Privacy and cookies policy
1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors and service users
1.2 This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of such persons; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.
1.3 Our website incorporates privacy controls which affect how we will process your personal data. By using the privacy controls, you can specify whether you would like to receive direct marketing communications and notifications relating to your interaction with other users of the website.
1.5 In this policy, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to The Creative Occupation. For more information about us, see Section 18.
- The personal data that we collect
2.1 In this Section 2 we have set out the general categories of personal data that we process
2.2 We may process data enabling us to get in touch with you (“contact data“). The contact data may include your name, email address, telephone number, postal address and/or social media account identifiers. The source of the contact data is you. If you log into our website using a social media account, we will obtain elements of the contact data from the relevant social media account provider.
2.3 We may process your website user account data (“account data“). The account data may include your account identifier, name, email address, business name, account creation and modification dates, website settings and marketing preferences. The primary source of the account data is you, although some elements of the account data may be generated by our website.If you log into our website using a social media account, we will obtain elements of the account data from the relevant social media account provider.
2.4 We may process your information included in your personal profile on our website (“profile data“). The profile data may include your name, address, telephone number, email address, profile pictures, gender, date of birth, relationship status, interests and hobbies, educational details, and employment details, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, and sexual orientation. The source of the profile data is you and/or your employer. If you log into our website using a social media account, we will obtain elements of the profile data from the relevant social media account provider.
2.5 We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us or that we send to you (“communication data“). The communication data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms.
2.6 We may process data about your use of our website and services (“usage data“). The usage data may include your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is our analytics tracking system.
2.7 Please do not supply any other person’s personal data to us, unless we prompt you to do so.
- Purposes of processing and legal bases
3.1 In this Section 3, we have set out the purposes for which we may process personal data and the legal bases of the processing.
3.2 Operations – We may process your personal data for the purposes of operating our website and providing our services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website, services and business
3.3 Publications – We may process account data, profile data and/or service data for the purposes of publishing such data on our website and elsewhere through our services in accordance with your express instructions. The legal basis for this processing is consent
3.4 Relationships and communications – We may process contact data, account data and/or communication data for the purposes of managing our relationships, communicating with you (excluding communicating for the purposes of direct marketing) by email, SMS, post, fax and/or telephone, providing support services and complaint handling. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely communications with our website visitors and service users, the maintenance of relationships, and the proper administration of our website, services and business.
3.5 Personalisation – We may process account data, service data and/or usage data for the purposes of personalising the content and advertisements that you see on our website and through our services to ensure that you only see material that is relevant to you. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely offering the best possible experience for our website visitors and service users
3.6 Direct marketing – We may process contact data, account data and profile data for the purposes of creating, targeting and sending direct marketing communications by email, SMS, post and/or fax and making contact by telephone for marketing-related purposes. The legal basis for this processing is consent
3.7 Research and analysis – We may process usage data and/or service data for the purposes of researching and analysing the use of our website and services, as well as researching and analysing other interactions with our business. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely monitoring, supporting, improving and securing our website, services and business generally.
3.8 Record keeping – We may process your personal data for the purposes of creating and maintaining our databases, back-up copies of our databases and our business records generally. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely ensuring that we have access to all the information we need to properly and efficiently run our business in accordance with this policy.
3.9 Security – We may process your personal data for the purposes of security and the prevention of fraud and other criminal activity. The legal basis of this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection of our website, services and business, and the protection of others.
3.10 Insurance and risk management – We may process your personal data] where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks and/or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.
3.11 Legal claims – We may process your personal data where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.
3.12 Legal compliance and vital interests – We may also process your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
- Automated decision-making
4.1 We will use your personal data for the purposes of automated decision-making in relation to recommending members for you to connect with, recommending resources that we believe will be of most value to you and profiling to improve our direct marketing communication.
4.2 This automated decision-making will involve using your personal data to identify the member who we think will be most valuable for you to connect with, identifying resources we believe will be most valuable for you to use and building a profile of you in order to refine our direct marketing communications .
