Privacy Policy 2018-05-25T14:01:10+00:00

PRIVACY POLICY

At DLS Solicitors we are committed to safeguarding the privacy of visitors to our website. This privacy notice explains how we use the data we collect through our website.

We will not compromise your privacy, nor will we ever sell your data. If you chose to input your data onto our website, we will store it securely and we will respect your marketing choices. DLS Solicitors will be the data controller of all data uploaded by you to our website. Please see our contact us page for our contact details.

What data we collect

If you choose to submit data to us on our website, for example by completing our contact us form, we will collect details such as your name, email address, telephone number and postal address.
We will always store your data securely and we will never ask you for any data that we don’t need. For example, we do not collect any special categories of personal data about you through our website, such as details about your race, ethnicity, religious beliefs or information about your health.
We also obtain data through the use of cookies and from your IP address, as further detailed in the ‘Cookies’ and ‘IP Addresses’ sections below. Amongst other things, this allows us to collect aggregate and statistical data, which does not identify you, for statistical analysis and strategic development purposes.

How we use your data

By submitting your data we will use it to respond to your enquiries.
We only use your data for the purposes for which we collected it subject to limited exceptions, such as where we reasonably consider that we can use your data for another reason which is compatible with the original purpose for which it was collected.

On what basis do we process your data

We will only use and process the data you provide to us where we have a lawful basis for doing so.
With regard to the data we collect via the website this is done with your consent to contact you. The lawful bases for our processing of your data which include processing that (i) is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering a contract, (ii) is necessary for compliance with our legal, regulatory and/or professional obligations, (iii) is necessary for the purposes of pursuing our legitimate interests, or (iv) is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

Who we share your data with

We will not disclose your data to any other third parties unless (i) we are required to do so by law, (ii) disclosure is necessary for the purpose of, or in connection with, legal proceedings, (iii) it is to exercise or defend legal rights or (iv) we have your consent.

Where we transfer your data as described above, we will always ensure that such transfer is safe and secure by ensuring that adequate safeguards are put in place to protect your data.

How long we keep your personal data

We keep data in accordance with our internal retention procedures, which are determined by our legal, regulatory and professional obligations and accord with good practice. The retention period is currently 6 years from the file being closed but is subject to change. Please rest assured that we only keep your data for as long as we need to. When your data is no longer required, we will delete it securely.

Cookies

Like most websites, our website uses cookies to capture certain data about its use and its users to improve the functionality of our website and your experience when using it. Cookies may store preferences and other data about your use of our website and we use this data to improve your experience of our website by making it personalised to you.

By using our website, you consent to our use of cookies.

You can manage cookies by changing your browser settings to disable or delete cookies. To find out how, go to http://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/. Please note that if you disable cookies the functionality of our website on your device may be affected and you may not be able to access certain parts of our website.

IP addresses

When you visit our website our server will temporarily record your IP address (similar to a phone number, it is a unique number that allows your computer or device to communicate via the internet). It allows us to identify your country of origin whilst you are navigating our website, so we can direct you to the most suitable regional pages of our website. If you are accessing our website from a business IP address, we also capture details of which organisations have visited our website.

Security

We are committed to ensuring that your data is secure. In order to protect the data you input to our website from unauthorised access, improper use or disclosure, unauthorised modification, unlawful destruction or accidental loss, we have put in place appropriate technical, physical and managerial procedures. All our employees and any third parties we engage to process your data are obliged to respect the confidentiality of your data.

However, the internet is not a secure environment and we cannot therefore guarantee total security of any data transmitted to our website. Whilst we utilise the latest virus protection software, we cannot guarantee our website is free of computer viruses or other harmful applications so such transmission is at your own risk.

Links to other websites

Our website contains links to other websites. Please note that we are not responsible for the privacy practices of other websites. When you leave our website please be sure to read the privacy notices and policies of those other websites. This privacy notice applies solely to data collected by our website. We do not endorse the content on any other websites that can be accessed via our website.

Changes to your personal data

If your personal data changes at any time, please keep us informed so we can ensure your data is accurate, complete and current. If you wish to update your personal data, you can do this at any time by contacting us.

Access to your personal data and your rights

You are entitled to view the personal data we hold about you and request that we amend it or delete it, subject to some exceptions. You also have the right to request that we restrict our processing of your data or to object to that processing. Please email your request to Danielle Shacwross, our data protection officer danielle.shawcross@dlssolicitors.co.uk

Please note we may require further data from you in order to verify your identity before disclosing, amending or deleting any of your data.

In most cases, we will deal with your requests free of charge and within one month of receipt of your request. However, there are exceptions that may allow us to charge a reasonable fee to cover our administration costs and/or extended the time period for dealing with your request to two months from receipt of your request, such as where your request is complex or repetitive. If an exception applies, we will keep you informed.

Our details

Controller: DLS SOLICITORS

Address: 14, George Street, Alderley Edge, Cheshire SK9 7EJ

Telephone: 01625 460 281

Email: danielle.shawcross@dlssolicitors.co.uk Please mark the subject heading of your email “For the attention of the Data Protection Officer”

Data Protection Officer: Danielle Shawcross

Contact us

If you have questions regarding this privacy notice, if you require access to your personal data or if you have a complaint in connection with this privacy notice, please contact our Data Protection Officer, whose details appear above.

If we have been unable to resolve a complaint you have made to us, you can contact the ICO at www.ico.org.uk or call 0303 123 1113.

Changes to this privacy notice

This privacy notice was last updated on the date stated below and we may vary it from time to time. We encourage you to check our privacy notice regularly. We will include a notification on our website’s home page if we make any significant changes to this privacy notice.

Dated: 25 May 2018