Our privacy promise is that we will aim for best practice in the handling of personal information, by following the privacy principles below unless authorised or required by law to depart from them.
A feature of our social media ‘sharing’ buttons that we wish more websites would use
We want to protect your privacy when you use our website. Not just from us, but from the social media giants. Lots of websites, including our blog pages, feature social media ‘sharing’ buttons – you know, the ‘share’ icon for Facebook, the ‘tweet’ icon for Twitter, and all the rest. We love it when our readers share our blogs with a wider audience! But we don’t think you should be tracked just for looking on our website.
In case you didn’t already know, that’s exactly what the default social media ‘sharing’ buttons on most websites do. They allow Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc to track their users when they look at web pages, even if you don’t click on the ‘sharing’ buttons. Here at Salinger Privacy we think that’s pretty appalling. You should be able to read in private! So when we wanted to add ‘sharing’ buttons to our website, we hunted around to find an alternative.
Happily, we found and implemented these ‘do not track’ social sharing buttons, which come as an open-source, free plugin for WordPress from Privacore, the people working on the findx privacy-protecting search engine.
So now you can browse our website in peace. Unless, of course, you really do want to share our wit and wisdom with the wider world, in which case, be our guest.
If you are in charge of a website, we’d like to encourage you to do the same.
The types of personal information we hold
We hold personal information about our own staff, as well as the contact details of individuals who work for current, past and prospective clients, suppliers, and other types of professional associates. We hold the contact details of individuals who subscribe to our email newsletter, and for individuals who purchase one of our eBooks.
Our third party service providers
The contact details of individuals with whom we have a relationship (including our staff, and individuals who work for our clients, suppliers and others) may be held offshore, including ‘in the cloud’, by our third party service providers.
Our third party service providers are currently Microsoft Office 365 (address book for all contacts), Xero (accounts information for clients and suppliers), MailChimp (names and email addresses of subscribers to our email newsletter), and PayPal (names and email addresses of individuals who purchase one of our eBooks).
Financial information about individuals who purchase one of our eBooks is held and processed on our behalf by PayPal. We do not know, or have access to, a purchaser’s debit or credit card or bank account information.
Limiting our collections
We will only collect personal information if:
- it is for a lawful purpose that is directly related to one of our functions, and
- it is reasonably necessary for us to have the information
How we will collect personal information
We will collect personal information directly from the individual concerned unless it is unreasonable or impractical
We will not collect personal information by unlawful means
We will not collect personal information that is intrusive or excessive
We will take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we collect is relevant, accurate, up-to-date and complete
When collecting personal information, we will take reasonable steps to inform the person:
- what part of Salinger Privacy will hold and/or have access to their personal information
- what it will be used for
- what other organisations (if any) routinely receive this type of personal information from us
- how the person can access their personal information held by us
- whether the collection is required by law
what the consequences will be for the person if they do not provide the information to us
We will enable anyone to know, upon request, whether we are likely to hold their personal information, and if so:
- what type of information we hold about them
- the purposes for which it will be used
- how they can access their own personal information
We will take reasonable security measures to protect personal information from loss, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure.
We will take reasonable steps to ensure personal information is stored securely, not kept longer than necessary, and disposed of appropriately.
Access and amendment
We will allow people to access their personal information without unreasonable expense or delay
We aim to respond to requests within 30 days
We will only refuse access where authorised by law, and we will provide written reasons
We will allow people to update, correct or amend their personal information where necessary, to ensure it is accurate, relevant, up-to-date, complete or not misleading
Where possible, we will notify any other recipients of any changes
Before using or disclosing personal information, we will take appropriate steps to ensure that the information is relevant, accurate, up-to-date, complete, and not misleading
Use and disclosure
We will use or disclose personal information only for the primary purpose for which it was collected, unless one of these apply:
- the person has consented
- it is for a directly related secondary purpose within the reasonable expectations of the person
- it is to a related or associated company for the purpose of providing a service
We do not use linked health records, nor do we use unique personal identifiers. It is not practicable for us to provide anonymous services.