Who we are

At Aphasia Ireland we take your privacy very seriously. As a visitor to our website, it is important that you know exactly what we do with personal information that you and others provide to us, why we gather it and what it means to you. We want you to feel safe using this site and we comply fully with our obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Given the nature of the site, we’ve tried to let you choose how open, or confidential, you want to be.

This Privacy Policy explains how we treat the personal data you provide while visiting the www.aphasiaireland.ie. By using the site, you are accepting the terms of this policy; if you are not happy with these terms, you should not use this website.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

We collect personal data about you as a user and data relating to your interactions with our website www.aphasiaireland.ie. We will always let you know how we intend to use your information before collecting it so that you can decide whether or not you wish to provide that information. Contact us directly for more information on how we use your information.

In some cases, the data we collect will be anonymous and it will simply tell us what pages have received the most activity and are of particular interest to our users in general.

Where you visit the website we will be able to identify what pages you have shown a particular interest in, what pages you have visited multiple times and also what pages you have spent the most amount of time on. We will mostly do this work ourselves however sometimes we will use Google Analytics to assist us. In all cases, we will carry this work out in a responsible manner.

This data enables us to provide you with more efficient and effective customer service by developing a wider understanding and appreciation of our user base.

If you choose to provide us with certain information, such as your name and contact details, if you would like us to contact you directly, we will use this information solely to respond to and deal with your comments or queries.

The information we may collect as you use www.aphasiaireland.ie falls into two categories:

Personal Data

This is information that identifies you or can be used to identify or contact you. This may include your name, address, email address, location, age, gender, IP address and telephone number. This information is only collected if you voluntarily submit it to us, e.g. make a donation, register for our online fundraising or support services, an Aphasia Ireland programme or sign up for an Aphasia Ireland event.

Personal data is not just created by a user’s interactions with your site. Personal data is also generated from technical processes such as contact forms, comments, cookies, analytics, and third party embeds.

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 make it more intuitive.

Non-Personal Data

Like most websites, we gather general, non-personal information on our visitors for statistical purposes. This cannot be used to identify or contact you. This might include your IP address, the browser you use and similar anonymous data.

By default, WordPress does not collect any personal data about visitors, and only collects the data shown on the User Profile screen from registered users. However, Linux and Blacknight Solutions do allow us to keep track of these types of data.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

How we use Cookies

Aphasia uses cookies to monitor our website, to ensure better service levels and to enable us to provide you with additional features such as customised delivery of service to you. The use of Cookies by Aphasia Ireland is to get a better understanding of how people use the website, e.g. which pages are most popular, which links people find most useful, etc. This helps us to improve the site and provide better information and support for those who use it. We may use 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 visit our websites.

To achieve this, there are different types of cookies in use. They all work in the same way but have minor differences which are explained below.

Session Cookies

Session cookies last only for the duration of your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. They are essential for secure user navigation through the site and enable the delivery of basic functionality.

Persistent Cookies

Persistent cookies last after you have closed your browser, and allow us to remember your actions and website preferences. Aphasia Ireland uses persistent cookies to analyse user visits to our site. These cookies help us to understand how users arrive at and use our sites so we can improve the overall Aphasia Ireland online experience.

Analytics Cookies

Finally, we use analytics cookies to help us make our websites and Apps even better for those who visit them regularly. This type of cookie helps us to further understand how individual visitors use our online services and allows us to improve the overall service and products offered to you.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Data is shared with website host Linux and BlackKnight solutions to monitor data collection and page usage.

By default WordPress does not share any personal data with anyone

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profiles. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Your Right of Data

Under the Data Protection Acts you have the right to:

  • access your information and receive copies of your information*;
  • have inaccurate/incomplete information corrected and updated;
  • object to a particular use of your personal data for our legitimate business interests or direct marketing purposes;
  • in certain circumstances, have your information deleted or our use of your data restricted;
  • in certain circumstances, a right not to be subject to solely automated decisions and where we make such automated decisions, a right to have a person review the decision;
  • exercise the right to data portability (i.e. obtain a transferable copy of your information we hold to transfer to another provider)*; and
  • to withdraw consent at any time where processing is based on consent.

If your information changes or you believe we have information that is inaccurate or not up-to-date please contact us here and we will change it.

*To get a copy of your information and exercise the right to data portability, write to Aphasia Ireland, enclosing proof of identity and payment of €6.35. We will charge you EUR 6.35 for this.

Where we send your data

Aphasia will never sell any personal data you submit to us to a third party.

Non-personal information may occasionally be used to compile statistics that may be shared with others, e.g. the number of visitors to the site, etc.

Some areas of the site, such as the email newsletter or sections involving online payment, depend on applications or software built by trustworthy, reputable third parties. These third parties are bound by similar privacy and data protection requirements as Aphasia. 

Personal data will only be released to external sources in order to comply with applicable laws, summonses, search warrants, court or regulatory orders, or other statutory requirements.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

How we protect your data

We know that you care about how your information is used, stored and shared. We appreciate your trust in us to do that. To protect your information we use security measures that comply with Irish Law and meet international standards. This includes computer safeguards and secure files and buildings.

Our website is hosted by Linux and provides an array of data security.  Linux has  Linux has clearly defined privileges at multiple levels, thereby restricting access as well as protecting data. It ensures strict file system discretionary access control keeping your data under strictly limited access. Those who have access are trained in data protection and management to ensure proper protection.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In the event of a system breach, an internal reporting system and security audit will be carried out to identify the breach. In addition, those who may be affected or at risk will be contacted.


This Site may contain hypertext links to associated web sites and you are warned that when you enter such sites, you will be subject to the terms and conditions of those sites. There may also be links to web sites not maintained by Aphasia Ireland and you are warned that when you enter other websites via such hypertext links, you will not be subject to the terms and conditions of www.aphasiaireland.ie and you will not benefit from the protections afforded to you in using our Site. Aphasia Ireland will not be liable in any way for the content, availability or use of such third party websites and you use such links entirely at your own risk


From time to time, this policy may be updated to take account of new services offered on Aware.ie or new procedures or to amend its wording/spelling. Updates take effect as they are posted here and the date of the most recent changes should at all times be displayed on this page.

Terms and Conditions

This Privacy Statement is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use of the Aphasia Ireland website, a copy of these is available on www.aphasiaireland.ie. It is important that you read the terms and conditions of use as where there is a conflict between this Privacy Statement and the Terms and Conditions of Use, the Terms and Conditions of Use shall prevail.

By accessing and continuing to navigate this website you acknowledge and agree to the processing of your personal data in the manner outlined above. You also agree that in certain circumstances we may be obliged to disclose personal information relating to you to third parties in order to prevent, detect or prevent fraud.