4.3 The significance and possible consequences of this automated decision-making are that you will receive recommendations for members with whom to connect, receive recommendations for resources that we believe will be most valuable to you and receive tailored direct marketing communications.
- Providing your personal data to others
5.1 We may disclose your personal data to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes, and on the legal bases, set out in this policy.
5.2 We may disclose your personal data]to our insurers and/or professional advisers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks and obtaining professional advice.
5.3 We may disclose profile data, communication data and usage data to our suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for refining our direct marketing communication.
5.5 In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 5, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.
- International transfers of your personal data
6.1 In this Section 6, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to a third country under UK and/or EU data protection law.
6.2 We may transfer your personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) to the UK and process that personal data in the UK for the purposes set out in this policy, and may permit our suppliers and subcontractors to do so, during any period with respect to which the UK is not treated as a third country under EU data protection law or benefits from an adequacy decision under EU data protection law; and we may transfer your personal data from the UK to the EEA and process that personal data in the EEA for the purposes set out in this policy, and may permit our suppliers and subcontractors to do so, during any period with respect to which EEA states are not treated as third countries under UK data protection law or benefit from adequacy regulations under UK data protection law.
6.3 You acknowledge that personal data that you submit for publication through our website or services] may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use (or misuse) of such personal data by others.
- Retaining and deleting personal data
7.1 This Section 7 sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.
7.2 Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
7.3 We will retain your personal data as follows:
(a) contact data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 month following the date of the most recent communication between you and us, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;
(b) account data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 month following the date of closure of the relevant account, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;
(c) profile data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 month following the date of deletion of the profile by you, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;
(d) service data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 month following the date of termination of the relevant contract, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;
(e) communication data will be retained for a minimum period of 1 month following the date of the communication in question, and for a maximum period of 5 years following that date;
(f) usage data will be retained for 5 years following the date of collection;
7.4 Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 7, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
- Your rights
8.1 In this Section 8, we have listed the rights that you have under data protection law.
8.2 Your principal rights under data protection law are:
(a) the right to access – you can ask for copies of your personal data;
(b) the right to rectification – you can ask us to rectify inaccurate personal data and to complete incomplete personal data;
(c) the right to erasure – you can ask us to erase your personal data;
(d) the right to restrict processing – you can ask us to restrict the processing of your personal data;
(e) the right to object to processing – you can object to the processing of your personal data;
(f) the right to data portability – you can ask that we transfer your personal data to another organisation or to you;
(g) the right to complain to a supervisory authority – you can complain about our processing of your personal data; and
(h) the right to withdraw consent – to the extent that the legal basis of our processing of your personal data is consent, you can withdraw that consent.
8.3 These rights are subject to certain limitations and exceptions. You can learn more about the rights of data subjects by visiting https://edpb.europa.eu/our-work-tools/general-guidance/gdpr-guidelines-recommendations-best-practices_en and https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/.
8.4 You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us..
- Third party websites
9.1 Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.
9.2 In general we have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
- Personal data of children
10.1 Our website and services are targeted at persons over the age of 18
10.2 If we have reason to believe that we hold personal data of a person under that age in our databases, we will delete that personal data.
- Updating information
11.1 Please let us know if the personal information that we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.
- About cookies
12.1 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
12.2 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
12.3 Cookies may not contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal data that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
- Cookies that we use
(d) advertising – we use cookie to help us to display advertisements that will be relevant to you
- Cookies used by our service providers
- Managing cookies
15.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:
(a) https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647 (Chrome);
(d) https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);
15.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
15.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
- Cookie preferences
17.1 We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
17.2 You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.
17.3 We will notify you of significant changes to this policy by email.
- Our details
18.1 This website is owned and operated by The Creative Occupation Ltd.
18.2 We are registered in England and Wales under registration number 11869319, and our registered office is at 2 Rushdale Road, Sheffield, S89QB.
18.3 Our principal place of business is at 2 Rushdale Road, Sheffield, S89QB.
18.4 You can contact us:
(a) by post, to the postal address given above;
(b) using our website contact form;
(C) by email, using the email address published on our website.