We aim to process information about you fairly, lawfully, and in a transparent manner. The aim of this document is to provide you with sufficient information for you to be able to understand what we are doing with your data. If you are unsure how we are handling information about you or you think we could improve our privacy information, please let us know.
We may collect and hold a range of information about you should you contact us via the contact form, feedback forms or consultations. This includes:
Generally, the information we hold will have been provided by you (e.g. on enquiry forms or when we communicate with you), As you interact with our website, we will automatically collect technical data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies.
We will only ask for personal information that is appropriate to enable us to assist with an enquiry. In some cases, you can refuse to provide your details if you deem a request to be inappropriate. However, you should note that this may impact our ability to provide some services to you if you refuse to provide information that stops us from doing so.
We have set out below a description of all the ways we plan to use your information, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate. We may process your information for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your information.
|Purpose/Activity||Type of Information||Lawful Basis for Processing Information|
|To process and deliver our services to you including managing and responding to your enquiries that you have sent via our contact form.||Contact details|
Necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
Necessary for our legitimate interests to understand how our clients use our services to develop them and grow our website.
|To administer and protect our business and our website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)||Contact details
|Necessary to comply with our legal obligations.
Necessary for our legitimate interests to run our business, provision of IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise.
|To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing and experiences||Technical information||Necessary for our legitimate interests to better understand our users and their use of our services, to keep our website up to date, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy.|
|To send you our newsletter because you have requested us to do so by filling out our ‘Newsletter Sign Up’ form||Contact details
Necessary for our legitimate interests to develop our products and services and to grow our business.
|To send feedback on Flood Risk Management Schemes or consultation responses to the Environment Agency||Contact details|
We may use your personal information to contact you to inform you about services we believe might be of interest to you via email or text message (we call this marketing communications). You may receive marketing communications from us unless you have opted out or unsubscribed to receiving that marketing.
You can ask us to stop sending you marketing communications by contacting us at any time.
Normally, only our employees will be able to see and process your personal information. However, there may be times when we will share relevant information with third parties for the purposes as outlined above, or where we are legally required to do so. When sharing personal information, we will comply with all aspects of data protection law.
Where necessary or required, we may share your personal information as follows:
Our relationships with third party services providers are governed by contractual provisions with us and they only have access to personal information to perform the described purposes and may not use it for other purposes.
The personal information that we collect is stored within the UK and European Economic Area (EEA). However, there may be some circumstances where it is necessary to transfer and store personal information at a destination outside the UK or the EEA. In these circumstances, we will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that personal information is treated securely and in accordance with data protection law and, in the event that personal information is transferred outside the UK or the EEA, shall ensure that this is carried out subject to the requirements of the UK GDPR.
We will only retain personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. Details of retention periods for different aspects of personal information are available upon request. After this period, we will securely destroy or anonymise personal information in accordance with data protection law.
You have the right of access to information we hold about or concerning you. If you would like to exercise this right, please do so in writing. If you are seeking to obtain specific information (e.g. about a particular matter of from a particular time period), it helps if you clarify the details of what you would like to receive in your written request. If someone is requesting information on your behalf, they will need written confirmation from you to evidence your consent for us to release this and proof of ID (both yours and theirs). We have one month to provide you with the information you’ve asked for (although we will try to provide this to you as promptly as possible). In response to a subject access request, we will provide you with a copy of the information we hold that relates to you.
If you feel that any data that we hold about you is inaccurate you have the right to ask us to correct or rectify it. You also have a right to ask us to erase information about you where you can demonstrate that the data we hold is no longer needed by us, or if you withdraw the consent upon which our processing is based, or if you feel that we are unlawfully processing your data. Your right of rectification and erasure extends to anyone we have disclosed your personal information to and we will take all reasonable steps to inform those with whom we have shared your data about your request for erasure.
You have a right to request that we refrain from processing your data where you contest its accuracy, or the processing is unlawful and you have opposed its erasure, or where we don’t need to hold your data anymore but you need us to in order to establish, exercise or defend any legal claims, or we are in dispute about the legality of our processing your personal data.
You have a right to receive any personal data that you have provided to us in order to transfer it onto another data controller where the processing is based on consent or contract and is carried out by automated means called a data portability request.
You have a right to object to our processing of your personal data where the basis of the processing is our legitimate interests including but not limited to direct marketing and profiling.
In the circumstances where you may have provided consent to the collection, processing and transfer of personal information for a specific purpose has been provided, you have the right to withdraw consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact us using the contact details below. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.
Please note, there are some specific circumstances where these rights do not apply and we can refuse to deal with your request.
If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using personal information, we would ask that you raise your concern with us in the first instance by using the contact details below.
You also have a right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority (Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK at www.ico.org.uk), should you feel that we have not handled your information in line with legislative and regulatory requirements. They can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
0303 123 1113 | www.ico.org.uk
For further information on how to request your personal information and how and why we process your information, you can contact us using our contact form here.
The Flood Hub
193 Bolton Road,
Telephone: 01254 265002
We may change this privacy notice from time to time, but if we change it in a way which significantly alters the terms upon which you have agreed, we will post notice of the change on our website. This privacy notice was last updated January 2023.