Privacy Policy

Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we use this Policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

The reasons why this policy exists:

This data protection policy ensures Partnership International, especially with the new regulation enacted on May 25th 2018:

Complies with data protection law and follows good practice..

Protects the rights of customers, staff and partners.

Is open about how it stores and processed individuals’ data.

Protects itself from the risks of data breaches.


Data Protection Law:

The General Data Protection Regulation 2106/679  (GDPR for short) describe how organisations – including Partnership International – must collect, handle and store personal information.

These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials.

To comply with the law, personal information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed unlawfully.

The General Data Protection Regulation is underpinned by 8 important principles. These state that personal date must:


Be processed fairly and lawfully

Be obtained only for specific, lawful purposes

Be adequate, relevant and not excessive

Be accurate and kept up to date

Not be held for any longer than necessary

Processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects

Be protected in appropriate ways

Not be transferred outside the EU, unless that country or territory also ensures an adequate level of protection


People, risks, and responsibilities:

Policy Scope:


The policy applies to:

The head office of Partnership International located at 19 South Mall, Cork city

All branches of Partnership International.

All staff of Partnership International.

All contractors and people working on behalf of Partnership International.

It applies to all data that the company holds relating to living individual, even if that information technically falls outside of the GDPR. This can include:


Name of individuals

Postal addresses

Email addresses

Telephone numbers

Plus any other information relating directly or indirectly to individuals

Data Protection Risks

This policy helps to protect Partnership International from some very real data security risks, including:


Breaches of confidentiality – For instance, information being given out inappropriately.

Failing to offer choice – For instance, all individuals should be free to choose how the company uses data relating to them.

Reputational damage – For instance, the company could suffer if hackers successfully gained access to sensitive data.



Who is Responsible?

Everyone who works for or with Partnership International has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately.

Each team that handles personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles.


General Staff Guidelines:

The only people able to access data covered by this policy should be those who need it for their work

Data should not be shared informally. When access to confidential information is required, employees can request it from their direct manager.

Partnership International will provide training to all employees to help them understand their responsibilities with handling data.

Employees should keep all data secure, by taking sensible precautions.

Personal data should not be disclosed to unauthorised people, either within the company or externally.

Data should be reviewed and updated if it is found to be out of date. If no longer required, it should be deleted and disposed of.


Data storage:

The Company securely stores your data at 19 South Mall, Cork. We will ensure the appropriate, technical and organisational measures are put in place commensurate with the level of security required for the data held on your behalf.

We will use all appropriate and reasonable measure to ensure integrity and confidentiality of the personal as maintained at all times.

We have carried out a risk assessment in the processing of personal data and put in place measures to mitigate those risks to include IT security measures, anti-virus software, spire walls, data back-ups, encryption technologies, physical security measures and staff training.

These important rules describe how and where data should be safely stored.


When data is stored on paper, it should be kept in a secure place where unauthorised people cannot see it.

These guidelines also apply to data that is usually stored electronically but has been printed out for some reason.

When not required, the paper or files should be kept in a locked drawer or filing cabinet.

Employees should make sure paper and printouts are not left where unauthorised people could see them e.g. in or around the printer.

Data printouts should be shredded and disposed of safely when no longer required.


When data is stored electronically, it must be protected from unauthorised access, accidental deletion and malicious hacking attempts:


Data should be protected by strong passwords that are changed regularly and never shared between employees.

If data is stored on removable media (e.g. flash drives, external hard drives) these should be kept locked away securely when not being used.

Data should only be stored on designated drives and servers and should only be uploaded to an approved cloud computing service.

Servers containing personal data should be sited in a secure location (mentioned above).

Data should be backed up frequently. Those back-ups should be tested regularly in line with the company’s standard back up procedures.

Data should never be saved directly to laptops or other mobile devices like tables or smart phones.

All servers and computers containing data should be protected by approved security software and a firewall.


Data use

Personal data is of no use to Partnership International unless the business can make use of it. However, it is when personal data is accessed and used that it can be at the greatest risk of loss, corruption or theft:


When working with personal data, employees should ensure the screens of their computers are always locked when left unattended.

Personal data should not be shared informally. In particular, it should never be sent by email, as this form of communication is not secure.

Data must be encrypted before being transferred electronically. IT provider can explain how to send data to authorised external contacts.

Personal data should never be transferred outside of the European Economic Area.

Employees should not save copies of personal data to their own computers. Always access and update the central copy of the data.


Data accuracy

The law requires Partnership International to take reasonable steps to ensure data is kept accurate and up to date.

The more important it is that the personal data is accurate, the greater the effort Partnership International should put into ensuring its accuracy.

It is the responsibility of all employees who work with data to take reasonable steps to ensure it is kept as accurate and up to date as possible.

Data will be held in as few places as necessary. Staff should not create any unnecessary additional data sets.

Staff should take every opportunity to ensure data is updated. For instance, by confirming a customer’s details when they call.

Partnership International will make it easy for data subjects to update the information Partnership International holds about them. For instance, via the company website.

