General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Here we go folks....the GDPR blurb...
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union regulation governing data privacy, which places new requirements on individuals and businesses offering services from and to the EU. The aim of the GDPR is to harmonize the existing patchwork of data privacy laws currently in place across most of Europe, including the 28 member countries of the EU and the 3 additional member countries of the EEA.
The GDPR goes into effect on May 25, 2018 and gives European individuals more transparency, rights, and control around the way their information is used. It also provides rights for data deletion, access, and portability.
1.Information We Collect
In the past you may have provided us with certain information such as your name, email address, postal address, payment information, or the details of a product that you’re ordering. You may also choose to provide us with additional personal information for marketing/ booking / research / information), and contact us directly.
2. Why we Need Your Information and How we Use It
We rely on a number of legal bases to collect, use, and share your information, including:
as needed to provide our services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your booking, to post purchases, or to provide customer support;
when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for our mailing list;
as necessary for the purpose of our legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving our services. We use your information to provide the services you requested and in our legitimate interest to improve our services; and 2) Compliance with our Constitution.
3.Information Sharing and Disclosure
Information about our contacts and customers is important to our group. We share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:
Compliance with laws. We may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce our agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of our customers, or others.
We retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with our services in our Constitution. However, we may also be required to retain this information to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce our agreements. We generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.
If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. We describe these rights below:
Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you by contacting us using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict our use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) we will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) our processing of some of your information based on our legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from us after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, we will delete your personal information unless we have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about our use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.
6.How to Contact Us
For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Naomi Wells Smith, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at