Terms of use

Various authorities of the Republic of Estonia have answered the questions on this website, which constitute official information. This website is managed by the government communication bureau.

When using these texts, please include a reference to either the website www.kriis.ee or to the government communication bureau.

Visiting the website and queries submitted through the website

In general, the Government Office processes the visitor’s data in a non-personal format, except in cases where the visitor to the website has provided their data themselves.

On its public websites, the Government Office automatically collects certain information that is stored in log files. This information can include the visitor’s IP address, their general location, where the visitor’s computer or device was connected to the internet, the time of the visit, the type of browser used, the type of operating system used, and other usage related information, including which pages were visited. The Government Office uses this information to better manage the web pages. Also, the visitor’s IP information may prove necessary to detect problems, to manage web pages, to analyse trends and compile an overview of the visitors’ activities on the website.

Data used for tracking browsing and for personalisation (cookies)

This website uses cookies, which are necessary for making certain decisions. For example, whether the user prefers reading the website in Estonian, Russian or English, and whether the webpage displayed to the user should be in mobile format or not.

This website uses the Google Inc. web analysis service Google Analytics, which helps gather data about how visitors use the website. The Government Office uses this information only for making the structure of the website as user-friendly as possible, and to improve how information is offered, so that it would be easier to find.

Google Analytics cookies collect the following data, among others: the IP address; the number of visitors to the website; a query’s location (country) of origin; which pages the visitors browse through; and the time spent on each page. The data about the website usage is forwarded to the Google server, where it is also stored. Google’s privacy terms are available here: https://policies.google.com/privacy.

If you do not want to accept cookies on your computer, you can turn off cookies for your browser. Each visitor has access to all the information and all the resources, regardless of whether they accept cookies or not.

If you do not want the above mentioned data to be forwarded to Google Analytics, you can also block data from being sent. For that you will need to install an add-on on your browser, which is available here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout?hl=en.

Links to social media (Facebook and Twitter)

The Government Office also uses social media channels for providing information (Facebook and Twitter), in line with the privacy policies of the service providers. These service providers collect, process and store users’ private data and computer settings according to the users’ privacy settings.

On this website, the Government Office uses Facebook and Twitter links. If you click these links while visiting the website, a connection will be created to Facebook or Twitter. If you have already logged in to Facebook or Twitter, the service provider will be able to connect the visit to the website to the user’s social media account. Also, in that case the click also means you are giving permission to forward and store your data to Facebook or Twitter. To keep this data from being collected, before you click on the Facebook or Twitter link on the Government Office website, log out of the social media platform before clicking or don’t click the link at all.