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Privacy Policy

This policy contains information about the Irish Horse Gateway’s privacy policy and usage of cookies.

1. Introduction
This website, all pages containing that address and the services provided on this website, including any page that is enabled for use by a mobile device, (the “IHG Website”) are owned and operated by Irish Horse Gateway, an initiative of Horse Sport Ireland (“IHG”, “our”, “we” or “us”). If you do not agree with these terms, you should not use the IHG Website.

We at IHG respect your right to privacy and aim to comply with our obligations under the data protection legislation currently in force in Ireland. The purpose of this Website Privacy Policy is to outline how we deal with any personal data that we collect from you or that you provide to us while visiting the IHG Website. We use your information only as set out in this Privacy Policy. Naturally, if you are not happy with this Website Privacy Policy you should not use the IHG Website.

This policy together with our Terms of Business sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
By visiting the IHG Website, you are accepting the terms of this Website Privacy Policy and you permit the collection and use of your personal data as outlined in this Website Privacy Policy.

2. How we Collect Information relating to IHG Website
When registering as a user of IHG or during your time as a user of IHG you will be asked to provide information to us. We will inform you at the time of collecting other information from you whether you must provide the information to use IHG or a particular IHG Service or whether the provision of information requested by us is optional. We will inform you at the time of collecting information from you whether the information that you provide to us will be accessible to other users of IHG or by third parties so that you can decide whether to provide the information to us.
We may collect and process the following data about you:
1. if you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence;
2. information that you submit when you register for the IHG Website including your name, email address and telephone number;
3. information that you submit when you use the IHG Website, for example in response to a blog post, in a message to us, when posting an advertisement, entering a competition or through any website communication channel;
4. the functionality that you use through the IHG Website including comments on our blog; or
5. details of transactions you carry out through IHG.
Such information is only collected from you if you voluntarily submit it to us, and is only kept for as long as it is required for us to provide you with a high quality service, to comply with law or our contractual obligations or for reasonable record-keeping purposes.
“Other Data”
Like most websites, we gather statistical and other analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to the IHG Website. This data comprises information that cannot be used to identify or contact you, such as demographic information regarding, for example, browser types, alphanumeric IDs, operating system, traffic data, location data, IP addresses, information regarding the volume and status of data transmission, click-through statistics, the name of the domain and host from which you access the Internet, the date and time you accesses portions of the IHG Website, and other anonymous statistical data involving the use of the IHG Website. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and we do not use them to identify any individual, except if required by the law or for the purposes of fraud protection, IT security and credit risk reduction.

3. Purposes for which we hold your Information
Personal Data
Users of the IHG Service use the website to create advertisements for horses for sale and to post comments/question about same. These advertisements can then be accessed and read by other users of the website. If you choose to place an advertisement using the IHG Service, we will display a limited amount of personal information, such as your name and telephone number, so that interested parties may contact you. Additionally, we may use your email address to contact you on behalf of interested parties wishing to respond to your advertisements by email. We may use your advertisements, and the advertisements that you view to personalise the website and identify popular buy and sell sections. We may also display recently posted advertisements and recently sold goods to users of the IHG Website.
We will process any personal data that you provide to us for the following purposes:
1. to provide you with the services you have ordered;
2. to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us;
3. to deliver and maintain a high quality service and to improve and develop the services provided and the Website generally;
4. to allow you to access IHG and to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so;
5. to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or that we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes;
6. to provide you with our newsletter where you have subscribed to receive it;
7. to contact you if required in connection with your order or to respond to any communications you might send to us;
8. to inform you about changes to our service, our agreement with you or website that we believe will be of interest to you;
9. as IHG Website is being actively developed we might contact you to get feedback on the service provided;
10. for the purposes of compiling statistics;
11. to determine whether you are in compliance with our agreement with you and to impose sanctions where necessary;
12. as proof of identity before we disclose personal information to you that we hold about you (in order to establish that we are disclosing the personal information to you and not to someone pretending to be you);
13. to process payments from or to you;
14. compare information for accuracy, and verify it with external sources;
15. for safety purposes (including maintaining a register of restricted users), to provide you with customer support and to resolve technical or other problems (where you have contacted us through our Customer Services address or Technical Support address
16. to determine whether you or other users are in compliance with our agreement relating to the IHG Website, including the policies appearing on the IHG Website.
If you avail of our services offered on the IHG Website we may use your email address to send you updates or news regarding the IHG Service. If you do not wish to receive emails of this type, please contact us.
Other Data:
We use the Other Data gathered from visitors to the IHG Website in an aggregate form to get a better understanding of where our visitors come from and to help us better design and organise the IHG Website.
This website uses “cookies”. A cookie is a little piece of data stored by the browser on the hard drive of your computer, at the request of our server. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. On revisiting IHG our computer server will recognise the cookie, giving us information about your last visit. We may use cookies (including flash cookies) to deliver content specific to your interests and to save your personal preferences so you do not have to re-enter them each time you connect to the IHG Website – our cookies are not available to other websites. Cookies help us to improve IHG and to deliver a better and more personalised service. They enable us:
1. to estimate our audience size and usage pattern;
2. to store information about your account so you do not have to login each time you visit the IHG website; and
3. to speed up your use of the IHG Service and searches.
You are always free to decline our cookies, if your browser permits, by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of cookies. You are always free to ask your browser to indicate when a cookie is being sent. You can also delete cookie files from your computer at your discretion. Note that if you decline our cookies or ask for notification each time a cookie is being sent, this may affect your use of the IHG Website. For information on how to control your cookies go

