Our Commitment To Privacy and Data Protection

Given the recent data breach allegations with Cambridge Anaylitica harvesting data for 3rd parties, we want to be very explicit and honest with what happens to your data. To demonstrate to you that we are not a faceless organisation and we are accountable as individuals – unlike it seems certain super organisations like Facebook appear to be.

We are in the field of wellbeing and mental health, operating within organisations and outside. We frequently deliver our innovative wellbeing tool, CARI™ to large organisations, collecting data to assess employee and organisational health and wellbeing. For this tool to work, users must allow themselves to be completely open and honest with their feelings, which includes being vulnerable.

“It is our mission to support and improve the wellbeing of the population, and therefore everything we do is designed to be in the interests of the individual and protect the individual and their wellbeing.” Maria Paviour, Founder of Maria Paviour Company

After completing CARI™, your results remain 100% confidential, and will never be shown to your organisation, even if they ask for it. This is for you.

Privacy and the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC)

As founder of the company, Maria Paviour, an Occupational Psychologist registered with the HCPC, is duty bound to ensure the confidentiality of all users and clients.  In order to ensure continuation of her professional status, the way in which the Maria Paviour Company Ltd uses data as an organisation is governed by HCPC regulations.

The Health and Care Professions Council is a regulator, set up to protect the public. They keep a register of health and care professionals who meet their standards for training, professional skills, behavior, and health. They regulate a number of professions, each one has a ‘designated title’ which is protected by law. These include ‘practitioner psychologist’, ‘social worker’, ‘radiographer’. Anyone who uses one of these titles must be on their register. A person who is not registered and misuses a designated title is breaking the law and may be prosecuted.

We therefore must prove that we are operating “Ethically, Legally, Safely and Effectively”. Failure to adhere to HCPC regulations would result in Maria potentially being struck off the register. As a result, our responsibility for personal data is equivalent to the same standards that doctors, and other professionals registered with the HCPC must maintain.

Data protection and sharing

When we begin working with a new organisation to deliver CARI™ for its employees, we undergo a process of due diligence with the IT Department, to confirm and satisfy how we will process and protect employee data. This data is then hosted on IBM servers at their centre in Ireland, and so subject to their protections.

The only instance when we would share private data outside the organisation would be to the Health and Care Professional Council, and the Information Commissioners Office. This would only be if the regulator required it. This would be an exceptional event. A request for data from the HCPC could be thought of in similar lines to a request for data from the police: it would be exceptional; if they did request data in a way that was lawful we would co-operate fully. As a regulator they may do this to ensure that we are practicing in a way which is ethical, legal, safe, and effective. In usual circumstances regulators do not make such requests unless specific concerns have been raised with them. Every two years, to ensure professionals are maintaining the standards set by the HCPC, they have to be re-registered, and randomly the HCPC may randomly ask for certain types of evidence to prove that the professional is compliant and acting in a way that is ethical, legal, safe and effective. This data would be presented anonymously.

The data collected is purely on the spot and momentary. Its value is only to the individual and could not be used to create data that has validity for any other organisation.

Our organisation is dependent upon trust and confidentiality, both in terms of the user’s experience and in terms of our continuing to be able to offer our services as an Occupational Psychology Consultancy, and consequently ethically respecting your privacy is not just the right thing to do, it is also is essential for us to continue in business.

To request more information about CARI™, please do not hesitate to contact us via email to hello@mariapaviour.com or by telephone on: +44(0)1273 934136

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