Policies and Information:

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> Disclaimer:

The information accessible through the Portlaoise Leisure Centre Website has been compiled from many sources, some of which may not be controlled by Portlaoise Leisure Centre. While all reasonable care has been taken in the compilation and publication of the contents of this web site, the Portlaoise Leisure Centre makes no representations or warranties, whether expressed or implied, as to the accuracy or suitability of the information or materials contained in this resource.

> Child Protection Policy:

Portlaoise Leisure Centre is fully committed to safeguarding the well-being of all the children and young people with whom it works. Portlaoise Leisure Centre is committed to promoting the rights of the child, including the participation of children and young people in matters that affect them.

Portlaoise Leisure Centre aims to create a safe and healthy environment for the young people with whom it works and is committed always to ensuring their safety and welfare.

  • Communication: Adequate communication pathways will be applied to any allegations of incidents of child abuse. It must be made perfectly clear that any information that a child may say to a team member must be treated as genuine and investigated fully by the child protection officer. Information should be kept strictly confidential and, on a need, to know basis.
  • Training & Awareness: All staff will be trained and made aware of this policy and how to be compliant with its requirements.
  • Inductions: All staff will have a section in their induction pack containing the details of the child protection policy and will be required to declare their adherence to the policy within.
  • Monitoring & Supervision: Child Protection will be monitored by the Child Protection Officer of the company and reported on to the management annually with recommendations and or improvements to be made.
  • Recording & Information Sharing: It must be made clear that whilst any information relating to an incident and or event will be kept in the strictest confidence, it may be necessary yet reveal information to management and or the Child Protection Officer of the company to investigate further possible allegations or incidents on CCTV or other such methods.
  • Recruitment & Vetting: All staff will be required to complete a Garda Vetting registration form upon their recruitment. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in the offer of a vacancy being rebuked.
  • Managing allegations or incidents within your organisation: The child protection officer appointment will be responsible together with the company management for investigation allegations and or incidents within the organisation.

> Access to, and use of the information herein, is entirely at the risk of the user:

Portlaoise Leisure Centre shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, to the user or any other third party for any damage resulting from the use of the information contained or implied in the Portlaoise Leisure Centre Website. Portlaoise Leisure Centre does not assume legal or other liability for any inaccuracy, mistake, mis-statement or any other error of whatsoever nature contained herein. Portlaoise Leisure Centre hereby formally disclaims liability in respect of such aforesaid matters.

> The information contained:

The information contained within this site is of a condensed and general informational nature only and can change from time to time. It should not, by itself, be relied upon in determining legal rights or other decisions.

Visitors to the site are advised to verify, by direct and live contact with Portlaoise Leisure Centre, any information on which they may wish to rely. Portlaoise Leisure Centre has endeavored to attribute copyright or other intellectual rights to the rightful owners where such course has been appropriate. Where any attribution has been missed or overlooked the Portlaoise Leisure Centre, on being informed, will correct this omission. Portlaoise Leisure Centre, along with its affiliate and subsidiary companies, shall not be liable in respect of any claims, emergencies, demands, causes of action, damages, losses, expenses, including without limitation, reasonable legal fees and costs of proceedings arising out of or in connection with the use and/or dissemination of personal information relating to you in accordance with this privacy policy and your consents.

> Links to other websites:

In order to make more information easier to find for our users on portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie links to content owned and hosted by other local authorities, government agencies, companies, local groups, organizations, etc. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such. We link to other websites that provide information relevant to members of the public living in Portlaoise and the surrounding area and to websites whose content we think would be of interest or assistance to those planning a visit to Portlaoise. Portlaoise Leisure Centre makes no promises or recommendations about the quality of services provided by groups owning the websites we link to. By proceeding into the Portlaoise Leisure Centre Website you are accepting this disclaimer.

> Security:

www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie do not collect credit card information or other payment methods and as such you will never be asked for payment details on our site. It is important for you to protect against unauthorized access to your password and to your computer. Be sure to sign off when finished using our Customer Login area and to sign off from your computer when using a shared computer.

> Copyright:

Unless otherwise stated or appearing, the copyright and other intellectual rights attaching to information or data contained within this web site are held by Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Reproduction of all or any of the contents of the website, in any form, is prohibited save with the prior written authorization of Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Portlaoise Leisure Centre hereby gives a general consent to the use of such information for bona fide personal use – for example reproducing our timetables - and also for the recopying of all or any of the contents of the web site for genuine and bona fide information dissemination purposes where the source of the information is properly acknowledged and where such acknowledgment contains and refers to the web address of Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

> Privacy Policy:

Portlaoise Leisure Centre has created this privacy statement in order to demonstrate our firm commitment to your privacy. By visiting www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie or any sub-sites of the above you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Notice. This statement relates to our privacy practices in connection with the aforementioned websites. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Some technical terms used in this statement are explained at the end of this page.

> General Statement:

Portlaoise Leisure Centre fully respects your right to privacy, and we will not collect any personal information about you on this website without your clear permission. Any information which you volunteer to Portlaoise Leisure Centre’s website will be treated with the highest standard of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

> What Personal Information About Customers Does Portlaoise Leisure Centre Gather?

The information we learn from customers helps us personalize and continually improve your on-line experience at www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie and our other websites.

