3rd Chamber is a method of connecting people and their lawmakers and of expressing and highlighting issues that they feel are important. We respect the privacy of our members and the users of our website. We recognise that when you choose to provide us with information about yourself, you trust us to act in a responsible manner. That’s why we have put in place a policy to protect your personal information. This page gives more details about our privacy practices.
Date of last modification: 8 January 2014
What information do we collect and how do we use it?
At times we may request that you voluntarily supply us with personal information. Generally this information is requested when you register as a member of member website. We may gather information from you:
- Above all we will never, unless forced by a court of law, share your individual personal data with any other third party without first asking you. We see no reason currently why would ever ask you.
- When you register with us we ask for information such as your email address, and your name and location details. We keep a record of this information. This is necessary for us to recognise you as a registered site user.
- We may disclose personal data in order to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation, but any attempt by government, law enforcement and private sector organisations (eg for subpoenas) to gain access to any information that you give us will be vigorously challenged to the fullest extent available to us within the law.
- We intend to continue to improve the content and features of the 3rd Chamber member website and other websites that we produce in order to promote and maintain 3rd Chamber. For this reason we may monitor user traffic patterns and site usage to help us improve the design and layout of our websites and to provide content of interest to you.
Cookies are small files stored on your computer or other access device which enable us to store and read information concerning your use of our website. We use two types of cookie. Session cookies are stored in the memory of your computer when you login to our member website and enable us to identify you as you move between pages so that we can personalise the website and present the content that is relevant only to you, such as your personal messages, and to validate the information against our database so that we can be sure that it is your registered account that is accessing the information, ensuring your security and privacy.
If you choose that 3rd Chamber should remember your login information and automatically complete your email address and password information on the home page of our website, we will also store a number of persistent cookies that will remain on your computer after you have closed down your session and/or rebooted your computer. These cookies enable your web browser to remember your registered email address and password, which is encrypted on your computer.
If you want to delete any cookies that are already on your computer, please refer to the instructions in your file management software to locate the directory that stores cookies. You may also remove them directly from most popular web browsers. Please note that by deleting or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access our member website.
When you visit our website we will also log your IP address, a unique identifier for your computer or other access device. This information is stored to enable us to track fraudulent use of our services or other misuse of our services and we may be required to provide this data to the Police in criminal investigations.
We do not use web beacons or clear images to track emails or your response to any information that we send to you by email.
Do we use your information for marketing?
We will not share your personal information with any third party organisation for marketing or any other purposes unless we are obliged by law. However, we will contact you in any instance should such a situation arise.
We may contact you for marketing or research purposes by email with information that may be of interest to you or relevant to the functioning of the website
Your consent and other people’s information
By providing us with your personal information you consent to our processing your personal data for the purposes listed in this policy and in our company’s Data Protection Register entry in the United Kingdom.
How do we protect your information?
Our 3rd Chamber network computers are housed in a highly secure data centre in the United Kingdom. The number of people who have access to this facility, or to our database, is restricted on an absolutely need to know basis.
It remains each member’s responsibility to protect against use by anyone else of the 3rd Chamber website through the machine that member uses while logged on to our website, to logout or exist from our website when not using it, to keep the password secret and ensure that the personal email address registered with us is private.
Your contributions to the website
You contributions to the website are made in the public domain and will remain there subject to them not contravening our ‘House Rules’ or ‘Terms & Conditions’. In light of this, please think about what you are writing before posting.
We also offer a reminder about your responsibilities in posting opinions and other content on our website. Please be aware that any content you make available to other users may well be transmitted by other users beyond the boundaries of this website, without our knowledge or beyond our control. With regards to public posting areas, our policy is tonly to remove content if it is deemed absolutely necessary. Our decision is final and we won’t usually comment publically in such cases but feel free to contact us to discuss. You are entirely responsible for your own content and postings: we’re not liable for harm caused by you or to you as a result of your own postings and you should always consider the potential consequences of posting your comments on a public website such as 3rd Chamber’s websites.
Users may post link to a wide variety of other sites. We are not responsible for the content or privacy policies of these sites, nor for the way in which information about their users is treated. In particular, unless expressly stated, we are not agents for these sites nor are we authorised to make representations on their behalf.
In order to maintain the security and integrity of the site, we ask you to establish a password to gain access to certain services and sections of our member website. You are solely responsible for the control and use of the password you create.
Emails received through email@example.com and other generic addresses are reviewed by our team and forwarded when necessary to other employees. We do not disclose the names of senders to others outside of 3rd Chamber without the permission of the sender.
We use communications service providers in the United Kingdom. As a result our emails are susceptible to lawful access in that jurisdiction. All emails are delivered direct to servers held on behalf of 3rd Chamber.
We endeavour to keep our files secure and employ the services of experts in the field of internet security in doing so.
When and how to contact us
If your personal details change or if you change your mind about any of your information preferences you should amend your profile settings on our member website. This will immediately update the information that we hold about you.
You are entitled to ask for a copy of the personal information we hold about your identity and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected. In line with official Data Protection guidelines, we will charge an administration fee of £20 in all such cases. For further information on making the request please contact us by email.
Feedback and development
Our goal is to respect your privacy. To help us improve our privacy practices please give us feedback. We welcome your constructive comments and feedback. If you have any queries about how we use your information or about our privacy policies please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org