Astute Data Systems, who provide PracticePal Practice Management software, are registered under the Data Protection Act, and our registration number is ZA063574. You can search for and view our certification at the Information Commissioners Office. We have also completed the “How to comply” check list for small to medium businesses produced by the Information Commissioner’s Office. All the data handled at PracticePal is confidential and security is a top priority.
When you transfer your business to PracticePal from another vendor, you can provide us with an electronic record of your current client contacts and/or full client data. We do not gain access to your data unless you authorise us. A copy of your original data is held securely while a script is written to convert it to a PracticePal compatible format. Data is then uploaded into your PracticePal account ready for use. Once you confirm the modified data set is OK, the original copy is deleted from our system. Our highly trained staff provide technical service and support to manage this process for our customers.
We take security extremely seriously and any information we hold about our customers, and in turn their clients is stored on password protected software. It can only be accessed by staff that have been trained and that require access, i.e. support, technical development and administrative staff. Each staff member has their own login credentials. We do not share this information with any third party and we do not keep information on past customers or about people who ask us to delete the data we hold about them.
Access to PracticePal is via a 256 bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate, and fully password protected at all times. Through normal use, no data is downloaded to a client machine or leaves the firewalled server (unless the client chooses to download their own copy of the database backup). All our software is password protected and is hosted on RackSpace servers within the EU. Our dedicated servers reside in RackSpaces’ world-class data centres, with hardware RAID 10 storage, ECC memory, and fully redundant networking and power all the way to the host. The hardware is fully redundant, hot swappable and behind dedicated hardware and software firewalls. All data is automatically backed up, and then that backup is also backed up to a different physical location (within the EU) hosted by a separate data hosting company. RackSpace guarantee that the services will be available at least 99.9% of the time in any given monthly billing period, and we have actually achieved 100% to date.