Automatic Information

Automatic Information

Details of the information we gather automatically as you browse our website and how we handle that information

For general web browsing no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us from our website logs. For example, like many websites, we obtain certain types of information when your web browser (browsers are pieces of software that allow you to access the internet; examples include: Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, Mozilla, etc.) accesses Meath.ie or our other websites. See below for examples. Also, to ensure the security of your online account information in our ePayments area, we use cookies to ensure that security is maintained by preventing the “hijacking” of your online identity (see below for more on cookies). The only information that is stored in that cookie is a key code which can be used by our server only during the current visit to verify your identity online. The cookie becomes unusable after either the user logs out or after 20 minutes of inactivity on our website.

Examples of information collected

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the internet (for example 192.168.11.47) 
  • Login—if using our account services 
  • Email address—if you email any of our public email addresses 
  • Computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, platform, referring url and pages visited

Meath County Council will make no attempt to identify individual visitors or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual, except in cases where criminal activity has taken place (i.e. in response to a "hacking" incident). It is the policy of Meath County Council never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to a third party (except for law-enforcement bodies and then only in response to illegal activity such as "hacking"; also our Internet Service Provider which records such data on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard), unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only by Meath County Council, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes. You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute "personal data" for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003 and the General Data Protection Regulations.

Cookies

A cookie is a small text file that a website can store on your computer to help keep track of different things, like if you want to stay logged into a website, or your preferences within a website.

We use cookies on our website to:

  • allow certain functionality to work i.e. search facilities - to allow search selections to be maintained for the duration of your search.
  • anonymously track activity on our website via Google Analytics. This information is used to to keep our site relevant and make it easier to use.
  • provide security while you access your online payment account information.

The "Help" portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of some of Meath.ie’s account-based features, and we recommend that you leave them turned on.

You can find more information about cookies on the following wikipedia article:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTTP_cookie

Log Files and Statistics

We use IP addresses, URI's of requested resources, timestamps and HTTP user-agents to analyse trends, administer the system and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. In addition to this we use Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc ("Google"). Google Analytics uses cookies, to help analyse how visitors use our site. The information generated by the cookie about the use of our website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of our website, compiling reports on website activity and providing other services relating to website activity and Internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google's behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your Web browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to make full use of our website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Does Meath.ie share the information it receives?

We may choose to release automatic information (see above) and other information received to the website to companies and organisations for fraud protection and credit risk reduction. Information of this type will only be shared about users who have caused or attempted to cause damage to Meath.ie or other council websites. This type of information would be shared only as a result of “hacking” attacks, fraud or other illegal activities.

What Information Can I Access Online?

Meath.ie and the other council websites will make as much public information available online as possible in order to improve the transparency of our organisation.

Links To Other Websites

In order to make more information easier to find for our users, Meath.ie and the other Council websites link to content owned and hosted by other local authorities, government agencies, companies, organisations, etc. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. We link to other websites that provide information relevant to members of the public living in Meath and to websites whose content we think would be of interest or assistance to those planning a visit to Meath. Meath County Council makes no promises or recommendations about the quality of services provided by groups owning the websites we link to.

Glossary of Technical Terms Used

Web Browser:  the piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Opera.

IP Address:  the identifying details for your computer (or your internet company’s computer), expressed in "internet protocol" code (for example 192.168.55.124). Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.

Cookies:  See above.

Disclaimer

You should be aware that where you link to another website from the Meath County Council or other Council websites, that Meath County Council has no control over that other website. Meath County Council has no responsibility for the privacy practices of other websites.