> Links to other websites:

In order to make more information easier to find for our users on portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie links to content owned and hosted by other local authorities, government agencies, companies, local groups, organizations, etc. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. Any external links to other websites are clearly identifiable as such. We link to other websites that provide information relevant to members of the public living in Portlaoise and the surrounding area and to websites whose content we think would be of interest or assistance to those planning a visit to Portlaoise. Portlaoise Leisure Centre makes no promises or recommendations about the quality of services provided by groups owning the websites we link to. By proceeding into the Portlaoise Leisure Centre Website you are accepting this disclaimer.

> Information You Give Us:

We receive and store any information you enter on our website or give us in any other way. You can choose not to provide certain information, but then you might not be able to take advantage of many of our features. When you register for newsletters etc., we require personal information (like name, email address, etc.). We use the information that you provide for such purposes as responding to your requests, customizing our on-line services for you, improving our on-line services, and communicating with you.

Where a user voluntarily provides personal information, the data will be used for analysis, research or customer service purposes only. Any personal data provided by you to us will be held in accordance with the data protection principles set out in the Data Protection (Amendment) Act, 2003, the Data Protection Act, 1988, Electronic Commerce Act, 2000, and other relevant EU and Irish legislation.

If you register on our site you may be given an option to add yourself to one of our mailing lists which will send you periodic details about the selected service. We will always have a clear mechanism for you to remove yourself from these mailing lists. We do not rent, sell, or exchange mailing lists, or otherwise disclose such information to third parties, except as may be required by law, or through voluntary cooperation with law enforcement authorities if we judge that such cooperation is necessary to combat fraud or other crime.

> Automatic Information:

For general web browsing no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us from our website logs. For example, like many websites, we obtain certain types of information when your web browser (browsers are pieces of software that allow you to access the Internet; examples include: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Mozilla, etc.) accesses www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie or our other websites. Cookies are also used when altering the Text Size throughout the site, this ensure the size you specify is maintained for the duration of your visit. The cookie becomes unusable after either the user logs out or after 20 minutes of inactivity on our website.

> Examples of information collected:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet (e.g. 123.456.7.89)
  • Login—if using our account services
  • Email address: if you email any of our public email addresses
  • Computer and connection information such as browser type and version, operating system, platform, referring URL and pages visited

Portlaoise Leisure Centre will make no attempt to identify individual visitors or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual, except in cases where criminal activity has taken place (i.e. in response to a "hacking" incident). It is the policy of Portlaoise Leisure Centre never to disclose such technical information in respect of individual website visitors to a third party (except for law-enforcement bodies and then only in response to illegal activity such as "hacking"; also our Internet Service Provider which records such data on our behalf and which is bound by confidentiality provisions in this regard), unless obliged to disclose such information by a rule of law. The technical information will be used only by Portlaoise Leisure Centre, and only for statistical and other administrative purposes. You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, do not constitute "personal data" for the purposes of the Data Protection Acts, 1988 & 2003.

> Cookies:

Cookies are alphanumeric identifiers that we transfer to your computer's hard drive through your web browser to enable our systems to recognize your browser and to provide security while you access your on-line login to Portlaoise Leisure Centre. The "Help" portion of the tool-bar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. However, cookies allow you to take full advantage of some of www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie account-based features, and we recommend that you leave them turned on.

> Does www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie share the information it receives?

Rarely. In cases where there is a statutory requirement to share information with a government agency or other local authority or where your information must be shared with another agency in order to answer a customer query, then the minimum amount of information required will be shared in an appropriate manner. Generally, information is shared with other agencies as an aggregate rather than as a specific piece of data.

> How Secure is Information About Me?

There are no on-line payments on www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie and as such we will never ask you for payment details of any description. All other information such as email addresses and login information are securely kept in a database stored on a Linux server – considered the most secure form of web server that exists.

> What Information Can I Access On-line?

www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie will make as much public information available on-line as possible in order to improve the transparency of our organization.

> Links To Other Websites:

In order to make more information easier to find for our users, www.portlaoiseleisurecentre.ie links to content owned and hosted by other companies/organizations, etc. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of other websites. We link to other websites that provide information relevant to members of the public living in Laois and surrounding areas and to websites whose content we think would be of interest or assistance to those planning a visit to Portlaoise. Portlaoise Leisure Centre makes no promises or recommendations about the quality of services provided by groups owning the websites we link to.

> Glossary of Technical Terms Used:

Web Browser: The piece of software you use to read web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Opera.

IP Address: The identifying details for your computer (or your Internet company’s computer), expressed in "Internet protocol" code (for example 192.168.55.124). Every computer connected to the web has a unique IP address, although the address may not be the same every time a connection is made.

Cookies: A Cookie is a piece of text stored by a user’s web browser. A cookie can be used for authentication, storing site preferences, identifying a server-based session, or anything else that can be achieved through storing text data.

Portlaoise Leisure Centre & its affiliates/representatives shall not be liable in respect of any claims, emergencies, demands, causes of action, damages, losses, expenses, including without limitation, reasonable legal fees and costs of proceedings arising out of or in connection with the use and/or dissemination of personal information relating to you in accordance with this privacy policy and your consents. You should be aware that where you link to another website from the Portlaoise Leisure Centre website, that Portlaoise Leisure Centre has no control over that other website. Portlaoise Leisure Centre has no responsibility for the privacy practices of other websites.

> Amendments:

Portlaoise Leisure Centre reserves the right in its sole discretion to amend this privacy statement at any time, and you should regularly check this privacy statement for any amendments.

> More Information/Contact:

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this or another Portlaoise Leisure Centre website or your dealings with this or another Portlaoise Leisure Centre website, you can contact: