Privacy & Legal

Privacy Policy

Who we are

The website is owned by Aitheantas – Adoptee Identity Rights. 

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Contact forms

If you submit an contact form, we will use the data you submit to answer your enquiry. We will store it securely and your details will not be shared with anyone except Aitheantas staff.

If you submit your details to be subscribed to our newsletter, your details will be added to our Mailchimp database. If you ticked the “yes” option to apply to join our Policy Panel, your details will be passed to our Policy Panel team to provide you with further information. 


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Pages and articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

Your data will be shared with trusted third parties in order to provide our services, eg: Mailchimp for providing a newsletter service.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

If you fill out a contact form, your details are held indefinitely. This is so we can recognize any follow-up correspondance. 

If you sign up to our newsletter, we will retain your information indefinitely to continue delivering our newsletter. You will always have the option to unsubscribe at the bottom of each email. 

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through automated spam detection services.

Our contact information

You can contact us by email at

Additional information

How we protect your data

We store your data with military-grade encryption. No one except Aitheantas staff and trusted 3rd parties will have access to your data.

What data breach procedures we have in place

In accordance with the GDPR, we will notify affected persons within 48 hours if we discover a data breach has occurred.