Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website is owned and operated by Andy Naisbitt and is used for blogging purposes. All content written on the site is produced and submitted by Andy Naisbitt alone. The website address is: https://theitapprentice.com and you can find the privacy policy here: https://theitapprentice.com/privacy-policy.

GDPR Compliance:

This website complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and takes the privacy of its users very seriously.

We only collect and use the minimum amount of personal information necessary to provide our services, and we handle all personal information in accordance with GDPR regulations.

To comply with the GDPR, we have taken the following measures:

  1. We have updated our privacy policy to clearly explain what data we collect, why we collect it, and how we use it.
  2. We have enabled users from all EEA countries to provide their consent for us to use their data when they access our site or app. This consent notice is displayed when they visit the site, and they are given the option to take affirmative action to indicate their consent, such as clicking an “OK” or “I agree” button.
  3. We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect the personal information we collect and process.
  4. We have appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) who is responsible for monitoring compliance with GDPR regulations and ensuring that all personal data is handled in accordance with these regulations.
  5. We have provided information to all of our staff on their GDPR obligations and how to handle personal data in accordance with these regulations.

Our SEO plugin “aioseo” has been optimised for GDPR using official documentation:

https://aioseo.com/docs/redirect-gdpr-privacy-information/

If you have any questions or concerns about the way in which we handle your personal data, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.

Google AdSense

Our website uses Google AdSense to display advertisements. Google, as a third-party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on our site. Google’s use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to our users based on their visit to our site and other sites on the Internet. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google AdSense privacy policy at:

https://policies.google.com/technologies/partner-sites.

Google Analytics

We understand the importance of privacy and are committed to protecting the personal information of our users. In order to better understand our audience and improve the user experience on our website, we use Google Analytics to collect and analyze anonymous data about website traffic.

Google Analytics is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. (“Google”). Google Analytics uses cookies to help us analyze how users interact with our website. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.

Google Analytics operates data centers globally, including in the United States, to maximize service speed and reliability. Before data is transferred to any servers in the United States, it is collected in local servers, where users’ IP addresses are anonymized (when the feature is enabled by customers).13 Jan 2022

Some facts about Google Analytics data privacy

Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity, and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage.

Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

If you do not want your data to be collected or used by Google Analytics, you can install the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on. This add-on instructs Google Analytics to stop sending information about your website visits to Google Analytics.

Other Services

In addition to Google AdSense, our website uses MonsterInsights Pro in conjunction with Google Analytics to analyze website traffic and improve user experience. This plugin has settings that enable us to ensure site compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The MonsterInsights Pro privacy policy can be found here:

https://monsterinsights.com/privacy-policy/.

Our website also uses AIOSeoPro to collect data about our posts for search engine optimization and links. This information is also given to the MonsterInsights Pro system.

Consent Notice

A consent notice is displayed on our website when users from all European Economic Area (EEA) countries access it. This notice informs users of the data we collect on the site and gives them the option to take affirmative action to indicate their consent, such as clicking an “OK” or “I agree” button.

Third-Party Access

In addition to Google, the following third parties may also have access to user data collected on our site: MonsterInsights Pro and AIOSeoPro. We take steps to ensure that these third parties comply with privacy laws and regulations and use user data only for the purpose of providing services to our website.

Comments

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: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

No media has yet been uploaded to our site, however we do plan to link some video’s from YouTube from previously created tutorials from IT Apprenticeship training.

Cookies

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

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

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email. However, registrations are not open nor comments enabled on page posts.

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.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

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 your data is sent

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. However, all comments are disabled on posts.

We may not enable the registration either for users to do so due to such spam which the nature of WordPress blogs tends to bring. Should this be the case, this policy would be updated immediately.

Where your data is processed and stored

The personal data we collect from you is processed and stored on secure servers located within the European Economic Area (EEA). We may also transfer your data to our service providers, such as Google and MonsterInsights, who may process your data on our behalf. These service providers are contractually bound to maintain the confidentiality and security of your personal information and to process it only as directed by us, in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

If you are located outside of the EEA, your personal data will be transferred to countries outside of the EEA that may not have the same data protection laws as the country in which you are located. In such cases, we will take appropriate measures to ensure that your personal information is adequately protected, such as entering into European Commission approved standard contractual clauses.

We may also be required to disclose your personal data to law enforcement or regulatory authorities, in accordance with applicable laws. In such cases, we will take all steps necessary to ensure that the disclosure is made in a manner that is compliant with applicable data protection laws.”

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