How we will handle your personal data and protect your privacy.
A guide to how we meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act.
Making sure personal data is secure and properly dealt with is of paramount importance in our dealings with you. It is therefore important you understand what information we will take, why we need it, and how we will process your details.
What data will you ask me for?
In order to fully understand your financial needs and be able to give good advice, we need to obtain information about you, your family, your personal circumstances, and your preferences. Some of the information will be private and may be sensitive, such as details of your income and expenditure, health, debts and credit commitments, legal proceedings and adverse credit. Much of the information you provide will need to be passed on to the companies whose products you apply for.
Do I have to provide my personal data?
In order for us to be able to give you suitable advice, we need you to provide all the information we ask for as openly and honestly as possible. If you prefer not to disclose some information, please tell us that you prefer not to disclose it and we will assess whether this will alter or impede the work we are doing for you.
How will you use my data?
1. The primary reason we will use your data is to allow us to do the job you’ve asked us to do. Specifically, we will use your data to:
– Assess and provide advice to meet your needs and circumstances;
– Introduce you to a range of product and service providers in order to meet your requirements;
– Administer cases and assist the processing of applications;
– Tell you about any changes to the products and service we have arranged for you;
– Inform you about the products and services we think may be suitable for you (unless you ask us not to send you this information).
2. We may also process your information in order to meet our legal and regulatory requirements. These may include:
– Complying with the regulations set out by the Financial Conduct Authority and other regulators as required;
– Preventing financial crimes such as money laundering and fraud by passing your details to other relevant bodies such as the police and National Crime Agency where required.
3. We may also process your personal data for our own legitimate interests. Typically, these would be limited to:
– Analysing our business for trends and research how we can improve our services to customers;
– Reviewing the work we have carried out for you to ensure we have met the regulations and quality standards;
– Ensuring we are able to exercise or defend legal challenges in the future.
How long we will store your data?
We will only keep your personal information as long as necessary. How long that is depends on the type of data and the nature of the work we have carried out. In most cases, your personal data will be stored for an indefinite period as we need to keep evidence that we have fulfilled our legal and regulatory requirements.
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How long we retain your data
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For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.
Can I have my data erased?
If we have provided you with advice or processed a transaction on your behalf, we will not normally be able to erase your personal data. This is because we are obliged to maintain records of our advice and transactions to meet our regulatory requirements and in case we need to exercise or defend legal claims in future.
What rights you have over your data
If you have an account on this site or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.
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How can I get more information?
If you would like further details on how we use your personal information or if you have any data protection queries, please write to:
1A Union Street, Aldershot, GU11 1EG