Privacy Policy

This policy (together with our Website Terms of Use in relation to our website (the "Site") and any other documents referred to on it) 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 the Data Protection Act 1998 (the "Act"), the data controller is SOCO International plc with registered office address at 48 Dover Street, London W1S 4FF and is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office with registration number Z8819425 ("SOCO").

1. Information we may collect from you

We may collect the following information from you from time to time:

1.1 information that you provide by filling in forms on the Site. This includes information provided at the time of registering for e-mail updates, recruitment information request, raising enquiries or requesting further information. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the Site;

1.2 if you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence; and

1.3 details of your visits to the Site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.

2. IP addresses

2.1 We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers.

2.2 An IP address is a unique identifier that certain electronic devices use to identify and communicate with each other on the Internet. When you visit the Site, we may view the IP address of the device you use to connect to the Internet.  This forms statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

2.3 We use this information to determine the general physical location of the device and understand from what geographic regions our website visitors come. We also may use this information to enhance our Site.

3. Cookies

3.1 The Site uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of the Site and to assist your use of the Site. A cookie is a small text file that can be placed on your computer’s hard drive. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse the Site and also allows us to improve the Site and to assist your usage of the Site.

3.2 By using the Site you consent to our use of the cookies as detailed in this policy, should you wish to revoke this consent please inform us accordingly.

3.3 You can disable cookies or set your browser to alert you when cookies are being sent, but if you choose to do so you may not be able to access some areas of the Site.  For more information on how to disable cookies, please check the relevant support page for your browser.

3.4 The following cookies are used on the Site:

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for the purpose of generating statistics about visitors to the Site to help us improve our Site

4. Where we store your personal data

4.1 Although our website is hosted in the UK, the data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, responding to your queries or complaints or sending you e-mail updates which you have subscribed to. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

4.2 All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Any personal information will be encrypted where possible.

4.3 Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will use industry-standard methods and processes to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to the Site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and industry-standard security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

5. How we use the information

5.1 We use information held about you in the following ways:

5.1.1 to ensure that content from the Site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;

5.1.2 to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes; and

5.1.3 to notify you about changes to our Site or e-mail updates.

5.2 Please inform us if you do not want us to use your data in this way.

6. Disclosure of your information

6.1 We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.

6.2 We may disclose your personal information to third parties:

6.2.1 that assist our operation of the Site;

6.2.2 in the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;

6.2.3 if SOCO or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets; and

6.2.4 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 our Website Terms of Use and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of SOCO or other interested parties. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection or crime detection or prevention.

6.3 We do not collect information with a view to selling it to unconnected third parties. However, in the unlikely event that any of the assets of SOCO were sold to a third party, details of our Site users would be passed on to that third party as a part of the sale of the business.

7. Your rights

7.1 You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will try to inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data.  You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us here.

7.2 The Site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates.  If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies.  Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

8. Access to information

The Act gives you the right to access personal information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

9. Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this Privacy Policy or our use of your personal information are welcomed and should be addressed to here.

10. Changes to this policy

We reserve the right to amend or vary this Privacy Policy from time to time by placing an updated Privacy Policy on the Site.

11. General

11.1 Any use of our website shall be subject to our Website Terms of Use.

11.2 The Site is operated by SOCO International plc, 48 Dover Street, London W1S 4FF  and is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office with registration number Z8819425 and with company registration number 03300821.

11.3 This Privacy Policy is governed by and shall be construed in accordance with English Law, and any claim brought under this Privacy Policy shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

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