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Introduction and Purpose
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) governs the controlling and processing, such as the use or holding, of personal data, which is essentially any information about identifiable living individuals, and also gives those individuals certain rights and remedies in respect of that information.
The purpose of this notice is to supply you with the required information at the time of providing us with your personal data. This will lay out the essentials such as the what; where; when; and how in relation to the personal information collected. This should help you feel more confident about the privacy and the security of your personal information.
Please read this Privacy Notice carefully. By visiting our website or using any of our services, you indicate your agreement to our use of your personal information as set out in this Privacy Notice.
Information we collect about you
When do we collect information? We will collect information from you when you register with us, apply to use any of our services, become our client, or contact us in person, by telephone, by email or by post. We also collect information from you when you provide feedback or complete a contact form on our website.
What information will we collect and why?
We may collect the following information depending on the service provided:
Your contact details, such as your name, address, telephone number and email address;
Your date of birth, nationality, country of birth, country of residence, employment status and tax identification number (i.e. National Insurance Number);
Passport details, driving licence and utility bills;
Details of the services you request from us;
Any records held by financial crime prevention agencies, on the Electoral Register and by providers of utility services; and Details of your employment status, income and source of wealth.
In some cases, you are not obliged to provide any personal data to us, but if you have requested information or a service from us, we will not be able to provide it without certain information, such as your contact details.
We also collect information from you when you voluntarily complete customer surveys, provide feedback or complete a contact form on our website.
Automated Processing We do not currently make use of automated processing or decision making.
How will we use your information?
We use information held by you in the following ways: To process your application to use our services; To undertake checks such as identification verification checks with fraud prevention agencies;
To comply with our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us;
To help protect your information and prevent unauthorised access to it;
To deal with any queries, complaints or problems reported by you;
To generate statistics relating to use of our website, such as the popularity of certain features or services. We do not use personally identifiable information for these purposes;
To provide you with information about other services we offer that are similar to those that you have already engages us to provide or enquired about. In such instances we will only do so where we have received explicit consent from you to do and for each separate method of communication. You may opt out of receiving this information when we collect details or at any time by contacting us using the contact details below;
if required to do so by law and to the extent necessary for the proper operation of our systems, to protect us/our customers, or for the enforcement of any agreement between you and us; to notify you of changes to our services; and
to help improve the services we provide to you.
How will we protect your information?
We take appropriate security measures (including physical, electronic and procedural measures) to help protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your personal information from unauthorised access and disclosure.
Who would we disclose your information to?
We may disclose your information to:
Our appointed auditors, accountants, lawyers and other professional advisers, to the extent that they require access to the information in order to advise us;
Fraud prevention agencies and other organisations to allow us to undertake the checks set out below. We will supply details of such agencies on request;
Providers of investments or services we recommend, we may also be required to share information with auditors appointed by the providers of such products or services;
Meet applicable law, the order of a Court or market rules and codes of practice applicable to the circumstances at the time;
Investigate or prevent fraud or activities believed to be illegal or otherwise in breach of applicable law;
Relevant tax, payments and customs authority, who may pass this on to tax authorities in other jurisdictions;
prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your personal information.
We will not lend or sell your information to third parties.
We are committed to only keeping your personal data for as long as we need to in order to fulfil the relevant purpose(s) it was collected for, as set out above in this notice, and for as long as we are required or permitted to keep it by law.
Transferring information overseas
We may share your personal information with our service providers for the purposes of providing our services to you. This may involve transferring it to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) whose data protection laws may not be as extensive as those which apply to us. Where we do so, we will ensure that we do this in accordance with the Acts and take appropriate measures to ensure that the level of protection which applies to your personal information processed in these countries is similar to that which applies within the EEA. Such measures may include only transferring your data to jurisdictions in respect of which there is a European Commission adequacy decision or, where this is not the case, by using model clauses which have been approved by the European Commission.
You have a key right to learn and have access to what personal information is held by us and able to ask us for details on this.
When we receive such a request we will endeavour to provide you with these details without delay and at the latest within one month of receipt. We may extend the period of compliance by a further two months where requests are complex or numerous. In such instances we will inform you within one month of the receipt of the request and explain why the extension is necessary. When we receive a subject access request we will provide a copy of the information held free of charge. We may charge a reasonable fee to comply with requests for further copies of the same information. This does not mean that we will charge for all subsequent access requests rather that we reserve the right to charge a fee based on the administrative cost of providing the information.
If after reviewing a request the Data Protection Officer believes a request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, particularly if it is repetitive, then we may charge a ‘reasonable fee’ which will be decided on a case by case basis. In certain circumstances we may even refuse to respond to such requests.
You also have the following rights (unless exemptions apply), which can be exercised by contacting us using the details provided below.
To ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes;
To prevent any processing of personal data that is causing or is likely to cause unwarranted and substantial damage or distress to you or another individual;
To request the rectification or completion of personal data which are inaccurate or incomplete;
To restrict or object to the processing of your personal data;
To request its erasure under certain circumstances;
In certain circumstances, to receive your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly-used and machine-readable format and the right to transmit that data to another data controller without hindrance, or to have that personal data transmitted to another data controller, where technically feasible (from 25th May 2018 onwards);
To be informed about any use of your personal data to make automated decisions about you, and to obtain meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of this processing; and
To lodge a complaint about the way in which your personal data is being used to your Data Protection Authority: The Information Commissioner's Office (United Kingdom). When you contact us to exercise any of the rights above, we may ask you to provide some additional information in order to verify your identity, such as your name, your address and proof of identity.
If you would like to lodge a complaint or exercise any of your rights set out above, you can contact us at:
Where we rely on your consent to use your personal data, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.
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