Every day our business will receive, use and store personal information about our customers, suppliers and colleagues. It is important that this information is handled lawfully and appropriately in line with the requirements of the current Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation coming into force from 25th May 2018 (collectively referred to as the Data Protection Requirements).
About this Policy
This policy and any other documents referred to in it sets out the basis on which we will process any personal data we collect or process.
This policy does not form part of any contract and may be amended at any time.
Personal data means data (whether stored electronically or paper-based) relating to a living individual who can be identified directly or indirectly from that data (or from that data and other information in our possession).
Processing is any activity that involves the use of personal data. It includes obtaining, recording or holding the data, organising, amending, retrieving, using, disclosing, erasing or destroying it. Processing also includes transferring personal data to third parties.
Sensitive personal data includes personal data about a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic, biometric, physical or mental health condition, sexual orientation or sexual life. It can also include data about criminal offences or convictions. Sensitive personal data can only be processed under strict conditions, including with the consent of the individual.
Data Protection Principles
Anyone processing personal data must ensure that data is:
a. Processed fairly, lawfully and in a transparent manner.
b. Collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes, and any further processing is completed for a compatible purpose.
c. Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the intended purposes.
d. Accurate, and where necessary, kept up to date.
e. Kept in a form that permits identification for no longer than necessary for the intended purposes.
f. Processed in line with the individual’s rights and in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing and against accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.
g. Not transferred to people or organisations situated in countries without adequate protection and without firstly having advised the individual.
Fair and Lawful Processing
The Data Protection Requirements are not intended to prevent the processing of personal data but to ensure that it is done fairly and without adversely affecting the rights of the individual.
In accordance with the Data Protection Requirements, we will only process personal data where it is required for a lawful purpose. The lawful purposes include (amongst others): whether the individual has given their consent, the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract, for compliance with a legal obligation, or for the legitimate interest of the business, as set out in schedule 1. When sensitive personal data is being processed, additional conditions must be met.
Processing for Limited Purposes – Using Your Information
We will only process personal data for the specific purposes set out in Schedule 1 or for any other purposes specifically permitted by the Data Protection Requirements.
We may use your personal information to administer your employment, or provide your business with services or to market our services to your business, or receive services from your business.
If we collect personal data directly from an individual, we will inform them about:
a. The purpose or purposes for which we intend to process that personal data, as well as the legal basis for the processing.
b. Where we rely upon the legitimate interests of the business to process personal data, the legitimate interests pursued.
c. The types of third parties, if any, with which we will share or disclose that personal data.
d. If the business intends to transfer personal data to a non-EEA country or international organisation and the appropriate and suitable safeguards in place.
e. How individuals can limit our use and disclosure of their personal data.
f. Information about the period that their information will be stored or the criteria used to determine that period.
g. Their right to request from us as the controller access to and rectification or erasure of personal data or restriction of the processing.
h. Their right to object to processing and their right to data portability.
i. Their right to withdraw their consent at any time (if consent was given) without affecting the lawfulness of the processing before the consent was withdrawn.
j. The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.
k. Other sources where personal data regarding the individual originated from and whether it came from publicly accessible sources.
l. Whether the provision of the personal data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract, as well as whether the individual is obliged to provide the personal data and any consequences of failure to provide the data.
m. The existence of automated decision-making, including profiling and meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and the envisaged consequences of such processing for the individual.
Adequate, Relevant and Non-excessive Processing
We will only collect personal data to the extent that it is required for the specific purpose notified to the data subject.
We will ensure that the personal data we hold is accurate and kept up to date. We will check the accuracy of any personal data at the point of collection and at regular intervals afterwards. We will take all reasonable steps to destroy or amend inaccurate or out-of-date data.
We will not keep personal data longer than is necessary for the purpose or purposes for which it was collected. We will take all reasonable steps to destroy or erase from our systems all data which is no longer required.
Processing in Line with Data Subject’s Rights
We will process all personal data in line with data subjects’ rights, in particular, their right to:
a. Confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning the individual is being processed.
b. Request access to any data held about them by a data controller.
c. Request rectification, erasure or restriction on the processing of their personal data.
d. Lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.
e. Data portability.
f. Object to processing, including for direct marketing.
g. Not be subject to automated decision making, including profiling in certain circumstances.
We will take appropriate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised processing of personal data and against the accidental or unlawful destruction, damage, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of or access to personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed.
We will put in place procedures and technologies to maintain the security of all personal data from the point of the determination of the means for processing and point of data collection to the point of destruction. Personal data will only be transferred to a data processor if they agree to comply with those procedures and policies or if they put in place adequate measures themselves.
We use third-party IT service providers to support our IT requirements and maintain our security, who may have access to data but are prohibited from processing, using or retaining it other than for the purpose of IT maintenance and support for the company.
We will maintain data security by protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of personal data, defined as follows:
a. Confidentiality means that only people who are authorised to use the data can access it.
b. integrity means that personal data should be accurate and suitable for the purpose for which it is processed.
c. availability means that authorised users should be able to access the data if they need it for authorised purposes. Personal data should therefore be stored on the company central computer system instead of individual PCs.
Security procedures include:
a. Entry controls. Any stranger seen in entry-controlled areas should be reported.
b. Secure lockable desks and cupboards. Desks and cupboards should be kept locked if they hold confidential information of any kind. (Personal information is always considered confidential.)
c. Data minimisation. Stored data kept to a minimum.
d. Data Stored electronically. We protect your personal information using technical and administrative security measures to reduce the risks of loss, misuse, unauthorised access, disclosure and alteration. Some of the safeguards we use are firewalls and data encryption, anonymisation, physical access controls, and information access authorisation controls.
e. Methods of disposal. Paper documents should be shredded. Digital storage devices should be physically destroyed when they are no longer required.
f. Equipment. Staff must ensure that individual monitors do not show confidential information to passers-by and that they log off from their PC when it is left unattended
g. Transferring Personal Data Outside of the EEA – We may transfer any personal data we hold to a country outside the European Economic Area (‘EEA’) or to an international organisation, provided that one of the following conditions applies:
– The country to which the personal data are transferred ensures an adequate level of protection for the data subjects’ rights and freedoms.
– The data subject has given their consent.
– The transfer is necessary for one of the reasons set out in the Act, including the performance of a contract between us and the data subject or to protect the vital interests of the data subject.
– The transfer is legally required on important public interest grounds or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
– The transfer is authorised by the relevant data protection authority, where we have adduced adequate safeguards with respect to the protection of the data subjects’ privacy, their fundamental rights and freedoms, and the exercise of their rights.
Subject to the requirements above, personal data we hold may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for one of our suppliers or for us. Those staff may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of contracts with the data subject, the processing of payment details and the provision of support services.
Disclosure and Sharing of Personal Data
We do not disclose or share personal information with third parties other than if we are legally obliged to do so or where we need to comply with our contractual duties. We may pass on certain information to subcontractors in order to provide the services that you have requested. In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business assets.