When you tick the box saying you've read and accept these Terms of Enrolment, you're confirming that you want to join the crowd we’re forming to help NZ organisations get feedback from users like you.
We all regularly tick boxes like this, often without actually reading them. It is very important though that you understand a little about us, what we're offering and who you need to be – and what you need to do and not do – to be part of the crowd. It's also important that you understand what data we collect, who we share it with and how we keep it safe.
You're enroling to join the Assurity crowd – a New Zealand crowd. If your enrolment is accepted, you will get offered paid opportunities to test applications and websites that people like you use in New Zealand every day.
These opportunities will come in different formats as different outcomes are required. Some will require certain devices and set ups. Some will require testing experience. Some will require certain demographics. Some will be paid based on doing a task and others on finding problems.
Technology is rapidly changing everything and crowd testing is an example of this. As you will have read on the Assurity website, crowd testing is an opportunity – but one few of us are used to. We can promise that it’s an equitable opportunity to earn money and learn new skills and experience that is very relevant in the ever-growing digital workplace. In the words of Dr Seuss, “Oh the places you’ll go”.
This is not an employment offer so you will not become an employee. You’re responsible for your own tax which you legally need to disclose in your IR3 Tax Return.
Most opportunities will involve a few hours’ work which can be done anytime, anywhere, within a few days of assignment.
You supply the devices you do the testing on. No drama as you already own them.
Not available this time? No worries.
Your reputation will precede you. Doing testing and doing it well will result in you levelling up! Higher levels will result in first dibs on certain opportunities and other benefits too.
The most important thing about you is that you’re you.
Not a robot, an algorithm, your cousin or anyone else other than who your legal identity says you are. We might require additional proof of identity and proof of address.
Spies will be shot! Seriously though, you do not work for a competitor of Assurity Consulting Limited or a company doing work on behalf of one of Assurity’s competitors.
To join and be one of the Assurity crowd, you need to physically reside in New Zealand, have an IRD number and be a tax resident here.
The purpose of you enroling is to have the opportunity to test and receive the benefits of that testing. If you’re here for some other purpose, then you must not enrol.
We expect you to put in as much as is required and complete opportunities as instructed. We understand you may make the odd mistake, but if mistakes are recurring, we feel you've not taken the time to read the instructions properly or that you’re not taking it seriously, then payment can be withheld in part or in total.
One of the great things about crowd testing is you'll be helping New Zealand organisations improve. You'll help big organisations – government departments and blue chips. You'll help small companies too, including start-ups and not-for-profits.
Like you, the organisations you will be testing for value their privacy. You will be privy to information that isn't public – so don't make it public. We've vouched for you, so help us by keeping it private.
Some assignments will require you to sign Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs). These are very common contracts but, if you're uncomfortable signing them, say no to the work.
We're the matchmaker! We work to match you and the rest of the crowd with the organisations that require your feedback.
If you think we're not being so, contact us and we'll look into it.
If we don't have a happy crowd, it won’t work. We've put a lot into making it work for you. If you've got ideas on how to make it work better or if it isn't working for you, tell us.
As such, the Assurity Crowd Testing service operates under NZ law. Be aware though that some of our partners operate under the laws of other countries.
We use partners to deliver parts of the Crowd service. When using the services of these partners, you will have to agree to their terms and services.
Be part of the crowd long enough and you'll see plenty of changes that improve the operation and delivery of the service for all parties – you, us and the organisations. All changes we make will be done taking the following into account – consideration of fairness, inclusiveness, celebrating diversity, making it work for you and our commitment to NZ.
You might see incorrect information, old information, a late payment.
We're aware that your privacy is incredibly important and that you trust us implicitly when sharing your data with us. To this end, we promise to do our utmost to keep it safe.
We store all your data on HubSpot CRM. Read this page to see their commitment to data security.
It's no use building Fort Knox if you then give everybody a key. The data we store on HubSpot CRM can only be accessed by a very small team at Assurity Crowd and we will keep it that way.
We have strict protocols and procedures in place to ensure that your data is not copied from HubSpot CRM to an unsecured location or disclosed to a third party.
Quid pro quo. You've shared with us and we'll share with you.
If you want to see what data we've captured about you, then we'll share it with you.
When you work with the Assurity Crowd, you enter a digital workplace and we hope the experience helps when you're applying for other work or needing to show practical experience. We are happy to supply you with a resume of the work you've done with us.
The data we share with clients and potential clients is never personally identifying. We may share information that includes non-identifying data. An example of this would be telling a client that we have 15 testers from Westport.
Sometimes a client will need to know who you are before you can do an assignment for them. We would always ask you first before sharing any personally identifying information or contact details and, if you say no, then that’s the end of it. An example of a situation like this would be if a client requires you to sign an NDA.
We collect some data about you to help match you with the right assignments and to keep track of the work you've done.
Enrolment data is the data you entered on the form when you signed up.
Assignment data is the data.
As mentioned earlier, we keep a piece of data that we call ‘Level Up!’ which we maintain. Do more testing and doing it well will mean you continue to level up!
Sometimes we will require further proof of identity. This is most likely to be a New Zealand legal photo ID such as a passport and an official letter with your name and address. Please don't take offence when we ask for it.
Good things don't last forever and sometimes we have to say goodbye. Please understand this important possibility.
Tell us and it will be done. We'll never darken your metaphorical door again.
To keep the crowd manageable, we'll archive inactive crowd members. If you say no or don’t respond to enough invites, we'll take the hint.
If we feel you have trolled, harassed, threatened or hated, you'll be removed immediately from the crowd and civil and legal action will be considered. Assurity and the Assurity Crowd is inclusive and supportive. If you feel you can't behave in this manner, then this is not the place for you.
If we feel you have lied about your work, taken shortcuts that could have reduced quality, tried to game, or had someone other than yourself do your work, then you'll be removed immediately from the Crowd and civil and legal action considered. Assurity and the Assurity Crowd is diligent and produces quality work.
For Crowd to work, we need to keep confidences and we need to impress on you how important this is. If you break ours, that of an organisation you've tested for or are testing for, or that of a fellow cloud tester, then we'll have to say goodbye and you'll never test for us again. Depending on the situation, this may include legal action, civil or criminal. We cannot impress enough how important this is. Unsure? Ask.
We're all about testing. Before you click/copy/press ‘enter’, it’s important to ask yourself “Is this action about testing and the testing community?”. If it is, then great! Share and chat. But if it’s about dating, recruitment, political or social campaigns, whether your fellow testers ‘will freak out when they finally see it’, then best share it somewhere else. Keep forgetting that and we'll have to say goodbye.