This is the privacy notice of the Buying Social Justice through Procurement. (‘we’, ‘our’, or ‘us’) website.
This notice describes how the website collects, stores, transfers and uses personal data. It tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
In the context of the law and this notice, ‘personal data’ is information that clearly identifies you as an individual or which could be used to identify you if combined with other information. Acting in any way on personal data is referred to as ‘processing’.
This notice applies to personal data collected through our website.
Except as set out below, we do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.
Personal data we process
1. How we obtain personal data
The information we process about you includes information:
- you have directly provided to us
- as a result of monitoring how you use our website or our service
2. Types of personal data we collect directly
When you use our website you have the option of providing us with your contact details so we can send you updates about the Buying Social Justice through Procurement project.
3. Types of personal data we collect from your use of our services
- technical information about the hardware and the software you use to access our website and use our services, including your Internet Protocol (IP) address, your browser type and version and your device’s operating system
- usage information, including the frequency you use our services, the pages of our website that you visit, whether you receive messages from us and whether you reply to those messages
The bases on which we process information about you
The law requires us to determine under which of six defined bases we process different categories of your personal data, and to notify you of the basis for each category.
If a basis on which we process your personal data is no longer relevant then we shall immediately stop processing your data.
If the basis changes then if required by law we shall notify you of the change and of any new basis under which we have determined that we can continue to process your information.
4. Information we process with your consent
Through certain actions when otherwise there is no contractual relationship between us, such as when you browse our website, you provide your consent to us to process information that may be personal data.
Wherever possible, we aim to obtain your explicit consent to process this information, for example, we ask you to agree to our use of non-essential cookies when you access our website.
We aim to obtain and keep your consent to process your information. However, while we take your consent into account in decisions about whether or not to process your personal data, the withdrawal of your consent does not necessarily prevent us from continuing to process it. The law may allow us to continue to process your personal data, provided that there is another basis on which we may do so. For example, we may have a legal obligation to do so.
5. Information we process for the purposes of legitimate interests
We may process information on the basis there is a legitimate interest, either to you or to us, of doing so.
Where we process your information on this basis, we do after having given careful consideration to:
- whether the same objective could be achieved through other means
- whether processing (or not processing) might cause you harm
- whether you would expect us to process your data, and whether you would, in the round, consider it reasonable to do so
For example, we may process your data on this basis for the purposes of:
- responding to unsolicited communication from you to which we believe you would expect a response
- preventing fraudulent use of our services
- exercising our legal rights, including to detect and prevent fraud and to protect our intellectual property
How and when we process your personal data
6. Your personal data is not shared
We do not share or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.
Use of information we collect through automated systems
8. Personal identifiers from your browsing activity
Requests by your web browser to our servers for web pages and other content on our website are recorded.
We record information such as your geographical location, your Internet service provider and your IP address. We also record information about the software you are using to browse our website, such as the type of computer or device and the screen resolution.
We use this information in aggregate to assess the popularity of the webpages on our website and how we perform in providing content to you.
If combined with other information we know about you from previous visits, the data possibly could be used to identify you personally, even if you are not signed in to our website.
9. Your rights
The law requires us to tell you about your rights and our obligations to you in regard to the processing and control of your personal data.
We do this now, by requesting that you read the information provided at http://www.knowyourprivacyrights.org
10. Encryption of data sent between us
We use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates to verify our identity to your browser and to encrypt any data you give us.
Whenever information is transferred between us, you can check that it is done so using SSL by looking for a closed padlock symbol or other trust mark in your browser’s URL bar or toolbar.
11. Control over your own information
It is important that any personal data we hold about you is accurate and up to date. Please inform us if the contact details you have asked us to hold for you change.
At any time, you may contact us to request that we provide you with the personal data we hold about you.
When we receive any request to access, edit or delete personal data we first take reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting you access or otherwise taking any action. This is important to safeguard your information.
12. Communicating with us
When you contact us through our website or by email, we collect the data you have given to us in order to reply with the information you need.
We record your request and our reply and we may keep personally identifiable information associated with your message, such as your name and email address so as to be able to track our communications with you to provide a high quality service.
When we receive a complaint, we record the information you have given to us on the basis of consent. We use that information to resolve your complaint.
If your complaint reasonably requires us to notify some other person, we may decide to give to that other person some of the information contained in your complaint. We do this as infrequently as possible, but it is a matter for our sole discretion whether we do give information, and if we do, what that information is.
We may also compile statistics showing information obtained from this source to assess the level of service we provide, but not in a way that could identify you or any other person.
If a dispute is not settled then we hope you will agree to attempt to resolve it by engaging in good faith with us in a process of mediation or arbitration.
If you are in any way dissatisfied about how we process your personal data, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). This can be done at https://ico.org.uk/make-a-complaint/. We would, however, appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about your concern before you approach the ICO.
14. Retention period
Except as otherwise mentioned in this privacy notice, we keep your personal data only for as long as required by us:
- to provide you with the services you have requested
- to support a claim or defence in court
15. Compliance with the law
We shall update this privacy notice from time to time as necessary.