1 – ITpreneurs’ Core Beliefs Regarding User Privacy And Data Protection
- Data is a liability, it should only be collected and processed when absolutely necessary
- We loathe spam as much as you do!
- We will never sell, rent or otherwise distribute or make public your personal information
2 – Relevant Legislation
Along with ITpreneurs’ business and internal computer systems, this website is designed to comply with the following national and international legislation with regards to data protection and user privacy:
- EU General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR)
ITpreneurs’ and this site’s compliance with the above legislation means that this site is likely compliant with the data protection and user privacy legislation set out by many other countries and territories as well. If you are unsure about whether this site is compliant with your own country of residences’ specific data protection and user privacy legislation you should contact our data protection officer (details of whom can be found in section 9) for clarification.
3 – Personal Information That ITpreneurs Collects And Why We Collect It
This website collects and uses personal information for the following reasons:
3.1 – Site Visitation Tracking
Like most websites, this site uses Google Analytics (GA) to track user interaction. We use this data to determine the number of people using our site, to better understand how they find and use our web pages and to see their journey through the website.
Although GA records data such as your geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, none of this information personally identifies you to us. GA also records your computer’s IP address which could be used to personally identify you but Google do not grant us access to this. We consider Google to be a third party data processor (see section 6.0 below).
Disabling cookies on your internet browser will stop GA from tracking any part of your visit to pages on this website.
In addition to Google Analytics, this website uses ActiveCampaign (AC) as the designated CRM to track user interaction. We use this to better understand how people interact with our site and to see their journey through the website.
AC records data such as your geographical location, device, internet browser and operating system, all of this information personally identifies you to us, but only if you have opened an email or link sent to you from AC.
3.2 – Our Blog
Should you choose to add a comment to any posts that we have published on our blog, the name and email address you enter with your comment will be saved to this website’s database, along with your computer’s IP address and the time and date that you submitted the comment. This information is only used to identify you as a contributor to the comment section of the respective blog post and is not passed on to any of the third party data processors detailed below.
Your comment and it’s associated personal data will remain on this site until we see fit to either 1.) remove the comment or 2.) remove the blog post. Should you wish to have the comment and it’s associated personal data deleted, please email us using the email address that you commented with.
If you are under 16 years of age you MUST obtain parental consent before posting a comment on our blog.
NOTE: You should avoid entering personally identifiable information to the actual comment field of any blog post comments that you submit on this website.
3.3 – Contact Forms And Email Links
Should you choose to contact us using the contact form on our Contact us page or an email link, the data that you supply will be stored and processed by our CRM. Your data will be collated into an email and sent to us over the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Our SMTP servers are protected by TLS (sometimes known as SSL) meaning that the email content is encrypted using SHA-2, 256-bit cryptography before being sent across the internet. The email content is then decrypted by our local computers and devices.
3.4 – Email updates
If you choose to join our email updates, the email address that you submit to us will be forwarded to ActiveCampaign who provide us with email marketing services. We consider ActiveCampaign to be a third party data processor (see section 6 below). The email address that you submit will not be stored within this website’s own database or in any of our internal computer systems.
Your email address will remain within ActiveCampaign’s database for as long as we continue to use ActiveCampaign’s services for email marketing or until you specifically request removal from the database. You can do this by unsubscribing using the unsubscribe links contained in any email that we send you or by requesting removal via email. When requesting removal via email, please send your email to us using the email account that is subscribed to the mailing list.
If you are under 16 years of age you MUST obtain parental consent before joining our email updates.
While your email address remains within the ActiveCampaign database, you will receive newsletter-style emails from us.
4 – How We Store Your Personal Information
As detailed in section 3.2, if you submit a comment to a blog post published on this website some personal information will be stored in this website’s database. This is currently the only occasion where personal data will be stored on this website. This data is currently stored in an identifiable fashion; a limitation of the content management system that this website is built on (WordPress). In the near future, we aim to change the storage of this data to a pseudonymous fashion meaning that the data would require additional processing using a separately stored ‘key’ before it could be used to identify an individual.
Pseudonymisation is a recent requirement of the GDPR which many web application developers are currently working to fully implement. We are committed to keeping it as a high priority and will implement it on this website as soon as we are able to.
5 – About This Website’s Server
This website is hosted by Amazon within an Ireland based data center.
All traffic (transferral of files) between this website and your browser is encrypted and delivered over HTTPS.
6 – Our Third Party Data Processors
We use a number of third parties to process personal data on our behalf. These third parties have been carefully chosen and all of them comply with the legislation set out in section 2. When these third parties are based in the USA, they are EU-U.S Privacy Shield and GDPR compliant.
- Email newsletters related cookies: This site offers a newsletter or email subscription services and cookies may be used to remember if you are already registered and whether to show certain notifications which might only be valid to subscribed/unsubscribed users.
- Forms related cookies: When you submit data to through a form such as those found on contact pages or comment forms cookies may be set to remember your user details for future correspondence.
- Site preferences cookies: In order to provide you with a great experience on this site we provide the functionality to set your preferences for how this site runs when you use it. In order to remember your preferences, we need to set cookies so that this information can be called whenever you interact with a page is affected by your preferences.
7 – Data Breaches
We will report any unlawful data breach of this website’s database or the database(s) of any of our third party data processors to any and all relevant persons and authorities within 72 hours of the breach if it is apparent that personal data stored in an identifiable manner has been stolen.
8 – Data Controller
The data controller of this website is: ITpreneurs Beheer B.V. with the Chamber of Commerce number: KvK 24363304.
Whose registered and operating office is:
3012 NJ Rotterdam
9 – Data Protection Officer
Mr. Arjan Woertman
COO, ITpreneurs Nederland B.V.
Telephone: +31 (0)10 71 10 260
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Third Party Analytics
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