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We only collect your information in order to record and support any activities you undertake while on our website. We can use the info you provide to keep you informed about services or products you have requested or related information. As a visitor on the website most of the information is freely available without providing any personal information at all. You are only required to provide personal information if you need something from the website such as a download or an email response, and that is only so we can fulfil your request.
We will only use your personal data for a purpose it was collected for or a reasonably similar purpose if necessary. For more information on this please email us at or see more details below on our official privacy policy.

Privacy Notice

This privacy notice gives you with details of how we collect and process your personal data through your use of our site
It is very important that the information we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please let us know if at any time your personal information changes by emailing us at The email address you provide is where we will send any updates of this policy to your for your information



Identity of the Data Controller and Contact Details

What are the data protection rules?

Special Category Data

Criminal Conviction Data

Type of Information Collected


Technical Information We Collect on Our Website

How we may use this technical information

Use of Information Collected


Third Party Data Processors

International Transfers

Data Retention

Your Data Protection Rights

How You Exercise Your Rights

Your Right to Lodge a Complaint


Security of your Personal Data

Sale of Business

Existence of Automated Decision-Making

Children’s Personal Data

Changes to the Privacy Policy

Policy Approval


Thank you for visiting our website (“website” includes any mobile or other applications giving you access to websites).

This Privacy Policy relates to our privacy practices and policies for our website and digital and social media. It sets out what Personal Data we collect and process about you in connection with the services and functions of Sharon Hughes. We will inform you of the following:

· where we obtain the data from,

· what we do with that data,

· how we comply with the data protection rules,

· who we transfer data to and

· how we deal with individuals’ rights in relation to their Personal Data.

Any Personal Data is collected and processed in accordance with Irish and EU data protection laws.

All our employees and contractors are required to comply with this Privacy Policy when they process Personal Data on our behalf.

Please note that we may disclose individuals’ information to trusted third parties for the purposes set out and explained in this document. We require all third parties to have appropriate technical and operational security measures in place to protect your Personal Data, in line with Irish and EU laws on data protection.

We will not disclose personal information to any third party without your consent or on one of the grounds listed herein, except in incidences where an individual is potentially at risk or where the law requires it.

We are not responsible for the content or the privacy policies for any websites that we provide external links to.

These practices may be changed, but any changes will be posted, and changes will only apply to activities and information on a going forward, not retroactive basis. You are encouraged to review the Privacy Policy periodically to make sure that you understand how any personal information you provide will be used.

We need to demonstrate accountability for our data protection obligations. This means that we must be able to show how we comply with the data protection rules, and that we have in fact complied with the rules. We do this, among other ways, by our written policies and procedures, by building data protection compliance into our systems and business rules, by internally monitoring our data protection compliance and keeping it under review, and by taking action if our employees or contractors fail to follow the rules. We also have certain obligations in relation to keeping records about our data processing.

Identity of the Data Controller and Contact Details

Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted as follows:-

Name: Sharon Hughes


Data protection provides rights to individuals with regard to the use of their Personal Data by organisations, including Sharon Hughes Coaching and Training Irish and EU laws on data protection govern all activities we engage in with regard to our collection, storage, handling, disclosure and other uses of Personal Data.

Compliance with the data protection rules is a legal obligation. In addition, our compliance with the data protection rules helps individuals to have confidence in dealing with us and helps us to maintain a positive reputation in relation to how we handle personal information.

The data protection rules that apply to us are currently contained in the Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003 not repealed, the Data Protection Act 2018, in the ePrivacy Regulations 2011, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 679/2016) (the “GDPR”) and in related legislation (together the “DPAs”).

“Data controllers” are the people who or organisations which determine the purposes for which, and the manner in which, any Personal Data is processed, who/which make independent decisions in relation to the Personal Data and/or who/which otherwise control that Personal Data.

For the purposes of the GDPR, Sharon Hughes is the data controller with regard to the Personal Data described in this Privacy Policy.

What are the data protection rules?

This Policy aims to ensure compliance with the relevant data protection laws. We aim to comply with the following:

  • Lawfulness, fairness and transparency – Personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.
  • Purpose Limitation. Personal data must be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Data minimisation – Personal Data must be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to purposes for which they are processed.
  • Accuracy – Personal data must be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date. Inaccurate Personal Data should be corrected or deleted.
  • Retention – Personal data should be kept in an identifiable format for no longer than is necessary.
  • Integrity and confidentiality – Personal data should be kept secure.
  • Accountability – An important change for Data Controllers. Under the GDPR, we must not only comply with the above six general principles but we must be able to demonstrate that we comply by documenting and keeping records of all decisions.

Special Category Data

We will not collect special category data from you.

Criminal Conviction Data

We will not collect criminal conviction data from you.

Type of Information Collected

We collect two types of information:

“Personal data” means any information relating to and identified or identifiable natural person. We will collect this from you when you:

· ask about our activities

· register with us, for example, to take part in a fundraising event or a training workshop

· order products and services from us, such as fundraising merchandise and email newsletters

· seek assistance and support, for example, by emailing us or completing an online contact form

· buy a ticket to an event

· visit our website (this will depend on cookies and tracking)

· or otherwise give us personal information via any of our digital platforms.

· Information about your location when you access the Site.

We hold many types of data about you, including:

· your personal details including your name, address, date of birth, email address, phone numbers

We may process the following categories of personal data about you:

  • Communication Data that includes any communication that you send to us whether that be through the contact form on our website, through email, text, social media messaging, social media posting or any other communication that you send us. We process this data for the purposes of communicating with you, and for record keeping
  • Customer Data that includes data relating to any purchases of goods and/or services such as your name, title, billing address, delivery address email address, phone number, contact details, purchase details and your card details. We process this data to supply the goods and/or services you have purchased and to keep records of such transactions.
  • User Data that includes data about how you use our website and any online services together with any data that you post for publication on our website or through other online services. We process this data to operate our website and ensure relevant content is provided to you, to ensure the security of our website, to maintain back- ups of our website and/or databases and to enable publication and administration of our website, other online services and business.
  • Technical Data that includes data about your use of our website and online services such as your IP address, your login data, details about your browser, length of visit to pages on our website, page views and navigation paths, details about the number of times you use our website, time zone settings and other technology on the devices you use to access our website. The source of this data is from our analytics tracking system. We process this data to analyse your use of our website and other online services, to administer and protect our business and website, to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and to understand the effectiveness of our advertising.
  • Marketing Data that includes data about your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences. We process this data to enable you to partake in our promotions such as competitions, prize draws and free give-aways, to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of this advertising.

We may use Customer Data, User Data, Technical Data and Marketing Data to deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you (including Facebook adverts or other display advertisements) and to measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve you.

Our lawful ground for this processing any of this data is the legitimate interests which is to grow our business. We may also use such data to send other marketing communications to you.

Email List

If you are signed up to our email list, all of our emails will state clearly that they are from us. Our contact details will be very clearly available on all our correspondence should you ever have any questions

All of our emails will also have a very clear ‘UNSUBSCRIBE’ option which you are free to use at any time. If you click this button you will be immediately removed from receiving any further correspondence from me.

If you opt to receive any free resources, register for a webinar, participate in any free training programs, register for a live event, register for a seminar, or purchase any products or services sold on this Website, you will automatically receive an offer to subscribe to our free email newsletter. There is a double opt-in meaning that you will receive an email asking you to confirm opt-in, if you choose not to accept this you will not be added to the list.

If you do not wish to receive this newsletter, you can unsubscribe anytime. We include an “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of every email I send. If you ever have trouble unsubscribing, you can send an email to requesting to unsubscribe from future emails.

Technical Information We Collect on Our Website

“Non-Personal Data”. Like most websites, we gather statistical and other analytical information collected on an aggregate basis of all visitors to our website. This non-Personal Data comprises information that cannot be used to identify or contact you.

This site uses cookies to enable us to improve our service to you and to provide certain features that you may find useful.

Cookie Policy

Cookies are small text files that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive through your web browser to enable us to recognise your browser and help us to track visitors to our site. A cookie contains your contact information and information to allow us to identify your computer when you travel around our site. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but, if you wish, you can set your browser to prevent it from accepting cookies. The “help” portion of the toolbar on most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, or how to disable cookies altogether. The cookies we use do not detect any information stored on your computers.

We use cookies to monitor customer traffic patterns and site usage to help us develop the design and layout of the websites. This software does not enable us to capture any personal information.

Certain information in relation to web usage is revealed via our internet service provider who records some of the following data. The information we receive depends upon what you do when visiting our site:

· The logical address of the server you are using.

· The date and time you access our site.

· The pages you have accessed and the documents downloaded.

· The previous Internet address from which you linked directly to our site.

· Some of the search criteria you are using

Social media pixels are similar to cookies but the information collected allows social media sites to track your usage to outside sites so they can tailor your advertising messages on your social media channels. We reserve the right to use pixels in compliance with the associated social media websites.

How we may use this technical information

Aggregate cookie and tracking information may be shared with third parties.

The technical information is used to allow us improve the information we are supplying to our users, to find out how many people are visiting our sites and for statistical purposes.

Some of the above information is used to create summary statistics which allow us to assess the number of visitors to the different sections of our site, discover what information is most and least used, inform us on future design and layout specifications, and help us make our site more user friendly.

We will make no attempt to identify individual visitors, or to associate the technical details listed above with any individual. We will only use the technical information for statistical and other administrative purposes. You should note that technical details, which we cannot associate with any identifiable individual, are not “Personal Data” within the meaning of the GDPR.

Use of Information Collected

We collect and use your information for the following purposes:

· To perform the services requested, for example, if you fill out the “How can we help you?” Web form, we will use the information provided to contact you about your request. This data processing is necessary to provide or fulfill a service requested by or for you.

· To perform marketing purposes, for example, we may use information you provide to contact you to further discuss your interest in the service and to send you information regarding the organisation such as our products, services, or events. This data processing for marketing purposes is a legitimate business interest.

· To operate and improve our Website, for example, we may analyze and process information for the purpose of improving the customer experience. Information collected may include your browser type and language, or the city or region or country from which you accessed the Website, as well as the ways you interact with the Website, such as pages visited, time spent on pages, the number of clicks and the domain names. We may use third-party analytic providers and technologies, including cookies and similar tools, to assist. We process this information given our legitimate business interest to improve the Sharon Website and our customer’s experience with it.

· For payment purposes, for example, to collect payment from you where applicable. This data processing is necessary to provide or fulfil a service requested by or for you.


We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain Personal Data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. At the point at which you provide us with your Personal Data you will be asked whether you wish to receive any marketing communications from us.

We may use your Personal Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).

We will not share your Personal Data with any third party for marketing purposes.

You may object to direct marketing by using the contact details herein to opt-out.

Third Party Data Processors

We may use trusted third parties as data processors. We require all third parties to have appropriate technical and operational security measures in place to protect your Personal Data, in line with Irish and EU laws on data protection. Any such organisation or individual will have access to personal information needed to perform these functions but may not use it for any other purpose.

We use the following categories of data processors in the course of our business:

  • Cloud Service Provider, Cloud-based Support Services, Cloud-based Email Notification Services.

These categories may be updated from time to time and for an updated list of categories of data processors you should check this Privacy Policy periodically.

We use the following third party data processors in the course of our business:

  • G-Suite
  • Mail Chimp
  • Gmail
  • WordPress
  • Dropbox
  • Paypal
  • Blacknight

We may pass on your details if we are under a duty to disclose or share a Data Subject’s Personal Data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any contract with the Data Subject or other agreements; or to protect our rights, property, or safety of our employees, customers, or others. This includes reporting information about incidents (as appropriate) to the law enforcement authorities and responding to any requirements from law enforcement authorities to provide information and/or Personal Data to them for the purposes of them detecting, investigating and/or prosecuting offences or in connection with crime sentencing.

Other than the above, we will not disclose personal information to any third party without your consent except in incidences where an individual is potentially at risk or where the law requires it.

International Transfers

When we transfer your Personal Data out of the EEA, we ensure an adequate degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

· We will only transfer your Personal Data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for Personal Data by the European Commission.

· Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give Personal Data the same protection it has in Europe.

· Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to Personal Data shared between the Europe and the US.

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your Personal Data out of the EEA.

Data Retention

We have a documented data retention schedule. We will only retain your Personal Data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for and for up to seven (7) years afterwards or otherwise permitted by applicable laws. We may also retain your information during the period of time needed to complete our legitimate business operations, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for Personal Data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the Personal Data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your Personal Data, the purposes for which we process your Personal Data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Your Data Protection Rights

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request information about whether we hold personal information about you, and, if so, what that information is and why we are holding/using it.
  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “Data Subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
  • Object to automated decision-making including profiling, that is not to be subject of any automated decision-making by us using your personal information or profiling of you.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
  • Request transfer of your personal information in an electronic and structured form to you or to another party (commonly known as a right to “data portability”). This enables you to take your data from us in an electronically useable format and to be able to transfer your data to another party in an electronically useable format.

How You Exercise Your Rights

We have appointed a Data Protection Officer to monitor compliance with our data protection obligations and with this policy and our related policies. If you have any questions about this policy or about our data protection compliance, please contact the Data Protection Officer.

Data subjects must make a formal request for Personal Data we hold about them or otherwise to exercise their data protections rights whether to make an access request or otherwise by contacting our Data Protection Officer who will respond to the request within 30 days.

We are obliged to comply with exceptions to your requests where laid out in law. Such exceptions relate to health data, disclosures that would be likely to cause serious harm to your physical or mental health or emotional condition and opinions given in confidence.

Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted as follows:-

Name: Sharon Hughes


Your Right to Lodge a Complaint

You as the Data Subject have the right to complain at any time to a data protection supervisory authority in relation to any issues related to our processing of your Personal Data. As our organisation is located in Ireland and we conduct our data processing here, we are regulated for data protection purposes by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

You can contact the Data Protection Commissioner as follows:

Use their website

Phone: +353 57 8684800 or +353 (0)761 104 800


Address: Data Protection Office – Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois, R32 AP23. Or 21 Fitzwilliam Square Dublin 2. D02 RD28 Ireland.


By consenting, where this is the appropriate grounds, to our processing your Personal Data in line with this Privacy Policy you are giving us permission to process your Personal Data specifically for the purposes identified.

You may withdraw consent at any time by providing an unambiguous indication of your wishes by which you, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signify withdrawal of consent to the processing of Personal Data relating to you. If you have any queries relating to withdrawing your consent, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the contact details set out below.

Withdrawal of consent shall be without effect to the lawfulness of processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

Security of your Personal Data

We take appropriate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised processing of Personal Data, and against the accidental loss of, or damage to, Personal Data.

We have put in place procedures and technologies to maintain the security of all Personal Data from the point of collection to the point of destruction. Personal data will only be transferred to a data processor if they agree to comply with those procedures and policies, or if they put in place adequate measures himself. In addition, we have appropriate written agreements in place with all of our data processors.

We maintain data security by protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the Personal Data, defined as follows:

· Confidentiality means that only people who are authorised to use the data can access it.

· Integrity means that Personal Data should be accurate and suitable for the purpose for which it is processed.

· Availability means that authorised users should be able to access the data if they need it for authorised purposes.

We follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of your Personal Data, and to protect it against accidental loss, destruction or damage. We use third party vendors and hosting partners to provide the necessary hardware, software networking, storage, and related technology required to run. The data you provide to us is protected using modern encryption, intrusion prevention, and account access techniques.

Sale of Business

Situations may arise where it is necessary to transfer information (including your Personal Data) to a third party in the event of a sale, merger, liquidation, receivership or transfer of all or substantially all of the assets of our organisation provided that the third party agrees to adhere to the terms of the Privacy Policy and provided that the third party only uses your Personal Data for the purposes that you provided it to us. The Personal Data transferred will be limited to that which is absolutely necessary. You will be notified in the event of any such transfer and you will be afforded an opportunity to opt-out.

Children’s Personal Data

If you would like to make use of our services and you are not yet 18 years old, we require that an adult is present when you register. Where consent is required to process your Personal Data as a child, we will obtain that consent from the adult who is authorised to give the consent on your behalf.

You must be at least 18 years old to create an account and engage in activities and transactions on our digital and social media. By creating an account or engaging in activities or transactions on our digital and social media, you affirm that you are at least 18 years old and are fully able to enter into and comply with our regular Terms of Use and this Privacy. If we are notified or learn that a child has submitted Personal Data to us through our digital or social media, we will delete such Personal Data.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

Any changes to this Privacy Policy will be posted on this website so you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it, and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

If at any time we decide to use Personal Data in a manner significantly different from that stated in this Privacy Policy, or otherwise disclosed to you at the time it was collected, we will notify you by email, and you will have a choice as to whether or not we use your information in the new manner.

Policy Approval

This Policy has been approved and authorised by:

NAME: Sharon Hughes


DATE: 22nd October 2018

SIGNATURE: Sharon Hughes


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