New "My Preferences" page

New style Preferences page for you today. Nothing has changed in functionality, but it's more legible and accessible now. Especially on smaller screens.

In the invisible engine compartment of Timetastic we've tidied up some logging.


Legal updates

Some more updates to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Part of the ongoing process to make them clearer and easier to understand.

Main points to note:

Terms of service

We are switching to more conversational language, removing the stuffiness.

A full rewrite of the Cancellation and Termination section. To get rid of large swathes of unnecessary legalese and clarify that you can cancel anytime, instantly. And that all your data will be deleted from all backups within 14 days.

Privacy policy - 3rd party apps.

We're stepping up privacy and Google Analytics is the first casualty👏. We removed all Google Analytics tracking from the website and app. We won't be feeding their big data machine any longer. 

And with that we've removed Google Inc as a 3rd party data processor.


Thanks, and have a nice weekend :)

Gary


Privacy Update and a bugfix

Fix 

First up we fixed an issue where Slack posts would fail if the public holiday country had multiple public holidays on the same day. 

Improvement 

Second up, big privacy improvement to Timetastic: Following our removal of email trackers a while ago, we've removed Google Analytics from the website, app, blog, help centre and this changelog.

We've moved to a privacy focused analytics app called Plausible.

You can read more about Plausible here: https://plausible.io/ 


Another fix roundup

The team are hard at work on our next big thing, but in the meantime here's our latest fix update:

  • The "Email address in use" help link is now clickable when editing a user's profile.
  •  The date picker on the Audit report download is now nicer
  • Audit reports should download more reliably for longer time ranges


Update to Terms

We've updated the terms and conditions today.

Nothing that will affect our contractual relationship. Most changes are to use clearer language.

This is the first step in moving towards terms written in plain English, so expect more updates like this.

We've also removed some of the clauses that made no sense at all:

For example:

  • Clauses that said you can't use Timetastic for sending out spam emails. Believe it or not this happened once or twice. Some spammers used scripts that created Timetastic accounts and sent strange emails to Russian and Chinese people 🤷‍♂️. The point is, spammers didn't care about terms of service, it's no good waving a contract at them. We upgraded our security measures and it's never happened since.
  • Clauses that said you can't try and interrupt the provision of Timetastic. Like the example above, no paying customer is likely involved in hacks or attacks on us. And if they did the remedy is for us to improve security 🔐. We can't imagine holding a hacker to breach of contract will have much impact.

We've also removed some of the preamble and definitions. We had definitions that didn't exist in the main body of the terms.

Thanks, and happy Friday!



Slack bot fixes

We've sorted an issue where in some cases Slack DMs wouldn't work for leave requests. If you're not seeing them show up - remove and re-add your Slack integration and they will start working again.

Recent transactions, Login Codes and Burnout Board improvements

A raft of fixes, tweaks and refinements in this release. 

Improvement 

- Magic login links have been replaced with 6 digit login codes. Codes are just as secure but more reliable than placing links in the body of an email.

- The reports page now has a dropdown for selecting your annual summary reports

Pro 

We've tuned the Burnout Board algorithm to exclude anyone that's currently absent. So someone on long term leave e.g. maternity won't show as a burnout risk. 

Fix 

1) We fixed an issue with recent transactions where some history wouldn't show up for bookings created a long time ago but updated recently. 

2) Any integrations you had set up (Slack, Teams) would switch to "all departments" if you deleted the department they were set up against. Now we'll delete those integrations when the department gets deleted too.

3) We fixed an issue with birthday reminders where they wouldn't go out sometimes.

The Fire Wire!

For our Pro users, the Burnout Board is shining a light on those people who aren't taking time off and might be overworking. But leaving it down to ad-hoc logging in and checking is pretty weak.

So, The Fire Wire is your quarterly update from the Burnout Board.

It's sent to both admin users and department bosses (for their department).

If nobody's on your burnout board that's great news, we won't send anything.

The email looks like this: 



Small bug on the report download

Good morning.

Following the last release, it looks like some of you were struggling to download reports. This turned out to be a small issue in our cache-busting logic that meant that your browsers were still serving up old versions of some of the code that powers the app. 

This small issue has been dealt with now, and we're once again fully operational with reports. Phew. Sorry.


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