Privacy

Confidentiality

[Page updated 02/10/2018]

Maintaining trust and confidentiality in our working relationships is very important to me and I expect that is the same for you.

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Below I have summarised aspects of our privacy policy.  The content below is applicable to my blogs and websites and generally to the ways in which I seek to protect your personal data (and any other sensitive information provided to me by clients).

Blogs and Websites

HR Management Dimensions main web site
HR Management Dimensions blog
Headsup HR blog
Personnel Advice website

My web sites, blogs and e-mail are provided by a single webhosting service based in the UK.  As far as we are aware, at the date of this policy, any personal data is not stored in nor processed in any countries outside of the EEC

E-Mail Addresses and Your Contact Details

If you provide your e-mail address (or a colleague’s) to me, I do not pass your address, or that of others, on to third parties except as below or if required by law.  I try to limit the information required from you to:

Alerts about new blog articles – you can opt in to receive such alerts.  Those are stored by the provider of the alert service that we use for this purpose.   Usually only your name and e-mail address are required and you can opt out at any time by notifying us via any of the contact means you will see on our web site.

Answering comments or e-mails that you send to us directly or via our blogs etc. – we will use the contact details provided by you to answer your comments, if appropriate, and/or to answer any points raised by your e-mail.  We may pass your e-mail address or comment to a colleague working for us or with us for that purpose.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service to try and trap and prevent spam – as we do not like spam and do not wish to add to it.  When visitors leave comments on our web sites, 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

Advisory Work or Similar Work for You or Your Organisation – to provide appropriate advice, information etc. we shall request and use your contact details, for example, to provide the agreed services, arrange meetings, send invoices or draw your attention to particular services or ‘products’ or resources that we offer to clients.  You will usually be asked to opt in, at the relevant time, for information about ‘products’ or offers that are being made available to clients and/or readers of our blog or, on some occasions, viewers of our website(s).

Such information above is kept for a reasonable period in case of later queries and/or to meet legal requirements.

Use of Cookies

A cookie is a small piece of information that is placed on your computer or smartphone when you visit certain websites. This helps to improve your experience by tailoring the content of our website to your personal requirements.

We do not gather information that reveals your personal identity; only anonymous information is collected. An exception is when you decide to provide personal details such as your e-mail address for correspondence purposes.

When you visit our website or click on a link to other pages on our site, we may use cookies to track your interaction and collect statistics on what pages you visit on our site. Cookies are used by many web sites. We may also use cookies when asking you to respond to a survey or poll or similar information; inviting you to e-mail us or complete a contact form. In those examples, you will be able to decide whether or not to participate and, if you do, then your consent to the use of those cookies will be assumed. We do not use cookies to track your interaction with any websites provided by any other party.

For further information about cookies or how to disable them, please visit www.aboutcookies.org. That site is operated by a firm of solicitors to help web site owners and consumers understand cookies and how to control or delete them. Please note that if you delete cookies or disable future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site but that should be minimal as we do not use cookies extensively.

Viewing and Use of Our Web Sites

Articles on our web sites and blogs  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 tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Please note that such embedded content may include links to other web sites or web locations.  As always, you should take care in following links and opening files that you are not expecting to receive or use to avoid scams and malicious interference with your data etc.  We do not vouch for the content of any such web sites.

What Rights You May Have Over Your Data

You can opt out of any free (non contracted) services such as receiving alerts to new blog articles that we publish.  If you have an account on any of our sites, or have left comments, you can request to receive an electronic record 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.

Concerns about Personal Data or Opting Out of Services

You may write to me by using any of the contact means shown on our web sites or by using the red chat/leave message button that appears on the right hand side of this page.  The button will appear after a few seconds.