Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (500)

Thomas P. Broughan


500. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his views on reports that tracking and cookie software are present on most departmental and local authority websites; if this practice complies with GDPR and privacy legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16428/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

The Data Protection Commissioner is the supervisory authority for GDPR and also has powers related to ePrivacy legislation. It is a matter for each individual Government Department and public sector entity to ensure their operations, including those related to websites, comply with requirements under this legislation. My Department uses cookies on its website for statistical and administrative purposes only.

As required under ePrivacy and GDPR legislation, the website contains a cookie banner which notifies website users about the use of cookies on the site. The banner allows users to consent to the use of cookies and contains a link to the Department’s Privacy and Cookie Policy, which provides users with information on the cookies that are in use and what they are being used for.

The Department’s Privacy and Cookie Policy can be found at the following link.