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About this notice
Rule13 is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you in accordance with data protection law. Please read it carefully.
Data protection law says that the personal information we hold about you must be:
If you have any questions about this notice or how we collect and use personal information about you please contact us.
We are Rule13 Ltd. Our registered office is at Unit 1, Fountain Enterprise Park, Enterprise Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6ZQ and our registered company number is 08144168.
We also have the following group companies and brands, this privacy notice also applies to the activities of those group companies:
If you have any questions, our contact details are available on the contact page of our websites.
If you are an individual, when you enter into a contract with us (or someone does so on your behalf) there will be personal information about you relating to that contract such as your name, contact details, contract details, delivery details, and correspondence with us about the contract.
If you are an individual, we need certain information to carry out our contract with you and you must provide this in order to enter into a contract with us (or as required under that contract), if you do not, we may not be able to carry out our contract with you. Mandatory information fields are generally set out when you are entering into the contract, but in particular, you must provide the following information:
Other correspondence or interaction (for example by email, telephone, post, SMS or via our website or live chat) between you and us, will include personal information (such as names and contact details) in that correspondence. This may include enquiries, reviews, follow-up comments or complaints lodged by or against you and disputes with you or your organisation.
Social media. If we engage with you on social media, we may use information you share with us (including your social media handle or profile) or which is available from your account to inform our correspondence with you.
Facebook. If you visit our Facebook page, Facebook may be a joint controller with us in relation to information Facebook collects about you regarding your visit to interaction with our page or its content. Facebook will provide us with Page Insights, which are aggregated data to help us understand how people are engaging with our page. Page Insights do not show us details of individual visitors. For more information on the responsibilities of Facebook and us in relation to our Facebook page, please see https://www.facebook.com/legal/terms/information_about_page_insights_data. For more information about how Facebook uses your information, please see https://en-gb.facebook.com/privacy/explanation.
Call information. We may also collect details of phone numbers used to call our organisation and the date, time and duration of any calls. Please note that if we record your calls to or from us, we will inform you of this.
We will keep and use that information to carry out our contract with you (if applicable), to comply with any legal requirements for us to maintain certain records or carry out certain verifications and money laundering checks, and/or for our legitimate interests in preventing fraud, dealing with a complaint or enquiry and administering your (or your organisation’s) account or order and any services we offer, as well as to review and improve our offerings, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes.
Where your information relates to a contract, it is kept for a period of up to 7 years after your last contact with us to enable us to deal with any after sales enquiries or claims and as required for tax purposes
Payment information is collected by our payment processing providers (such as SAGE pay, World pay, Stripe and Klarna) and is retained by them in accordance with their retention policies.
If your information is on social media, it will be retained in accordance with the relevant social media platform’s policies. Any other information set out above such as initial enquiries or correspondence which doesn’t relate to a customer is kept for 12 months after your last contact with us.
We may collect your name and contact details (such as your email address, phone number or address) in order to send you information about our products and services which you might be interested in.
You always have the right to “opt out” of receiving our marketing. You can exercise the right at any time by contacting us. If we send you any marketing emails, we will always provide an unsubscribe option to allow you to opt out of any further marketing emails. If you “opt-out” of our marketing materials you will be added to our suppression list to ensure we do not accidentally send you further marketing. We may still need to contact you for administrative or operational purposes, but we will make sure that those communications don’t include direct marketing. Where you unsubscribe from any postal marketing, you may initially still receive some content which has already been printed or sent, but we will remove you from any future campaigns.
If you are an individual, we will only send you marketing emails or texts with your consent (i.e. where you have “opted-in”.)
For businesses. If you are a company or LLP (or are acting in a professional capacity as part of one) we use your contact details as necessary for our legitimate interests in marketing to you (by various channels) and maintaining a list of potential customers.
We never share your name or contact details with third parties for marketing purposes. We do use third party service providers to send out our marketing, but we only allow them to use that information on our instructions and where they have agreed to treat the information confidentially and to keep it secure.
We retain your details on our marketing list until you “opt-out” at which point we add you to our suppression list. We keep that suppression list indefinitely to comply with our legal obligations to ensure we don’t accidentally send you any more marketing.
