Privacy Policy

Effective date: May 25th, 2018

Vincent Hannon Architects (VHA) takes your privacy seriously. Please read the following to learn more about how we collect, store, use and disclose information about you when you interact with our website.

VHA (“us”, “we”, or “our”) operates the  http://www.vha.ie/ website (the “Service”).

This page informs you of our policies regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal data when you use our Service and the choices you have associated with that data.

We use your data to provide and improve the Service. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

WHO ARE WE

VHA is an architectural firm providing residential and commercial and public and private architectural services through Ireland.

WHAT DOES THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT COVER?

This Privacy Statement covers our treatment of information that we gather when you are accessing or using our Website or Services or when you contact us in any manner.  We gather various types of information, including information that identifies you as an individual (“Personal Information”) from our users, as explained in more detail below.

DEFINITIONS

Service

Service is the http://www.vha.ie/ website operated by VHA.

Personal Data

Personal Data means data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession).

Usage Data

Usage Data is data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your device (computer or mobile device).

Data Controller

Data Controller means the natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information are, or are to be, processed.

For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, we are a Data Controller of your Personal Data.

Data Processors (or Service Providers)

Data Processor (or Service Provider) means any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller.

We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.

Data Subject (or User)

Data Subject is any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data.

INFORMATION COLLECTION AND USE

We collect several different types of information for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you.

TYPES OF DATA COLLECTED

PERSONAL DATA

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Phone number
  • Cookies and Usage Data

USAGE DATA

We may also collect information how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol address (e.g. IP address), browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

COOKIES

Our Websites and some of our Services use cookies and other similar tracking technologies to uniquely identify your browser and to gather information about how you interact with our Websites and Services.  We use this information for the following purposes:

 

  • Assisting you in navigation;
  • Assisting in registration, login, and your ability to provide feedback;
  • Analysing your use of our products, services, or applications; and
  • Assisting with our promotional and marketing efforts.

 

Please consult our Cookie Policy  for more information about the type of cookies and tracking technologies that we use on this Website and why, and how to accept or reject them. We also utilise Google Analytics, a web analysis service provided by Google, to better understand your use of our Websites and Services.  Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit the Websites, what pages they visit, and what other sites they used prior to visiting.  Google uses the data collected to track and examine the use of the Websites, to prepare reports on its activities, and share them with other Google services.  Google may use the data collected on the Websites to contextualise and personalise the ads of its own advertising network.  Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to the Websites is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use and the Google Privacy Policy.  Google offers an opt-out mechanism for the web, available here.

 

You can accept or reject cookies by adjusting your web browser controls.  Please consult our Cookie Policy for more information about our use of cookies and how to accept and reject them.

USE OF DATA

VHA uses the collected data for various purposes:

  • To notify you about changes to our Service
  • To provide customer support
  • To respond to your product queries and messages
  • To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service
  • To monitor the usage of our Service
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues
  • To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other products, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about, unless you have opted not to receive such information.

LEGAL BASIS FOR PROCESSING PERSONAL DATA UNDER GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), VHA’s legal basis for collecting and using the personal information as described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

VHA may process your Personal Data because:

  • We need to perform a contract with you
  • We need to fulfil our customer requirements
  • You have given us permission to do so
  • The processing is in our legitimate interests and it’s not overridden by your rights
  • To comply with the law

RETENTION OF DATA

VHA will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

VHA will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

TRANSFER OF DATA

Your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to — and maintained on — computers located outside of your state, province, country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

VHA will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organisation or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

DISCLOSURE OF DATA

DISCLOSURE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

Under certain circumstances, VHA may be required to disclose your Personal Data if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS

VHA may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • To protect and defend the rights or property of VHA
  • To prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
  • To protect against legal liability

SECURITY OF DATA

The security of your data is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

YOUR DATA PROTECTION RIGHTS UNDER GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. VHA aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us at info@vha.ie

 

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you. Whenever made possible, you can access, update or request deletion of your Personal Data directly within your account settings section. If you are unable to perform these actions yourself, please contact us to assist you.

The right of rectification. You have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete.

The right to object. You have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.

The right of restriction. You have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.

The right to data portability. You have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.

The right to withdraw consent. You also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where COMPANY XYZ relied on your consent to process your personal information.

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

HOW WE SHARE AND DISCLOSE INFORMATION TO THIRD PARTIES

We do not rent or sell your Personal Information to anyone.  We may share and disclose information (including Personal Information) about our customers in the following limited circumstances:

Vendors, consultants and other service providers: We may share your information with third party vendors, consultants and other service providers who we employ to perform tasks on our behalf.  These companies include our website analytics companies (e.g., Google Analytics),

 

If VHA has received your Personal Information and subsequently transfers that information to a third-party agent or service provider for processing, VHA shall remain responsible for ensuring that such third-party agent or service provider processes your Personal Information to the standard required by the current data protection legislation applicable in Ireland.

We reserve the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as necessary to comply with a legitimate law or court order.

 

 

 

ANALYTICS

We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyze the use of our Service.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics is a web analytics service offered by Google that tracks and reports website traffic. Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. This data is shared with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualize and personalize the ads of its own advertising network.

You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

For more information on the privacy practices of Google, please visit the Google Privacy Terms web page: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

LINKS TO OTHER SITES

Our Service may contain links to other sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party’s site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy of every site you visit.

We have no control over and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites or services.

CHILDREN’S PRIVACY

Our Service does not address anyone under the age of 16 (“Children”).

We do not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 16. If you are a parent or guardian and you are aware that your Children has provided us with Personal Data, please contact us. If we become aware that we have collected Personal Data from children without verification of parental consent, we take steps to remove that information from our servers.

CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy on this page.

We will let you know via email and/or a prominent notice on our Service, prior to the change becoming effective and update the “effective date” at the top of this Privacy Policy.

You are advised to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. Changes to this Privacy Policy are effective when they are posted on this page.

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, please contact us:

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