Data collection and click-stream data

Browsing any website generates a trail of the pages that are visited, and the time apparently spent displaying each page. Click streams are the paths a user takes when navigating a website and the Internet in general.

When you visit our site, our servers may record the following information for statistical purposes:

  • the user's server (IP) address and machine name,
  • the date and time of visit to the site,
  • the pages accessed and documents downloaded,
  • the number of bytes transmitted and received for each request,
  • the address of the referring page visited,
  • search terms used, and
  • the type of browser used.

The Department of Environment Regulation examines this information to determine the traffic through the server, and to specific pages or applications, in order to deliver better services.

No attempt will be made to identify users or their browsing activities except in the unlikely event of an investigation, or the need to determine details related to a security breach or other inappropriate activity.

Specific areas of this website ask the user to submit additional information for operational purposes. Where applicable, additional privacy information is provided for those applications.

Cookies information

A cookie is a piece of data stored on the user's computer tied to information about the user. The Department of Environment Regulation uses only session ID cookies and, once users close the browser, the cookie terminates.

Protection of personal information

The Department of Environment Regulation will only record your email address if you send us a message, or if you register with us to use a software application, or to be included on a mailing list. Your email address will only be used for the purpose for which you provided it. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose and will not be disclosed to other parties, without your consent.

Any personal details submitted via the Department of Environment Regulation's web site will only be used for the purpose for which they are provided. Personal details will not be used for any other purpose and will not disclosed to other parties without your consent.

Where a facility exists that provides registration to a mailing list then provision will be made for you to edit or remove your details from that list.