This page explains how WISMS uses any information you give to us, and the ways in which we protect your privacy.
The Data Protection Act
Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any information we collect from you. We will only use your information for the purposes we have described and we do not pass on your details to any third party or government department unless you give us permission to do so. We use leading technologies to safeguard your data, and keep strict security standards to prevent any unauthorised access to it.
Accessing and updating your information
You are entitled to see a copy of the information that we have collected from you and that we maintain. If you wish to do this, please use the contact form available on the website. We may charge a small fee to meet our costs in providing you with these details.
You may ask us to make changes to the information provided by you and/or held about you, to ensure that it is accurate and kept up to date. You may also request that we cease from processing your personal information and that we delete this from our database or records. Please note that it may be impossible to completely delete your information because of back-ups and records of deletions.
We will only perform the activities outlined above to the extent that such activities will not compromise privacy, security or any other legal interests.
Comments and questions
If you send an email or log a query on the website asking for information, we may need to contact other government departments to find that information. If your question is technical, we may need to pass it to our IT team. We do not pass on any of your personal information when dealing with your enquiry, unless you have given us permission to do so.
We never send unsolicited email newsletters - these are only sent to users who have chosen to receive them. Every email newsletter contains an ‘unsubscribe’ link. After clicking the link, an email will be sent to the relevant email address asking you to confirm the cancellation.
We use session cookies to make it easier for you to navigate our site. A session ID cookie expires when you close you browser.
A persistent cookie remains on your hard drive for up to 1 year. The only uses we make of persistent cookies are (a) when you select the "remember me" option to avoid the need to submit login details repeatedly, and (b) when you increase the size of the text displayed on the site or select the high-contrast view. You can remove persistent cookies by following directions provided in your Internet browser’s “help” file.
You can set your computer not to accept cookies. If you do that, you may still use our site, but there may be some minor limitations on your ability to use some parts of it.
Data storage, access, and IT security
All the information described above is held in an online database. We take all reasonable steps to protect this data.
Physical access to the computer holding the online database is restricted to authorised 3rd-party engineers for maintenance purposes. The computer is located in a secure data centre with 24/7 controlled access.
Remote access to the database is controlled by password and is restricted to authorised personnel of our contracted website maintainers – Kent House Consulting Ltd.
Controlled access to the information held in the database is available to authorised Network personnel in order to assist with support to users, production and distribution of email newsletters, operation of the discussion forums, and maintenance of the database of contacts.
Passwords for users’ accounts are one-way encrypted in the database. They therefore cannot practically be recovered by any user, authorised or otherwise.
WISMS has a contractual arrangement to ensure that security of the web, email, and database servers is continually maintained up-to-date. All security updates released for web server, email and databases software and operating system are applied promptly.
What happens when I link to another site?
Please use the contact form available on the website if you wish to discuss any aspect of our management of your personal information:
Last updated: 17 December 2009