School Websites

Website Privacy Statements

Where a school/ETB has a website which collects data, the school/ETB is legally obliged to have a Website Privacy Statement in place. See

For example, where the website

  •  Collects personal data from its visitors (such as via a “Contact Us” web form/feedback form etc.)
  •  Uses cookies
  •  Uses web-beacons
  •  Covertly collects personal data such as email addresses, or IP addresses of visitors to the site  

There is a legal requirement that the school/ETB website display a Website Privacy Statement (see S.I. 336/2011 European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011.  If the website doesn’t have a Website Privacy Statement, this is a breach of the law and can result in investigation and enforcement action being taken by the Data Protection Commissioner (and failure to comply could result in prosecution with a penalty of up to €100,000).  

 (Acknowledgement of Source: