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Cookie Statement

Volkswagen Group Ireland Limited

Information about cookies and similar technologies and the related processing of personal information

  1. Introduction

Welcome to the Volkswagen Ireland Careers Website (“this Website”) which is operated by Volkswagen Group Ireland Limited (Company registration number 436954)   (“we”, “our”, “us” or “Volkswagen” as applicable). Please see the end of this policy for our Privacy Team contact information.

We use cookies and other similar technologies that access or store information on the device you use to visit this Website. To make this policy easier to read, we refer to all of these technologies using the expression “cookies”.

This policy provides you with information about how cookies work and when, how and why we, and the third parties we work with, use them. Almost all cookies work by collecting and storing some form of personal information about you, so this policy also describes the personal information we process or allow others to access when using cookies, as well as your related data protection rights.

Our separate Privacy Statement provides equivalent information relating to our processing of your personal information more broadly in connection with this Website e.g. your job applications.

We may update this policy from time to time. All changes made to this policy will be published on this Website and in the event of any substantial changes, we will notify you of these using an appropriate communication method.

  1. Who is the controller of your personal information?

Volkswagen Group Ireland Limited is the data controller for this Website. This includes the brands of Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Audi, SEAT, CUPRA and Škoda.
A data controller is the legal entity that decides why and how your personal information is processed. In relation to cookies set by third parties, if any, through this Website, those parties may also be a controller of your personal information, which means they will also have a legal responsibility to you in respect of the personal information they receive. Please see the section How we work with third parties and the legal reasons for processing for further details.

  1. What are ‘cookies’?

Cookies are small files or other information stored on your device or accessed from your device that help us and others to collect data about your activities. The expression ‘cookies’ can refer to browser cookies as well as a number of similar technologies including tracking pixels/web beacons, local shared objects/flash cookies and access to device information (including sensors). Please see the next section for details of the types of ‘cookies’ used by this Website.

Cookies allow us to deliver essential features of this Website. We also use them for purposes which are not essential but very useful to us or to you, including to store your settings and preferences, remember your access information, provide targeted content and marketing communications, help us to understand which part of this Website is the most popular and analyse the functioning of this Website.

  1. What types of cookies do we use?

As cookies relate to any information stored on or accessed from your device, they take a variety forms. We use the following types of ‘cookies’:

Browser cookies

Cookies may come from us (“first party cookies”) or from third parties whose services we use or that we partner with (“third party cookies”) and who we permit to set their cookies by configuring this Website accordingly. In some cases, we will receive the information collected using a third party cookie whilst in others, the third party will provide a service to us without sharing that information in the form it was collected with us.

Cookies may be used for your browsing session only (“session cookies”) or for longer (“persistent cookies”).  Please see the section below for further more information regarding each type of cookie that we use.

The following browser cookies are set by this Website

Cookie nameCategoryPurposePartyLifespan
cli_user_preferenceStrictly necessaryRecord consent statusFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
cookielawinfo-checkbox-advertisementStrictly necessaryRecord consent statusFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
cookielawinfo-checkbox-analyticsStrictly necessaryRecord consent statusFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
cookielawinfo-checkbox-necessaryStrictly necessaryDetermines whether the user has accepted the cookie consent box for necessary cookiesFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
cookielawinfo-checkbox-non-necessaryStrictly necessaryRecord consent statusFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
cookielawinfo-checkbox-performanceStrictly necessaryRecord consent statusFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
cookielawinfo-checkbox-uncategorizedStrictly necessaryRecord consent statusFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
CookieLawInfoConsentStrictly necessaryRecord consent statusFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
PHPSESSIDStrictly necessaryPreserves User Session across page requestsFirst partySession – 0 days
viewed_cookie_policyStrictly necessaryRecord if cookie statement viewedFirst partyPersistent – 180 days
rc::aStrictly necessaryPrevent bot attacksThird partyPersistent – 0 days
rc::bStrictly necessaryPrevent bot attacksThird partySession – 0 days
rc::cStrictly necessaryPrevent bot attacksThird partySession – 0 days
_gaAnalyticsRegisters a unique ID that Google uses to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.Third partyPersistent – 180 days
_gatAnalyticsUsed by Google Analytics to throttle request rateThird partyPersistent – 1 day
_gidAnalyticsGoogle Analytics registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the websiteThird partyPersistent – 1 day
CollectAnalyticsUsed to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and bahaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.Third partySession – 0 days

Scripts Scripts are small pieces of computer code that can be used to track users and their behaviour on websites. This   Website uses fonts that are provided by Google

  1. What types of personal information do we receive through cookies

We don’t record any personal information about you or your device in the cookies that we set.

  1. Purposes for which we use cookies

Cookies are an extremely common technology for remembering certain information about how users interact with websites and use their devices. The vast majority of websites currently make use of cookies and they are commonly used for a wide range of reasons.

We use cookies for the following purposes:

Essential purposes

  • Necessary cookies. These are strictly necessary to enable essential and core functions of this Website such as security, network management, accessibility, and basic visitor statistics. For this reason and in accordance with data protection law, we do not request your consent to use these cookies. However, you may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this will affect how this Website functions and one or more core features will not work properly (or at all) if you do so.
  • ReCAPTCHA cookies – this Website uses reCAPTCHA, a human verification tool provided by Google, as part of the submission process on the Contact Us page. This measure is to assist in preventing automated or scripted attacks, while striking a balance with usability. While reCAPTCHA is a Google product, we do not share your personal data with Google. Additional information about Google reCAPTCHA and Google’s privacy policy can be found on Google’s privacy page.

Useful but non-essential purposes
NB we don’t set any cookies in these categories at the moment but this may change in the future and this Website has the following choices available.

  • Non necessary – Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for this Website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents such as videos or social media widgets are termed as non-necessary cookies. It is mandatory to get user consent prior to running these cookies on this Website.
  • Performance – Performance cookies are used to understand and analyse the key performance indexes of this Website which helps in delivering a better user experience for the visitors.
  • Advertisement – Advertisement cookies are used to provide visitors with relevant ads and marketing campaigns. These cookies track visitors across websites and collect information to provide customized ads.
  • Analytics – Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with this Website. These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc.
  • Uncategorized – Undefined cookies are those that are being analysed and have not been classified into a category as yet.

  1. Your consent to use cookies and associated personal information

As noted above, we don’t currently use cookies to record your personal data but this may change in the future.

Cookies and associated personal information used for essential purposes
In accordance with data protection laws, we do not request your consent to use these cookies as they are necessary to ensure this Website works properly.

Cookies and associated personal information used for non-essential purposes
We will only store or read cookies on your device for non-essential cookies and process associated personal information (or allow our third party services providers and partners to do so) if you have given, and not withdrawn, your consent. We request this using the cookie tool that appears when you visit any page of this Website. We have set the consent setting to always be off and you have to give us your consent to turn these cookies on.

How to provide your consent for non-essential cookies and associated personal information
When you visit this Website for the first time, you will be prompted with a request to provide your consent for non-essential cookies and the personal information we receive as a result of their use. You can consent to all non-essential cookies by selecting “Accept” or manage your consent for all non-essential cookies by selecting “Cookie Settings”. If you click on Cookie Settings, you can choose to consent to cookies by their individual categories of purposes of use.

If you do not provide your consent for these cookies, we will not use them nor process any personal information in connection with them. Consequently, your provision of any personal information associated with the cookie is voluntary and you may withdraw your consent at any time. Any use of the cookie or associated personal information before you withdraw your consent will be valid and lawful. Please see the What are your rights? and How can you exercise your rights? sections below for further information regarding your data protection rights.

The duration for which your consent lasts
Your consent will last for 6 months from the date you last provide it to us using the cookie tool on this Website. After this period, the cookie tool will automatically treat your consent as withdrawn.

How to withdraw your consent for non-essential cookies and the processing of associated personal information
You may withdraw consent you have previously provided for cookies in one of two ways depending on the type of cookie:

  • Using the cookie tool we make available from this Website. You can access at any time the cookie tool from any page of this Website by clicking on “Changing Choices” and withdraw your consent by setting the option for the relevant category of cookie to the “Disabled” position.
  • Adjusting the settings in your web browser. Most web browsers are set by default to accept all cookies. However, you may have the option to configure your web browser settings in such a way that the cookie information is displayed before storage, or to categorically reject them. You can find details on the various available settings for cookies and related changes for the most common web browsers by clicking on the relevant link below:

Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/61416?hl=en
Internet Explorer: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies
Microsoft Edge: https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy
Mozilla Firefox: https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences
Opera: http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/privacy/
Safari: https://support.apple.com/kb/PH19214?locale=cs_CZ&viewlocale=en_US
Brave: brave://settings/shields

Please note that any change to your web browser settings will only apply to the particular web browser for which you have adjusted your settings. If you use more than one web browser on a device, you must change the settings separately for each browser and each device. Additional information regarding cookies may be available within the “help” feature of the browser or operating system or the operating manual for your device.

Cookies and associated personal information stored on your device after you withdraw your consent
After you withdraw your consent for non-essential cookies, this Website will no longer access or read these cookies. Depending on the cookies, this means that files, scripts, codes and other cookie-related information may remain stored on your device. You can delete these cookies by clearing your cookies and your browsing cache using your web browser settings. Please see the links for each of the common browsers above for further information on how to do so.

