We are committed to safeguarding your privacy at all times, and in compliance with GDPR (EU General Data Protection Regulation).
This Privacy Statement applies to our sales, marketing and customer care activities. It was updated and published on April 30th, 2018.
Professional Development develops and delivers classroom-based and online training courses. We deliver these through open public courses at various locations throughout Ireland, and client-specific tailored courses located at client premises.
Our company’s headquarters is located in Dublin, Ireland. The headquarters’ registered office address is Suite 11, Plaza 256, Blanchardstown Corporate Park 2, Ballycoolin, Dublin 15, D15 T934, Ireland.
Professional Development Limited is the data controller.
- Personal Data Collection
- Personal Data Use
- Personal Data Sharing
- Your Website Visits (Cookies and Beacons)
- Your Rights to Your Personal Data
- Contacting Us
1. Personal Data Collection
Why do we collect personal data?
We collect and use personal data to optimise your experience with Professional Development, and to help us perform direct sales, marketing, and customer service.
When do we collect personal data?
We collect personal data about you when you interact with us. This may be in person, by phone, or through physical letters and / or documents. It also includes interaction via online channels (our websites, email, or social media channels).
What personal data do we collect?
We collect name, phone number, title and email address, in addition to your company’s name and contact information.
We may also collect feedback, comments and questions received from you during our service-related communication and activities. This can include emails, phone calls, documents, and meetings.
We may collect IP-address and actions taken on our websites.
If you upload photos or videos, add posts or comments, etc. on our social media sites, the information can be read by anyone with access to the these sites and used for purposes over which Professional Development or you have no control. Therefore, Professional Development is not responsible for any information you submit to our social media sites.
Personal Data and QQI Certification
This section applies only to those intending to achieve QQI certification through our courses.
Professional Development collects, stores and processes special categories of personal data, such as Public Personal Social Numbers (PPSN) and sensitive personal data in the form of dates of birth, gender and home addresses. This information is required to be collected by us for any persons being submitted by us for certification to Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). QQI is an authorised data collector by the Department of Social Protection and Family Affairs and QQI has delegated these powers to us as a QQI quality-assured training provider. We only submit this information to QQI on your behalf and all data is securely deleted by us once submitted. Internal access to this data is restricted to only those individuals involved in collecting, storing and submitting the information to QQI.
Other data we collect
We also collect data about suppliers, partners, and persons seeking a job or working in our company.
How long do we keep your personal data?
We store personal data for as long as we find it necessary to fulfil the purpose for which the personal data was collected, while also considering our need to answer your queries or resolve possible problems, to comply with legal requirements under applicable laws, to attend to any legal claims/complaints, and for safeguarding purposes.
This means that we may retain your personal data for a reasonable period of time after your last interaction with us. When the personal data that we have collected is no longer required, we will delete it in a secure manner. We may process data for statistical purposes, but in such cases, your data will be anonymous.
What is our legal basis for collecting personal data?
Collecting personal data based on consentsThe collection of personal data based on consent from the data subject will be done by using “Consent Forms” that will store documentation related to the consent given by the individual. Individual consents will always be stored and documented in our systems.
Collecting personal data based on contractsWe use personal information for fulfilling our obligations related to contracts and agreements with customers, partners and suppliers.
Collecting personal data based on legitimate interestWe may use personal data if it is considered to be of legitimate interest, and if the privacy interests of the data subjects do not override this interest. Normally, to establish the legal basis for data collection, an assessment has been made during which a mutual interest between Professional Development and the individual person has been identified. This legal basis is primarily related to our sales and marketing purposes. We will always inform individuals about their privacy rights and the purpose for collecting personal data.
2. Personal Data Use
We may use your personal data for the following purposes:
- To reply to web forms you have completed on one of our Professional Development websites (for example: Ask A Quick Question, Download a Brochure, Reserve My Place etc.).
- To carry out direct sales activities in cases where legitimate and mutual interest has been established.
- To send you marketing communications. We will only send you marketing communications if you have opted in to this service, and will always enable you to opt out at any time. Marketing communications may include information about our products and services, upcoming promotions, articles, and whitepapers.
- To send you information about the products and services that you have purchased from us.
- To provide you with relevant information about a course or event you have booked with us.
- To follow up on requests we have received directly via emails or phone calls.
- To carry out contractual obligations relating to your booking. This may incorporate booking confirmation, invoicing and payment, venue details, reminders, and similar.
- To ask for feedback about your experience with our services and products.
3. Personal Data Sharing
Do we share your data with anyone?
Aside from what is outlined below, we do not share, sell, rent, or trade your information with any third parties without your consent:
Third-party Service Providers working on our behalf:We may pass your information on to our partners, sub-contractors and other associated organizations with the purpose of them providing services to you on our behalf.
Other Disclosure Instances:We may disclose information about you to the extent that we are required by law, in connection with any legal or prospective legal proceedings, or in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights. If any of the above circumstances occur, we will however, make every effort to continue to protect your privacy.
4. Your Website Visits (Cookies and Beacons)
Website Navigational Information includes standard information from your web browser, such as browser type and browser language; your Internet Protocol (“IP”) address; and the actions you take on the company’s websites, such as the web pages viewed and the links clicked.
This information is used to make websites work more efficiently, as well as to provide business and marketing information to the owners of the site, and to gather such personal data as browser type and operating system, referring page, path through site, domain of ISP, etc. for the purposes of understanding how visitors use a website. Cookies and similar technologies help us tailor our website to your personal needs, as well as to detect and prevent security threats and abuse. If used alone, cookies and web beacons do not personally identify you.
We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via our website, your information is protected both online and offline.
Our websites contain links to other sites. We strive to ensure that the sites we link to are relevant and uphold stringent privacy policies. We are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites.
We encourage you to be vigilant when leaving our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.
7. Your Rights to Your Personal Data
You have the following rights with respect to your personal data:
- The right to request a copy of your personal data that Professional Development holds about you.
- The right to request that Professional Development corrects your personal data if inaccurate or out of date.
- The right to request that your personal data is deleted when it is no longer necessary for Professional Development to retain such data.
- The right to withdraw any consent to personal data processing at any time. For example, your consent to receive e-marketing communications: o If you want to withdraw your consent to e-marketing, please make use of the link to manage your subscriptions included in our communication. Please note that you may still receive system messages and administrative communications from Professional Development such as order confirmations, system messages and notifications about upcoming courses on which you are registered.
- The right to request that Professional Development provides you with your personal data and, if possible, to pass on this information directly (in a portable format) to another data controller when the processing is based on consent or contract.
- The right to request a restriction on further data processing, in case there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data.
- The right to object to the processing of personal data, in case data processing has been based on legitimate interest and/or direct marketing.
8. Contacting Us
Your right to complain with a supervisory authority
We make every effort to ensure your personal data is securely and respectfully handled.
If you are unhappy with the way in which your personal data has been processed, you may, in the first instance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are still dissatisfied after our efforts to resolve your concerns, you also have the right to apply directly to the Data Protection Commissioner (the supervisory authority for Ireland). They can be contacted by email at email@example.com