Privacy Policy – and

Privacy Policy

  • Introduction
  • Information collects
  • Optional Sign ups
  • Cookies
  • Submit your own “On This Day Story” service
  • Share an “On this Day Story” service
  • Information automatically logged
  • Auditing our traffic figures
  • Irish data protection commissioner
  • Advertisers
  • Form submissions
  • Surveys & competitions
  • E-mail
  • External links
  • Security
  • Opt-In
  • Special interest sites
  • Data Deletion
  • Correcting and updating
  • Contacting the web site


Introduction has created this privacy statement to demonstrate our firm commitment to privacy. The following discloses the information gathering and dissemination practices of

A user can access our site and utilise a number of our services without providing any information at all. However, all users who register for services provide basic contact and demographic information. We do develop summary – not individual – reports for our advertisers. The people that make it possible for visitors to use for free – our advertisers – need this information to determine how effective their advertising investments are. will not disclose a user’s personally identifiable information to any third party without the user’s express permission except where applicable for the purpose of supplying the service for which the user has registered.

We do not follow a user’s browsing path outside of our websites.

Information collects:

Optional sign ups:

If users wish to utilise certain services located on specific sections of, they must sign up. Services that currently require some form of sign up include:

  • Subscribing to content and updates;
  • Subscribing to services;
  • Submitting content to for inclusion on the site:Cookies: A user can electronically submit a story to for inclusion on the site covering an event in their life ( e.g graduation, marriage, moving into new home, birth of baby, etc ). The story must end with the sentence: This happened in the year XXXX On This Day. A user can also submit a story which they feel is of historical interest.  The user provides their name, a valid email address and there is also an option to include a phone number. This data is only used for follow up questions or validation or notification of publication. Usage of any submitted content is solely at the discretion of None of this information is used for any other purpose.
  • Submit your own “On This Day story” service:
  • Certain sections of the site use cookies to maintain single user sessions as well as to aggregate broad demographic data as it relates to user behaviour. You also have choices with respect to cookies. By modifying your browser preferences, you have the choice to accept all cookies, to be notified when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. A cookie is a small piece of information sent by a web server to a web browser, which enables the server to collect information back from the browser. You can find out more about the use of cookies on:
  • The information collected when a user signs up for a service can include an email address and name. When signing up for a service, a user may also “opt-in ” to various email notifications or offers (see opt-in procedures below).

Share an “On This Day story” service:

A user can electronically forward an “On This Day” story to someone else by clicking the link at the bottom of a story. The user provides a valid email address for both the sender and the recipient in order to ensure that the service functions properly and to inform the recipient who sent the story. There is also an option to include a name which is only used for the email salutation. None of this information is used for any other purpose.


Information automatically logged:

We log your IP address, browser’s user agent, and referring address to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our website and to identify unique users. Your IP address is also used to gather broad demographic information.

Auditing our traffic figures:

We also use our log file data and third party web traffic analytics services to monitor our traffic figures to the website. The information is used solely for site design, optimization and advertising purposes (see section ‘Advertisers’, below).

Finally, the data may on occasion of abuse or harassment be used to find and locate individuals abusing the network system and or services of In these cases this data may be passed on to appropriate individuals, organisations or companies, if specifically requested.

Irish data protection commissioner:

Further information on your data privacy rights are available on the website of the Irish data protection commissioner.


Advertisers: may perform statistical analyses of user behaviour in order to measure interest in the various areas of our site (for product development purposes) and to inform advertisers as to how many consumers have seen or “clicked” their advertising banners. We may also use demographic and preference information to allow advertising banners on our website to be targeted, in aggregate, to the readers for whom they are most pertinent. This means that readers may see advertising that is most likely to interest them, and advertisers send their messages to people who are most likely to be receptive, improving both the viewer’s experience and the effectiveness of the ads. In this statistical analyses and banner advertisement targeting, we will disclose information to third parties only in aggregate form. Personal information about you as an individual subscriber will not be provided to any third party without your consent.

We may also use a third-party advertising company to serve ads when you visit our website. Our third-party advertising company can also separately place or recognise a cookie file on your browser in the course of delivering advertisements to

Some adverts are provided by the Google Adsense program.

  • Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on
    Third party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on your prior visits to our website.
  • Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to this sites and/or other sites on the Internet.
  • You may opt out of the use of the DoubleClick cookie for interest-based advertising by visiting Ads Settings.


Form submissions:

Certain online purchase options require users to give us financial information (such as their credit card numbers), and demographic information (such as their address etc). Financial information that is collected is used solely to bill the user for products and services.

Surveys & competitions:

From time-to-time our site may request information from users via surveys or competitions. Participation in these surveys or competitions is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information. Information requested may include contact information (such as name and delivery address), and demographic information (such as address, age and income level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes. Survey information will be used for purposes of monitoring or improving the use and satisfaction of this site. No personal information will be retained for longer than is necessary or used for any undisclosed purpose.

Promotions and competitions that run on may be sponsored by companies other than or may be co-sponsored by and another company. or its sponsors or business partners may with your expressed permission, from time to time, send you e-mails regarding its products and services.


Using the email addresses provided on creation of your account, may contact you regarding renewal of your account.

External links:

This site contains links to other sites. is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such websites.


This site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100 per cent secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or from our online products or services, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.


Our site provides users with the opportunity to opt-in to receive update/promotional/marketing information from and select advertisers. To unsubscribe please follow the links on the form on the home page or at the bottom of emails you received and click unsbscribe.

Special interest sites: provides certain services in conjunction with third parties: These third parties have their own security and privacy policies. You are advised to review these separately.

Data Deletion:

At any time you can request that your data be deleted from the databases. No reason needs to be provided – Just send an email to

Correcting and updating: offers users the ability to change certain personal identifiable information (e-mail address,) collected during the sign up process for specific services. To make changes – contact with details of what needs to be changed.

Contacting the website:

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, or the security practices of this site, you can contact: