We collect your personal data in various ways, including:
Directly from you, for example when you sign up for our political monitoring services;
When we receive an e-mail from you; and
When you visit our website www.polimonitor.com, or any national website of ours (regardless of where you visit it from).
There is more information in section 3.
1. Important information and who we are
Data privacy manager: Sam Cunningham
Email address: email@example.com
Postal address: Techhub Moorgate, 1st Floor, 101 Finsbury Pavement, London EC2A 1RS
Telephone number: + 44 7980 014971
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues. We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
This version is compliant with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018).
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.
2. The data we collect about you
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:
Identity Data includes first name, middle name, last name, any former names, title.
Contact Data includes address, email address and telephone numbers (which could be your work and/or your personal details).
Financial Data includes bank account details.
Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences.
We do not collect Special Categories of Personal Data about you, such as details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health or genetic or biometric data).
3. How is your personal data collected?
We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:
Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Contact and Financial Data by corresponding with us by post, phone, email, messaging service, via our website or otherwise. Obviously, this is most likely to occur if you are our customer or work for a customer or if you work for one of our suppliers.
Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:
Identity and Contact Data from our suppliers (i.e. where you are an employee of that supplier); and
Identity and Contact Data from publicly available sources such as Companies House.
4. How and why we use your personal data
We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you (a contract to provide monitoring of publicly accessible sites which record the statements of politicians and parliamentarians in various countries and regions);
Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests; or
Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
To find out more about the types of lawful basis that we will rely on to process your personal data, please refer to the glossary in section 11.
Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in the unlikely event that we collect and process Special Categories of personal data.
Purposes for which we will use your personal data
We have set out below a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.
Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the table below.
We want to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing. We rarely send out direct marketing to our contacts, save as set out in the table in section 4.
We may use your Identity and Contact Data to determine what we think may be of interest to you in terms of legal updates and invitations to events (as described in the table). You will receive these from us if:
You are or have been a customer, as part of our service to you; or
You have opted-in to receive such communications
and, in both cases, you have not opted out of receiving that material.
You can ask us to stop sending you such material at any time by contacting us. Where you opt out of marketing material, this will not apply to personal data provided to us in the context of the provision of legal services to you.
Third parties and cookies
We do not share your personal data with third parties for marketing purposes.
Change of purpose
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
6. Disclosures of your personal data
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
7. International transfers outside the European Economic Area (EEA)
We may transfer your personal data (primarily your Identity and Contact Details) to a jurisdiction outside the EEA in the following circumstances:
Where the monitoring parameters you have chosen relate to a country outside the EEA;
Where we have your explicit consent); or
Where an External Third Party processes your personal data in such jurisdictions (or in the Cloud in circumstances where the location of data centres cannot be controlled by us) as part of providing services to us (in which case it is necessary to enable us to provide our services to you).
8. Data Security
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
9. Data Retention
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, regulatory, accounting or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
We typically retain certain data about our customers (including Contact, Identity and Financial Data) for a period of 6 years after they have ceased to be a customer.
In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see section 10 for further information.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
10. Your legal rights and our obligations
Under certain circumstances, you have rights under the GDPR and the DPA 2018 in relation to your personal data. To summarise, you have the right to:
Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it;
Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us;
Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request;
Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms;
Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios:
If you want us to establish the data's accuracy;
Where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it;
Where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or
You have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you; and
Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent or on another lawful basis.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us.
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.
Lawful bases for processing your personal data
Legitimate Interest: the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to provide the best service. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us;
Performance of Contract: processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party (for example the contract between us and you for the provision of political monitoring services) or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract;
Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation: processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to (e.g. regulations relating to money laundering);
Third parties we may pass your personal data to
External Third Parties: service providers acting as processors, including our providers of IT system management and information security; and HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities acting as processors or joint controllers, such as the FCA, the PRA and the Bank of England.