About your data

When you applied to become a member of Portobello Timebank you supplied us with basic contact information (name, address, email, phone number), and later you may have added a photo and short description (bio) of yourself, as well as offers and requests for skills exchange, completed transactions and your time credit history.

This is the minimum information we need to hold in order for you to be an effective Timebank member. Because you chose to become a member, it is lawful for us to retain and process this data in a responsible manner, as described in this Statement, until such time as you inform us that you no longer wish to maintain your membership.

Who has access to your information?

a) Your information is held in a database application called Time and Talents, written by the timebanking organisation ‘hOurworld’ from Portland, Maine, USA. You can view hOurworld’s Terms of Use and Privacy statements via the links where you log in to use the database. We have been using this database since January 2014 without incident and to the best of our knowledge without any complaints about privacy.

b) Locally, we have administrators (normally 2) who are able to access the database in order to keep the Timebank operation running smoothly. These administrators are committed to safeguarding your information, and to deleting it if you wish.  Webmail accounts with cloud storage, secured with two step authentication, is used for communication between Board members, and for membership administration. This includes the storage of your references to prove compliance with the Timebank rules for vetting applicants for security purposes.

c) The hOurworld system is written so that you have maximum control over your data. Only members can log into hOurworld. Your contact details are invisible by default to other members (unless you make them public), and you choose to share them with individuals on a need-to-know basis – such as when you are setting up a transaction with another member. You have full access to all your own data, apart from your references, whenever you log in.

Contacting you

Except when you have already established a close bond with an individual member, most communications are done through the system email.

a) If you have listed an Offer or Request, interested members may email you through the system, without knowing your email address. In order to receive these, you MUST be able to receive mail from admin@hourworld.org (without it being treated as spam). If you want to take a break for a while, you can suspend your offers / requests.

b) To keep you abreast of what is going on within the Timebank, we send you a short newsletter once a week (generally on Monday). If you are an active member this is a useful update, and we would like to continue to whet your appetite with everything the Timebank is involved in. Once again, you need to be able to receive mail from admin@hourworld.org. If you wish to opt-out from the Newsletter, you can do this in your personal profile in hOurworld.

In the event that, say, you move away, you may wish to inactivate your membership. Just let us know and we will stop contacting you.

Removing your record

If you have been flagged as ‘Inactive’ for a continuous period of at least 6 years, we will remove your electronic record and delete your references. Alternatively you can have your record removed completely at any time by contacting a local administrator at admin@portobellotimebank.co.uk Any outstanding time credit balance may be donated by arrangement to another member, to Portobello Timebank, or transferred to another timebank (if applicable).

Photography for Promotion

From time to time we take photographs (moving and still) of members and activities, and use case studies which can include these images and minimal personal data (such as first name where appropriate) to illustrate our activities on our website and Facebook page. The images will not be used for any purpose other than to promote the aims of Portobello Timebank. If you do not want your image, or that of a family member, to appear on these sites, please contact an administrator to have it removed.