and we cannot identify you from the cookies we place.
  • 3rd Party Cookies: We use specifically chosen third parties to make our website better, in terms of allowing us to understand our audience, and more useable for you. The third parties we use include Google, AddThis, and Facebook; please see below for some brief information about the cookies these third parties use on our website and then keep reading for more detailed information about them.

Here is some brief information about the cookies that are used on our website. Below this table you will find some more detailed information.

Name

Type

Purpose

Expiry

Google Analytics

Analytics and Website Performance

To track how many individual users we have, how often they visit our website, what pages they visit, and what part of the world they visit from.

14 months

Google DoubleClick

Advertising

To know whether or not you have seen an advert or a type of advert and make decisions about what ads to show you.

24 months

CloudFlare

Essential and Functional

To provide a level of security protection for our website. To provide quicker access to our website as this service provides a Content Delivery Network (CDN) for our website. This means our website is stored on servers throughout the world and the one closest to you delivers our website to you.

12 months

Facebook

Other 3rd Party

To allow us to place the small Facebook 'Like' box on the side of our website to allow you to choose to 'Like' our website.

Until you unlike our page

Advertising: Google AdSense

Google AdSense is an advertising service provided by Google that we use on our website.

If you live inside the European Economic Area (EEA) we currently serve non-personalised ads to you; this means the ads you see are not linked to your prior browsing behaviour.

If you live outside of the EEA our use of this service means that our website uses Google's “Doubleclick” cookie which tracks use of our website and user behaviour concerning ads, products, and the services we offer. This means that if you live outside the EEA our use of Google's AdSense service means the ads you see are personalised ads as they may be based on your prior visits to our website and based on your visits to other websites. You may decide to disable all the Doubleclick cookies by going to this Google webpage and changing your settings. You can view Google's AdSense Privacy Policy here and also Google's description of how it uses information from sites or apps that use their services here

Google Analytics Tracking

We use Google Analytics to track visitors to our website however we use IP anonymisation and do not provide access to the analytics data to services outside Google and do not have AdSense connected to the analytics data therefore the data collected about visitors is anonymous. Some (but not all) of the things Google Analytics will tell us include:

  • What part of the world you come from (it won’t tell us your household address though don’t worry!)
  • How long you stay on our website.
  • Which of our pages you look at.
  • What kind of web browser you are using (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox).
  • What site you came from to get to our website.
  • Numerous other statistics – you can read more about Google Analytics on their own website.

CloudFlare

We use the CloudFlare service as it provides security protection for our website by blocking malicious connections. CloudFlare also provides our users with faster access to our website as this service places our website on a Content Delivery Network (CDN) which means our website is stored on servers throughout the world and the one closest to you delivers our website to you.

AddThis Tracking

Please note that we are currently reviewing our use of the AddThis social sharing option and currently do not have this active on our website. AddThis was a service we had employed on our website that tracked how visitors shared our articles and site content. This is done through the AddThis Tracking. This information told us things like how many people came to our site from it being shared on social media websites like Facebook or Twitter. It also told us from what parts of the world people are sharing our content. You can read more about this tracking on the AddThis website.


What happens to the information?

Why do we track visitors?

We track visitors primarily to better understand what pages/articles are most popular on our website and also from what parts of the world our visitors are coming from. By understanding these two things it allows us to identify where we might better expand the site and what topics are best to write about.

What do we do with the information we track?

The information we track is maintained with the respective systems that collect the original information. To take one example, the data collected through our use of Google Analytics is stored and retained within the Google Analytics system itself and is reviewed within that system to explore trends related to preferred pages on our website and countries from which visitors originate. To take another example, the information collected through our use of Google AdSense is stored and retained within the Google AdSense system and is used to explore and identify which advertisements are performing best and modify our use of these advertisements and their placement on our website.

What we don't do with the information we track.

We never pass any of the information we track on to any third party outside of those described in this policy. However, we reserve the right to disclose information as required by law and where we believe that such disclosure is necessary to protect either our rights or to comply with legal or judicial proceedings, or a court order served on our website.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. Please take note that when you use any of these links you will leave our site and so are no longer using a website with the same privacy policy as ours.

We have no control over the content or privacy policies of these other websites and so we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information you may provide to these other websites. As good practice, you should make yourself aware of other websites’ privacy policies when you visit them.