Privacy Policy

Hardware Association Ireland (HAI) is committed to protecting the privacy of all who use this website, (the “Website”). This Privacy Policy has been developed in accordance with our legal obligations to inform you of what information is being collected about you and how this information is used. If you are not happy with this Privacy Policy, you should not use the Website. However, by using the Website, you are consenting to the collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information as well as accepting the terms of this Privacy Policy.

Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such and HAI is not responsible for the content or the privacy statements of these websites. If you have any issues or queries relating to such websites, please contact the third party providers directly.


The use of cookies

A “cookie” is a piece of data stored by a web server on your computer when you visit a website. It is stored on a user’s hard drive.

Cookies inform website publishers whether the computer has been used to visit the website before and may also be used to compile aggregate information about areas of the Website that are visited most frequently.

HAI uses cookies to compile aggregate and non-individual specific information about visitors to the Website.

Browsers are initially set up to accept Cookies but you can reset your browser to erase or block such technologies. However, doing this may affect your ease of use of the Website.


Personal Information

We will not collect any personal data apart from that which you volunteer, for example, by submitting a query on-line or completing the membership form.


Non-personal information 

The Website gathers statistical and other analytical information on an aggregate and non-individual specific basis of all visitors who visit the Website.  This information provides general and not individually specific information such as the number of people who visit the Website; the number of people who return to the Website; what browser they use; keywords used in search engines; search terms used; and where they were before they came to the Website.


How is personal information being used?

HAI will process any personal information you provide to us for the following purposes:

  • To provide the services and support you require;
  • To send you information or other forms of communication that you register for;
  • To contact you for feedback on the Website as well as on the services offered by HAI;
  • To respond to any feedback or queries submitted by you to HAI.


How is non-personal information being used?

Non-personal information will be used to get an understanding of where visitors to the Website come from. HAI uses Google Analytics to monitor traffic on the Website so that it can manage the Website’s capacity and efficiency. It also helps HAI to understand which part of the Website are most popular and generally to access user behaviour and characteristics in order to measure interest in and use of the various areas of the Website as well as to improve the Website and enhance your on-line experience.


Google Analytics

Google Analytics uses cookies to define user sessions, as well as to provide a number of key features in the Google Analytics reports. Please click here for information about how Google Analytics uses cookies and here for details of what cookies are set by Google.


Disclosure to third parties

HAI will disclose your personal information and non-personal information to the third party that operate and develop the Website but only to the extent necessary to provide these services. However, if through the Website you access a Website of a third party, you are subject to the terms & conditions and privacy policy of that third party and HAI encourages you to review such terms and conditions and privacy policy.

HAI will also disclose your personal information in response to a valid, legally compliant request by a competent authority or in response to a court order or otherwise in compliance with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or enforceable governmental request or other statutory requirement; to enforce the terms and conditions, including, the investigation of potential violations thereof; to detect, prevent or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues; or to protect against imminent harm to the rights, property, or safety of HAI, its users or the public as required or permitted by law.

If new and unanticipated uses, not previously disclosed in this Privacy Policy become apparent, HAI will obtain your consent prior to using your personal information for those new purposes.


Update, Correct and Delete Personal Information

You may amend, update or delete your personal information on the Members Directory, at any time by contacting HAI by email at or in writing to Hardware Association Ireland, Blackchurch Business Park, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin. HAI will not retain your personal information any longer than is necessary for the purposes associated with the Website.


Security of Personal Information

The nature of the internet is such that HAI cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to HAI. No transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. However,HAI will take all appropriate measures (including appropriate technical and organisational measures) to protect against unauthorised access to, alteration of, disclosure of or destruction of your personal information.


Contact Details

If you have any queries, or suggestions about the Website or the Privacy Policy, please contact HAI by email at; by telephone at 01 2980969; or in writing to the Hardware Association Ireland, Blackchurch Business Park, Naas Road, Rathcoole, Co. Dublin.


Notification of Changes

HAI may revise this Privacy Policy from time to time and reserves the right to do so. Any changes will be posted to this policy. It is understood that by continuing to use the Website, you accept these changes.


Last updated on: 11th December 2017

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