Privacy Policy

 

Doddingtree Limited

Privacy Notice

Doddingtree is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

1. Who we are

This Privacy Notice applies to the use and processing of personal information collected by Doddingtree, which forms part of Doddingtree Limited. The ICO Registration number of Doddingtree Limited is ZA316503.

The phrases “us”, “we” or “our” will mean those businesses which are part of Doddingtree Limited on behalf of and in respect of whom this Privacy Notice is made.

For information concerning the collection, use and processing of personal information by any of our third party business partners or suppliers, please contact the member of staff who you usually liaise with.

2. Information covered by this Privacy Notice

(i)        Personal data. This is information, or any combination of separate pieces of information, that could be used to identify you;

(ii)       Special categories of personal data. This is information which is classified as sensitive.

Please read this Privacy Notice carefully. If you have any questions about this notice or our use of your personal data, please contact our Data Protection Officer by email to data@doddingtree.co.uk or in writing to 30 Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AS.

3. Where we get personal information from  

When you enquire or register for products and services provided by Doddingtree, we may collect personal information from a variety of sources, including:

  • Information we collect directly from you, either through face to face contact, by telephone, email or electronic communications such as messaging or through the internet
  • Information we collect when you visit or create an account on our website
  • Information provided to us by third parties
  • Information from publically available sources

4. What information we collect

4.1 Information we collect directly from you

Depending on the type of service or product we are discussing, the following are examples of information we may collect directly from you:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Email address
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number
  • Information about your family
  • Information about your health
  • Financial information, such as earnings and outgoings
  • Payment information, such as a credit card and bank account details
  • Identification, such as copies of Passports, Driving Licences or Utility Bills
  • Your communication and marketing preferences

We may, during the course of your relationship with us, request additional information from you which is relevant to the provision of specific services.

Any telephone calls to us may be recorded by third parties such as Rightmove or Zoopla for training, monitoring, compliance and security.

4.2 Information we collect when you visit our web sites
We use cookies and other technologies to collect information when you visit our web site, including when you make use of our online chat service. Details of how we use cookies are available on our website.

4.3 Information we obtain from third parties  
Where we are required by law, or for business needs, we will obtain information about you from third parties, but only after we have your agreement to do so. For example (but not limited to) the third parties we may need to contact are credit reference agencies, banks, employers, accountants and solicitors in order to obtain references, undertake identity verification and basic criminal record checks, and validate your income level and financial history.

5. Who we share your information with 

We may share your information with relevant third party business partners such as Solicitors, Mortgage Advisors and other Estate Agents.

Where we engage third party service providers to provide products (such as mortgages, house and contents / family protection insurances and utility services) or other business services, we provide them with only the personal information they need to perform the service we request.

We also provide links from our website to Google Maps, to show the location of our branch or a property, and to allow you to input your postcode to get directions. If you use or access Google Maps you are bound by the Google Maps/Google Earth Additional Terms of Service, more details are available by clicking here  https://maps.google.com/help/terms_maps.html including the Google Privacy Policy https://www.google.com/intl/ALL/policies/privacy/index.html

6. How we use your information

We will process the information you provide or we obtain from other sources to provide you with products and services and answer any questions you may have.

The following are examples of how we use the information we collect:

  • To process your registration and confirm your identity
  • To provide a full range of estate agency services for the sale and purchase of property
  • To provide a full lettings service for tenants, prospective tenants and landlords
  • To provide property management services
  • To arrange survey and valuations
  • To arrange energy performance surveys
  • To arrange professional photography or floor plans
  • To introduce mortgages
  • To introduce protection insurances
  • To arrange conveyancing services
  • To introduce will writing and associated legal services
  • To provide property auction services
  • To create and manage your on line account
  • To process payment for our services
  • To protect against and prevent fraud, unauthorised transactions, money laundering, tax evasion, claims, other liabilities and manage risk exposure and agent or franchise quality, integrity, compliance and security of business processes
  • To provide, administer and communicate with you about Doddingtree products, services, offers, programs and promotions
  • To compile business directories, including business contact information
  • To operate, monitor, evaluate and improve our products, services and websites

6.1 Customer Surveys 
We or our agents and sub-contractors may occasionally contact you including by post, email or telephone to ask you for your feedback and comments on our services.

6.2 Information about our products and services
We may also use your personal data to contact you by post, email, telephone or other electronic means to provide you with information about products and services from Doddingtree and carefully selected third parties which we feel may be of interest or relevant to your needs.

