1. Introduction

This website is operated by Mark Pollock. (“us”/”our”/”we”). We have created this Privacy Statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. We want you to understand how we safeguard your personal information and what types of information we receive and collect when users (“you”/”your”) visit our website. This Privacy Statement, together with our Cookie Policy and website Terms and Conditions of Use, sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us and we encourage you to read them in full in order to fully understand your rights. For the purpose of the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003, the data controller is Mark Pollock.

  1. Acceptance of this Privacy Statement

By using our website, you signify acceptance of this Privacy Statement. If you do not agree with or you are not comfortable with any aspect of this Privacy Statement, your only remedy is to discontinue use of our website. We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Statement at any time. You should review this Privacy Statement each time you use our website to satisfy yourself that you are happy with it. Your continued use of any portion of our website following notification or posting of such changes will constitute your acceptance of those changes.

  1. Information we may collect from you

In operating our website we may collect and process the following data about you:

  • We may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on the hard drive of your computer. Cookies help us to remember details of your visits to our website including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data and the resources, advertisements and linked sites that you access. For more information, please refer to our Cookie Policy.
  • Information that you provide to us when using our website. This includes information provided at the time of registration. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our website.
  • If you contact us for any reason, we may keep a record of that correspondence; and
  • We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
  1. Storing your personal data

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Statement.

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Details relating to any transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology.

The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure and therefore we cannot guarantee the security of data sent to us electronically. Transmission of such data is therefore entirely at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try and prevent unauthorised access.

  1. Use of your information

The information that we collect and store relating to you is primarily used to enable us to provide our services to you. In addition, we may use the information for the following purposes:

  • To ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you and your computer;
  • To provide you with information requested from us, relating to our services;
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us;
  • To allow you to participate in interactive features of our website;
  • To notify you about changes to our website and/or services.

Your personal information is also used to keep you informed about Run in the Dark, and the work of the Mark Pollock Trust.

We do not, without your consent, disclose information about identifiable individuals to third parties, but we may send anonymised statistical data to them for research and survey purposes.

  1. Disclosure of your information

We will not disclose your personal data to third parties unless you have consented to this disclosure or unless the disclosure is required in order to process an application or other communication from you or to perform the services for which you have applied. These third parties will not be able to contact you unless you have given your consent. We will however disclose your personal data if we believe in good faith that we are required to disclose it in order to comply with any applicable law, a summons, a search warrant, a court or regulatory order, or other valid legal process.

We may provide non-personal data to third parties, where such information is combined with similar information of other users of our website. For example, we might inform third parties regarding the number of unique users who visit our website, the demographic breakdown of our community users of our site, or the activities that visitors to our site engage in while on our site. The third parties to whom we may provide this information may include our website design, development and hosting contractors.

The use of our website by minors under the age of 18 is subject to the consent of their parent or guardian. We advise parents or guardians who permit their children to use the Internet that it is important that they communicate with children about their safety online.

  1. Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. As no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed as 100% secure, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information that you transmit to us and you transfer the data at your own risk. We endeavour to use the appropriate technical and organisational measures in order to secure the confidentiality of your personal data, to prevent unauthorised or unlawful processing of such personal data, and to protect against accidental or unlawful destruction, accidental loss, alteration or unauthorised disclosure or access and to otherwise protect the security of such personal data.

  1. Your Rights

Your personal data will not be processed for marketing purposes or publication on our website. We may review or ask third parties to confidentially review aggregate statistical information about our site visitors to enable us to tailor our site content to visitor interest. However, we do not sell or exchange or provide such data to third parties for their own use. We will inform you if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us using the contact details below.

To provide website visitors with more information that may be helpful to them, our website may contain links to other websites that are not affiliated with or maintained by us. We do not monitor the privacy practices of these third party sites, and do not have authority over them. As a result, we do not assume any responsibility or liability for the data collection policies and procedures of these sites. We recommend that you review any privacy policy posted on any website you visit before using the website or providing any personal data about yourself.

  1. Access to information

You have the right to request a copy of the information held by us about you. We may charge a fee for this which will not exceed €6.35. You also have the right to access your data, have changed any inaccuracies in the details we hold about you, the right to object to the use of your data and the right to block any specific uses of your data by contacting us using the contact details below.

  1. Changes to our Privacy Statement

Any changes to our Privacy Statement will be posted on our website so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it. If, at any time, we decide to use personal data in a manner significantly different from that stated in this Privacy Statement, or otherwise disclosed to you at the time it was collected, we will notify you by email, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we use your information in the new manner.

Please be aware that we may update and modify our Privacy Statement at any time. Please review this section each time you access and/or use our website.

  1. Contact

We welcome any queries, comments or requests you may have regarding this Privacy Statement. Please contact us by e-mail at [email protected].

If you do not receive a satisfactory response from us, you may wish to bring your complaint to the attention of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. Contact details can be found at www.dataprotection.ie.