Last updated 1st August 2017
The information that is collected from you as a user can be broken down into two Categories: 1. Information we get off you at registration, i.e. information you willingly provide us with and, 2. Information that is collected automatically when you use the site.
Contests and advertisements (including promotions): your personally identifiable information may be shared by us with a third party in order to facilitate the operation of competitions and site promotions alike. These competitions and promotions may be conducted by a third party and in such cases, information and contest materials may be required from you. This information as such may be gathered by a third party controlling the competition.
Cookies are used to enhance user experience and for convenience purposes while using a website. Most modern websites issue cookies as it allows them to store information on the user and therefore improve user experience with repeated use. These cookies also help us to send you targeted ads, which keeps the user up to date with all improvements and events we may have that are relevant specifically to them.
Simply put a ‘cookie’ is a minor file or part thereof containing user specific information (for example log in details or ‘most visited pages’) which is created by a website. Websites are subsequently able to read back these files and create user specific material whilst improving all round performance and ease of use for each user specifically.
In the future Expertise Direct may merge with another company, be acquired or sold. In the event of any of these happening we reserve the right to transfer all data we have gathered to our successors or business partners. This meaning, that the stored information may be given to a third party. However in the event of these occurrences you will be notified by email.
In the event of a legal investigation, Expertise Direct Ltd will share information gathered on the site, both personal and non-personal with the authorities, Government or any other legal bodies we deem necessary to comply with the law. We also reserve the right to report any suspicious activity we feel the authorities need to know of and in doing so share all information we have on the user(s) in question.
As is the nature of our website, especially relating to experts’ bios, there will be links to other websites or pages (including but not limited to, affiliate pages our experts may be connected with or studies an expert has published or may wish to cite). It is to be understood that although these pages may be linked on our site, unless otherwise stated we in no way endorse these sites and cannot be held responsible for their data protection standards or general policies that you may have issue with. By saying this, we hope that when browsing these other sites linked on Expertise Direct that you read these sites’ individual Privacy Policies in order to ensure you are entirely happy with how they collect and store information on you as a user. These other sites may have different cookie policies.
Our IT team here at Expertise Direct have included security measures within our platform that they deem necessary to protect your information as well as they are able. Although we have implemented such measures, we cannot fully guarantee their total effectiveness as when dealing with the web, new security threats can appear at any time, therefore we cannot guarantee the full protection of all the information that you input into Expertise Direct or the information that we subsequently gather about you through your use of the platform.
The current age of digital consent in Ireland is 13. Given that we at Expertise Direct have a category on our site entitled Education we would envisage that the site may used by teenagers and adults alike. That being said we do not knowingly store information on children under the age of 13, nor do we expect the usage of our site by any child under the age of 13. If we are made aware that we have stored information on any child under the age of 13 then we will delete this stored information as quickly as possible. We also recommend that any person under the age of 18 that is linking with an expert for advice should do so under the supervision of a relevant guardian or parent at all times.
Signing up for Expertise Direct means that will you on occasion receive emails from us where we will disseminate relevant information including but not limited to information on upcoming competitions we may be running, the introduction of new features to our website and a guide on how to utilise or implement such features and other promotional information or information we feel may benefit you as a user of our platform. That being said you do reserve the right to Opt-Out of said emails or communication and can do so by following the steps in these emails when we send them to you.
You may also wish to delete your Expertise Direct account and can do so by following the steps on our website, you should find this option within your user profile both for experts and consumers.
Due to the fact that Expertise Direct Ltd is an Irish company and our IT department is based in Ireland, it is important to note that as an international user or user outside of Ireland that your personal information will be transferred to be processed in Ireland therefore it is necessary to bear in mind that Ireland may not have the same data protection laws as your country and as such you may not receive the same data protection that you would in your respective countries.