Cookie and Privacy Policy plus Disclaimer

Who We Are 

This is the website of the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy Graduates Association.
Our website address is: http://ichp-hypnotherapy.com.

This page explains our approach to privacy on the ICHP Graduates Association website and how it affects you. This Policy has been updated for compliance with GDPR in May 2018.

Short version

  • We collect anonymous statistics about your visit, like which of our pages you viewed.
  • Some 3rd parties like Facebook and Twitter may know you visited this website, if you use their services. 
  • If you sign up with us we take great care to keep your information safe and we’ll never share it with others without your express permission.
  • We never share your data with 3rd parties except to help us deliver our own services.

These are just the key points. If you need detail, please keep reading.

Cookie Collection

Browser and cookie information is collected when you first navigate to this website. Cookies are used to give you a better customer experience and for use of access. Certain cookies will allow you to leave and re-enter the members’ area of this website without re-entering your password if you are logged in. For more information on the use of cookies, how you can control their use, and information relating to our internet-based and mobile advertising, see our cookies policy here.

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 “Remember Me”, 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.

 Measuring our visitors

We measure visitors to our website using Google Analytics. This records what pages you view within our site, how you arrived at our site and some basic information about your computer. All of that information is anonymous – so we don’t know who you are; just that somebody visited our site.

The information we collect from analytics helps us understand what parts of our sites are doing well, how people arrive at our site and so on. Like most websites, we use this information to make our website better.

You can learn more about Google Analytics or opt out if you wish.

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks

These services provide social buttons and similar features which we use on our website – such as the “Like” and “Tweet” buttons.

To do so we embed code that they provide and we do not control ourselves. To function their buttons generally know if you’re logged in; for example Facebook use this to say “x of your friends like this”. We do not have any access to that information, nor can we control how those networks use it.

Social networks therefore could know that you’re viewing this website, if you use their services (that isn’t to say they do, but their policies may change). As our website is remarkably inoffensive we imagine this is not a concern for most users.

Discussion comments

To allow visitors to discuss our blog articles and some web pages we use a discussion system called Disqus.

To do so we embed code that Disqus provide and we do not control ourselves. Disqus anonymously tracks visitors to pages like we do. They also remember who you are if you login to any Disqus service, so you can comment on any website using their tool.

Logging in to Disqus can be done in many ways, including via Facebook. If you login via social network, Disqus will be able to link your activity to that network. In this way, your Disqus activity may be personally identifiable.

Disqus will know what pages you viewed in our site and what you wrote on those comments. Of course all comments you leave are also publicly visible on the Internet alongside your name, so we do not imagine this is a concern for many people.

If you sign up for a service

When you sign up for any of our services – paid or otherwise – we will record specific personal information about you, such as your name and email address.

We will also collect and store information about your use of our services so as to improve them. For example, we keep a log of what features are being used at any time.

We also log account and transaction history for accounting purposes, and to monitor our business activities.

Emails and Newsletters

We may send you email notifications regarding your service or association membership (such as newsletters and membership renewal invoices) or which you have specifically requested (such as newsletters or notifications when a report is completed). You have the ability to opt out of any of this communication at any time.

We use Mailchimp to send out our newsletters and they comply with GDPR legislation – you can check their privacy policy.

We will never provide your personal information or email address to any third parties except where they are specifically employed to help deliver our own services, as detailed above.

Online payment

We use a Paypal to bill for our products online, to process credit cards and accept payments. This company will have access to your personal and payment information.

We share information with these companies only to the extent necessary for the purposes of processing payments you make via our website.

Security

The ICHP GA takes precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. These precautions include:

  • Use of SSL encryption for sensitive data
  • Hardware stored in secured datacentres behind firewalls
  • All access to information restricted by password and/or secure key
  • Restrictions to what information can be accessed via any location

Whilst we take great care to ensure any confidential information remains protected we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the Internet.

Of course you are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. Nobody at the ICHP GA will ever ask you for your password via email, so please don’t trust anybody asking you for it.

Data finding

ICHP GA makes use of 3rd party APIs to collect information, for example we use the Google Maps API to gather local presence information (see Google Map’s privacy policy).

Your rights

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you, as a data subject have a number of rights which are detailed below. Some of these only apply in specific circumstances and are qualified in several respects by exemptions in data protection legislation. We will advise you in our response to your request if we are relying on any such exemptions.

  • Access to personal data: You have a right to request a copy of the personal information that I hold about you. Should you wish to make such a request, please see the Contact section for information on how to contact me.
    You should include adequate information to identify yourself and such other relevant information that will reasonably assist me in fulfilling your request. Your request will be dealt with as soon as possible.
  • Correction of personal data: You can request me to rectify and correct any personal data that I am processing about you which is incorrect.
  • Right to withdraw consent: Where I have relied upon your consent to process your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that consent.
    To opt out of marketing, you can use the unsubscribe link found in the marketing communication you receive from me.
  • Right of erasure: You can request me to erase your personal data where there is no compelling reason to continue processing. This right only applies in certain circumstances, it is not a guaranteed or absolute right.
  • Right to data portability: This right allows you to obtain your personal data that you have provided to me with your consent or which was necessary for me to provide you with our products and services in a format which enables you to transfer that personal data to another organisation. You may have the right to have your personal data transferred by me directly to the other organisation, if this is technically feasible.
  • Right to restrict processing of personal data: You have the right in certain circumstances to request that I suspend my processing of your personal data. Where I suspend processing of your personal data I will still be permitted to store your personal data, but any other processing of this information will require your consent, subject to certain exemptions.
  • Right to object to processing of personal data: You have the right to object to my use of your personal data which is processed on the basis of my legitimate interests. However, I may continue to process your personal data, despite your objection, where there are compelling legitimate grounds to do so or if in the unlikely event that I need to process your personal data in connection with any legal claims.
 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.
 

Updates to this policy

We may update this privacy policy from time-to-time, particularly as technology changes. You can always check this page for the latest version. We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

Any questions?

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or your personal data, please write to us by email or by post to Ian Epstein, ICHPGA Chairperson, 116 Barton Road East, Dundrum, Dublin 14.

Disclaimer

The Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy Graduate Association (hereinafter referred to as (ICHPGA) is an independent private members association.  Membership is open to suitably qualified graduates who have graduated from an approved School/Institute in Hypnotherapy/ Hypno-Analysis to a minimum standard of Advanced Diploma Level 6. ICHPGA is a professional body representing the interests of approved and suitably qualified therapists. ICHPGA is totally independent from and has no connections whatsoever with the Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy located in Cork City, Ireland.