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Last updated: 20 February 2020

General Statement

This statement relates to the privacy practices of the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in connection with its website. For more information about Data Protection at the CSO, read our Data Protection and Transparency notice for the Central Statistics Office as an organisation and our CSO Telecommunications Privacy Policy.

The CSO fully respects your personal privacy rights and does not, as a general rule, collect personal information of any kind, without your clear permission. Any personal information which you volunteer to the CSO will be treated with the highest standard of security and confidentiality, strictly in accordance with the principles of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Our web site contains links to other sites. The CSO is not responsible for the privacy practices within any of these other sites. We encourage you to be aware of this when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements on other web sites you visit which collect personally identifiable information. This privacy statement applies solely to information collected on our web site.

Your personal data

If you enter your name and contact details in our feedback forms, this personal data is transmitted to us via a secure socket layer (SSL) connection. As per our Telecommunications Privacy Policy, we hold these details for the length of time necessary to process the message and only use the details for the purpose for which they were received.

When you use our visualisation tools, even if you enter your name, date of birth or other personally identifiable information, no personal data is transmitted to our servers. The nature of our visualisation tools is that the form data you enter is processed in your own browser and is not retained by us.

If you email us or phone us using the contact details given on this site, the personal data you supply will be processed as per our Telecommunications Privacy Policy. We will hold these details for the length of time required for processing and we will only use the details for the purpose for which they were received.

Technical data

When you use our website, as with any website, some technical and usage information is logged automatically for analytical purposes.

Log data

Log data includes your IP address; device and browser details; date, time and duration of visit; and clickstream data (which records pages and documents accessed). This data is logged in our servers for the purpose of maintaining the security and quality of our website and is kept for as long as is necessary to ensure the security and stability of the website.

We do not identify users from this technical data.

Cookie data

This site uses cookies to support some of its core functions. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.

We use cookies in the following ways:

  • Essential cookies power the website (session cookies)
  • Persistent cookies record your cookie consent
  • Functional cookies power third party tools we use. For example: Google Analytics, Highcharts

We do not set cookies to personally identify our users.

Analytics data

We will retain and evaluate information on your recent visits to our website and how you move around different sections of our website for analytics purposes to understand how people use our website so that we can offer a high quality and user-friendly experience to our website visitors.

We use Google Analytics to gather analytics data. Through our use of Google Analytics, information about your use of our website will be transmitted to Google. Information about your visits is aggregated (combined) with data from thousands of other users to show trends in website usage and is not personally identifiable. We set the IP anonymisation feature of Google Analytics as a measure to avoid sharing personally identifiable information with Google. Analytics data is retained on Google’s servers for 26 months. Please refer to Google's privacy policy for further information.

We do not identify users from analytics data.

Third party services

Some of the services we provide are powered by third parties, including the following

Google Analytics

Our analytics service is provided by Google as outlined in detail above.


We use a third-party service to provide in-site search on our website which utilises cookies. This service is provided by AddSearch Oy, Finland. AddSearch does not collect or process any data that personally identifies an individual (such as a name). Please refer to AddSearch's privacy policy for details on data collected by AddSearch.



Web browser

A web browser is software that allows a user to access and view web pages. Examples are Microsoft Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Firefox and Opera.

Domain name

A domain name is the text name corresponding to the numeric IP address of a computer on the Internet. For example, is a domain name. A domain name is unique.

IP Address

IP Address stands for Internet Protocol Address. Each machine connected to the Internet has a unique address. The IP address takes the form of a series of four one- to three-digit numbers separated by dots, for example, is an IP address.


Cookies are small pieces of information, stored in simple text files in your browser by a web site. Each cookie has an expiry date and persistent cookies can be read by the web site on your subsequent visits. Our website requests your consent to use cookies on your initial visit and we do not use cookies to store personally identifiable information.


This policy will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and may be updated from time to time.