Is your website breaking the law?

Is your website breaking the law?

You will have noticed  the growing number of websites with messages similar to

“By using this website  you consent to our use of cookies. For more information on cookies view our cookie policy  X “.

Most websites are required under legal compliance to display a Privacy Statement

How do I know if my website needs to have a Privacy Statement?

 

If your site does any of the following: –
 Collects personal data (visitors filling in web forms, feedback forms, etc).
  • Uses cookies or web beacons.
  • Covertly collects personal data (IP addresses, e- mail addresses.)

Then you are legally obliged to have a privacy statement on your website?

How do I display my Privacy Statement?

On arrival at your website visitors must have an option to view your policy and this can be covered in a number of ways and depending on how you collect data and what it is used for then your Privacy Statement needs to ensure the website visitor can read how their data can be used, which gives them the option of continuing or not continuing to use your website based on this information.

An example of a privacy statement is shown as the bottom bar on this website  and states that the website uses cookies and permits the visitor to link through to this information.

The legal requirement:

Two distinct pieces of legislation apply: The Data Protection Acts 1988 & 2003 (“The Acts”) and Statutory Instrument Number 336 of 2011 European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services)(Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011 (“SI 336/2011”)
Section 2(1)(a) of the Acts requires that: –
“The data or, as the case may be, the information constituting the data shall have been obtained, and the data shall be processed fairly”.
This fair obtaining principle generally requires that a person whose data are processed is aware of at least the following:
  • The identity of the person processing the data.
  • The purpose or purposes for which the data are processed.
  • Any third party to whom the data may be disclosed.
  • The existence of a right of access and a right of rectification.

Failure to comply could result in prosecution / penalty of up to €100,000!

A contravention of the provisions of the Acts can result in investigation and enforcement action by the Data Protection Commissioner. If the Commissioner issues an enforcement notice requesting that you either place a Privacy Statement on your site, or cease processing data, failure to comply could result in prosecution with a possible penalty of up to €100,000 and/or deletion of any/all data collected via the website.
Additionally, section 7 of the Acts gives a person a right to take Civil Action against you if that person has been damaged by the manner in which you have processed his/her data.
Further information
Contact  Handyweb.ie  for a free checkup and advise on your website and its compliance with “Privacy Statements”

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Why update your software?

Why update your software?

Everything seems to be working fine on your computer and you get a notification from one of the pieces of software you use ( maybe  by email or popup notification) – so why should you bother updating of everything appears to be working well?

Whilst is does not apply only to browsers ( Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari etc) – it is not uncommon for computer owners not to have updated their browser software – even for a number of years!. Apart from the obvious issues of “websites don’t look right on my browser” issues because you have not updated, you are at risk of putting your computer and its contents at risk , and possibly being the cause of infecting computers of people you contact from your computer ( something as simple as an  email from you could carry that virus or bug)…. Simple solution – ensure you have the latest browser version of your browser.
Ever wonder why Microsoft, Apple and most software providers regularly provide updates…. Having recently watched a short video on how hackers get into websites and onto individuals computers – apart from the most basic step of ensuring you have a good password ( see this article) – it is because hackers have found vulnerabilities in older versions of software that effectively allows them a “backdoor” onto your computer or website. As software developers ( including the big names like microsoft, apple and wordpress ) – all become aware of these issues – they “patch” the issue with software updates. The software update may contain a number of patches to stop hackers and may also include updates to make your software work better or make it compatible with other software or hardware such as new versions of browsers.
This is why you should set your computer and software to automatically allow software updates and where this is not possible or where you receive a message to update from the software provider – then these software providers are telling you – it is in your best interests to do the update.
Get more information on checking if your software is up to date here

Doran Oil new Website

Doran Oil new Website

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Doran oil is a leading supplier of quality home heating oil, agricultural diesel and commercial fuels. Doran oil is a family run business that provide a friendly and efficient service and goes the extra mile to meet our customer’s needs.  Doran Oil supply a wide hinterland from their Cashel and Thurles Depots in Tipperary.

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