PRIVACY POLICY

Digital Evolution Forum Data Statement and Privacy Policy

 

The Digital Evolution Forum, “DEF” is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

Everyone has rights with regard to the way in which their personal data is handled. During the course of our activities we will collect, store and process personal data about our community members, suppliers and other third parties, and we recognise that the correct and lawful treatment of this data will maintain confidence in the forum.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.  Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

For the purpose of UK data protection laws, the data controller on behalf of the DEF is Cortex Ltd “Cortex” of Kings Park House, 22 Kings Park Road, Southampton, SO15 2AT

 

DATA PROTECTION PRINCIPLES

When processing your information, we must comply with the six enforceable principles of good practice. These provide that your personal data must be:

  • processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner

  • processed for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes

  • adequate, relevant, and limited to what is necessary

  • accurate and kept up-to-date

  • kept for no longer than is necessary, and

  • processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security

 

INFORMATION YOU GIVE TO US

You may give us information (such as your name, address, email address(es), phone number(s), social media contact details, details of previous employment, professional and personal references, information on software, services and/or technology of interest) by:

  • using and/or filling in forms on our website, including e-chat services

  • by providing information to a Cortex representative who is completing these forms in front of you, about you

  • entering into a contract with us, or representing a business that enters into a contract with us

  • participating in discussion boards or other social media functions with our representatives

  • advertising you (personally) are open to be contacted by us through a public profile or advert

  • giving us your business card, or by allowing us to scan an identifying badge

  • sending us marketing information which includes personal information

  • entering a competition, promotion or survey organised by us, or

  • corresponding with us by phone, email, letters or otherwise

 

We may use the information you give to us for a number of different purposes. For each purpose, we are required to confirm the ‘legal basis’ that allows us to use your information, as follows:

PURPOSES FOR WHICH WE WILL USE THE INFORMATION YOU GIVE TO US

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As stated in the table above, it is a legal obligation for you to provide us with certain information. If you do not provide us with that information, we may be prohibited from delivering you a true and fair experience of Cortex, or we may have our judgement about you and your interests impaired.

It is also a contractual requirement for you to provide us with certain information. If you do not provide us with that information, we may not be able to fulfil our obligations under our current or future contracts with you.

INFORMATION WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU FROM OTHER SOURCES

When you visit our website, we may collect information about you (such as the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform, the device type you use to access our website, location/geography, the size of your business, the frequency of visits to our website, the pages you visited on our website, the website and/or referring site you arrived at our website from, the words or search terms you used to find our website, the navigation you take through our website, the experience including trace details of engagement with our webpages).

We may also collect information about you by conducting searches of public records (Companies House, electoral roll, DVLA database, Member’s registers of industry bodies we are entitled to search as another member, Lead analytics services, Experian, Social Media platforms, Mail Preference Services, Telephone Preference Services, Tender Announcement Services), or in the process of confirming your identity via our online ID verification provider.

We may use the information we collect about you for a number of different purposes. For each purpose, we are required to confirm the ‘legal basis’ that allows us to use your information, as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COOKIE POLICY

 

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website. A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.  We use the following cookies:

 

 

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

Cookies we directly control will not expire. You can clear any cookies by reviewing the Cookie setting on your browser at any time.

DISCLOSURE OF YOUR INFORMATION

You agree that we have the right to share your personal information with:

  • our auditors Hazlewoods LLP and quality assurance assessors NQA Certifications Ltd;

  • Dropbox, OneDrive, Hubspot, Microsoft (Specifically Office 365), Apple (Specifically iCloud), Google (Specifically Google Alerts, Chrome and Google Plug-ins), Cisco (Specifically Webex) and other online cloud providers of this nature;

  • analytics and search engine providers (Google, Bing, Hubspot, Hot Jar, Drupal) that assist us in the improvement, utilisation and optimisation of our website; and

  • selected third parties to the extent we reasonably consider that it is in your best interests for us to do so, or it is necessary for our legitimate business interests.

 

We will disclose your personal information to third parties:

  • in the event that we enter into negotiations to sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we will disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;

  • if Cortex or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about you will be one of the assets transferred to the third party; or

  • if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any contract between you or us, or our website terms of use, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Cortex, our member, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

 

 

IDENTIFYING YOU AS A CUSTOMER

If you are a business client, we may identify you as a customer of the firm in our marketing material or in legal directories, although we will never publicly disclose any confidential information about your business without having obtained your prior consent. If you do not agree to us identifying you as a customer of the firm, please notify us by writing to the address at the top of this policy, or by emailing us at PrivacyPolicy@digitalevolutionforum.com

WHERE WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

All information you provide to us is stored securely in our servers or by our sub processors. Cortex uses sub processers which may not offer storage within the United Kingdom, or cannot guarantee storage is exclusively within the United Kingdom.

In all circumstances, we will take the steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated in accordance with our Information Security Management System policies and procedures which includes the following safeguards for you:

Policies and Procedures include:

  • Access Controls

  • Back-up and Restore Procedures

  • Change Control

  • Clear Desks and Screens​

  • Documents Controls and Record Management

  • Internet and Computer Use

  • Laptop and Mobile Devices

  • Media Handling and Disposal

  • Information Security

  • Incident Management

  • Risk Assessment and Management Procedures

  • Corrective Actions and Non-conformity

  • Internal Audit procedures

  • Management Reviews

  • Network Security​

  • Physical Security

  • Secure Development

  • Secure System Engineering​

 

Some of the data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the United Kingdom. It may also be processed by personnel operating outside the United Kingdom who work for us, our group companies or for one of our suppliers. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. If you are concerned about the levels of data security in any of those countries, please let us know and we will endeavour to advise what steps will be taken to protect your data when stored overseas.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

HOW LONG WE WILL STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

The length of time that we will store your data will depend on the applicable ‘legal basis’ in relation to that data, as follows:

LEGAL BASIS: LENGTH OF TIME

Where we use/store your data because it is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us.

We will use/store your data for as long as it is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us.

Where we use/store your data because it is necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject.

We will use/store your data for as long as it is necessary for us to comply with our legal obligations.

Where we use/store your data because it is necessary for our legitimate business interests.

We will use/store your data until you ask us to stop. However, if we can demonstrate the reason why we are using/storing your data overrides your interests, rights and freedoms, then we will continue to use and store your data for as long as it is necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us (or, if earlier, when we recognise we no longer have a legitimate interest in using/storing your data).

Where we use/store your data because you have given us your specific, informed and unambiguous consent.

We will use/store your data until you ask us to stop.

 

YOUR RIGHTS

 

You have various legal rights in relation to the information you give us, or which we collect about you, as follows:

  • You have a right to access the information we hold about you free-of-charge, together with various information about why and how we are using your information, to whom we may have disclosed that information, from where we originally obtained the information and for how long we will use your information.

  • You have the right to ask us to rectify any information we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete.

  • You have the right to ask us to erase the information we hold about you (the ‘right to be forgotten’). Please note that this right can only be exercised in certain circumstances and, if you ask us to erase your information and we are unable to do so, we will explain why not.

  • You have the right to ask us to stop using your information where: (i) the information we hold about you is inaccurate; (ii) we are unlawfully using your information; (iii) we no longer need to use the information; or (iv) we do not have a legitimate reason to use the information. Please note that we may continue to store your information, or use your information for the purpose of legal proceedings or for protecting the rights of any other person.

  • You have the right to ask us to transmit the information we hold about you to another person or company in a structured, commonly-used and machine-readable format. Please note that this right can only be exercised in certain circumstances and, if you ask us to transmit your information and we are unable to do so, we will explain why not.

  • Where we use/store your information because it is necessary for our legitimate business interests, you have the right to object to us using/storing your information. We will stop using/storing your information unless we can demonstrate why we believe we have a legitimate business interest which overrides your interests, rights and freedoms.

  • Where we use/store your data because you have given us your specific, informed and unambiguous consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

  • You have the right to object to us using/storing your information for direct marketing purposes.

 

If you wish to exercise any of your legal rights, please contact us at the address above, or by emailing us PrivacyPolicy@digitalevolutionforum.com

You also have the right, at any time, to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office if you believe we are not complying with the laws and regulations relating to the use/storage of the information you give us, or that we collect about you.

AUTOMATED DECISION-MAKING

We do not use automated decision-making.

CHANGES TO OUR POLICY

Any changes we make to our policy in the future will be posted on our website and, where appropriate, notified to you by email or via social media. Please check our website frequently to see any updates or changes to our policy.

CONTACT

Questions, comments and requests regarding this policy are welcomed and should be addressed to the address at the top of this policy, or by emailing us at PrivacyPolicy@digitalevolutionforum.com