The Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs is committed to adhering to the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), this means that we are transparent about why we request certain data from you and what we do with that data.
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR is new legislation which will supersede the Data Protection Act as of May 25th 2018.
“The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy”
1. About this policy
This policy describes the data that we collect from you or about you, and the way that we may use it from time to time. Please read the policy carefully as it will help you to understand the way that we may use your data and our reasons for doing so.
The “data controller” of your personal data (in other words, the person that determines how your data is used) is Kathy Probert c/o Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs of 17 High Street, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, GL17 0AD
2. Who we are
Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs is an independent voluntary project supporting small and start-up businesses in the Forest of Dean through a range of different services. Whether you are already trading, just thinking about the possibility of starting your own business or are just about to launch but want some advice or reassurance, we can probably help.
3.The way that we use your personal data
a) What personal data do we collect?
This policy gives you information about the way that we may use your “personal data”. Personal data is any information that could be used to identify you in some way (even if, in some scenarios such as online advertising, we don’t know your name). The personal data that we may collect from or about you will include the following:
For the avoidance of doubt, we do not intend for any of our sites or services to be used by children, and we therefore do not intend to collect data from children.
Similarly, we do not intend to collect (and we ask you not to disclose) any particularly sensitive data, such as data relating to your health, religion or ethnic background.
b) How do we collect personal data?
We (and other organisations that we work with, such as GFirst LEP) may collect personal data in a variety of ways including:
Directly from you:
Information such as name, address and telephone number, as well as other information, such as your website details and preferred means of communication, may be collected when you voluntarily provide this information to us (for example when you register on the website, visit one of our events or call our support team).
A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer’s hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.
We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about webpage traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.
Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.
You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.
Through your browser or device or through our servers:
Certain information is collected by most browsers or automatically through your device, and we also collect your IP address (this enables to recognise your computer or device when you use the site) via our server log files.
The Forest of Dean Entrepreneurs will never sell, rent or swap your personal data or give it to anyone else for them to use for their own purposes without making that clear to you.
Security and retention of your personal data
(i) Security of your personal data:
We take the security of your data very seriously. We have implemented various strategies, controls and measures to keep your data secure and keep these measures under close review.
After a retention period has elapsed, the data is securely deleted.
(iii) Accuracy of your personal data:
You can help us keep our records up to date by telling us when your contact details and other personal information changes. If you tell us of any changes (either to your personal information or how you wish us to contact you from time to time) it may take a short while for such changes to take effect but rest assured that we respect your rights and will endeavour to carry out such changes as soon as possible.
5. Your rights and how to contact us
The law gives you a number of rights in relation to your personal data and our use of it. You have the right:
You also have the right to complain about our use of your personal data. You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office via their website: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or by calling 0303 123 1113.