We may collect information about you and your use of our website via technical means such as cookies, webpage counters and other analytics tools. This may include your IP address, 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 a website as well as the date and time of your access, what you interact with on our website, and the website from which access is made. We use this as necessary for our legitimate interests in administering and improving our website and its content, to ensure it operates effectively and securely, to develop our business and inform our marketing strategy, and for other administrative purposes. We may also create aggregate statistical data from that information (for instance, overall numbers of website visitors) which is not personal information about you.
The information described above about your use of our website may also be collected and used by third party analytics providers using cookie technology. You will have the option when using our website to accept or reject those cookies. If you accept those cookies, your data will be collected and used by those third parties for their own analytical purposes. For more information, please see their privacy policies.
We may use your geo-location data, determined by your IP address, to direct you to the correct regional website and payment processes. This is necessary for our legitimate interests in ensuring website visitors see relevant content and improving the functionality and usability of our website.
Sharing or Like buttons. If you click a “share” or “like” or equivalent social media button on our website, the relevant social media platform may be a joint controller with us in relation to information that is sent to them about you regarding your clicking of that button (which may include the types of information which we collect about you as part of your visit to our website described above). Any information sent to a social media platform is used by them according to their privacy policies, and they will be solely responsible for that use and primarily responsible for providing you with information about any joint processing and enabling you to exercise your rights under data protection law. For more information on the responsibilities of social media platforms and us in relation to social media buttons on our website, please see the privacy notice of the relevant social media platforms.
For detailed information on the cookies on our site and the purposes which they are used for see our cookie consent banner
We keep this website information about you for up to 12 months from when it is collected or the relevant cookie expires
Third party websites. Our website may, from time to time, contain 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.
If you enter a competition, we will collect information about you including your name, contact details (including social media handles if you are using social media to enter) and information about your entry.
We use that information as necessary to perform our contract with you regarding the competition, and for our legitimate interests in ensuring competitions and prize draws are fairly run, promoting the competition, dealing with a complaint or enquiry, and administering our competition. Your information may be shared with third party logistics providers to deliver a prize, or with third party judges or independent competition administrators as necessary to confirm a winner, but we will always require your information to be kept confidential and secure.
We will also need to hold information on winners of competitions to indicate that a valid award took place. Details of the information we will collect are set out in the terms for each competition, but will usually consist of the winner’s name and county. We make this available to the Advertising Standards Agency on request, and to other third parties in accordance with the terms and conditions of each competition. You can object to your information being made available to third parties, but we must still provide the relevant information to the Advertising Standards Authority on request. We do this as necessary for our legitimate interests in complying with Advertising Standards Agency requirements.
We keep information collected from you in relation to a competition for up to 12 months after the end of that competition.
This is information about you which you provide to us (whether through our website or otherwise), or images or recordings of you which you allow us (or someone on our behalf) to take (including at our premises or events), for publication or display. This may include reviews, comments, testimonials, photographs (including stock photos and advertising material) and videos.
We may display and publish this content (and, if relevant, attribute it to you) on our platforms as necessary for our legitimate interests in providing content and for promotional purposes (or, in some circumstances, because you have specifically consented to us doing this). This information is kept and published or displayed by us for as long as we consider it relevant for those purposes. You can ask us to remove or delete your content at any time (subject to any agreements about our right to use it) by contacting us. If we are displaying or publishing the information based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.
If you work for one of our customers, suppliers or business partners, the information we collect about you may include your contact information, details of your employment and our relationship with you. This information may be collected directly from you, or provided by your organisation. Your organisation should have informed you that your information would be provided to us, and directed you to this policy. We use this as necessary for our legitimate interests in managing our relationship with your organisation. If we have a business relationship with you or your organisation, we may receive information about you from your organisation.
We keep this information for up to seven years after the end of our relationship with your organisation.
Visitor information. We collect information about visitors to our premises. We may record information on your visit, including the date and time, who you are visiting, your name, employer, contact details and vehicle registration number. Visitor information is retained for up to 7 years. If you have an accident on our premises, we may also keep records in relation to this to help us address incidents and any claims arising out of them, we will keep these records for at least 3 years after the date of any incident or until they are no longer required to deal with potential claims.