Please see Section 12 for information about how you can exercise your rights.

6.3 Credit scoring
Some of the services provided by third parties may involve an automated decision and/or credit scoring to determine whether we are able to provide a service or product.

Using third parties to undertake searches and collate information on our behalf helps make fair and responsible decisions. When coming to these decisions we and third parties will consider:

  • the information provided in the application
  • information about previous account conduct , including any payment arrears and
  • official public records information such as fraud record information and insolvency records

Any credit scoring methods used by third parties are regularly tested by them to ensure they remain fair, effective and unbiased.

7. Lawful basis of processing

We processes your information under any of the following lawful conditions:

(i)        Performance of a contract - this is where the collection and processing of your data is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract

(ii)       Legal obligation - this is where the collection and processing of your data is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation, for example verification of identity and fraud prevention

(iii)     Consent - where we process information under consent we will seek your clear and unambiguous consent before processing your data

(iv)      Legitimate interests - some information is processed by Doddingtree as part of its legitimate interests which include network and information security, opting out of communications, direct marketing, web analytics, updating customer details, lettings, sales, and other core services provided

8. Other situations

We may transfer or otherwise process your personal information:

  • When we have received your instruction to pass the sale of your property to another agent
  • To enforce our terms and conditions
  • When required by law and/or government authorities
  • When requested by PRS – Property Redress Scheme or any other consumer ombudsman, local authority, enforcement office or trade association

9. How long we keep your information for

We will keep your information for as long as is reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice, and to fulfil our legal and regulatory obligations.

10. When we communicate with you

We will send you service related communications.

We may also contact you in order to provide you with information about our products and services which we believe may be of interest to you, and which relate to your needs.

11. How we communicate with you 

For service related communications, we will contact you either by email or through the post. We may also telephone you or send you SMS messages, which may include automated SMS reminders for appointments.

We give you choices about how we communicate promotions and offers to you.

11.1 By email
We only send you promotional emails if you explicitly select to receive these (you opt in). You can stop receiving promotional email messages from Doddingtree Limited by contacting us by email data@doddingtree.co.uk or by following the link in the email you receive.

11.2 By post 
We only send you promotional postal mail if you explicitly select to receive these (you opt in). You can stop receiving promotional postal mail from Doddingtree Limited by contacting our branch by writing to 30 Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AS

11.3 Mobile Text Messages
We will only send you promotional text messages if you explicitly select to receive these (you opt in). You can stop receiving promotional text messages from Doddingtree Limited by following the opt-out instructions provided in the text message or by contacting our branch by telephoning 01299 488870

11.4 Telephone
We will only contact you by phone for promotional reasons if you explicitly select to receive these (you opt in). You can opt out of receiving promotional telephone calls from Doddingtree Limited by contacting our branch by telephoning 01299 488870

12. Your statutory rights

You have a number of rights concerning the personal information we use. These include the right to:

  • ask us for access to a copy of your personal information we hold about you
  • ask us to correct your personal information if you believe it is incorrect
  • ask us to delete your personal information

You can delete your online account at any time. This will delete any personal information in your account that we have about you, and it will mean any data about how you’ve used the online account will be made anonymous.

However, deleting your online account will not delete any data you’ve shared with us for reasons that are not connected with your online account. If you wish us to delete your data which is unconnected with your online account, please contact us as described below

  • withdraw your consent to use your personal information

Where you have provided consent for our processing of your personal data, you may withdraw that consent at any time. If you withdraw your consent, your previous consent will remain valid in respect of our use of your data in relation to good or service we are still contracted to provide

If you would prefer not to receive information from Doddingtree or carefully selected third parties you can opt out by contacting our branch.

You can also update your communication preferences at any time via your online account.

We will act to respond to your request to stop receiving promotional email, phone, text or postal messages from Doddingtree as quickly as is practicable (around 10 working days). We will keep information for record keeping purposes to ensure we fulfil your request not to send particular types of messages.

  • ask us to restrict the use of your personal data, including direct marketing
  • object to our use of your personal data
  • object to an automated decision, including profiling (for example, in terms of credit risk)
  • lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office, if you object to the way we use your personal information. For more information please go to www.ico.org.uk

If you wish to make a request for access to a copy of your personal data, please write to Data Protection Officer, Doddingtree Limited, 30 Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AS or email data@doddingtree.co.uk

If you wish to exercise any of your other rights, please write to the Data Protection Officer, Doddingtree Limited, 30 Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AS or email data@doddingtree.co.uk

We will acknowledge your request and let you know what we will need from you to carry out your request. Every effort will be made to respond to or comply with your request as quickly as possible, and we will ensure our systems are updated as soon as is practicable in response to your request.

