We as an International Training and Certification Agency take our visitors, divers, members and professionals data-security very seriously, which is why we invest in SSL Security Certificates and also offer the ITDA Promise that "We will NOT and do NOT share information or data regarding collected information from our forms or web mail, or social media"...
ITDA are GDPR Compliant - Link to EU GDPR site.
What personal data we collect and why we collect it
When visitors leave comments on the site, or ITDA Members and Pro Members offer information. We collect the data shown in the comments form or Login Pages, and also the visitorâs IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection. We operate a high level of cyber security with SSL / Https etc.
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. After approval of your comment, your profile picture maybe visible to the public in the context of your comment. (Only with your express permission, unless you are an ITDA Pro Member in which case we reserve the right to use your photo, unless you are current military or a serving defense contractor.)
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.
Contact and Admin forms
If you've used one of our contact forms, your email address is usually included. We do not store your email address or share it with anyone else without your express permission. For the use of our web forms for registration and certification we do store your data but access is not "Public" and we have secure servers in several Countries with cloud backup. We use both Norton and Kaspersky security on our terminals, PC's and Macbooks, laptops etc. etc. Any data breech will be notified.
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 have an account and you log in to this site, 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 âRemember Meâ, 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 (Youtube etc.)
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.
We use goggle and others to improve our website standing and seo. But personal data is never included or used.
Who we share your data with
We expressly share your data only with our administration staff within ITDA HQ and regional offices, No personal data is shared without your express permission in writting.
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. Data is kept according to law where are servers are based. For example in the UK we must keep records for 7 years.
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 we send your data
Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.
Your contact information
Your contact data is only stored with your permission and is never passed or sold / traded with third parties...
ITDA Promise that "We will NOT and do NOT share information or data regarding collected information from our forms or web mail, or social media"... We operate a strict compliance policy with the UK ICO Data protection and the GDPR from the EU...
How we protect your data
Severs have security software and cloud servers are private DNS and not shared with others.
What data breach procedures we have in place
Any and all email data is encrypted and secure but if a breech occured we would mail all contacts with details of the breech. Please NOTE: We do not store or hold financial data or credit/debit card information as we process card payments with Paypal, so we never receive your card details...
What third parties we receive data from
What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data
We may from time to time make inquires about our instructors / professionals who are crossing over to us from another agency, we will contact the agency for a status report and to check that their are no outstanding standards or safety issues and to verify certification / qualifications before processing professional appointments.
Industry regulatory disclosure requirements
We have an obligation to any inquiry from a diving professional, training center or dive shop to offer confirmation details of your date of certification and level certified to, along with name and email address for ID verification. We highly recommend using www.deepblu.com to save your ITDA Certifications which makes the data and your logbook public or you can protect it.... Social Media may NOT be secure... Take advice before giving out personal data to anyone!
You may also search our member live Online Now for a Status Check, Including: Name, Certification Level and Date certified... Please use this link here!