CCTV. We may operate CCTV at our premises which may record you and your activities. We display notices to make it clear what areas are subject to surveillance. We only release footage following a warrant or formal request from law enforcement, or as necessary in relation to disputes. CCTV recordings may be kept for a period of up to 30 days (unless an incident occurs and it is necessary for us to keep recordings for longer to properly deal with it).
We use the information above as necessary for our legitimate interests in administering your visit and ensuring site security and visitor safety, and for complying with our legal obligations regarding security and fire safety. Your information may be shared if necessary to investigate or report incidents occurring on our premises.
We will collect and hold information on job applicants (including applications for work experience or internships), including information you provide to us in your application, or provided to us by recruitment agencies, as well as information on you from any referees you provide. We may also collect information about your professional history which you make available on LinkedIn, or which are on your employer’s website.
We use this as necessary to enter into an employment contract with you, and for our legitimate interests in evaluating candidates and recording our recruitment activities, and as necessary to exercise and perform our employment law obligations and rights. Where you voluntarily provide us with special categories of data, such as information about your race, health or sexuality, we will store this as part of your application on the basis that you have decided to make it public to us for this purpose, and to ensure that our record of your application is accurate so we can comply with (and demonstrate our compliance with) our obligations under employment law.
If you are successful in your application, your information will be used and kept in accordance with our internal privacy notice. If you currently work for us, or used to work for us, you can request a copy of this from us. If you are not successful in your application, your information will be held for up to 6 months after the relevant round of recruitment has finished.
You must provide certain information (such as your name, contact details, professional and educational history) for us to consider your application fully. If you have not provided all of this information, we may contact you to ask for it. If you do not wish to provide this information, we may not be able to properly consider your application.
If you are listed as a referee by an applicant, we will hold your name, contact details, professional information about you (such as your employer and job title) and details of your relationship with the applicant. We will use this information as necessary for our legitimate interests in evaluating candidates and as necessary to exercise and perform our employment law obligations and rights. Your information will be kept alongside the applicant’s information.
If you are listed as an emergency contact by someone who works for us, we will hold your name, contact details and details of your relationship with that member of staff. We will use this to contact you as necessary to carry out our obligations under employment law, to protect the vital interests of that member of staff, and for our legitimate interests in administering our relationship with that worker. Your information will be kept until it is updated by that member of staff, or we no longer need to contact them after they have stopped working for us.
Where we consider there to be a risk that we may need to defend or bring legal claims, we may retain your personal information as necessary for our legitimate interests in ensuring that we can properly bring or defend legal claims. We may also need to share this information with our insurers or legal advisers. How long we keep this information for will depend on the nature of the claim and how long we consider there to be a risk that we will need to defend or bring a claim.
Common uses of your information. We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to do so. Although in limited circumstances we may use your information because you have specifically consented to it, we generally use your information in the ways set out in this notice because:
Change of purpose. We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it as set out in this notice, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
We may also receive information about you from the following sources:
Our service providers. We work closely with third parties (including, for example, business partners, sub-contractors in technical, payment and delivery services, advertising networks, analytics providers, search information providers and credit reference agencies) who may provide us with information about you, to be used as set out in this privacy notice.
Businesses we have bought. If we have acquired another business, or substantially all of its assets, which originally held your information, we will hold and use the information you provided to them, or which they otherwise held about you, in accordance with this privacy notice. If we are reviewing whether to acquire a business, or substantially all of its assets, which holds your personal data (whether you are a customer or employee of that business or otherwise) we may receive limited personal data about you from that business or professional advisors involved in the transaction, as necessary for our legitimate interests in making decisions about that acquisition. If we do not acquire that business, any information we receive about you will be deleted as soon as practicable following the decision not to acquire.
Our other channels. This is information we receive about you if you use any of the other websites or the other services or products provided by us or our group companies. In this case we will have informed you when we collected that data if we intend to share those data internally and combine it with data collected on this website. We will also have told you for what purpose we will share and combine your data.
