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Privacy notice for customers

Introduction

Welcome to the Mark Nelson Vets privacy notice. 

Mark Nelson Vets respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you as to how we look after your personal data and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you. Please use the Glossary to understand the meaning of some of the terms used in this privacy notice.

This privacy notice covers the following content: 

1. IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHO WE ARE

2. THE DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU

3. HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED

4. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

5. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA

6. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS

7. DATA SECURITY

8. DATA RETENTION

9. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

10. GLOSSARY 

  1. Important information and who we are

Purpose of this privacy notice

This privacy notice aims to give you information on how we collect and process your personal data through your registration with any of our practices and use of our website, including any data you may provide through our website when you sign up to our newsletter, or purchase a product or service. 

Our website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements any other notices and is not intended to override them. 

Controller

VetPartners Practices Limited t/a Mark Nelson Vets is the data controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as “Mark Nelson Vets”, "we", "us" or "our" in this privacy notice).

Contact details

Our full details are: VetPartners Practices Limited t/a Mark Nelson Vets, registered in England and Wales, under company number 10084952; Registered Office: Leeman House, Station Business Park, Holgate Park Drive, York YO26 4GB

Data Compliance Officer

Email address: dataprotection@vetpartners.co.uk

Postal address: c/o Spitfire House, Aviator Court, Amy Johnson Way, York YO30 4UZ

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, so please contact us in the first instance. 

Changes to the privacy notice and your duty to inform us of changes

This version was last updated on 10 September 2019 and historic versions can be obtained by contacting us.

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and up-to-date. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Links to third-party websites

Our website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

  1. The data we collect about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual (the ‘Data Subject’) from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together follows:

  • Identity Data including first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth and gender.
  • Contact Data including billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers.
  • Pet Data including the name, species, breed, gender, insurance records and medical history of your pet(s).
  • Financial Data including bank account and payment card details.
  • Transaction Data including details about payments to and from you and other details of products and veterinary services you have purchased from us.
  • Technical Data including internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access our website. 
  • Profile Data including your username and password, purchases or orders made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.  
  • Usage Data including information about how you use our website, products and veterinary services. 
  • Marketing and Communications Data including your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

We also collect, use, and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for certain purposes. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law, as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.

We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health, and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

If you fail to provide personal data

Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you, and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with products or veterinary services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us. We will notify you if this is the case at the time. 

  1. How is your personal data collected?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you, including:

  • Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Contact, Pet and Financial Data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
  • register with one of our practices;
  • request our products or services;
  • create an account on our website;
  • subscribe to our publications; 
  • request marketing to be sent to you;
  • enter a competition, promotion or survey; or
  • give us feedback on our products or services. 
  • Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies. Please see our cookie policy for further details.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties [and public sources] as set out below 
  • Technical Data from the following parties:
    1. analytics providers [such as Google based outside the EU]; 
    2. Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services [such as PAYPAL based outside the EU] 
  • Identity and Contact Data from publicly availably sources such as Companies House and the Electoral Register based inside the EU.
  1. How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we are about to enter or have entered into a contract for the delivery of veterinary services with you.
  • Where processing is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) as well as your interests, and your fundamental rights and freedoms do not override those interests.
  • Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Please refer to the Glossary to find out more about the types of lawful basis that we will rely on to process your personal data.

Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data

We have set out below, in a table format, a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are (where appropriate).

Note that we may process your personal data on more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. If you would like to know more about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data (where more than one ground has been set out), please contact us


Purpose/Activity

Type of data

Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest

To register you as a new customer

(a) Identity 

(b) Contact

(c) Pet

Performance of a contract with you

To process payments for products and services we provide to you, including:

(a) Managing payments, fees and charges

(b) Collecting and recovering money owed to us

(a) Identity 

(b) Contact 

(c) Pet

(d) Financial 

(e) Transaction 

(a) Performance of a contract with you 

(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to recover debts due to us)

To manage our relationship with you, which will include:

(a) Notifying you of treatments that your pet is due, or which may be beneficial to your pet

(b) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy policy

(c) Asking you to leave a review or take a survey

(a) Identity 

(b) Contact 

(c) Pet

(d) Profile 

(e) Marketing and Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you 

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to keep our records updated and to study how customers use our products/services)

To enable you to partake in a prize draw, competition or complete a survey

(a) Identity 

(b) Contact 

(c) Pet

(d) Profile 

(e) Usage 

(f) Marketing and Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you 

(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them and grow our business)

To administer and protect our business and our website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)  

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Pet

(d) Technical

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences

(a) Technical 

(b) Usage 

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of customers for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)


Marketing

We may process your personal data in order to make suggestions and recommendations to you about products or services that may be of interest to you (‘direct marketing’). In these cases, the lawful basis we rely on is ‘consent’. Before we process your data for direct marketing purposes, we will require your consent to do so. Consent means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of your wishes by which you, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signify agreement to the processing of personal data relating to yourself.

Promotional offers from us 

We may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, Usage and Profile Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need for your pet(s), or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing). 

You will only receive marketing communications from us if you have purchased products or services from us and specifically ‘opted in’ to receive such communications. 

Third-party marketing 

We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any other company for marketing purposes. 

Opting out

You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time or adjust your marketing preferences or by following the opt-out or ‘unsubscribe’ links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time. 

Cookies

Our website uses essential cookies to enable core functionalities such as security, network management, and accessibility. Our website may also use non-essential cookies, such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. Finally, our website may use marketing cookies in order to promote products which you may find interesting. These cookies will in almost all cases only collect anonymous data. For more information about the cookies we use, and how to disable them.

Change of purpose 

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it. However, we may sometimes find that our purposes for collecting and using data changes over time. If we originally collected and used your personal data on the lawful basis of consent, we will always ask you for ‘fresh’ consent for the processing of your personal data for any new purpose. If we did not originally collect your personal data on the basis of consent, we may only use your personal data for a new purpose if this new purpose is compatible with the original purpose. When assessing whether the original and new purpose are compatible, we will consider the differences between the original and the new purpose; the reasonable expectations that you would have with regards to our handling of your data; and the impact on the individuals whose data we are processing. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated, ‘incompatible’ purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

  1. Disclosures of your personal data

We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above.

  • External Third Parties as set out in the Glossary.
  • Specific third parties such as VetPartners Limited (the company that owns VetPartners Practices Limited t/a Mark Nelson Vets), our Practice Management System, our website builder, and our communications provider. If you would like to have more information about these specific third parties please contact us.
  • Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice. 
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