Update to Terms of Service

We've updated our Terms of Service to align with current GDPR requirements.

Prior to this we included a number of clauses in the Terms of Service required by GDPR, but that mechanism no longer cuts it. So we've moved all those terms into their own Data Processing Agreement, which is the proper way of doing things now.

 If you have any questions then just reach out to our support team.

Cookie update

Improvements for both GDPR compliance and privacy today 🔐 🕵️‍♀️

We've been deleting a heap of unwanted cookies from Timetastic and producing better documentation of what you will find on our website and app.

It's all on our updated Cookie Policy

Attachments on mobile app

We launched booking attachments a week or so ago on the web app, so you can include attachments when you book some leave - for example if you're booking time off as a sick day, you can include a photo of a doctor's note. 🤢

Well... We now have that same functionality in the mobile app! 🎉

When you book some time off - and tap to add a reason - you'll notice some new options here - that allow you to either attach an existing image, or take a photo:

You can also view attachments from the mobile app by bringing up a holiday.

Make sure you update your mobile app to version 5.5 to see this

Enjoy!

Privacy Policy update

We've just published an update to our Privacy Policy to keep in line with GDPR requirements.

The main changes are:

1. Outlining our legal basis for collecting and processing data.

2. More detail on what data we collect, why, and how we collect it.

3. Clarify on how long we retain personal data for.

4. Clarification of your rights under GDPR.

5. Inclusion of our EU data representative - a requirement since Brexit.

Hopefully it all makes sense and you find the information nice and clear.

Thanks, and have a nice weekend :)

Account recycling

Improvement:

We've automated our account recycling policy. There's little reason to hold onto personal data in old/dormant Timetastic accounts, both from a data protection point of view and the unnecessary use of server space and power.

Timetastic accounts that go inactive for over 18 months will be flagged for recycling and warnings sent by email.

Fix:

Fixed the display of what time your next burnout snapshot is due to be sent out

🚀 NEW MOBILE APP 🚀 - beta testers wanted!

Hi there,

We've got an entirely new Timetastic mobile app in the final stages of development and need some beta testers, some people keen to see the shiny new app and feedback any issues or problems.

This isn't some minor enhancement to the existing app, this is 100% new. New design, new screens, it's even got dark mode! 👏

It's open to any existing Timetastic user:

I'll share a few screenshots so you get a flavour of what to expect:


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/ 


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!



IE support ended today

Today we've dropped support for Internet Explorer. If you're using IE with Timetastic. Now is the time to use Firefox, Brave, Safari, Chrome or Edge instead.


This change will allow us to deliver better features faster and more reliably while shrinking the amount of code we have to send down to everyone. The case for IE has been made by people better than I can explain here, so I'll defer to those posts for more detail:

Microsoft's post on IE Support

CSS Tricks on Dropping Internet Explorer

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