We never sell your data to third parties. But we may need to share your information with third parties, including third-party service providers and other entities in our group. Third parties are required to respect the security of your personal information and to treat it in accordance with the law.
Why might we share your personal information with third parties? We may share your personal information with third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our agreements with you, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of us, our customers, or others or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so. This may include exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
Which third-party service providers process your personal information? We may need to share your personal information with third-party service providers (including contractors and designated agents) so that they can carry out their services. We may use third-party service providers in relation to the following types of activity: legal advice, contract administration, payment or delivery platforms (such as Orderwise), order fulfilment, delivery (such as Royal Mail or DHL), administration, IT services, review websites (such as Trustpilot), email marketing (such as Mailchimp) and payment processing (as set out in section 2).
When might we share your personal information with other entities in the group? We may share your personal information with other entities in our group as part of our regular reporting activities on company performance, in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise, and for system maintenance support and hosting of data.
How secure is your information with third-party service providers and other entities in our group? All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information. Where third parties process your personal information on our behalf as “data processors” they must do so only on our instructions and where they have agreed to treat the information confidentially and to keep it secure.
What about other third parties? We may share your personal information with other third parties, for example with potential buyers and professional advisers in the context of the possible sale or restructuring of the business where necessary in connection with the purposes which your information was collected for. We may also need to share your personal information with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law.
Our office headquarters are based in Kent and our main data centre is located in the UK. However, where required to perform our contract with you or for our wider business purposes, the information that we hold about you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the UK and the EU. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the UK and EU who work for us or for one of our service providers. In particular, if you are a customer outside of the UK and the EU, you information will be shared with local logistics providers in order to deliver your order.
We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your personal information is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy notice.
Some countries or organisations outside of the UK and the EU which we may transfer your information to will have an “adequacy decision” in place, meaning the EU considers them to have an adequate data protection regime in place. These are set out on the European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-transfers-outside-eu/adequacy-protection-personal-data-non-eu-countries_en.
If we transfer data to countries or organisations outside of the UK and the EU which the EU does not consider to have an adequate data protection regime in place, we will ensure that appropriate safeguards (for example, model clauses approved by the EU or a data protection authority) are put in place where required. To obtain more details of these safeguards, please contact us.
As well as the measures set out above in relation to sharing of your information, we have put in place appropriate internal security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where necessary.
We have set out above indications of how long we generally keep your information. In some circumstances, it may be necessary to keep your information for longer than that in order to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal information, the purposes for which we process your personal information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you.
Data protection law gives you a number of rights when it comes to personal information we hold about you. The key rights are set out below. More information about your rights can be obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to
Be informed in a clear, transparent and easily understandable way about how we use your personal information and about your rights. This is why we are providing you with the information in this notice. If you require any further information about how we use your personal information, please let us know.
Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it (for instance, we may need to continue using your personal data to comply with our legal obligations). You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to us using your information on this basis and we do not have a compelling legitimate basis for doing so which overrides your rights, interests and freedoms (for instance, we may need it to defend a legal claim). You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
Request the transfer of your personal information to another party where you provided it to us and we are using it based on your consent, or to carry out a contract with you, and we process it using automated means.
Withdraw consent. In the limited circumstances where we are relying on your consent (as opposed to the other bases set out above) to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another compelling legitimate interest in doing so.
Lodge a complaint. If you think that we are using your information in a way which breaches data protection law, you have the right to lodge a complaint with your national data protection supervisory authority (if you are in the UK, this will be the ICO).
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal information, withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal information or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact us.
No fee usually required. You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.
What we may need from you. We may need to request specific information from you to help us understand the nature of your request, to confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. If we request any identification from you for this purpose, it is on the basis that it is necessary to comply with our legal obligations, and we will only keep and use this until your identity has been verified.
Timescale. Please consider your request responsibly before submitting it. We will respond to your request as soon as we can. Generally, this will be within one month from when we receive your request but, if the request is going to take longer to deal with, we will let you know.
Any changes we make to our privacy notice in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail or otherwise. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy notice.