CUSTOMER PRIVACY NOTICE
It is important that you read this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.
A “data controller” is responsible for deciding how to hold and use personal data. Personal data is information or data from which you can be identified and is about you. Lok’nStore Ltd (“the Company”) is therefore a “data controller” in relation to the personal data that we receive in connection with your instructions for the provision of our services. We also act as a Data Controller for the Lok’nStore branded businesses as listed in Appendix 1.
We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice and it is important that you understand it. If there is anything in this notice that you do not understand, please speak to our Data Protection Appointed Person who can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on 01252 521010.
THE INFORMATION THAT WE HOLD ABOUT YOU
In order that we can provide our services to you, we will collect, store and use some or all of the following categories of personal information about you depending on your instructions and the services we provide:
Personal Contact Details
Name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, personal email addresses
Date of birth, gender, marital status,
Bank account details, Payment card details
We do not normally collect, store or use more Sensitive Personal Data or “special categories of data” as it is known under the GDPR. Sensitive Personal Data requires a higher level of protection, and includes:
Special Categories of Data – or Sensitive Personal Data
HOW DO WE COLLECT AND USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA?
Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:
- To provide you with the information you have requested, such as a quotation.
- To follow up your specific enquiry or request for a quotation.
- Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you, in connection with the provision of our services.
- Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
We may also use your personal data in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:
- Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests).
- Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes.
We primarily need all the categories of personal data in the list above to enable us to perform our contract with you, provide services to you and to enable us to comply with legal obligations. The situations in which we anticipate we will process your personal data are listed below.
- Making a decision about our services.
- Determining the terms on which we work for you.
- Advising you.
- Administering the contract we have entered into with you.
- Business management and planning, including accounting and auditing.
- Conducting reviews and managing performance.
- Making arrangements for the termination of our working relationship.
- Dealing with legal disputes involving you.
- To prevent fraud.
- To monitor your use of our information and communication systems.
- To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.
Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal data.
If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you, it may delay performance of that contract, or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations.
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 information 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.
SENSITIVE PERSONAL DATA
The law requires that we need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using Sensitive Personal Data as described above. We do not collect Sensitive Personal Data.
Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention.
We do not envisage that any decisions will be taken about you using automated means, however we will notify you in writing if this position changes.
We may have to share your personal data with third parties, including our suppliers and other entities within the Lok’nStore Group PLC.
We will share your personal data with third parties where required by law, where it is necessary to administer the working relationship with you or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so.
We may disclose your personal data to:
- other companies within our group;
- service providers under contract with us to support our business operations, such as identification verification, fraud prevention, debt collection, technology services and credit reference agents;
- our insurers and insurance brokers if you take out insurance cover through us;
- trade associations of which we are a member;
- law enforcement or government agencies in connection with any investigation to help prevent or detect unlawful activity;
- any person or agency if we need to share that information to comply with the law or to enforce any agreement we may have with you or to protect the health and safety of any person;
- any person who you have named as a person we can contact to discuss your account;
- any person who is your agent or representative, such as the holder of a power of attorney, a legal guardian or person administering a will;
- any person who we are negotiating with as a potential buyer of our business or property or if we are proposing to merge our business with another business;
- any person or business where we act as the data controller on their behalf as part of a managed services agreement and where the business is traded under the Lok’nStore brand
- credit card associations if specifically required;
If we pass data on to insurers, they may enter your data onto a register of claims which is shared with other insurers to prevent fraudulent claims. If we use an outside party to process your information, we will require them to comply with our instructions in connection with the services they provide for us and not for their own business purposes.
All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal data in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
Our website contains links to websites and applications owned and operated by other people and businesses. These third-party sites have their own privacy policies and use their own cookies and we recommend that you review them before you provide them with personal information. They will tell you how your personal information is collected and used whilst you are visiting these other websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the content of these sites or the use of your information collected by any of these other sites and you use these other sites at your own risk.
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it, 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.
Unless you have consented to us retaining your data explicitly;
Where you have a contract for the provision of storage services with us, we currently retain personal data for a period of 7 years from the termination of the agreement between us and you.
Where you have obtained a quotation from us either via our website, telephone, through our chat online facility or in person in one of our stores and have not subsequently entered into a contract for the provision of storage services with us, we shall retain your personal data for a period of no longer than 6 months from the last point at which you communicated with us either by our website, telephone, through our online chat facility or in person in one of our stores.
Where we are in ongoing communication with you regarding your quotation, we will retain your data indefinitely.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you. Once you are no longer a client of the firm we will retain and securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.
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YOUR DATA RIGHTS
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
- 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 information we hold about you corrected.
- 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 exercised your right to object to processing (see below). However, there may be reasons why we cannot agree a “request to be forgotten” or for data to be erased, such as where we need to retain it for regulatory or other reasons.
- 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. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
- Request the restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal data about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
- Request the transfer of your personal data to another party.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal data, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal data to another party, please contact email@example.com in writing.
Depending on the circumstances, we may request information to confirm your identity before processing your request. We may also charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.
RIGHT TO WITHDRAW CONSENT
In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal data for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact the Assistant Company Secretary, Lok’nStore Limited, 112 Hawley Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8JE. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your data for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR DATA PROTECTION
We have appointed a Data Protection Lead to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal data, please contact the Assistant Company Secretary, Lok’nStore Limited, 112 Hawley Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8JE. 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.
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY NOTICE
We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal data.
If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact the Assistant Company Secretary, Lok’nStore Limited, 112 Hawley Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14 8JE.
Lok’nStore branded businesses for which Lok’nStore acts as Data Controller
- Storage Services (Number 1) Limited
- Gypsy Moth Storage Limited
- Aldershot Self Storage Limited
- Broadstairs Storage Limited
- Self Storage Trading LLP
- Controlled Storage Limited
- We Store Solutions Limited
- Ellingham Limited
Any other businesses where Lok’nStore Ltd enters into a Managed Services Agreement to manage a storage centre under the Lok’nStore brand
Last updated 3rd July 2023.