We, the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), are Ireland’s largest farming representative organisation. We have protected and defended the interests of Irish farmers in all sectors for more than 60 years.
We represent Irish farmers at home and in Europe, lobbying and campaigning for improved conditions and incomes for farm families.
We also provide representation, support and advice to our members on an individual basis.
IFA is a democratic association, organised in branches, County Executive and National Committees. Through our democratic structure, each member can have their say.
We will always comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when dealing with your personal data. Further details on the GDPR.
We have implemented General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) standards for technology and operational security so as to best protect personal data from loss, misuse, or unauthorised intrusion, alteration or destruction.
We have applied secure certification and encryption for hardware and software (including websites and apps) to best protect your data, but please be aware that transmitting information to us over the internet can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure.
For any payments we take offline, over the phone and online, we use recognised and regulated secure payment systems.
We will notify you promptly in the event of any breach of your personal data which might expose you to a serious risk.
We will never transfer your personal data outside of the EU without your consent.
What information do we collect and why?
We track visits to the IFA App, in order to determine what content and services are the most popular. This data is used to better tailor our content and services to you by allowing us to understand better what you are interested in.
The IFA App uses unique identifiers and analytics to help personalise and optimise our users’ online experience.
When you are directed out of the IFA App by clicking on an external link into a web browser, cookies can be sometimes used. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.
One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalise Irish Farmers’ Association web pages, or register with Irish Farmers Association website or services, a cookie helps Irish Farmers’ Association to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the features that you customised.
You have the ability to accept or decline cookies by clicking the cookie banner when you first visit our websites. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the Irish Farmers’ Association services or websites you visit.
We collect personal data such as name, date of birth, gender, address, telephone number(s), email address(es), farm business type, farm schemes involvement, farm size and farming model (leased/owned). We collect and use photos and videos of members and officers on our websites, apps and social media pages and for use in press releases.
We may give your personal data to third parties who are service providers, agents or partners to us for the purposes of completing operational tasks, conducting research and providing services and benefits to you, on our behalf e.g. insurance discounts, exclusive affinity deals and printing your membership booklet, renewal letters and member newsletters and carrying out research on how to better service and communicate the needs of our members.
However, we disclose only the personal data that is necessary for the third party to deliver the service and we have contracts in place that requires third parties to keep your data secure and not use it for their own purposes.
We will hold personal data for as long as is necessary for the running of the Association, such as membership reactivation requests and for compliance with any future legal obligations, such as where we have supported you and represented you in legal, financial or governmental interactions, and the establishment exercise or defence of legal claims.
We will review our personal data policy every year to establish whether we are still entitled to process it. If it is decided that we are not entitled to do so, we will stop processing your personal data and will retain it in an archived form.
You have the following rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):
You have the right to find out if we have personal data about you and, if we do, to apply for a copy of your personal data.
You may do so, by emailing: SAR@IFA.ie
We may refuse to grant an access request, if the request is deemed manifestly unfounded or excessive.