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Privacy Policy

The information Plan Ireland collects about you helps us to understand more about how our site is used and how we can improve it, and enables us to send you the communications that interest you. We are committed to safeguarding your privacy online and otherwise.

In this section (which forms part of the Terms and Conditions of this site) you can read how Plan treats information about you and how we ask you to treat any information you receive about sponsored children.

If you have any query which is not answered here, please email us at info@plan.ie.  This Privacy Policy may change from time to time, we recommend you to check it periodically.

1. Who is collecting my information?

When you are on the Plan Ireland's website and are prompted to input any information, you will be sharing your personal information with Plan and its third party web suppliers. Our third party web suppliers will only use this information in connection with Plan and/or sponsorship and will not use it for any other purpose.

2. What kind of information would Plan Ireland collect from me?

When you visit Plan Ireland’s website we aim to collect information about which pages you have accessed, when and the visitor IP address. Furthermore visitors to our website can be asked to volunteer information about themselves through participating in surveys, forwarding their email and / or postal addresses to be on our mailing list for future communications, informing us of their preferred means of communication, requesting to be on a specific mailing list, or if they ask to sponsor a child or support us by giving a donation or purchasing an item from our on-line brochure. We may, for example, keep a record of your name and gender, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number.

3. How would you use my information?

Plan uses the information we collect about you for our internal use only. The data on our site is collected and analysed by a third party, ICAN, who has access to your data. However this third party is not authorised by Plan to use this data in any way other than to provide the services authorised by Plan. Both Plan and ICAN will not disclose any of your personal information to anyone, except when we have your permission or under special circumstances when the law requires it. The information we obtain helps us understand better how our site is used. Your contact details are also used to send you a quarterly communication, together with any other information about Plan as well as information and correspondance about your sponsored child and his/her family, community and country. If you do not want to receive any further communications from Plan, please email us at info@plan.ie.

4. Would I be able to update, delete or correct my personal information?

Plan relies on the accuracy of your personal information. We are working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that Plan maintains about you. In the meantime, if you change your email address or are aware that any of the other information we hold about you is inaccurate or out of date, please email us at info@plan.ie

5. What about security precautions to protect the loss, misuse, or alteration of my information?

When you give Plan Ireland personal information, we take all reasonable steps to ensure that the information will be stored and processed securely, in accordance with this policy and with the Data Protection Legislation.

6. What if I sign up to sponsor a child?

If you choose to sponsor a child through Plan Ireland’s website, the information you provide will be used in connection with the administration of your sponsorship. Your name and the name of the country where you live will be sent to the Foster Parents Plan International Inc. offices in the country and region where your sponsored child lives; local Plan staff will then give this information to the child and their family. These countries may not have laws protecting the privacy of personal data. Your information may also be accessed by staff at Plan’s International Headquarters in England (FPPI Limited).

7. What about information I receive about my sponsored child?

As a condition of your sponsorship, you agree to respect the sensitive nature of any information you receive about your sponsored child and his / her family and not to misuse that information in any way. In particular, you agree not to publish any information that identifies your sponsored child or his / her family unless they have given you their informed consent.

8. Plan’s respect for the children shown on this site.

To protect the privacy of the children we work with, photographs and names used on this site are not necessarily those of the actual children concerned.

Our use of cookies

This Plan website uses Google Analytics to help analyse how users use the site. This analytical tool uses 'cookies', which are text files placed on your computer, to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form.

The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for Plan.

Plan will not (and will not allow any third party) to use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to our site. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the Google statistical analytics tool.

Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither Plan nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.

Further information about cookies

Law firm Pinsent Masons maintains the pages of aboutcookies.org, which has answers to some frequently asked questions.

Disabling and enabling cookies

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by modifying the settings on your browser.

To disable cookies if you are using Microsoft Windows Explorer:
Click on 'Tools' in the top menu, then on Internet Options, then on the tab marked 'Privacy';
Move the slider to the position corresponding to the level of cookie acceptance/denial acceptable to you.

To remove existing cookies if you are using Microsoft Windows Explorer:
Click on 'Tools' in the top menu, then on Internet Options;
In the section marked 'Browsing History', click on 'Delete...';
In the section marked 'Cookies' click on 'Delete cookies';
Click on 'Yes' or hit the 'Enter' key.

To disable cookies if you are using Firefox:
Click on 'Tools' in the top menu, then on Options, then on Privacy;
In the cookies section, deselect the option to 'Accept cookies from sites';
Click on 'OK'

To remove existing cookies if you are using Firefox:
Open the browser;
Click on 'Tools', then on 'Clear Private Data';
Click to select 'Cookies';
Click on 'Clear Private Data Now'.