Privacy policy

This policy was last updated on 25 May 2018.

AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), a company limited by guarantee (No. 1518983) and a registered charity (No. 1050724), is committed to the privacy of your personal data.  Our privacy policy explains:

–  what personal data we collect about you and how we use it

–  what we do with the data we collect

–  who we share your data with.

We believe it’s essential to respect the privacy of all visitors and to make safe and ethical use of the information provided to the website. We aim to give you as much control as possible over the information you give us, and in all cases the disclosure of your personal details is voluntary.

What data are we collecting?

The only personal data we’re collecting through the AAT Comment website, is your email address. It’s not essential that you provide us with your email address to access and enjoy the content and services within the website.

We will however, ask you to provide your email contact details if you’d like to receive:

– update information

– newsletters

–  occasional invitations to participate in e-surveys to help us enhance and improve our services.

Where we ask for information we do so in order to offer you better services, both on the website and in the rest of our operations.

If you believe that any information we hold about you is inaccurate, please notify us, and we’ll do our best to correct it as quickly as possible.

Some of the information you give us will be held in databases, we endeavour to ensure that these are highly secure and only accessed by authorised people.

Any request from us for subscribers to take part in e-surveys or questionnaire on the website will be voluntary. We may use the anonymised information gathered from these surveys and questionnaires to:

– personalise the website

– target relevant users with appropriate marketing.

Any information from surveys and questionnaires will be completely anonymous and will not link back to you or contain personal data, unless you’ve chosen to provide it to enable further contact with/from us, or to be included in any prize winning opportunities.

If you choose to contact us, either via email or telephone in order to obtain a response to a query, raise a question or make comment on an article you’ve read on our website, then there is a chance that we may collect additional personal data about you. We will retain this information and data for as long as necessary to deal with the enquiry and no longer.

Who will have access to the information and how we use it

Any information you give will be available to us. If you choose to add your email address to your membership record, it will not be made available to any third parties for marketing or advertising purposes. However, it may be necessary for us to share your personal data with third parties we commission to undertake research on our behalf. Any data shared with third parties will only be done so with your prior consent.

Information you give in response to surveys and questionnaires on the website will be used in two ways:

– help determine policy and to improve our services to our members

– by third parties who we may make the information available to for market research and data analysis – in this case, the information will be made available only in the form of anonymous qualitative and statistical reports.

We may follow up some survey responses by phone or email, but only where you’ve given your permission for us to do so as part of the initial research.

Technical information

Like most websites, ours gathers a limited amount of information about you during a session, including how you reached our website, what sort of device you were using and your internet browser. This information is used to help us improve the content, design and performance of the site, and is not linked directly to you as a user.

Our site uses cookies. Cookies are small text file that are transferred to and stored by your browser on your computer. In no circumstances do we collect any data that is not directly related to the use of the website (for example, we do not record other sites that you have visited).

The log files or any information they contain about your use of the site will not be made available to any third parties, other than as anonymous usage statistics.

Browser information is also collected with your name, email address and, if appropriate, membership number if you complete a ‘contact us’ feedback form.

Other websites

The website contains external links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies, content or practices of these sites.

During your visit to AAT Comment, you may notice some cookies that are not related to AAT.

We sometime embed content from social media and other third-party websites, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. The means when you  visit a page on our website containing such content, you may be presented with third-party cookies that tack your use of our  website. We don’t control these cookies.

Data Protection Act

This privacy statement forms part of AAT’s commitment to the principles of the General Data protection Regulation, 2018 and forms part of AAT’s wider privacy policy [link to] If you have any queries related to this privacy policy, including requests to access or modify the use of your personal data, please contact our Data Protection Officer by email to [email protected] or by writing to us at:

AAT, Data Protection
140 Aldersgate Street


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