Data should be updated as inaccuracies are discovered. For instance, if a customer can no longer be reached via saved mobile phone number, it should be removed from the database.

It is the Marketing Manager’s responsibility to ensure marketing databases are checked against industry suppression files every 6 months.


Subject Access Request

All individuals who are the subject of personal data held by Partnership International are entitled to:

Ask what information the company holds about them and why.

Ask how to gain access to it.

Be informed how to keep it up to date.

Be informed how the company is meeting its data protection obligations.

If an individual contacts the company requesting this information, this is called a subject access request.


To access your data send a request via email to or post to 19 South Mall, Cork city.

Please note proof of identification will also be required to authenticate the request.


Subject access requests from individuals should be made by email, addressed to the data controller at

The data controller can supply a standard request form, although individuals do not have to use this.


Individuals cannot be charged to honour a subject access request. The data controller will aim to provide the relevant data within 30 days.


The data controller will always verify the identity of anyone making a subject access request before handing over information.


Disclosing data for other reasons


In certain circumstance, the General Data Protection Regulation allows personal data to be disclosed to law enforcement agencies without the consent of the data subject.

Under these circumstance, Partnership International will disclose requested data. However, the data controller will ensure the request is legitimate, seeking assistance from the company’s legal advisers where necessary.


Financial Information (including credit card information):

One month after completion of the internship in respect of interns, prospective interns, third party partners and internship providers or one month after the last payment is made, whichever is the longer.


Revenue Commissioners, Collector General, Companies Acts legislative provisions:

Six years rolling retention of records to enable compliance with legislative provisions.


Providing Information


Partnership International aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed, and that they understand:


How the data is being used.

How to exercise their rights.

To these ends, the company has a privacy statement, setting out how data relating to individuals is used by the company.


Our privacy is important to  This privacy statement provides information about the personal information that collects, and the ways in which uses that personal information.


Personal information collection may collect and use the following kinds of personal information:


[information about your use of this website]

[information that you provide using for the purpose of registering with the website]

[information about transactions carried out over this website]

[information that you provide for the purpose of subscribing to the website services]

[any other information that you send to]

Using personal information.


Rights of Data Subject

You have the following rights under the GDPR, in certain circumstances and subject to certain exemptions, in relation to your personal data:

  • Right to access data – you have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you together with other information about our processing of that personal data.
  • Right to rectification – you have the right to request that any inaccurate data that is held about you is corrected or if we have incomplete information you may request that we request that we update the information such that it is complete.
  • Right to erasure – you have the right to request us to delete personal data that we hold about you. This is sometimes referred to as a right to be forgotten.
  • Right to restrict processing or object to processing – you have the right to request that we no longer process your personal data for particular purposes or object to our processing of your personal data for a particular purpose
  • Right to data portability – you have the right to request us to provide you or a third party with a copy of your personal data in a structured commonly used readable format.
  • Right to object to processing – you have the right to object to processing of data under certain conditions.
  • If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact Paul Crean. We ask that you ensure that all data which you furnish to us is kept accurate and up to date at any stage. We cannot be held responsible for your failure to provide us with up-to-date information.

If we were processing personal data on the basis of your consent, you may withdraw consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of processing which should take place prior to its withdrawal.

You can object to the processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes at any stage. If you are unhappy with how we process your personal data, we ask that you contact us so that we can rectify the situation. You may lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority of the Irish Supervisory Authority of the Data Protection Commission. may use your personal information to:


[administer this website;]

[personalize the website for you;]

[enable your access to and use of the website services;]

[publish information about you on the website;]

[send to you products that you purchase;]

[supply to you services that you purchase;]

[send to you statements and invoices;]

[collect payments from you;]

[send you marketing communications.]

Where discloses your personal information to its agents or sub-contractors for these purposes, the agent or sub-contractor in question will be obligated to use that personal information in accordance with the terms of this privacy statement.


In addition to the disclosures reasonably necessary for the purposes identified elsewhere above, may disclose your personal information to the extent that it is required to do so by law, in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, and in order to establish, exercise or defend its legal rights.


Securing your data will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. will store all the personal information you provide [on its secure servers].

[Information relating to electronic transactions entered into via this website will be protected by encryption technology.]


Cross-border data transfers


Information that collects may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which operates to enable the use of the information in accordance with this privacy policy.

[In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website will be published on the internet and may be available around the world.]

You agree to such cross-border transfers of personal information.


Updating this statement may update this privacy policy by posting a new version on this website.

You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are familiar with any changes.


Other websites


This website contains links to other websites. is not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of any third party.

Our website uses cookies.


We will ask you to consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy when you first visit our website. / By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies. In order to understand how people use our website and for marketing analysis and quality improvement purposes, we collect, record, process and use on an anonymous basis various data and information, such as the total amount of transactions, viewed web pages, referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp information and details like the number and location of (mouse) clicks on a given page, mouse movements, scrolling activity and the (search) words you use and the text you type while being on and using our website (the “Data”).

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or Partnership International’s treatment of your personal information, please contact us on


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