Donegal Youth Service Privacy Policy

Your Right to be Informed

Donegal Youth Service are GDPR compliant.  We are committed to your privacy and protecting your data and always have been.  We only collect data in order to offer young people the best possible service for their needs.  We don’t collect any personal information that we don’t need in order to do this.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) gives us all more control over our personal data and what happens to it.  Read our Privacy Notice below to understand how Donegal Youth Service uses your personal data.

What information do we collect?

Personal information is collected through consent forms when you want to take part in a Donegal Youth Service Project.  If you are 18 or over you can give consent yourself.  If you are under 18 a Parent or Guardian must consent on your behalf. When you turn 18 (the legal age of consent) you must give your own consent if you want to keep taking part in the project you are involved in.  Previous consent given by parents/guardians is no longer valid.

Your data is kept safely and securely and will only be used for the purposes you have consented to.  It will never be shared with a third party, or anyone else within the organisation without your explicit consent.  Your written consent will always be sought again at every step. 

Donegal Youth Service are an integrated service, which means you can take part in all different parts of the service we offer.  You must however consent to take part in each different group or project and this will happen through consent forms as well.

Each youth worker/project lead has a consent form for their project.  Some projects may require different consent, if they include trips away outside of the Donegal Youth Service building, or wish to use photographs for publicity purposes.  Your data will never be used for any other purpose than you have consented to.

E.g. if you have opted-in to receive emails about job opportunities then we will not contact you by email for any other reason.

We will not keep any personal data for longer than is necessary.  There are different data retention periods depending on which project you are involved in.  This is clearly stated on the consent form for whatever project you are involved with.

Donegal Youth Service has to supply reports about our projects to funders to prove we are hitting our targets and performing to a high standard as laid out in the terms of the funding approval.  The data used for reports is completely anonymous and can never be traced to an individual.

In certain situations, such as child protection issues, or in the case of disclosures we are legally obligated to follow National Child Safeguarding legislation.  This has always been the case due to the nature of our work, and we have always been transparent about our obligations under this framework.

In the unlikely event of a data breach you will be informed without delay.  Your data is kept safely and securely, with security protocols in place and regular internal audits taking place to ensure this.   We also take steps to ensure your data is accurate and up to date.  We take your personal information and right to privacy extremely seriously. 

You have a right to see a digital copy of any personal data we hold about you.  You will receive this copy within 4 weeks of the request, however an excessive request may take longer. You also have the right to withdraw consent and ask for it to be deleted.

Who to contact if you want to view, amend or delete your personal data:

Donegal Youth Service

16-18 Port Road


Co. Donegal

074 91 29630

Website Only

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


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 anonymised 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: 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.

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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Anonymous user data is collected for analytics purposes.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise 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 profile. 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.

Where we send your data

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