McKeowns Solicitors treats the privacy of its customers and website users very seriously and we take appropriate security measures to safeguard your privacy. This Policy explains how we protect and manage any **Personal data you share with us and what we hold about you, including how we collect, process, protect and share that data.
**Personal data means any information that may be used to identify an individual, including, but not limited to, a first and last name, a physical address and an email address or other contact number information.
How we obtain your personal data
Information provided by you
You may provide us with personal data either via our website forms, as a result of email, ‘conversations’, on the telephone and/or in person. This may include, but is not limited to, name, address, email address, job title and contact numbers. Occasionally it may also include information relevant to client surveys.
We may also keep information contained in any correspondence you may have with us by post or by email.
Whilst your data is being processed at our site, it is protected by our network, passwords, firewall security, and anti-virus packages.
We undertake at all times to protect your personal data in a manner which is consistent with best professional security practice and the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation.
How we use your personal data
Generally, we use your personal data to manage and administer your relationship with us.
Specifically, we may use your personal data:
- to assess your suitability for a particular service;
- to process requests for our services;
- to give you information that you request from us;
- to notify you about changes to our services;
- to provide you with information by email regarding our services
Additionally, we may, where we have obtained your permission, also use the personal data to:
- provide you with information about the services we offer by way of newsletter delivered by email.
- keep you up to date with events that we are holding.
You can opt-out of any of these data uses at any time by emailing our GDPR Team.
We will only keep your information for as long as reasonably required.
Links to other websites
We will keep information about you confidential and we will only disclose your information with other third parties with your express consent with the exception of the following categories of third parties:
Categories of third parties
- insurance companies, loss assessors, regulatory authorities and other fraud prevention agencies for the purposes of fraud prevention and to comply with any legal and regulatory issues and disclosures;
- any printing agents, contractors and advisors that provide a service to us or act as our agents on the understanding that they keep the information confidential;
- anyone to whom we may transfer our rights and duties under any agreement we have with you;
- any legal or crime prevention agencies and/or to satisfy any regulatory request (including recognised practitioner bodies) if we have a duty to do so or if the law requires us to do so.
How long do we keep this information about you?
We keep information as long as is reasonably necessary. This takes into account our need to meet any legal, statutory and regulatory obligations. These reasons can vary from one piece of information to the next. In all cases our need to use your personal information will be reassessed on a regular basis and information which is no longer required will be disposed of.
Data subject rights
Subject access requests
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) grants you (hereinafter referred to as the “data subject”) the right to access particular personal data that we hold about you. This is referred to as a subject access request. We shall respond promptly from the point of receiving the request with all necessary information. Our formal response shall include details of the personal data we hold about you, including the following:
- details of what personal data we currently hold;
- the purposes for processing the information; and
- persons or entities with whom we are sharing the information;
Right to rectification
You, the data subject, shall have the right to obtain from us, without undue delay, the rectification of inaccurate personal data we hold concerning you. Taking into account the purposes of the processing, you, the data subject, shall have the right to have incomplete personal data completed, including by means of providing a supplementary statement.
Right to erasure
You, the data subject, shall have the right to obtain from us the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay.
Right to restriction of processing
Subject to exemptions, you, the data subject, shall have the right to obtain from us restriction of processing where one of the following applies:
- the accuracy of the personal data is contested by you, the data subject, and is restricted until the accuracy of the data has been verified;
- the processing is unlawful and you, the data subject, oppose the erasure of the personal data and instead request the restriction in its use;
- we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of processing, but it is required by you, the data subject, for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims;
- you, the data subject, have objected to processing of your personal data pending the verification of whether there are legitimate grounds for us to override these objections;
Right to data portability
You, the data subject, shall have the right to receive your personal data, which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit this data to another controller, without hindrance from us.
Right to object
You, the data subject, shall have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to the processing of personal data concerning you, including any personal profiling; unless this relates to processing that is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or an exercise of official authority vested in us. We shall no longer process the personal data unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing, which override the interests, rights and freedoms of you, the data subject, or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
Right to not be subject to decisions based solely on automated processing
We do not carry out any automated processing which may lead to an automated decision based on your personal data.
Invoking your rights
If you would like to invoke any of the above data subject rights with us, please write to us at McKeowns Solicitors, Law Society House, 90 Victoria St, Belfast BT1 3GN or email our GDPR Team
Accuracy of information
In order to provide the highest level of customer service possible, we need to keep accurate personal data about you. We take reasonable steps to ensure the accuracy of any personal data or sensitive information we obtain. We ensure that the source of any personal data or sensitive information is clear and we carefully consider any challenges to the accuracy of the information. We also consider when it is necessary to update the information, such as name or address changes and you can help us by informing us of these changes when they occur.
Questions and queries
If you have a complaint
If you have a complaint regarding the use of your personal data or sensitive information then please contact us by writing to us at Mckeowns Solicitors, Law Society House, 90 Victoria St, Belfast BT1 3GN or email our GDPR Team and we will do our best to help you.