This Privacy Notice is effective from 11/04/2018
Your privacy is critically important to us. At URS, we have a few fundamental principles:
Who We Are and What This Privacy Notice Covers
URS is accredited by Accreditation Bodies UKAS, DAkkS, NABCB, DAC, SAC, EGAC, providing auditing and inspection services for a range of industry and international standards.
As part of conducting these activities we engage 3rd party associates and specialist to deliver the best possible service and throughout the audit and inspection activities we gather evidence of compliance that may include minimal personal data specific to the requirements of each particular standard. This may include names of people we have interviewed, relevant training information and identifiers (such as a staff reference number), so that audit verification activities can confirm the auditor has engaged with or audited the individuals concerned.
We also obtain and hold business contact details of our customers and supplier in order to fulfil our contractual and legal obligations.
This policy describes the type of data that we gather, share and processed and the reasons why. It also informs you of your rights and options should you wish to challenge or enquire about any of these activities.
Below we explain how we collect, use, and share information about you, along with the choices that you have with respect to that information.
Definitions you should be aware of
Personal data: “personal data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (known as the ‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;
Data Subject: The “Data Subject” is the individual that the personal data relates to and identifies
Data Controller: “Controller” This is the decision maker who decides how, when and where data under their control will be processed.
Data processor: “Processor” refers to the individual or organisation that carries out data processing activities under instruction from the Data Controller. The Data Controller may also be the Data Processor.
Processing: “Processing” processing relates to any activity carried out on personal data and includes manipulating, sharing, copying, viewing and storage of data or simply the activity of making a decision based on that data. Decision making may also include automated decision making.
Filing System: “Filing System” basically means any form of data that can be interrogated or searched and can be digital (like a database or email system) or hard copy (like files in a filing cabinet or contact details in a rolodex).
Consent: “Consent” of the Data Subject relates to the permission to use their personal information following a clear explanation of how that data will be processed and why.
Legitimate Interest: “Legitimate interest” relates to the processing of personal on the basis that the organisation feels that their data processing activities will not infringe upon anyone’s rights or freedoms and that there is a reasonable expectation that these activities will take place.
Special Category: “Special Category” data is personal data which reveals racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health, sex life or sexual orientation.
Data Breach: “Personal Data Breach” means a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed
Information We Collect
We only collect information about you if we have a reason to do so; for example, to provide our Services, to communicate with you, or to make our Services better.
We collect information in three ways: if and when you provide information to us, automatically through operating our services, and from outside sources. Let’s go over the information that we collect.
Information You Provide to Us
It’s probably no surprise that we collect information that you provide to us. The amount and type of information depends on the context and how we use the information. Here are some examples of data you may provide to us
Information We Collect Automatically
We also collect some information automatically
Log Information: As part of our online services, we collect information that web browsers, mobile devices, and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, IP address, unique device identifiers, language preference, referring site, the date and time of access, operating system, and mobile network information. We collect log information when you use our Services in order to assess the performance of our systems and to help us improve the security around the data we hold for you.
Usage Information: We collect information about your usage of our Services. For example, we collect information about the actions that administrators and users perform – in other words, who did what, when and to what thing on our system (e.g. that you have read a notice on our CMS portal). We use this information to, for example, provide our Services to you, as well as get insights on how people use our Services, so we can make our Services better.
Information We Collect from Other Sources
We may also get information about you from other sources. For example, we may also obtain information from third party services about individuals who are not yet our users (…but we hope will be!), which we may use, for example, for marketing and advertising purposes.
How We Use Information
We use information about you as mentioned above and as follows:
Sharing of Personal Data
How We Share Personal Data
We do not sell our users’ private personal information.
We share your personal data in the limited circumstances spelled out below and with appropriate safeguards on your privacy:
With Your Consent: We may share and disclose information with your consent or at your direction. For example, we may share your information with third parties with which you authorize us to do so. Where we require your consent to share your data with 3rd parties you will find these listed under Sharing with Third Parties.
We may also request your consent to process limited elements of your data in specific ways. Where we require this consent, it will be presented to you in a way that allows you to have a clear understanding of what you are consenting to and enable you to agree to this in a clear and positive way.
Sharing with Third Parties: We may share information about you with third party vendors who need to know information about you in order to provide their services to us. This group includes vendors that help us provide our Services to you (like payment providers that process your credit and debit card information) and those that help us understand and enhance our Services (like analytics providers). We require vendors to agree to privacy commitments in order to share information with them.
With your consent or when considered a legitimate interest that does not negatively affect your rights and freedoms as an individual, we may also share your data with other third parties. These third parties and the reason for sharing your data with them is listed below:
As Required by Law: We may disclose information about you in response to a subpoena, court order, or other governmental request.
To Protect Rights and Property: We may disclose information about you when we believe in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of URS, third parties, or the public at large. For example, if we have a good faith belief that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury, we may disclose information related to the emergency without delay.