4. Disclosure of Information to Third Parties and Advertising
We may provide Other Data to third parties, where such information is combined with similar information of other users of the IHG Website. For example, we might provide third parties with aggregate anonymised information regarding the number of unique users who visit the IHG Website, the demographic breakdown of our community users of the IHG Website, or the activities that visitors to the IHG Website engage in while on the IHG Website. The third parties to whom we may provide this information may include potential or actual advertisers, providers of advertising services (including website tracking services), commercial partners, sponsors, licensees, researchers and other similar parties.
We may also use such aggregate anonymised information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, sellers in the west of Ireland) when displaying advertisements on the IHG Website. We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers’ wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience. You agree to these practices.
We will not disclose your personal data to third parties unless you have consented to this disclosure or unless the third party is required to fulfil your order (in such circumstances, the third party is bound by similar data protection requirements). We will 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 statutory requirement. For the avoidance of doubt, we reserve the right to provide access to any data contained on our database to An Garda Síochána where such data is required for the prevention, detection or investigation of offences or the apprehending or prosecution of offenders. We may provide such data, where we receive a written authorisation in advance from a member of An Garda Síochána and on the strict understanding that the data is being provided solely for use by a member of An Garda Síochána for the purposes identified to us in advance. We also reserve the right to provide remote access to our database to authorised members of An Garda Síochána on an ongoing basis where such access, and the conditions of such access, have been agreed to by us in advance. Such access is provided in the interests of the safety and security of our users.
We reserve the right to disclose your personal data (such as your name, address and contact details) to authorised inspectors of the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (“ISPCA”), the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (“DSPCA”) or the the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (“USPCA”) where we receive a written request from an authorised inspector for such data and we are satisfied that such a disclosure is in the legitimate interests of the body requesting the data for the purposes of the prevention of cruelty to animals. In such circumstances, we shall only disclose the personal data on the strict understanding that the personal data is being provided solely for use by authorised inspectors of the ISPCA, DSPCA or USPCA for the specific purposes identified to us in advance and may not be disclosed to any third parties without our prior approval. You agree that we may disclose your personal data on that basis.
Please note that if you post personal information on public sections of the IHG Website then you are consenting to giving a third party user of the IHG Website to use your data; we are not responsible for the manner in which those third parties may choose to allow them use your data.
If you provide personal data to us, you understand and agree that we may disclose your personal data to the following third parties:
1. to our hosting provider which acts as an agent of Irish Horse Gateway;
2. to our payment processing service providers;
3. if you have indicated at any time while using the IHG Service that you are happy to receive information or promotions from selected third parties about goods and services which may be of interest to you, you consent to us sending you such offers or information. If you wish to opt out of receiving such offers, please contact us.
4. any member of our group of companies, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries;
5. to a third party if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data with that third party in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our agreement with you or any other relevant agreements, or to protect the rights, property or safety of Irish Horse Gateway, the IHG Website and/or our customers or others. This includes exchanging information with third parties for the purposes of fraud protection, IT security and credit risk reduction and statutory or other investigative bodies, where such bodies have the statutory authority to request such personal data or you have given your consent for us to disclose your personal data in this manner.
We will notify you when information about you may be provided to third parties in ways other than explained in this Policy and you will have the option to prevent such information sharing at the time that we notify you.
We reserve the right to transfer information (including your personal data) to a third party in the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, receivership, purchase or transfer of all or substantially all of the business or assets related to the IHG Website or all or part of Irish Horse Gateway Limited provided that the third party agrees to adhere to the terms of this Privacy Policy.
You agree that you have access to other users’ personal information when you use the IHG Website, or as a result of any related communication or transaction. You agree that you will only use another user’s personal information to contact the person for the purposes of buying or selling the goods or services to which the users’ personal information is connected. If other user subsequently agrees that you may use their personal information for any other purpose then that is a matter for you and the other person to agree. Unless you have the other IHG Website user’s express permission or our express written permission you may not disclose or contact another user for any purpose other than to conduct transactions for goods or services advertised on the IHG Website.

