Updated August 2022
Protection of your data by law
Your privacy is protected by law. This section provides further details about this.
According to data protection laws, we are allowed to use personal information only if we have an acceptable reason to do so.
The law says we must have at least one or more of the following reasons:
- To fulfil a contract we have with you, or
- When it is our legal duty, or
- When it is in our legitimate interest, or
- When we have your consent to
When we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, this is classed as a legitimate interest, even then, it must be right and best for you and must not be used unfairly.
If the Group has a business or commercial reason to use your information, this is known as ‘legitimate interest’ and if we need to rely on legitimate interest as the reason for using your data, we will tell you what that is. In the event that we use your data under legitimate interest, we cannot unfairly go against your interests as a member.
Sensitive personal information
Sensitive information is a class of data that is treated by the law and the regulations to include racial/ethnic origin, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, trade union membership, health data and criminal records. We will only collect or use these types of data with your consent unless the law doesn’t allow us to do so. If we do need to collect your sensitive personal data, it will only be when it is necessary in the interest of:
- Substantial public interest
- A legal claim that will need to be established, exercised and defended
Information we use
To ensure we are able to respond to our members and visitors, we will collect the following personal information, please note that this is not an exhaustive list:
- Contact information including email address
- Information about your company and position
- Website usage data
- Other information relevant to enquiries
- Transactional details
- Employment and educational details
- Information identifying computers/devices used to connect to the internet, including your Internet Protocol (IP) address
- Details of access to online resources
- Apprenticeship providers
Our commitment to your data
Our commitment to all our members and website visitors is:
- To keep your data confidential andsecure
- Not to sell your data
Below is a list of all the ways that we may use your personal information and specific reasons we rely on to use this information.
|Use of your peronal information||Reason|
|Your sensitive information||Reason|
Where personal information is collected from
We may collect personal information about you from these sources:
Data you give to us:
- When you apply for our services
- When you talk to us on the phone or at meetings
- When you use our website
- In emails and letters
- In customer surveys
Data we collect for use of our services including:
- Personal details
- Financial details
- Employment and education details
- Goods or services provided
We may also process sensitive classes of information that may include:
- Physical or mental health details
- Racial or ethnic origin
Data from third parties we work with:
- Other educational institutions
- Apprenticeship providers
We have taken the time to identify the types of information we collect and have grouped it accordingly.
|Personal data type||Description|
|Contact||Information about you and where you live|
|Transactional||Payment and transactional history from your account|
|Contractual||Agreements of services we provide to you|
|Technical||Information from technical devices when connecting or using online services|
|Communication||General communication and correspondence|
|Documents||Passports, driving licenses, proof of address you have supplied to us|
|Consent||Contact preferences you have expressed|
Who we share your personal information with
We may be legally obligated to share your information with other organisations or government agencies in instances where we need to collect what you owe and explore new ways of doing business:
- Current, past or prospective employers
- Educators and examining bodies
- Suppliers and services providers
- Central government
- Law enforcement and prosecuting authorities
- Ombudsman and regulatory authorities
- Courts and tribunals
- Companies you ask us to share your data with
Data transfers out of the European Economic Area (EEA)
The Group does not transfer your personal information outside of the EEA. If we are ever required to send your personal information outside of the EEA it would be for the following reasons:
- Comply with a legal duty
- To help run your accounts and services
If you choose not to give personal information
Data collection that is optional will be clearly stated when collected. However, if you decide not to share required personal data with us, it may delay or stop us from meeting our obligations and this can also mean that we cannot perform services needed to run your accounts. We are required to collect certain personal information by law, and/or under the terms of a contract we have with you. By not sharing the required data with us, it may lead to cancelling a service you have with us.
How long we keep your personal information
We will keep your personal information for as long as you are a member of the Group.
After you stop being a member, we may keep your data for up to eight years for one of these reasons:
- To respond to any questions or complaints
- To show that we treated you fairly
- To maintain records according to rules that apply to us
We may keep your data for longer than eight years if we cannot delete it for legal, regulatory or technical reasons.
Marketing material you receive
The Group markets to our members to let you know about products, services and offers that we think you might be interested in. This is what we term as ‘marketing’.
We sometimes use your personal information to decide which of these products, services and offers may be of particular interest to you, also known as ‘profiling’ for marketing purposes. You have the right to contact us and ask us to stop using your data in this way at any time.
The Group will only market to you if we have your prior consent to do so, or if we believe there is a ‘legitimate interest’. Legitimate interest is when there is a business or commercial reason to use your information to market to you, however this must be fair to yourself.
If you are happy to be marketed to, we may send you marketing material through email or post. If you have a preference, please let us know.
You also have the right to stop collecting data while you are using our websites or mobile apps. Whatever you choose, you'll still receive important information such as changes to your existing products and services. From time to time we may ask you to confirm or update your choices, or if there are changes in the law, regulation, or the structure of our business. You can contact us at any time to update your choices.
Can I get a copy of the personal information you hold for me?
You can access the personal information we hold about you by writing to us at this address:
CIPP, Goldfinger House, 245 Cranmore Boulevard, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4ZL
If you have any enquires about your information, what we do with it or believe any of the details held are inaccurate please contact us. If you wish to complain about the way the Group has handled your information, please contact us using the above methods.
If you think your personal data is incorrect?
If you think we may have information about you that is incorrect or wrong, you have the right to question and raise this with us.
Please contact us if you want to do this and we will take reasonable steps to check its accuracy and correct it.
Your rights to stop us using your personal information?
We may need to keep your data for legal or official reasons but you can inform us if you think that we shouldn’t be using it. You can object to us using your data or to have it deleted and removed if you think there is no reason for us to have it. This is now recognised as the ‘right to object’, the ‘right to erasure’ or the ‘right to be forgotten’.
We can sometimes limit the use of your data and this will mean that your data will only be used for specific things like legal rights and legal reasons. In this case, we will not use or share your information in additional ways while it is restricted.
You have the right to ask for your personal data to be restricted if you think:
- It is not correct
- It you think it has been used unlawfully, but you do not want it deleted
- It is no longer relevant, but you want us to keep it for a legal claim
- You are waiting for us to confirm if we are allowed to keep on using it but you have already asked us to stop using your data
If you want us to stop using your personal data for any of the above cases, please contact us.
How you can withdraw your consent
You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time so please let us know if you wish to withdraw consent. It may not always be possible to provide certain services to you if you do this, however we can confirm this with you.
How to make a complaint
If you are unhappy or unsatisfied with why and how we have used your personal data, you can contact us by sending an email to [email protected] or by writing to us at this address: The CIPP, Goldfinger House, 245 Cranmore Boulevard, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4ZL
If you are unhappy with our response, you can contact the office or the information commissioner at:
Formats for sharing data
From the 25 of May 2018, you have the right to obtain a copy of the personal information we hold on you. The information will be provided in a format that can be easily read and re-used, and can be provided to other organisations if requested by you.
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What are cookies and how do we use them?
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Cookies allow websites and applications to store your preferences in order to present content, options or functions that are specific to you. They also enable us to see information like how many people use the website and what pages they tend to visit.You can set your browser to not accept cookies and the website www.allaboutcookies.org can tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, some of our website features may not function as a result
However, please note that doing this may affect how our website functions. Some pages and services may become unavailable to you.