THE DPA & GDPR MAY 2018
My websites comply with the DPA (Data Protection Act 1998) and already comply with the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) which comes into effect from May 2018.
What are cookies? Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer’s hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the websites. This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within these websites.
Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from my websites on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from these websites and their external serving vendors or use the cookie control system if available upon their first visit.
WEBSITE VISITOR TRACKING
My websites use tracking software to monitor visitors to better understand how they use it. The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the websites, but will not store, save or collect personal information.
ADVERTS AND SPONSORED LINKS
My websites may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.
DOWNLOADS & MEDIA FILES
Any downloadable documents, files or media made available on my websites are provided to users at their own risk. While all precautions have been undertaken to ensure only genuine downloads are available users are advised to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.
I accept no responsibility for third party downloads and downloads provided by external third-party websites and advise users to verify their authenticity using third party anti-virus software or similar applications.
CONTACT & COMMUNICATION WITH ME
Users contacting me through my websites do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use. All communication will be directly related to our business relationship in order to fulfil the photography service or enquiry you have requested from me.
EMAIL MAILING LIST & MARKETING MESSAGES
I do not operate an email marketing or mailing service. Any emails you may receive from me will come via my business email address firstname.lastname@example.org and all communication will be directly related to our business relationship in order to fulfil the photography service or enquiry you have requested from me.
EXTERNAL WEBSITE LINKS & THIRD PARTIES
Although I only look to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users are advised to adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout my websites.
I cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite my best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and I cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY & USAGE
I adopt a Social Media Policy to ensure my business conducts itself accordingly online. While I may have official profiles on social media platforms, users are advised to verify authenticity of such profiles before engaging with, or sharing information with such profiles. I will never ask for user passwords or personal details on social media platforms. Users are advised to conduct themselves appropriately when engaging with us on social media.
There may be instances where my websites feature social sharing buttons, which help share web content directly from web pages to the respective social media platforms. You use social sharing buttons at your own discretion and accept that doing so may publish content to your social media profile feed or page.
PERSONAL DETAILS & INFORMATION
In order to operate my business, I need to hold personal information on individuals and businesses. This may include, but not be exclusive to, names, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and confidential client information. All personal information is stored in a password protected desktop PC in my locked home-office. Some personal details are also mirrored to my Google Calendar which is only accessible via my desktop PC and my mobile phone. My mobile phone is secured by fingerprint access only.
With regards to my photography, the nature of my business means I will hold images of residential and commercial properties which include identifiable individuals and brands. All images are securely stored on my password-protected desktop PC in my locked home-office. A selection of images will be publicly-visible on my websites for the purpose of promoting my photography services. I will always request permission from the client or property owner prior to uploading these images to my websites. Should you want an image of your property or identity removed, please contact me via the Contact page at the top of this website.
I will never use existing personal or confidential client data for any purpose other than that which is related to the existing business relationship.
In order to develop my business and grow my client base, I may contact a new individual or a company in order to enquire as to their requirement for my photography services. This will always be actioned via a personally-drafted and personally-addressed email or letter. I never have and never will add your details to a mailing list or cold-call.