5. Security, Transfer and Control of personal data
We will take all reasonable steps (including appropriate technical and organisational measures) to protect your personal data that we hold in accordance with this Website Privacy Policy. However, the nature of the internet is such that we cannot guarantee or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us via the internet. No data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure and any transmission is at your own risk. You acknowledge that we are not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the internet and you hereby release us from any and all claims arising out of and related to the use of intercepted information in any unauthorised manner.
If we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of the IHG Website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
You should be aware that when you voluntarily disclose personally identifiable information and agree to make that information public on the IHG Website (e.g., name, telephone number) via advertisements, blog postings, tweets or in other areas of the IHG Website, then that information, along with any substantive information disclosed in your communication, can be collected, correlated and used by third parties. These third parties or other website users may use your information to send you unsolicited messages. Such activities are beyond our control. Please do not post any personal information on the IHG Website that you wish to keep private.
It may be necessary to transfer your personal information to other group companies or service providers located in countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA), including but not limited to the United States. This may happen where our servers or suppliers and service providers are based outside of the EEA or where you use our services and products while visiting countries outside of the EEA. The data protection and other laws of these countries may not be as comprehensive as those in Ireland or the EU but in these instances we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights are respected. You agree that we may transfer your personal data on that basis.

6. Access to Information and Updating, Verifying and Deleting personal data
At any time, you can make a written request to have access to all the personal data that we hold about you. You may inform us of any changes in your personal data and, in accordance with our obligations under the data protection legislation; we will update or delete your personal data accordingly. To make this request or to have your personal data updated, amended or removed from our database, please contact us. We will provide this information to you and may request a small administrative charge.

7. Changes to the IHG Website Privacy Policy
Any changes we may make to our Privacy Policy in the future will be posted on this page and may be, where we consider it appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. You should visit this page periodically to review any changes to the Privacy Policy.

8. Links
When you pay us you will leave the IHG Website and you will instruct one of our payment processing service providers (which include Paypal and Realex) to make a payment to us on your behalf. Please note that these providers have their own privacy policies and terms of use and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies, their terms or for the activities on those websites.
IHG may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates as well as third party websites to which we have no affiliation. Users of the IHG Website may post links to other websites also. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and terms of use and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies or for the activities on those websites.

9. Access by children
If you are aged 16 or under you must get one or your parents or a guardian’s permission before providing personal data to us by using the IHG Website. If you do not have this permission you should not use the IHG Website. We may ask you at any time to confirm and produce this permission in writing.

10. Questions or Comments
If you have any questions, concerns, comments or complaints about this Privacy Policy and/or our collection or use of personal information, or if you wish us to stop processing your personal information for any particular purpose or purposes, then please contact us.

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