Privacy Policy

Who we are

The Ocala I.T. Professionals is an Information Technology networking group in Ocala, Florida. Our purpose is to help connect local technology professionals and those aspiring to a career in I.T. to each other and the local business community.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

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. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Visitors who create user accounts on the site are required to provide basic profile information including a user name, real name and e-mail address. This is for the purpose of identifying and communicating with users as necessary. Anonymous accounts and postings are not permitted on this site.


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 forms


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. 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.

Embedded content from other websites

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.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

The Ocala I.T. Professionals and its management will not sell user information to any third party. Beyond the normal operation of this website and except where otherwise noted, we will not knowingly transfer user information outside of the website to any third party.

Beyond the direct actions of the Ocala I.T. Professionals managers and administrators, this site offers no further warranty of privacy for any information users enter into the site, including but not limited to comments, profile information and messages between users. This site is not guaranteed for any specific use and visitors are primarily responsible for exercising the proper judgement in regards to the information entered here. Users should also understand that this site is maintained on a shared hosting service and, despite the conscientious efforts of the administrators, the site is as potentially susceptible to hacking and other security attacks as any other website.

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.

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.

Users are expected to create strong passwords and to keep these passwords confidential at all times. User accounts that are suspected of having been intentionally or unintentionally compromised may be deleted or deactivated at the discretion of the site administrators. In this event, any user information may also be deleted without chance of recovery.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

Except where otherwise noted, your contact information will not be shared with third parties.

Additional information

Proper Use of Site

This site and its resources, including message boards and comment sections, are not to be used for malicious or illegal activity including conspiracy to harm others, pornography or hate speech. User activity on the site that violates organization standards, Florida state law or U.S. federal law may result in actions ranging from account deletion to notification of authorities.