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Privacy policy

  1. Introduction

1.1    We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors, subscribers to our blog and customers of BKS Consultancy Ltd.

1.2    This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of our website visitors, our blog and customers; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.

1.3    By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

1.4    We only send out marketing or communication to you if you give your express consent.

1.5    In this policy, “we”, “us” and “our” refers to BKS Consultancy Ltd. For more information about us, see Section 13.

  1. Credit

2.1    This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (https://seqlegal.com).

  1. How we use your personal data

3.1    In this Section 3 we have set out:

(a)    the general categories of personal data that we may process;

(b)    in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, the source and specific categories of that data;

(c)    the purposes for which we may process personal data; and

(d)    the legal bases of the processing.

3.2    We may process data about your use of our website and services (“usage data“). The usage data may include your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is Google Analytics. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analysing the use of the website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely monitoring and improving our website and services.

3.3    We may process your account data (“account data“). The account data may include your name, email address, business address and work carried out. The source of the account data is you or your employer. The account data may be processed for the purposes of providing our services, maintaining back-ups of our databases and communicating with you. The legal basis for this processing is your consent through an enquiry to us which may have resulted in the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.

3.4    We may process your personal data that are provided in the course of the use of our services (“service data“). The service data may include enquiry specific requests, employee data, customer target profiling data which is anonymised/pseudonymised and company specific data. The source of the service data is you or your employer. The service data may be processed for the purposes of providing our services. The legal basis for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.

3.5    We may process information that you post for publication on our website or through our services (“publication data“). The publication data may be processed for the purposes of enabling such publication and administering our website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business.

3.6    We may process information contained in any enquiry you submit to us regarding goods and/or services (“enquiry data“). The enquiry data may be processed for the purposes of offering, marketing and selling relevant goods and/or services to you. The legal basis for this processing is consent. We will use Mailchimp and Survey Monkey on occasion to communicate to you.

3.7    We may process information relating to transactions, including purchases of goods and services that you enter into with us (“transaction data“). The transaction data may include your contact details, your card details and the transaction details. The transaction data may be processed for the purpose of supplying the purchased goods and services and keeping proper records of those transactions. The legal basis for this processing is the performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract and our legitimate interests, namely our interest in the proper administration of our website and business.

3.8    We may process information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters (“notification data“). The notification data may be processed for the purposes of sending you the relevant notifications and/or newsletters. The legal basis for this processing is consent. We use the provider Mailchimp to store the data and send out the communication.

3.9    We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us (“correspondence data“). The correspondence data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms. The correspondence data may be processed for the purposes of communicating with you and record-keeping. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and communications with users.

3.10  We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.

3.11  We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.

3.12  In addition to the specific purposes for which we may process your personal data set out in this Section 3, we may also process any of your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

3.13  Please do not supply any other person’s personal data to us, unless we prompt you to do so.

  1. Providing your personal data to others

4.1    We may disclose your personal data to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes, and on the legal bases, set out in this policy.

4.2    We may disclose your personal data to our insurers and/or professional advisers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, obtaining professional advice, or the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

4.3    We may disclose Publication data, enquiry data, service data, account data, notification and correspondence data to our suppliers or subcontractors such as Mailchimp for Email newsletters, 10to8 for bookings, Insightly and Google for customer and enquiry data. We may also need to disclose information to our preferred suppliers who we work with insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of providing the services you have contracted or enquired about. We will ensure you have agreed this prior to engaging with these suppliers.

4.4    We may disclose your enquiry data to one or more of our selected third party suppliers of goods and services identified on our website for the purpose of enabling them to contact you so that they can offer, market and sell to you relevant goods and/or services only if you have given your consent and requested this. Each such third party will act as a data controller in relation to the enquiry data that we supply to it; and upon contacting you, each such third party will supply to you a copy of its own privacy policy, which will govern that third party’s use of your personal data.

4.6    In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 4, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

  1. International transfers of your personal data

5.1    In this Section 5, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

5.2    The hosting facilities for our website are situated in the UK with the provider 1and1. The European Commission has made an “adequacy decision” with respect to the data protection laws for this country. There should not be any transfer of data outside of this country, if there is it will be the responsibility of 1and1. You can see their privacy policy here

5.5    You acknowledge that personal data that you submit for publication through our website or services may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.

  1. Retaining and deleting personal data

6.1    This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.

6.2    Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

6.3    We will retain your personal data as follows:

(a)    Normally personal data will be retained for a minimum period of 12 months following the date it was captured and, and for a maximum period of five years.

6.4    In some cases it is not possible for us to specify in advance the periods for which your personal data will be retained. In such cases, we will determine the period of retention based on the following criteria:

(a)    the period of retention of personal data will be determined based on whether you are a customer or not.

(b)    customer data supplied from customers for services supplied to BKS Consultancy will be deleted three months after the project has completed and final presentations have been supplied. Data will only be held for the additional time in case any additional requests are made.

(c)   Enquiry data will be held for longer if it is deemed that the prospects/customers are still interested in hearing from BKS consultancy.

6.5    Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

  1. Amendments

7.1    We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

7.2    You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

7.3    We may notify you of changes to this policy by email.

  1. Your rights

8.1    You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you; provision of such information will be subject to:

(a)    the payment of a fee (currently fixed at GBP 10); and

(b)    the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).

8.2    We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.

8.3    You may instruct us at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes by email at unsubscribe@bksconsultancy.co.uk.

8.4    In practice, you will usually either expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes, or we will provide you with an opportunity to opt out of the use of your personal information for marketing purposes.

  1. About cookies

9.1    A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

9.2    Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

9.3    Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

  1. Cookies that we use

10.1  We use cookies for the following purposes:

(a)    analysis – we use cookies to help us to analyse the use and performance of our website and services (cookies used for this purpose are to store information about your visit and enhance the functionality of your visit, no personal information or information that could be used to identify individuals is held in these cookies

  1. Cookies used by our service providers

11.1  Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

11.2  We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website. Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/. The relevant cookies are: analysis cookies

  1. Managing cookies

12.1  Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a)    https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);

(b)    https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);

(c)    http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);

(d)    https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e)    https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and

(f)    https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

12.2  Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

12.3  If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

  1. Our details

13.1  This website is owned and operated by BKS Consultancy Ltd. PC Knight is a trading name under BKS Consultancy.

13.2    We are registered in England and Wales under registration number 8120723, and our registered office is at SG House, 6 St. Cross Road, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9HX.

13.3  Our principal place of business is at 18 Clifton Road, Slough, SL1 1SP

13.4  You can contact us:

(a)    by post, to the postal address given above;

(b)    using our website contact form;

(c)    by telephone, on 020 71752253 or

(d)    by email, using hello@bksconsultancy.co.uk.

  1. Data protection officer

14.1  Our data protection officer’s contact details are: Bushra Sheikh.