You have the right to object to us processing your personal data for our legitimate business interests or for direct marketing purposes (including any related profiling). For more information about your rights and how you can exercise them, please see the section 8.
2. The basics
You may visit this website (“Site”) without revealing any personal information. However, if you request specific information, provide feedback or participate in a marketing initiative you will be disclosing personal data to us. This will be treated in accordance with the principles set out in the Data Protection Bill 2017 (“the Act”). We will take all reasonable steps to ensure your personal data is protected against unauthorised access and it will not be disclosed to another company or organisation without your consent. The only time we may disclose your personal data is when we are legally bound to do so or as required by our regulators.
This page contains the information gathering and use policies adopted by FairTrades in connection with this Site.
FairTrades is not responsible for the privacy policies of third party sites to which links are provided. The privacy policies on such sites should be checked before providing any personal information.
FairTrades is committed to the protection of personal information supplied by users of this Site.
4. Collection of information
FairTrades will only collect and use personal data voluntarily and openly provided to this Site. A user may choose to provide FairTrades with limited personal data, as required, to register for certain services; once registered the information will only be used for the specified purpose(s).
At the present time IP addresses of authorised users are not logged for either administrative or other purposes. It will normally be clear when personal information is being collected. The information required is the minimum necessary to enable FairTrades to deal with the services and products requested, but additional information may be requested for FairTrades to provide the most appropriate response. If such additional information is requested, it is highlighted and its provision is voluntary.
We do not solicit sensitive personal data through the Site except where legally required to do so.
Sensitive personal data includes gender, race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or other beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life or criminal records.
We use your personal data for the following purposes:
To provide you with the services and products that you have requested
We use your personal data to accept you as a new or returning customer to provide you with the products and services you have requested.
To send you service communications
We use the contact details you have provided to us so that we can communicate with you about the services and products that we provide, including to let you know about major changes to those services and products or to any related information.
Direct marketing (including by third parties)
If you have provided your consent or we otherwise have the right to do so, we may use your contact details to send you direct marketing and keep you informed of promotional offers by email, SMS, post or telephone relating to our products and services.
You can unsubscribe from our direct marketing at any time by clicking the "Unsubscribe" link in any of our emails or by contacting us.
Our trusted business partners (Interlife Limited, Lifesearch Limited, Vantage Protect Ltd trading as Rhino Trade Insurance Services, Vitality Corporate Services Ltd) & O’Keeffe & Swartz BPO (Pty) Ltd would also like to use your name, email address, postal address and telephone number to inform you of similar products, services and promotional offers. We will only share your personal data with our partners where you have provided us with your consent to do so. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the "Unsubscribe" link in any of their emails or by contacting us.
To track your usage of our Site, communications, services and products
To provide and improve customer support
We use your personal data to be able to provide and improve the customer support we provide to you (for example, where you have questions about our services and products).
To maintain our records and improve data accuracy
Like any business, we process personal data in the course of maintaining and administering our internal records. This includes processing your personal data to ensure that the information we hold about you is kept up to date and accurate.
To respond to enquiries, complaints and disputes
We use the personal data we hold about you to help us respond to any enquiries or complaints you have made, or deal with any dispute which may arise while providing our services and products to you in the most effective manner.
To investigate, detect and prevent fraud and comply with our legal obligations
In certain circumstances, we use your personal data only to the extent required to enable us to comply with our legal obligations, including for fraud detection, investigation and prevention purposes. This may require us to provide your personal data to law enforcement agencies if they request it.
To process your membership application
In order to process your application, we will supply your personal information to credit reference agencies (CRAs) and they will give us information about you, such as about your financial history. We do this to assess creditworthiness and product suitability, check your identity, manage your account, trace and recover debts and prevent criminal activity. We will also continue to exchange information about you with CRAs on an ongoing basis, including about your settled accounts and any debts not fully repaid on time. CRAs will share your information with other organisations. The identities of the CRAs, and the ways in which they use and share personal information, are explained in more detail at http://www.experian.co.uk/crain/index.html
Data protection law requires us to only process your personal data if we satisfy one or more legal grounds. These are set out in data protection law and we rely on a number of different grounds for the processing we carry out. These are as follows:
In certain circumstances, we process your personal data after obtaining your consent to do so for the purposes of:
Necessary for the performance of a contract and to comply with our legal obligations
It is necessary for us to process your basic contact details, payment details and information about you or the business you represent for the performance of the services and products that we provide. In particular we rely on this legal ground to:
If you choose not to give some or all of the aforementioned information to us, this may affect our ability to provide our services and products to you.
In certain circumstances, we also use your personal data only to the extent required in order to enable us to comply with our legal obligations, including to detect, investigate and prevent fraud.
Necessary for the purposes of our legitimate business interests or those of a third party
It is sometimes necessary to collect and use your personal data for the purposes of our legitimate interests as a business, which are to:
Where we think there is a risk that one of your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms may be affected we will not process your personal data unless there is another legal ground for us to do so (either that we have obtained your consent to the processing or it is necessary for us to perform our contract with you or to comply with our legal obligations).
We may provide your personal data to our suppliers and service providers, including other companies in our group, who provide certain business services for us and act as "processors" of your personal data on our behalf. In addition, we may disclose your personal data if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data to comply with any legal obligation, or to protect the rights, property, or safety, of our business, our customers or others. This includes, in specific cases, exchanging information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection.
FairTrades assumes responsibility for keeping an accurate record of personal data once it has been submitted, but not for confirming the ongoing accuracy of the personal information. If FairTrades is advised that the personal data is no longer accurate, it will be amended (where practical)
Otherwise we securely erase your personal data from our systems when it is no longer needed.
FairTrades has implemented accepted standards of technical measures and security policies that are aimed at protecting the personal data it has under its control from:
All FairTrades personnel are required to keep personal information confidential and only authorised persons have access to such information.
You have the following rights regarding your personal data:
(i) Right to access: the right to request copies of your personal information from us;
(ii) Right to correct: the right to have your personal information rectified if it is inaccurate or incomplete;
(iii) Right to erase: the right to request that we delete or remove your personal information from our systems;
(iv) Right to restrict our use of your information: the right to ‘block’ us from using your personal information or limit the way in which we can use it;
(v) Right to data portability: the right to request that we move, copy or transfer your personal information;
(vi) Right to object: the right to object to our use of your personal information including where we use it for our legitimate interests or where we use your personal information to carry out profiling to inform our market research.
If you would like to exercise your data protection rights or if you are unhappy with how we have handled your personal data, please feel free to contact us by using the details set out on our Site.
If you're not satisfied with our response to any enquiries or complaint or believe our processing of your personal data does not comply with data protection law, you can make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) by:
Please note that the Site contains links to other sites, which are not governed by this privacy statement.