14 March 2017

CJS and your personal data.

With so much chatter about internet security, wiretapped microwaves, hacked TVs, websites knowing if you're a person or computer just by your browsing behavior, smart phones listening in and providing you with personalised adverts based on what they've heard - no really (or so they say, albeit quietly, just in case the dishwasher is listening!) and even the creator of the internet saying we've lost control of our personal data it seems a good time to remind you about what CJS does with the information you provide to us.

Which is fundamentally nothing - or really just as much as necessary. 

Our Privacy Policy, in short, is: Not to sell, give or exchange your details with anyone not entitled to have access to them.  That last bit is because people like HMRC sometimes need to examine our records.  We only ever ask you for the minimum details required to deliver your newsletters meaning we hold very little about you. Read the policy in full here.

What we hold
If you sign up to the free daily email or monthly professional newsletter all we have is your email address - that's it and that's all we use it for, sending you the email and remember you can unsubscribe at any time.
If you are a subscriber to the weekly newsletter we need a little more to be able to process your subscription, so we have your name, address, email address and details of when and how you paid your subscription, online card payments are handled by PayPal and WorldPay so we don't see or keep your card details, for over the phone transactions these are also processed by WorldPay, the card details that we take to process your payment is destroyed as soon as the card payment is processed and we hold a PCI DSS (that's confirmation, and a pretty certificate, that says we're responsible with your details and meet the credit card industry standards). We are also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office, our register entry is: Z9570707
You may contact us and ask for a copy of the information we hold on you file for you and we will send the information straight back to the address we have on file for you - that's so that we know it's going to you and no one else.

What else?
We limit the use of cookies on the website to the barest minimum, we do have to use analytics to track which pages are viewed simply because advertisers like to know how popular their adverts are and when we relied on our in-house server logs instead of certified analytics the ad agencies wouldn't accept the information so we reluctantly added google analytics to the site.
I would tell you how to switch off cookies (there are lots of ways for different browsers - google it), add no trackers to your browsers and similar measures but it all seems quite pointless when you read the articles linked above but also because we received a marketing email suggesting that the sending company, a google partner, could "show you how, through reverse IP lookup, we can identify the companies and individuals visiting your site. I can also provide you with the contact info - including names, emails and phone numbers - of these visitors, effectively doubling or tripling the number of leads that can be harvested from your existing web traffic".  Needless to say it was immediately deleted.  If you're feeling a bit threatened by what's available about you online without you knowing about it before you don the tin-foil hat read some advice from hacker, Kevin Mitnick about how to become invisible online (warning though if you follow some of his simpler advice and install an ad-blocker the site will ask you to turn it off - you just can't win!)