3. Compliance with Legislation

All users of Trinity's web resources must comply with national and international legislation in all respects (www.tcd.ie/about/legislation/summary/). Particular attention is drawn to the following:

3.1 Web Accessibility

The Trinity website aims to be accessible to all users including people with disabilities for whom the internet can be a very valuable communication and information tool.  Websites must meet the EU Web Accessibility Directive 2016/2102 (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32016L2102), and the degree to which web content is accessible is defined by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) standard (https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/).

In terms of priority levels, all new within the Trinity website are required to be universally accessible at priority levels A and AA except in very exceptional circumstances. Those responsible for existing Trinity websites will be encouraged to make the changes necessary to achieve accessibility at this minimum level. It is strongly recommended that websites should be developed with a view to achieving accessibility at priority level AAA.

3.2 Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998

It is an offence to knowingly produce, distribute, print or publish child pornography and to knowingly import, export, sell, show or advertise child pornography cause or facilitate, or encourage, any of these activities be in possession of any child pornography.  The provisions of this Act cover the storing, viewing or distribution of child pornography on any computer system.

Persons found guilty of any of the above offences are liable to a fine and/or prison sentence. Any staff or student member of Trinity found to be in breach of the provisions of this Act shall be immediately reported to the Gardaí.

3.3 Data Protection Legislation

Personal data is information that relates to or can identify a living person, either by itself or when combined with other available information. Examples include a person’s name, ID number, email or postal address, online browsing history, IP address, bank details or image.

Trinity websites obtain and process personal data for a variety of purposes related to the functions of the University. This includes the personal data of students, staff and members of the public who use Trinity websites, irrespective of their location. When processing personal data, Trinity must comply with European and Irish data protection legislation, namely the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) and Data Protection Act 2018, which safeguard the privacy rights of individuals. Trinity fully respects an individual’s fundamental right to privacy and endeavours to preserve the rights of those who share their personal data with the University. Any personal data which is processed by Trinity websites will be treated with the highest standards of security and confidentiality, in accordance with the legislation.

Trinity has developed policies, procedures and controls to ensure continued compliance with the legislation. Ensuring and maintaining the security and confidentiality of personal data is a core priority of Trinity. The University is proud to operate a “Privacy by Design” approach to personal data processing, assessing potential issues and their impact from the outset and designing suitable procedures and systems to protect personal data throughout the processing lifecycle.

Further information on data protection compliance at Trinity, as well as general information on GDPR and data protection, is available on the Information Compliance website https://www.tcd.ie/info_compliance/data-protection/

Third party websites

Trinity website users may find links or other content on Trinity websites that link to the sites and services of Trinity partners, suppliers, advertisers, sponsors, licensors and other third parties. Trinity does not control the content or links that appear on these sites and are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from Trinity websites and this should be made clear to the users of Trinity websites.  


If you are using cookies or tools such as Google Analytics you will also need to add this information to your privacy notice when collecting data via a Trinity Website. If using cookies information such as that set out below should be included and provide details on why and for what purposes such cookies are being used.

Cookies are small pieces of code sent from websites to your device and used to store information by your web browser (see aboutcookies.org). Use of cookies and other technologies may collect information such as your IP address, operating system, the browser you use and the frequency and length of visits to the Trinity Website. This information should be treated as personal data by Trinity. See cookie policy at https://www.tcd.ie/about/policies/cookie-policy.php.

Further information on data protection is available from the Data Protection section of the Trinity website link: https://www.tcd.ie/info_compliance/data-protection/.  The website of the Data Protection Commissioner also includes useful guidance https://www.dataprotection.ie/en/dpc-guidance.  If you have any further queries or require further assistance please contact  Trinity's Data Protection Officer at dataprotection@tcd.ie

Users must also comply with the following, which may be viewed on the Data Protection Commissioner's website:

  • The 2011 “e-Privacy Regulations” (S.I. No. 336 of 2011 – the European Communities (Electronic Communications Networks And Services) (Privacy And Electronic Communications) Regulations 2011) will also apply to the processing of personal data in relation to cookies and direct marketing;
  • EU Directive 2002/58/EC – the e-Commerce Directive; and
  • The Data Protection Act 1988 and 2003 and the Data Protection Act 2018.

3.4 Copyright and Related Rights Acts 2000 to 2019 

All web pages contained on the Trinity Website should comply with the provisions of the Copyright and Related Rights Acts 2000 to 2019 and should not unlawfully reproduce and make available to the public any work in which copyright subsists and for which no licensing arrangements have been put in place. Material published on Trinity's locally-accessible web pages is considered to be publicly available for the purposes of copyright legislation.

Works in which copyright subsists include:

  • Original literary, dramatic, musical or artistic works
  • Sound recordings, films, broadcasts or cable programmes
  • Typographical arrangement of published editions
  • Original databases