Okay folks, let's cut a long story short to save you having to plough through the blurb below (unless you really want to). This is a little fartbox operation and I lack both the inclination and skills to do anything untoward with your personal information. It will be necessary for me to have your basic contact details so that I can log and process any work request you've put my way, and for me to retain files and documents relating to any enquiry you make of me. Aside from that, I don't plan to spam you, rob you or to sell your information to the Russian mafia, dodgy Facebook affiliates or to any other third paties.
The most information I hold on any given client is what you give me, i.e. your name, address, telephone number and email address (if applicable), along with any data related to your electrical installation such as certificates issued and photographs I may have taken for planning the job or as before/after comparisons. This information is available to me (obviously) and the bloody wife who does the book-keeping and administration. Other employees, subcontractors or service providers not specifically named here do not have access to this information. No payment details are collated or stored by David Savery Electrical Services Ltd., so your credit card and bank account are quite safe from my end if you choose to appoint me to undertake your electrical work and cough up with such methods. Communications you receive from me may be written or verbal, but would only be directly related to your enquiry. I don't send out marketing materials such as email offers, leaflets, vouchers, freebies, letters or any other unsolicited offers or materials, and I only engage in passive advertising such as print advertisements in certain selected publications.
I suspect that few people would find it worthwhile to hack into my company in order to obtain basic client contact details and pictures of fuse boxes, but methods are in place to keep your information safe and to keep me (hopefully) on the right side of the EU General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act. Read on if you want to know what information I gather on you, where it's kept and how you can get it removed if you're perhaps one of those who wears a tinfoil hat and suspects the CIA are pulling my strings....
David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. securely holds information on external databases and company computers relating to client enquiries, purchases, planned work and work already undertaken. When I say securely, I mean I use encryption methods, security procedures and approved third-party services to transmit and store business data in a way that is secure as is reasonably practicable. While all reasonable steps will be taken to ensure the ongoing security of your information, David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. will not be responsible for any breach of security unless it is the direct result of negligence or wilful neglect. That is to say, if during a hungover state I happen to leave an unencrypted copy of my customer database on a memory stick on the urine stained seat of the number 9 bus, then yes, that's my fault. On the other hand, if a determined miscreant exploits an I.T. loophole that the likes of Microsoft haven't yet issued a patch for in order to steal my user data, well that's not my fault. If said miscreant points a gun at me and demands I hand over all my user data, then you can bet I'm going to give up any information I hold on you in a friggin' nanosecond. To put your mind at rest, in the first case, I don't use memory sticks or public transport. In the second case, we're all of us in that same boat. In the third case, you'd do the same, but there are few guns here in Whitnash and fewer people who want to get their hands on the low-level information I hold on you, so don't have nightmares about it.
Since January 2017, estimates, quotations and final invoicing has been handled by a second hosted database called YourTradeBase. No client data is entered onto this database at the enquiry stage, only when a quote or estimate is authored or if an invoice is to be issued will details of name, address, contact phone number and contact email address be entered. The same two employees of David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. have access to this data with employees of YourTradeBase permitted access only if there is a technical issue with a specific customer record which requires investigation. YourTradeBase is GDPR compliant and their notice of compliance can be found here. YourTradeBase will email you with your estimate/quotation, invoice, certificates (if applicable) and a receipt once payment is made. YourTradeBase has a messaging function for you to easily contact me in relation to any of the above documents and for you to receive emailed replies. YourTradeBase will not send you any other emails.
Both of these external databases use security and privacy practices to ensure the data held within is safe, while access to them is via SSL encryption. If you do not have (or do not want) to supply me with an email address, these database records will still exist, however any paperwork relating to your enquiry will be sent to you via the traditional postal service or delivered by hand if I'm passing.
Client records are also stored electronically at the registered office of David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. and are backed-up to an external cloud service This data is encrypted with the same two employees having access. Information pre-dating the use of Tracker and YourTradeBase was held electronically in individual file form in the client records. Data is also held in a third (internal) database which issues electrical certificates where applicable. This database only contains client names and addresses for producing the certificates and does not hold any contact details. And yes, having to use three separate databases is probably inefficient and a bit of a pain in the arse.
If you have ever made an enquiry with David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. or have appointed me to perform any work, you may:
- Request what information is specifically held about you.
- Request copies of data files stored about you.
- Request that your information is permanently deleted.
In the case of a deletion request, any entries relating to you held on Tracker, on YourTradeBase and on the internal certification database will be permanently removed within 30 days along with other non-essential data such as generic email communications and photographs. The historical record held by NICEIC for work completed at your address is required to remain as proof of compliance. Data held in your customer file will also be permanently deleted with the exception of the following documents which the business would be required to retain for legal reasons:
- Invoices issued: Required to be retained for accounting, auditing, and warranty purposes.
- Electrical certificates/reports issued: Required to be retained as legal proof of work performed at a given property.
- Building Regulation (Part-P) notifications: Required to be retained as legal proof of compliance for work performed at a given domestic property.
- Written correspondence, if any, which I would be required to retain for the record such as signed contracts, reports, discussions or agreements or other important/official communications.
In short, if I've done work for you then I can't entirely pretend you never existed.
David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. will never:
- Sell or release any of your information to any third parties without your explicit consent.
- Send you any unsolicited marketing requests or calls.
- Visitor IP addresses and country of origin.
- Individual page hit counts.
- Search key phrases and keywords used on the site search tool.
- Referring websites and search terms.
- Time of day/day of week and bandwidth traffic statistics.
I use Google Adsense to generate advertisements on some pages of this site*. I don't monitor what ads Google chooses to display, but Google says the following:
- Google’s use of the DoubleClick cookie enables it and its partners to serve ads to you based on your visit to this website and/or other sites on the internet
Honestly, the whole Adsense thing is more trouble than it's worth; it generates about enough to buy me a cup of coffee every month, so I don't know why I bother. If you don't care about being tracked on the internet and having 'relevant' adverts served up to you then ignore it. If you do care, then you'll probably already know more about disabling cookies and maintaining anonymity than I do. What the hell do you want from me, I'm just an electrician?
*Adsense was scrapped from March 2021 after the pricks at Google started shovelling full-screen vignette ads at my beloved visitors. The only advertising on this site now is through tailored affiliate links. That generally means you clicking such a link allows third-parties such as Amazon to plop a cookie on your computer and I then get a slice if you buy something from them. If that sounds like a shitty deal, simply don't click the link. They're pretty obvious - graphical things with "affiliate advert" written on them; they're not sneakily embedded into the article text or anything. In fact, here's one now...
Regarding such affiliate ads, bear in mind I'm not responsible for third-party websites, offers may be subject to change without notice (hell, even I might not know it's been changed or withdrawn), you should enter into deals after performing your own diligence, etc. etc.
David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. has a presence on social media platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I do not engage in any paid advertising, promotion, data collection or tracking via any social media platform, and I only use them in their simplest form as a way to keep engaged with peers, clients, potential clients and the public, although not celebrities who are generally vacuous arseholes. I may author posts of horrors I find, work I'm proud of or just things that are 'interesting' on these platforms or on this website as part of an article such as a blog, but I won't give out identifying information for any given client. If you don't want me to take any photos or author any posts for any given site, then please let me know. Retweets or reposts don't necessarily indicate endorsement. If you post a public request on social media for an electrician or for electrical advice, then I reserve the right to respond directly and offer my services. I may also offer my opinion or comment on any public post whether electrically related or not and regardless of my sobriety at the time. You may of course block me from your timeline, and I may do the same to you, but that's just how social media works and is nothing to do with data protection.
If you have booked my services through any third-party platform, trade or supplier, they are also responsible for your data independently of my own internal procedures, so go shout at them if they are hacked or get careless.
David Savery Electrical Services Ltd. reserves the right to update or amend this policy at any time and without notice. If there's something here that raises an eyebrow, then check back to ensure it hasn't changed before booking work or ask me about it directly so that I can confirm how it may affect you.