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Privacy & Cookies policy
Collection and use of personal information
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MetOcean Service Disclaimer
The MetOcean data collected through a range of coastal infrastructure including floating Aids to Navigation (AtoN) and a number of Lighthouse Stations augmented with sensor technology to collect the MetOcean data in real time, is designed to provide an indication only of prevailing weather and sea state conditions to support safer navigation at sea (“MetOcean Data”). The MetOcean Data is not subjected to full quality control or quality assurance procedures and may not meet the criteria and standards of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) or the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) AtoN performance and response requirements. The MetOcean Data should be used only for information purposes and never relied upon in isolation. It does not purport to be comprehensive and as preliminary data is to be used with appropriate caution.
No responsibility is accepted by or on behalf of the Commissioners of Irish Lights and any related data providers for any errors, omissions or misleading information that may be contained in the MetOcean Data. The Commissioners of Irish Lights do not make any express or implied representation or warranty as to the accuracy or completeness of the MetOcean Data. The Commissioners of Irish Lights and associated service delivery partners accept no responsibility for any loss, damage, costs, or expenses suffered or incurred or claimed to have been suffered or incurred, or other claims for compensation in whole or in part, arising from or as a consequence of any person acting or failing or omitting to act as a result of a matter contained in the MetOcean Data or as a consequence of using or relying on the MetOcean Data for any purpose whatsoever.
The Commissioners of Irish Lights shall not be liable by reason of any implied warranty, condition or other term, or any duty at common law for any loss of profit or any indirect, special or consequential loss, damage, costs, expenses or other claims (whether caused by the negligence of the Commissioners of Irish Lights, its servants or agents or otherwise) which arise out of or in connection with the provision of the MetOcean Data (including any delay in providing or failure to provide the MetOcean Data) or its use by the user. All terms, other than those set out, whether express or implied by statute or otherwise, are excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.
- How Irish Lights will take care of your personal data
- How do I make an access request under the Data Protection Legislation
- How to make an appeal
- How to rectify your personal data
- Report suspected unauthorised access to your personal data
- Irish Lights Data Protection Policy
- Who do I contact about data protection
The Data Protection Acts give individuals the legal right to privacy in relation to their personal data. The Acts place obligations on organisations holding and processing such data.
Personal data means data relating to a person who is, or can be, identified either from: the data itself or together with other data that is in, or is likely to come into, the possession of the Office.
It covers any data that relates to an identifiable, living individual. The Office may hold this data on computer or in manual files.
Data protection in Irish Lights
Irish Lights holds data on all employees, former employees, and customers/suppliers either in manual files or electronically. This data can be either personal data or non-personal data.
We treat all personal data received as confidential and will use it only for the purposes that we obtain it. However, we may share data with other government departments or agencies when permitted by a specific legislative provision.
We take our obligations very seriously and strive to ensure that we maintain the privacy of your personal data. Any employee found to be in breach of the data protection rules will be held accountable by Irish Lights.
How Irish Lights take care of your personal data
We fully commit to protecting your data as required under the Data Protection Acts. We must follow the eight rules below when processing your information:
- obtain and process your information fairly
- keep it only for one or more specified and lawful purposes
- process it only in ways compatible with the purposes for which it was given to us initially
- keep it safe and secure
- keep it accurate and up-to-date
- ensure that it is adequate, relevant and not excessive
- retain it no longer than is necessary for the specified purpose or purposes
- give you a copy of your personal data on request.
We will always strive to maintain the privacy of your personal data. If you have any concerns that a security breach has or may have occurred in relation to your personal data, please contact our Data Protection Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01 271 5425.
Do we share personal data with others?
Irish Lights is obliged to protect the confidentiality of personal data held. We fully commit to safeguarding data given to us from use or disclosure, except as provided for by law. We may share your data with third parties when permitted by a specific legislative provision to do so.
Keeping your personal data safe
We employ high standards of physical and technical security to protect the confidentiality of your personal data. All staff are aware of the standard of data security expected of them. We restrict access to data to authorised staff. Staff access rights extend only to the data necessary to carry out their appointed duties.
Any employee found to be in breach of the data protection rules will be held accountable by Irish Lights.
We are obliged under a wide range of legislative and administrative provisions to protect the confidentiality of official data. This includes the protection of records against unauthorised access, unnecessary use, alteration, destruction or disclosure.
Making a request under the Data Protection Acts
You can make a request in writing to our Data Protection Officer at email@example.com.
To help us provide your data and deal with your request more quickly, you should include sufficient details so that we can identify you.
How soon will you receive a reply?
We will deal with your request promptly and issue a response as soon as possible. In any event, the Data Protection Acts require that we issue a response within 40 days of receipt of the request.
Can someone make an access request on your behalf?
Yes. You can ask someone else to request data on your behalf, for example, a friend, relative or solicitor. We must have your authority to do this. This is usually a signed letter authorising the person to write to us for your data and/or receive our reply.
Can you obtain all data held about you?
No, not always. The Acts allow us to withhold data in certain circumstances. For example, where, release would be likely to prejudice:
preventing, detecting or investigating an offence
apprehending or prosecuting offenders
assessing or collecting any tax or duty.
Further details on the restrictions of the right to access can be obtained from the Data Commissioner's website at 'Exceptions to the right of access'.
Appealing a refusal
You can appeal against a refusal for access to your data directly to the Data Protection Commissioner.
Before doing so, we recommend that you contact us to establish the circumstances and to indicate your intention to appeal to the Commissioner. If we refuse your request we will refund the fee to you.
Rectifying your personal data
We make every effort to ensure that your personal data is accurate and up to date.
If you think that your personal data is not accurate or relevant you can contact us either in writing or by email. You should set out clearly the personal data involved and the reasons why you consider it to be inaccurate and or irrelevant.
We will amend the data within 40 days or explain to you why we will not do so. There is no fee for this service.
You can amend your personal details including address, material status and so on by emailing our HR Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by directly contacting the Data Protection Officer at email@example.com.
Report suspected unauthorised access to your personal data
You can contact us in writing or by email if you have concerns that a data breach has occurred in relation to your personal data. Contact our Data Protection Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01 271 5425.
We will investigate the matter fully and notify you of the outcome as soon as possible.
Irish Lights Data Protection Policy
Irish Lights has a Data Protection Policy in place. We are committed to complying with our legal obligations under the Data Protection Acts and ensuring that individuals are aware of their rights.
Who do I contact about data protection?
If you have any enquires concerning Data Protection in Irish Lights, you can contact our Data Protection Officer: Robert Hudson, Human Resources Manager by email on email@example.com or by phone at 01 271 5425.
The Data Protection Commissioner's website explains your rights and responsibilities under the Data Protection Acts.