After 15 years in the web designing business on the Gold Coast I can say that I have never misused or sold on any of my customers private information.
I feel that this being a web designer for my customers is a position of trust and I would never knowingly or intentionally pass any information to anyone who might then carelessly spam them or try to market to them in a dishonest manner.
I do not resell hosting or domain name registration services preferring to recommend some hosts and registrars that I trust and advise customers how to sign-up themselves. This is because I have seen the practice of some web designers who mark up hosting and domain name registration services as if they are the actual host or domain name registrar whereas they are just reselling someone elses services and cannot influence the level of service that is provided in any way. So what are they charging money for?
It is in my customers best interest to have control over their domain name registration (ownership), website hosting and website design (ownership of the code, graphics and images of the website.
I do not restrict a customer from moving on to another web designer if they wish and do not attmept to block a transfer by holding any copyright protection over any code on a website that I have designed.
They may take the website in it's entirety with them to alternate web designers, website hosts or domain name registrars which is only proper I feel.
Any information that I have collected through web forms, emails and phone calls is treated with care and not shared with anyone else unless the customer is aware of it.
I am aware of, and adhere to the Privacy Act 1988 and the Privacy Principles document put out by the Australia Govt. in 2001 Pdf here.
An updated copy may possibly found on the website at www.privacy.gov.au
Australia now also has The Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012, which came into force on 12 March 2014.
It aims to create a single set of Australian Privacy Principles applying to both Australian Government agencies and the private sector.
These principles will replace the existing Information Privacy Principles and National Privacy Principles.
It introduces more comprehensive credit reporting and also improves privacy protections and aims to apply a more logical, consistent and simple language in the legislation and regulations which will grow from the legislation. The new law will also strengthen the functions and powers of the Australian Information Commissioner to resolve complaints, use external dispute resolution services, conduct investigations and promote compliance.
It will also create new provisions on privacy codes and the credit reporting code, including codes that will be binding on specified agencies and organisations.
New Privacy details related to Cookies and Google Advertising.
25 Oct 2013
Visitors can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customize Google Display Network ads using the Ads Settings.
Hardweb will not facilitate the merging of personally-identifiable information with non-personally identifiable information previously collected from Display Advertising features that is based on the DoubleClick cookie unless we have robust notice of, and the user's prior affirmative (i.e., opt-in) consent to, that merger.
This merging to produce information which may identify individual users is highly unlikely to be pursued by Hardweb now or in the future.
jIf it does then every user of this website will know it is happening and be required to opt-in to this service.
We follow the Google Ads Interest-Based Advertising Policy and its sensitive category restrictions.
Some other possible disclosure requirements for all countries and territories are as follows:
Hardweb has implemented Google Analytics 'demographics and interest' reporting (new Oct 2013), and Hardweb would like to disclose that:
Please feel free to ask my customers how they feel about my service and value.
(Go to their websites some of which are listed here , find their email link, then click and enquire)