We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice informs you how we look after your personal data supplied to us and tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
1. Important information and who we are
Purpose of this privacy notice
This privacy notice aims to give you information on how your personal data is collected and processed by us when providing services to your employer in respect of the Group Personal Pension (“GPP”), Group Life Assurance Scheme (“GLAS”) or Group Permanent Health Insurance scheme (“GPHI”) of which you are a member. This document assumes that you have not personally engaged with us as a client – if you are a client of ours please contact us to see our client privacy notice.
The Boolers family is made up of different legal entities, namely a partnership known as David Booler & Co (trading as “Boolers”), two limited companies (David Booler SIPP Trustees Limited and David Booler Trustees Limited) and various Appointed Representative (AR) companies in which Boolers owns a 50% stake and for which Boolers provides all financial advice. The AR companies will only be applicable where your employer has been referred to us by one of the accountancy firms with whom we partner.
This privacy notice is issued on behalf of all of the entities in the Boolers family so when we mention “Boolers”, “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy notice, we are referring to the relevant entity in the Boolers family responsible for processing your data. In practice Boolers will take primary responsibility for all such processing and all enquiries relating to data processing should therefore be directed to Boolers.
We have appointed a compliance manager whose role includes oversight of all matters relating to the protection of your personal data and dealing with questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact our compliance manager using the contact details below.
Please note that we believe we are the joint controller of certain of your personal data, together with your employer. You should therefore also contact your employer in respect of its own privacy policies.
Postal address: The Compliance Manager, Boolers, 9 Grove Court, Grove Park, Enderby, Leicester LE19 1SA.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.
Informing us of changes
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.
2. The data we collect about you
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you as set out below:
|GPP members||GLAS and GPHI members|
|Date of birth||Y||Y|
|Contact telephone numbers||Y|
|Employment status and occupation details||Y||Y|
|National Insurance number||Y|
|Contribution Details||GPP members||GLAS and GPHI members|
|Expression of wish forms||Y|
We may also collect, use and share aggregated data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. However, if we combine or connect aggregated data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.
Some of the information we collect about you may be considered “special category” data under the General Data Protection Regulation (special categories of data are those that include details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data).
In your case, this information is likely to be limited to health information and sexual orientation (indirectly where you disclose details of your partner or spouse). We can process this data only with your consent though you may not be able to join certain schemes if you do not consent (for example, some schemes may require such information). We treat all such information with the strictest confidence.
If you fail to provide personal data
Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, you may not be able to join certain schemes but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.
3. How is your personal data collected?
Your personal data is collected directly from you, either in face-to-face meetings or through you completing a questionnaire or other form, or from your employer.
4. How we use your personal data
We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data as follows:
Where you are a GPP member, to allow us to discuss your GPP benefits with you and the default investment fund for the scheme, and to calculate salary sacrifice pension contributions.
Where you are a GLAS or GPHI member, to allow us to advise your employer on group risk schemes for its employees and to administer renewals for schemes.
To provide expression of wish forms to your employer or the applicable insurer where necessary.
To comply with legal obligations.
To carry out marketing to you (but always subject to the legal restrictions on electronic and telephone marketing and to your right to object to further marketing).
To notify you of updates to this privacy notice.
The legal bases on which we will rely for our processing are that the activities are either necessary for the legitimate interests of us or your employer, or are necessary to comply with a legal obligation. In addition, where we process any special categories of personal data, we will rely on your explicit consent for us to do so.
In respect of any “legitimate interest” purpose, we make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for the legitimate interests of us or your employer. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests (or those of your employer) are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).
Change of purpose
We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.
If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
5. Disclosures of your personal data
We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in paragraph 4 above:
Your employer (limited to your name, date of birth and plan details).
In addition, your personal data may be hosted or shared using third-party infrastructure providers, data sites or systems, and external IT contractors and suppliers may have access to your personal data in the process of providing services to us.
We may also share your personal data with:
Third parties to detect and avoid fraud or other criminal activity.
Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice.
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
6. International transfers
We do not send personal data to third parties outside the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA).
Where you reside outside the UK/EEA and we need to send information to you we will send it via a secure portal.
7. Data security
We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
8. Data retention
How long will you use my personal data for?
We will only retain your personal data 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.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
We will keep your personal data for as long as you are a member of the relevant scheme and thereafter for 7 years, with one exception: In pension transfer cases, we are required to comply with the Financial Conduct Authority’s record keeping and reporting requirements. Their current instructions are to keep records of pension transfers indefinitely.
In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see below for further information.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
9. Your legal rights
Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data, as set out below.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out below, please contact us using the contact details at the start of this privacy notice. We may not have to comply with your request but we would explain why if we believe we are entitled to refuse.
Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.
Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.
Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground, as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. Where our systems allow, we will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to information which is processed by automated means. We do not currently hold your personal information in a form that is readily portable and it is unlikely we would be able (or required) to comply with such a request.
Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, this may affect your membership of certain schemes. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.
No fee usually required
You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.
What we may need from you
We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.
Time limit to respond
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.
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