Your privacy is important to us
This statement explains how we collect, use, transfer and store your personal data. We would encourage you to read this information.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHO WE ARE
THE KIND OF INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
HOW YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SECURE
1. IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHO WE ARE
About this privacy notice
This privacy notice explains how Co-operative Flexible Benefits collects and processes your personal information. We would encourage you to read this information.
It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.
Who's responsible for your personal information?
We refer to Co-operative Flexible Benefits in this statement. Co-operative Flexible Benefits is a trading name of The Midcounties Co-operative Limited, which is part of The Midcounties Co-operative Group. The Midcounties Co-operative Limited is responsible for this website and is the 'data controller' for your data (collectively referred to as "Co-operative Flexible Benefits", "we", "us" or "our" in this privacy notice).
How can you contact us?
We have appointed a data protection manager to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact the Data Protection Manager at email@example.com or by writing to: Data Protection Manager, Secretariat Group, The Midcounties Co-operative, Co-operative House, Warwick Technology Park, Warwick CV34 6DA.
You can also contact us using the contact details on our website.
If you do not think that we have processed your data in accordance with this notice you should let us know as soon as possible. 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 (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
Who does this statement apply to?
- Colleagues of The Midcounties Co-operative Group and employees of third party employers to whom we provide our products and services
- People we wish to promote products and services to
- People who contact us on social media
- People who visit our website
Changes to the privacy notice and your duty to inform us of changes
We may change this privacy notice from time to time. You should check this notice occasionally to ensure you are aware of the most recent version.
It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.
Links to other websites
This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit as we do not control those.
2. THE KIND OF INFORMATION 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 (and about any other person you include on your booking) which we have grouped together as follows:
- Identity Data includes your name, title, national insurance number, employee number, date of birth and The Midcounties Co-operative Society membership number.
- Contact Data includes your address, email address and telephone numbers.
- Transaction Data includes details about payments to and from you and other details of products and services you have purchased from us.
- Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.
- Profile Data includesyour username and password, purchases or orders made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback, survey and promotional responses.
- Usage Data includes information about how you use our website, products and services.
- Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.
We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.
We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you. That means data relating to your race, ethnic origin, political opinions, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (where used for ID purposes), health, sex life or sexual orientation.
If you fail to provide personal data
Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with our products and services). We will notify you if this is the case at the time.
3. HOW YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION IS COLLECTED
We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:
- Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Contact and Transaction Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us online or by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
- apply to purchase our products and services;
- enquire about our goods and services;
- subscribe to our services or publications;
- request marketing to be sent to you;
- enquire about our community involvement;
- enter a competition, promotion or survey; or
- give us some feedback.
- 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 your employer.
- Contact and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services.
- Identity and Contact Data from data brokers or aggregators.
- Technical Data from the following parties:
- analytics providers;
- advertising networks; and
- search information providers.
4. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
It's important that you understand what we'll do with the data that we hold about you.
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.
- 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.
- Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.
Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data.
Purposes for which we will use your personal information
We have set out below, in a table format, 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.
We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising.
Promotional offers from us
We may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, Usage and Profile Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).
You will receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us or purchased goods or services from us or if you provided us with your details when you entered a competition or registered for a promotion.
We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any internal third parties, such as other legal entities in The Midcounties Co-operative Group, or any company outside The Midcounties Co-operative Group for marketing purposes.
We won't use your personal data for marketing purposes at all if you've told us not to. You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time.
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.
5. SHARING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above.
- Internal third parties such as other legal entities in The Midcounties Co-operative Group who provide administrative services and undertake management reporting.
- External third parties including the following:
- Suppliers of goods and services involved in performing your contract.
- Organisations to which we may outsource certain of our activities, such as customer relationship management, printing, mailing and distribution services.
- Organisations that provide customer identity and address verification services.
- Organisations doing research for us.
- Financial organisations for purposes such as payment processing, finance plans and refunds.
- Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice.
- Professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.
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.
We do not transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
6. KEEPING YOUR INFORMATION SECURE
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. For example, all information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers which means that your information can't be read by anyone who doesn't need to see it. When you get in touch with us, we'll ask you a couple of security questions before we share any personal details just to check it's you. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those colleagues, 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.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping that password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
We strongly recommend that you do not disclose your account log in details to anyone. Please always remember to logout of your account when you have finished using our website.
We have also 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.
7. DATA RETENTION
How long will you use my personal data for?
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, 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.
Details of retention periods for different aspects of your personal data are available in our retention policy which you can request from us by contacting us.
8. YOUR RIGHTS
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
- Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
- Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
- Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information 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 information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
- Object to processing of your personal information 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. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
- Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
- Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact the Data Protection Manager.
No fee usually required
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.
What we may need from you
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.
Time limit to respond
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.
Complaints to the regulator
If you do not think that we have processed your data in accordance with this notice 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. You can contact them by going to their website at ico.org.uk, phoning them on 0303 123 1113 or by post to: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.