In compliance with UK and European data protection regulations, this privacy policy explains what personal information we collect from you when you visit our website or are a recipient of our services. We are committed to processing personal information about clients in ways that comply with legal and regulatory obligations, and to being clear with clients about what we do with their personal information. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who enquires or purchases our services and will only collect and use information in ways that are useful to you and in a manner consistent with your rights and our obligations under the law.

Data collection

We may collect personal information which we receive when you:

We may collect the following types of information:

Appropriate firewall technology is used to prevent unauthorised access. All personal data is backed up, and archives are stored off-site in a secure location.

We are committed to keeping your information up to date as far as is reasonably possible. However, if you believe that we have made an error, then please contact us as we have outlined below and we will use reasonable endeavours to correct.

How do we use your data?

As a client

We may contact you for marketing purposes if you have consented to receive our email newsletter or if you have made an enquiry regarding our services. We do not use your data in a way you would find intrusive and you have the right to stop us from contacting you by unsubscribing from future marketing activities at any time by clicking on the applicable unsubscribe link in our email.

We use your information to:

Keeping your information safe and secure

We are committed to keeping client’s personal information secure to protect it from being inappropriately or accidentally accessed, used, shared or destroyed, and against it being lost.

Subject Access Requests

Under the GDPR, individuals can ask for confirmation that their data is being processed and access it. We reserve the right to make a reasonable charge for the information where a request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, particularly if it is repetitive. Once an individual’s identity is verified, we will endeavour to respond without delay, and within the one month specified by law.

Your rights to correct and access your information and to ask for it to be erased

Please contact Bernie De Souza by email at bernie@berniedesouza.com if (in accordance with the law) you would like to correct or request access to information that we hold relating to you or if you have any questions about this notice. You also have the right to ask for some, but not all, of the information we hold and process to be erased (the ‘right to be forgotten’) in certain circumstances. Bernie De Souza will provide you with further information about the right to be forgotten, if you ask for it.

Third party access

Access to your personal information is only allowed when required by law, we do not, and will never, sell or share your personal information with third parties.

Our Service Providers

This includes external third-party service providers, such as accountants, auditors, experts, lawyers and other outside professional advisors; IT systems, support and hosting service providers; printing, advertising, marketing outsourced service providers that assist us in carrying out business activities. All our systems are located within the UK or EEA

How long do we keep personal information?

We will only retain clients’ personal information for as long as it needs it to carry out a particular purpose or meet a particular obligation.

Use of Website Cookies

Although we aren’t currently using cookies we may well use cookies on this website in the future. If we do so, then we will update this policy.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, you should note that we do not have any control over these other websites. Once you have used any of these links to leave our site, therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting these sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement.

Social Media Platforms

We participate with social media platforms subject to their privacy policies and terms. You should use these buttons with care. Note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page through your social media platform account.

How to complain

We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information. If not, contact the Information Commissioner’s office at ico.org.uk for further information about your rights and how to make a formal complaint.

Changes to our Privacy Policy:

We keep our privacy policy under regular review and we will place any updates on this web page. This privacy policy was last updated in July 2018.

How to contact us:

Please make an enquiry through our contact page if you have any questions.