13. Our use of cookies

A cookie is a small file placed on your device when you visit a website that can be understood by the site that issued the cookie. We use the information collected by cookies to remember who you are to log you in and to store your preferences when using a particular site. It may contain a unique identifier to ensure that you are not shown the same information and/or are only shown information you have stated that you are interested in.

A cookie records your preferences when using a particular site, ensuring that you are not shown the same information and/or are only shown information you have stated that you are interested in. In order to use the Site you agree to let cookies be saved as they are an important part of navigation of the Site.

The following are examples of information we may collect:

  • Information about your device browser and operating system
  • Your internet protocol (IP) address assigned to your internet service
  • The web pages you visit on our websites
  • Any embedded links you view

13.1 Third party cookies used on the site
We may use cookies, tracking pixels and similar technologies on our website to gather data about our visitors’ use of our website. We use this data to improve your experience of our website, to analyse the visitors’ use of the site and to provide you with relevant, interest-based marketing.

We use Google Analytics to provide us with information about your visit to our website. We do this in order to help improve our website service to customers. 

Their cookies typically store anonymous aggregated information such as whether a visitor has been to the site before, and the time of the current visit. 

We or our third party advertisers may also use cookies to monitor the effectiveness of advertising on the site including monitoring the number of clicks you make to our website.

We use social media marketing campaigns to advertise our company and provide you with information and adverts that we believe will suit your needs. At anytime you are able to unfollow or block our account. All terms and conditions, cookie and privacy policies for these third party social media sites can be found on their respective websites. 

13.2 Other Technologies
Our security software may use your IP address and browser version to help protect our systems and provide diagnostic information in the case of an issue.

14. How we protect your information  

We store your personal information on our computer systems and in our paper records.
We have implemented strict security procedures to ensure that personal information is not damaged, destroyed or misused, and to prevent unauthorised access to your information.

The information that we collect is stored in a secure facility with restricted access.
We also use a number of security measures to prevent electronic access.
Where - in line with this Privacy Notice - information is shared with third parties, similar security measures are used to protect your information.

15. Data Transfers

We ourselves do not currently transfer the personal information we collect about you to recipients in countries other than the country in which the information originally was collected.

If, in the future we or our partners need to transfer your information to recipients in other countries we will:

(i)        perform those transfers in accordance with the requirements of applicable law and subject to appropriate safeguards, and

(ii)       protect the transferred personal information in accordance with this Privacy Notice

16. Children’s privacy

We do not offer any products or services to children. In certain circumstances (for example a mortgage or rental application) we may need to collect the name and date of birth of children, and share this with the selected providers.

17. Links to other websites

Our websites, other electronic portals and documentation may provide links to other websites for your convenience and information. These may operate independently from us and have their own privacy notices or policies, which we advise you to review.

Where linked websites are not owned or controlled by us, we are not responsible for their content, cookie or data privacy practices.

18. Our Promise to you

When you provide us with this information, you agree to the collection, use and sharing of your information in accordance with this data privacy notice. Our promise to you is that

  • We’ll work with other businesses to put together offers we think you might like
  • You are in control of your data
  • You can change your privacy settings at any time
  • If you don’t think the data is correct tell us and well put it right
  • We will keep your data secure
  • We also promise to collect, process store and share your data safely and securely

19. Updates to our Privacy Notice

We will occasionally update our Privacy Notice, so we suggest that you review this Notice from time to time. If we make substantial changes to our Privacy Notice, we will endeavour to inform you directly about these changes.

20. Use of CCTV

We use CCTV for crime prevention purposes only. CCTV recording equipment is fitted to our branch but we may also use decoy cameras to deter crime and prevent assaults. Where recording equipment is live we may retain this footage for up to 31 days unless a copy of a recording is required for legal reasons for example the footage is requested by Police as part of an investigation.

 

Thank you for reading our privacy policy.

If you have any questions about this notice or our use of your personal data, remember you can contact our Data Protection Officer by email to data@doddingtree.co.uk or in writing to 30 Load Street, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 2AS.

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