Privacy Statement & Cookies Information

Data Protection

Forensic Science Ireland (FSI) is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of all individuals in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, 2016/679 (GDPR) as given further effect in Part 3 of the Data Protection Act 2018, and in the Data Protection Acts.

FSI’s Data Protection Policy sets out how FSI secures and manages personal data in accordance with the Principles of GDPR. It can be viewed by clicking on the following link – Forensic Science Ireland’s Data Protection Policy. The Policy also explains how you can request access to your personal data.

The Data Protection Officer for FSI is Dr. Tom Hannigan, Director of Corporate Services.

Data protection queries should be forwarded to

App Privacy Statement

This privacy statement explains how the FSI collects and uses information about you, based on your use of the site and/or the App. You may also have a right to obtain information about you kept by FSI. This is explained in our Data Protection Policy referenced above.

How we collect & use personal information

FSI does not collect any personal information about you on this website, apart from the information which you volunteer by sending us an email, signing up for the App, or completing our feedback form.

Your personal information, submitted in this way, will be collected, used and stored to respond to your request or otherwise address the subject matter of your mail. It may also be used to compile statistics.

Your personal information will not be used for any other purpose and will not be released to any third party.


A cookie is a small text file that may be stored on your computer or mobile device that contains data related to a website you visit. It may allow a website “remember” your actions or preferences over a period of time, or it may contain data related to the function or delivery of the site. Cookies can be set by the owner of the website or in some cases by third party services the website owner allows to present other information, run content or provide other functionality such as analytics. Further information on cookies can be found at:

Cookie usage on

When you first visit this website, you will see a message informing you about cookies. If you click the ‘Hide this message” button, a cookie will be set that records your preference. Most browsers allow you to turn off cookies or to customise your settings for cookies. To find out how to do this, see the “managing cookies in your browser” section below. Please note that if you turn off cookies or change your settings, some features of the website may not work correctly.

Managing cookies in your browser

Within your browser you can choose whether you wish to accept cookies or not. Different browsers make different controls available to you and so we provide links below to popular manufacturers' instructions on how you can do this. Generally, your browser will offer you the choice to accept, refuse or delete cookies at all times, or those from providers that website owners use ("third party cookies"), or those from specific websites.

Specific Cookies in use on this site/App

1. Google Analytics

FSI uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. ("Google"), to assist us in the functioning of this App. This service helps us to provide relevant information in an easily accessible format. We use IP Anonymization in Google Analytics – thus the IP address of the device you use to access our website is anonymised.

If you are concerned about how personal data is processed via this website, please bring such concerns to our attention. Please note that FSI does not collect information for advertising or retargeting purposes. You can opt-out from being tracked by Google Analytics by downloading and installing Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on for your current web browser: Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.

Privacy Policy & Terms Of Use For The Forensic Kop Shop (Knowledge Of Protocols) Application

When you use the Forensic KOP Shop Application (the “App”), we collect the following types of information and the terms of your use are governed by this Privacy Policy & Terms of Use of the Forensic KOP Shop Application (the “Privacy Policy”).

Information We Obtain From You


Certain information is required to create an account on our App, such as your name, email address, password, ID number. This is the only information you have to provide us with to create an account. This App Is not openly available and access to it is strictly controlled.

Information We Receive From Your Use Of Our App


When you access or use our App, we receive certain usage data. This includes information about your interaction with the App such as when you log in, view or search content, or otherwise interact with the App.

We also collect data about the devices and computers you use to access the App, including IP addresses, browser type, language, operating system, mobile device information (including device and Application identifiers), the referring web page, pages visited, location (depending on the permissions you have granted us), and cookie information.

Health And Other Special Categories Of Personal Data

To the extent that information we collect is health data or another special category of personal data subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), we ask for your explicit consent to process the data by expressly consenting to this Privacy Policy. You can use your account settings to withdraw your consent at any time, including by stopping use of a feature, removing our access to a third-party service, unpairing your device, or deleting your data or your account.

How We Use Information

We use the information we collect from you for the following purposes:

Deliver And Promote The App

Using the information we collect, we are able to deliver the App to you and honour this Privacy Policy.

App Development

We use the information we collect to improve the App, to develop new features, rectify bugs and protect against errors, and perform data analysis on the App. When you allow us to collect precise location information, we use that information to provide and improve features of the App when location is a relevant factor. We also use your information to prompt you to access other content on the App that may be of interest to you.

