The Public Appointments Service is responsible for recruitment and selection to a wide variety of posts across the public sector. Any queries you may have regarding data protection may be forwarded to or to:

The Data Protection Co-ordinator,
Public Appointments Service,
Chapter House,
26-30 Abbey Street Upper,
Dublin 1,
D01 C7W6

When you register with the site or submit an application form, we create a computer record in your name. Information submitted with a job application is used in processing your application and is updated as the competition progresses.

Applications received in the course of the campaign may be made available to the relevant Minister and his\her officials\advisors so as to allow for processing and selection of a successful candidate. If successful your application may also be made available to the Human Resources section of organisation for which you have applied for the board member position.

Any information held on computer, or in manual form on a structured filing system, is subject to the rights and obligations set out in the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003. You are entitled under this Act to obtain a copy of information which is kept about you on computer, or in manual form on a structured filing system, at any time. The Public Appointments Service charge a fee of €6.35 for each request. To obtain a copy of this information please write to : The Data Protection Co-ordinator, Public Appointments Service, Chapter House, 26-30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1, D01 C7W6 enclosing a cheque for €6.35.

You are entitled to have personal data corrected, if inaccurate, or erased if we do not have legitimate reason for retaining it. If you wish to apply to correct or delete data, please write to the Data Protection Co-ordinator, Public Appointments Service, Chapter House, 26-30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1, D01 C7W6 setting out the reasons for your request. This office will respond to you within three weeks setting out a timeframe for any corrective action on our part.

Certain items of information not specific to any individual and/or any Recruitment Campaign may be extracted from computer records for general statistical purposes.

On some parts of our website we use so-called "cookie" technology. Cookie technology consists of small pieces of data or a small text file which is given to your browser by our webserver when you visit our website. This data is stored on your browser. The cookie is sent back to our webserver each time you visit our website.

Cookies are not computer programs and do not run on a computer like programs do. They cannot gather information or function on their own. They cannot collect any personal information about you or your machine and cannot gather data or information about what you do on the Internet. Cookies merely enable us to provide a more valuable online experience to you. While you can set up your Internet browser to disable cookie technology, we do not recommend that you do this since some parts of this website and our online services may not function properly, or at all.

The procedure for disabling cookies depends on the web browser that you have chosen to use. We have supplied links to the Microsoft and Netscape web sites to provide you with the procedures to follow to view and disable cookies on your PC.

The Public Appointments Service uses Google Analytics to help analyse how users use This analytical tool uses cookies to collect standard internet log information and visitor behaviour information in an anonymous form. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to evaluate visitors’ use of the website and to compile statistical reports on website activity for the Public Appointments Service.

The Public Appointments Service will not (and will not allow any third party) to use the statistical analytics tool to track or to collect any personally identifiable information of visitors to our site. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personally identifying information from any source as part of our use of the Google statistical analytics tool. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. Neither the Public Appointments Service nor Google will link, or seek to link, an IP address with the identity of a computer user.

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If you visit our site to read or download information, we collect and store the following information:

The above information is used by software programs on our website to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, identify what information is of most and least interest, determine technical design specifications, monitor system performance, and help us make our site more useful to visitors.

We are committed to providing secure online services. As such, all interactions with our transactional sites are protected through encryption that complies with international standards. Our Internet servers are protected by firewalls and intrusion detection systems. These servers are not accessible from outside the room in which they are housed, access to which is restricted to authorised personnel only.

We have also employed the services of independent security experts to advise us on the security of our systems.