What are the consequences of refusing/withdrawing your consent to cookies and the processing of associated personal information?
If you refuse or withdraw consent to the use of any non-essential-cookies or associated personal information, then the corresponding functionality or features of this Website may not work properly, or at all. Your use of the core functions and features of this Website will not be affected.

If you disable essential cookies (or all cookies) using your web browser settings, one or more core functions and features of this Website, including those intended to ensure your visit is safe and secure, will not work properly, or at all.

  1. How we work with third parties and the legal reasons for processing

We will set and read certain cookies on this Website and receive personal information about you through their use. Third parties may also be involved in setting, reading or using personal information obtained from cookies.
The roles and responsibilities that these third parties have in relation to your personal information will depend on the specific circumstances, as follows:
• We or a third party may set cookies on your device which provide access to your personal information to a third party data processors. However, as the processing of personal information by such processors is carried out to strict instructions or us or a relevant third party, we or a relevant third party is/are a controller for the processing as the third parties do not make any decisions over your information. Where this applies (and it does so in the majority of cases), we or a relevant third party will have primary responsibility to you in relation to the processing of your personal information.

  1. How long will we process and keep your personal information?

We do not process or retain personal information in an identifiable format for longer than is necessary.
We process and retain your personal information for the following durations:

  • With respect to essential cookies, the processing of your personal information ends with your browsing session after which your personal information is deleted (except in relation to cookies used to remember your consent preferences, which we retain and process for 6 months from the date you provide your consent).
  • All other cookie-related personal information is processed until the consent which permits such processing is withdrawn or expires (i.e. after 6 months in most cases), at which point it is deleted.

The only exceptions to the periods mentioned above are where:

  • the law, court or supervisory authority requires us to hold your personal information for a longer period, or delete it sooner;
  • you have raised a legal claim, complaint or concern regarding the processing activities described in this policy, in which case we will retain your information for a period of 6 years following the date of that claim, complaint or concern; or
  • you exercise your right to have the information erased (where it applies) and we do not need to hold it in connection with any of the reasons permitted or required under the law.

  1. Who will receive or have access to your personal information relating to cookies?

We disclose your personal information to third parties or permit them to access that information in connection with the purposes mentioned above.

Our third party service providers, agents and subcontractors (“suppliers”), commercial partners, group companies and other third parties may receive cookie-related personal information either directly from you, us or from one of our suppliers.

Our suppliers can be categorised as follows:

  • Legal, security and other professional advisers and consultants
  • Social media platforms
  • Website and data analytics/modelling platform providers
  • Website and app developers
  • Website hosting services providers

The majority of suppliers we use are processors with whom we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it other than in accordance with our specific instructions. We only disclose to them or allow them to access personal information that is necessary for them to provide their services.

This Website uses Google Analytics provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”), which uses cookies to analyse how users use this Website. The Website uses the following modules:

• Google Analytics – Account status and performance monitor, audience summary, active users, user explorer, analytics audience, visitor quality, conversion probability, comparison reports, demographics and interests, user flow report, Adwords reports;

Information generated by a cookie about the use of this Website (including your IP address) may be transmitted and stored on Google’s servers in the United States.

Google will use this information to evaluate the use of this Website by visitors, create reports about such use and to provide other services relating to activities on this Website and the use of the internet in general. Google may also provide this information to third parties if it is required by the law or if such third parties process this information for Google. You may disable the use cookies on this Website as described above or by changing appropriate settings in your browser, but if you do so for all types of cookies, you will not be able to make full use of all the features of this Website.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites please visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

For detailed information about the modules listed above and Google’s handling of personal information, please see www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners and http://www.google.com/intl/en/privacy/privacy-policy.html.

  1. Source of your personal information

All personal information obtained via cookies on this Website is obtained directly from you. We don’t receive information from any third parties using the cookies on this Website.

  1. Transfers of your personal information overseas

Your cookie-related personal information will be stored within Ireland and the European Economic Area (“EEA”). This may change in the future as this Website evolves and we’ll let you know if there are any changes.

If you use this Website whilst you are outside Ireland and EEA, your information will be transferred outside those territories in order to allow you to use this Website.

  1. Automated decision-making

We do not envisage that any processing by the cookies will make decisions that have a legal or significant effect on you will be carried out using purely automated means, however we will update this policy and inform you if this position changes.

  1. Security and storage of personal information

In order to protect your personal information against unauthorised access, disclosure alteration or destruction, we have taken appropriate organisational and technical measures including physical, electronic and management procedures to protect and secure the information gathered through this Website.

  1. Data protection rights

You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information under data protection law. In relation to most rights, we will ask you for information to confirm your identity and, where applicable, to help us search for your personal information. Except in rare cases, we will respond to you within 1 month of receipt of any request (including any identification documents requested).