Communicate With You

We use your information when needed to send you App notifications and respond to you when you contact us.

Promote Safety And Security

We use the information we collect from you to safeguard the safety and security of the App, our users, and other parties. We may use the information you provide to authenticate users, protect against fraud and abuse, respond to a legal request or claim, and enforce our terms and policies. We use cookies and similar technologies for the purposes described above.

For personal data or sensitive personal data subject to the GDPR, we rely on several legal bases to process the data. These include your consent, which you may withdraw at any time using your account settings on the App, our legitimate business interests, such as in improving, personalising, and developing the App, promoting new features that may be of interest to you, and promoting safety and security as described above.

How Information Is Shared

We do not share your personal information except in the limited circumstances described below. In particular, we do not share the personal data you supply to us in connection with the App with other Government departments or agencies.

How You Agree Your Information Is Shared

You consent to us to sharing your information with third-parties by expressly consenting to this Privacy Policy and by your continued use of the App.

We may share non-personal information that is aggregated or de-identified so that it cannot reasonably be used to identify an individual. We may disclose such information publicly and to third parties, for example, in public reports, to partners under agreement with us.

For External Processing

We transfer information to our service providers who process it for us, based on our instructions, and in compliance with this policy and any other confidentiality and security measures in place from time to time. These partners provide us with services such as customer support, information technology development and data analysis.

For Legal Reasons Or To Prevent Harm

We may preserve or disclose information about you to comply with legislation, regulation, legal processes, or governmental request, to assert legal rights or defend legal claims, or to prevent, detect, or investigate illegal activity, fraud, abuse, violations of our terms, or threats to the security of the App or the physical safety of any person.

If we are involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of assets, we will continue to take measures to protect the confidentiality of personal information and give affected users notice before transferring any personal information to a new entity.

Your Rights To Access And Control Your Personal Data

Your account settings allow you to access and control your personal data, as described below, regardless of where you live. If you live in the European Economic Area, United Kingdom, and Switzerland (the “Designated Countries”), you have a number of legal rights with respect to your information, which your account settings allow you to exercise, as outlined below.

Accessing, Editing or Deleting your Data By logging into your account, you can access much of your personal information. Your account settings also allow you to edit or delete your personal information.

Should you elect to delete your account, please note that it may take up to 90 days to delete all of your information. This is due to the size and complexity of the systems we use to store data. We may also preserve data for legal reasons or to prevent harm.

If you live in a Designated Country, in certain circumstances, you can object to our processing of your information based on our legitimate interests. You have a general right to object to the use of your information for direct marketing purposes.

In addition to the various controls outlined above, if you reside in a Designated Country, you can seek to restrict our processing of your data in certain circumstances. Please note that you can always delete your account at any time.

If you need further assistance regarding your rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer at, and we will consider your request in accordance with applicable laws. If you reside in a Designated Country, you also have a right to lodge a complaint with your local data protection authority.

Data Retention

We keep your account information and password for as long as your account is in existence. In some cases, when you give us information for a feature of the App, we delete the data after it is no longer needed for that feature. We keep other information, until you delete the data or your account because we use this data to provide you with your personal statistics and other aspects of the App. We also keep information about you and your use of the App for as long as necessary for our legitimate business interests, for legal reasons, and to prevent harm.

Analytics Of App Provided By Others

We may work with partners to provide us with analytics regarding the App. This includes helping us understand how users interact with the App, and measuring the performance of features of the App. These companies may use cookies and similar technologies to collect information about your interactions with the App and other websites and Applications on our behalf.

Information Security

We wish to keep your data safe and employ a combination of technical, administrative, and physical controls to maintain the security of your data. However, no method of transmitting or storing data is completely secure and we cannot offer any guarantees in this regard. If you have a security-related concern, please contact

Changes To This Policy

If we make any material changes to this policy you will have the opportunity to review the revised policy before deciding if you would like to continue to use the App.

Who We Are And How To Contact Us

If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns about this policy, or about our use of your information, please contact us at

We confirm that Forensic Science Ireland, an agency in the Department of Justice, controls your personal data and provides you with the App. If you are seeking to exercise any of your statutory rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer at

You may also contact us at:

Forensic Science Ireland,
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8,
Ireland, D08 HN3X

+353 1 666 2923