apdo-uk is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.
apdo-uk may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from 6th December 2012.
What we collect
You may provide information to apdo-uk for one of the following reasons:
- You may email us with an enquiry about our services, our members, joining our organisation, using the services of our members, or other matters relating to our industry. We will use this information in order to reply to your enquiry, or to refer you to our members, colleagues or industry connections in order to provide you with the answers you require.
- You may wish to become a member of our organisation. It will be made clear to you on joining which items of information will be made public on our website, and which will be kept for administrative purposes by apdo-uk only.
- You may sign up to receive our newsletter. For this purpose, we ask for your first name, last name and email address. This information is maintained and used through our MailChimp account.
Information provided by you to apdo-uk will be used for the reasons outlined above and no other.
Data is maintained securely by trusted officers of apdo-uk.
- Correspondence (electronic or otherwise) will remain in the archives of apdo-uk.
- Membership details will remain on our database, but will be removed from published sections of our website in the event of a member not renewing their subscription. Likewise, if an application for membership is made but not completed by payment of the membership fee, the original application details will remain on our database, but will not be available to users of our website.
- You may unsubscribe from our newsletter at any time.
This historical data is kept for reasons of efficiency. It is not unusual for previous discussions to be re-started or for lapsed members to re-join, and maintaining historical records facilitates accurate treatment of such records or conversations.
We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.
Please note: apdo-uk has an Affiliate Agreement with Amazon.co.uk. If you use our links to reach the Amazon website, and subsequently make a purchase, apdo-uk will be able to identify the products that have been purchased through such an action (although we will be unable to identify the individuals who have made the purchases; this information is available only to Amazon).
Guidance for website users
You may find the guidelines given on this website helpful:
In particular, the ‘How to Control Cookies’ page gives detailed instructions for ensuring that your own Cookie settings are appropriate to your needs, depending on which internet browser(s) you use.
Data Protection Act 1998
apdo-uk is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office [ICO] (registration number: Z3266838). By registering, apdo-uk emphasises its commitment to the eight principles of the Data Protection Act. Broadly speaking, these Principles reinforce the appropriate treatment of data; its security, relevance, accuracy and usage. If you wish to view our Registration, or to find out more about the Act, please visit the website of the ICO: www.ico.gov.uk.