Aggregated and De-Identified Information: We may share information that has been aggregated or reasonably de-identified, so that the information could not reasonably be used to identify you. For instance, we may publish aggregate statistics about the use of our Services.
Published Support Requests: And if you send us a request (for example, via a support email or one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish that request in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users.
Sale or Transfer: If were discussing selling or transferring part or all of a business, we may share information about you to prospective purchasers - but only so they can evaluate that business. If we are reorganised or sold to another organisation, we may transfer information we hold about you to them so they can continue to provide the services to you
Publicly Shared Information
Information that you choose to make public is, you guessed it, disclosed publicly. That means, of course, that information like your public profile, posts, other content that you make public on our system. Public information may also be indexed by search engines or used by third parties. Please keep all of this in mind when deciding what you would like to share.
While no online service is 100% secure, we work very hard to protect information about you against unauthorized access, use, alteration, or destruction, and take reasonable measures to do so. To enhance the security of your account, we encourage you to observe good security best practices with your account information, such as choosing strong passwords when registering with our systems and keeping this information secret.
We employ a range of security controls throughout our organisation to ensure that we look after your personal data and protect it from loss, corruption or unauthorised access.
We only retain data for as long as is necessary to satisfy the following requirements:
Legal Requirements: We are required to meet legal obligations in terms of retention periods for some data, such as financial records and information.
Contractual: Your data will be retained for the duration of your contract, as required by us to fulfil our contractual obligations. Following the end of the contract term we retain your information for a period of 3 years for marketing and business analysis purposes.
Marketing: Where data is held for marketing purposes then we hold this for 1 year of inactivity prior to destruction.
Business Analysis: Where data is held for business analysis purposes, data is limited to only that necessary to perform the analysis. We retain business analysis data for 4 years.
We always aim to keep the amount of personal data we hold to a minimum and so, unless we have received a specific request from you to erase any of your data before the retention periods expire, we will destroy/erase with an expired retention period as soon as the retention period has expired.
You have several choices available when it comes to information that we hold about you:
Limit the Information that You Provide: If you have an account with us, you can choose not to provide the optional account information, profile information, and transaction and billing information. Please keep in mind that if you do not provide this information, certain features of our Services may not be accessible (contact us for more information).
Opt-Out of Electronic Communications: You may opt out of receiving promotional messages from us. Just follow the instructions in those messages. If you opt out of promotional messages, we may still send you other messages, like those about your account and legal notices.
Set Your Browser to Reject Cookies: At this time, URS does not respond to “do not track” signals across all of our Services. However, you can usually choose to set your browser to remove or reject browser cookies before using URS’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of URS’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.
When it comes to personal data you have defined rights regarding how your data is collected, processed and shared. These rights are explained below:
The Right of Access: You have the right to request that we show you what personal data of yours we hold and process.
The Right to Withdraw Consent: Where you have specifically given us consent to process your data then you have the ability to withdraw that consent at any time. Please be aware that where that data is used to provide your with services, then withdrawal of consent to use this data may negatively impact on our ability to provide those services for you.
The Right to Erasure: In specific circumstances, you have the right to request that any data we hold on you be erased. This includes where:
The Right to Object: There are cases where we may process some of your data in order to help us assess and improve our business. This type of processing may not be supported by a contractual requirement or your consent, but would have been carefully assessed to ensure that we have a clear legitimate interest in doing so that does not adversely affect you as an individual.
In these instances, we make you aware of these activities along with your right to object to this kind of processing should you wish.
The Right to rectification: If you become aware that any data we hold is incorrect you have the right to request that this data be corrected
The Right to Data Portability: You have the right to request that we provide you with an electronic copy of any data you have given to us as part of a contractual relationship or following your consent. This also includes any data about you that has been generated automatically as part of these agreements.
The Right to Restrict Processing: In some situation you may require us to restrict processing, such as following an objection or if data accuracy is in question. Where you exercise your right to restrict processing we shall not recommence processing without first notifying you.
Automated Decision Making: As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the speed and quality of our service we use some automated decision-making processes. These processes are designed to provide fast, consistent results based on information contained within your personal data. If you are unhappy with having automated decisions made based on your personal data then you have the right to request that these decisions are conducted by one of our staff instead.
Exercising your rights
If you wish to exercise any of your rights we would be happy to help you. Please use the contact details below to communicate your requirements.
Other Things You Should Know
Transfer of Information outside of the EEA
Ads and Analytics Services Provided by Others
Registering a Complaint
If you have any complaints about the way in which your personal data is being handled, then please contact us using the contact details below. Alternatively, you may also contact the national supervisory authority to register a complaint, their details can be found at https://ico.org.uk
To contact us about your personal data or with any data requests, you may contact our data controller at:
<0044 1202 552 153>
<Derby Manor, Derby Road, Bournemouth, UK>