Fair Processing Notice

GDPR Fair Processing Notice

(How we use your personal information)

This notice explains what information we collect, when we collect it and how we use this. During the course of our activities we will process personal data (which may be held on paper, electronically, or otherwise) about you and we recognise the need to treat it in an appropriate and lawful manner. The purpose of this notice is to make you aware of how we will handle your information.

 

Who are we?

Lawson & Thompson Ltd, 205b South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9EF (“we” or “us”) take the issue of security and data protection very seriously and strictly adhere to guidelines published in the Data Protection Act of 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 which is applicable from the 25 May 2018, together with any domestic laws subsequently enacted.

We are notified as a data controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

under registration number ZA024511 and we are the data controller of any personal data that you provide to us.

Our point of contact is Alex Thompson. Any questions relating to this notice and our privacy practices should be sent to Lawson & Thompson, 205b South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9EF / info@lawsonthompson.co.uk / 01334 845 145.

 

How we collect information from you and what information we collect

We collect information about you:

  • when you apply for housing with us, become a tenant, request services/repairs, enter in to a tenancy agreement with ourselves howsoever arising or otherwise provide us with your personal details;
  • from your use of our online services, whether to report any tenancy related issues, make a complaint or otherwise;
  • from your arrangements to make payment to us (such as bank details, payment card numbers, employment details, benefit entitlement and any other income and expenditure related information).

We collect the following information about you:

  • name;
  • address;
  • telephone number;
  • email address;
  • National Insurance number;
  • next of kin;
  • parental name, address, telephone number via the parental guarantor form;

We receive the following information from third parties:

  • benefits information, including awards of Housing Benefit/Universal Credit;
  • payments made by you to us;
  • complaints or other communications regarding behaviour or other alleged breaches of the terms of your contract with us, including information obtained from Police Scotland;
  • reports as to the conduct or condition of your tenancy, including references from previous tenancies, and complaints of anti-social behaviour.

 

Why we need this information about you and how it will be used

We need your information and will use your information:

  • to undertake and perform our obligations and duties to you in accordance with the terms of our contract with you;
  • to enable us to supply you with the services and information which you have requested;
  • to enable us to respond to your repair request, housing application and complaints made;
  • to analyse the information we collect so that we can administer, support and improve and develop our business and the services we offer;
  • to contact you in order to send you details of any changes to our services or supplies which may affect you;
  • for all other purposes consistent with the proper performance of our operations and business; and
  • to contact you for your views on our products and services.

 

Sharing of your information

The information you provide to us will be treated by us as confidential [and will be processed only by our employees within the UK/European Economic Area (EEA)]*

We may disclose your information to other third parties who act for us for the purposes set out in this notice or for purposes approved by you, including the following:

  • if we enter into a joint venture with or merge with another business entity, your information may be disclosed to our new business partners or owners;
  • if we instruct repair or maintenance works, your information may be disclosed to any contractor;
  • if we are investigating a complaint, information may be disclosed to Police Scotland, local authority departments, Scottish Fire & Rescue Service and others involved in any complaint, whether investigating the complaint or otherwise;
  • if we are updating tenancy details, your information may be disclosed to third parties (such as utility companies and local authority);
  • when we are compiling inventories
  • if we are investigating payments made or otherwise, your information may be disclosed to payment processors, local authority and the Department for Work & Pensions;
  • if we are conducting a survey of our products and/or service, your information may be disclosed to third parties assisting in the compilation and analysis of the survey results;
  • if we are asked by HMRC in regard to taxation, your information may be accordingly disclosed;

Unless required to do so by law, we will not otherwise share, sell or distribute any of the information you provide to us without your consent.

 

Transfers outside the UK and Europe

We use a number of third parties to process personal data on our behalf. These third parties have been carefully chosen and all of them comply with the legislation set out in the General Data Protection Regulations. The following third parties are based in the USA and are EU-U.S Privacy Shield compliant:

Where information is transferred outside the UK or EEA we ensure that there are adequate safeguards in place to protect your information in accordance with this notice.

 

Security

When you give us information we take steps to make sure that your personal information is kept secure and safe. This includes password protecting all sensitive documents and encrypting any backups made.

 

How long we will keep your information

We review our data retention periods regularly and will only hold your personal data for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as required by law (we may be legally required to hold some types of information), or as set out in any relevant contract we have with you.

Our full retention schedule is available at in person at our office (205b South Street, St Andrews, KY16 9EF), or by requesting this in writing.

 

Your rights

You have the right at any time to:

  • ask for a copy of the information about you held by us in our records;
  • require us to correct any inaccuracies in your information;
  • make a request to us to delete what personal data we hold about you; and
  • object to receiving any marketing communications from us.

If you would like to exercise any of your rights above please contact us at info@lawsonthompson.co.uk

Should you wish to complain about the use of your information, we would ask that you contact us to resolve this matter in the first instance. You also have the right to complain to the ICO in relation to our use of your information. The ICO’s contact details are noted below:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office – Scotland

45 Melville Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7HL

Telephone: 0131 244 9001

email:scotland@ico.org.uk

 

The accuracy of your information is important to us – please help us keep our records

updated by informing us of any changes to your email address and other contact

details.