Privacy Policy

Last updated January 2017


This Privacy Policy indicates Darlington Building Society's procedures and policies regarding the collection and use of your personal information via its website.  By using our website you agree to the use of your information as set out below.  You are not required to provide your details or complete any registration process before you can use our website.

How we use your personal information
 

When you register an enquiry or complete an application you will be agreeing to the use of your personal information.

We will use your personal information, together with other information available including sensitive information, as appropriate, to process your enquiry, set up and administer the account and services you have with us, contact you where necessary, for fraud prevention and detection, legal and regulatory compliance, marketing and market research and general business purposes.

Our relationships with other companies

If we offer you products or services from other companies (and you take these products you will be entering into a contract with the company concerned) we will share relevant information with them to obtain a quote and administer the service provided.

We are careful to choose reputable companies governed by regulatory bodies.

All relationships with third parties are controlled by a contract that safeguards the security and confidentiality of your information.

Marketing

We will not use any details we have obtained, at any time, unless you have opted into receiving communications from us and we will only do so by the methods you have chosen.

Email

You should note that ordinary email is not secure. Please do not send us any confidential information via email. Similarly, we will not use email to send confidential information about your accounts to you unless you specifically request, and agree to, this. For your own protection, please do not include confidential or other personal information in any unprotected e-mails you send to us

Site monitoring

We use technical methods (called "cookies") to identify what stage in an application process you are at, improve your experience by making it quicker and easier for you to use the site, identify how effective our advertising is and provide you with information in the future we believe is relevant to you. No personal information is captured unless you proceed with an application at which point details of where your enquiry originated will be linked to your customer record. You can block or delete cookies from this site in your browser settings. To find out how to delete cookies visit www.aboutcookies.org. By doing this your experience may be affected and parts of this site may not work. By continuing with an enquiry/application you will be consenting to the use of cookies as explained.

Communicating with others

All communications with us may be monitored/recorded to improve the quality of our service, staff training and for your protection and security.

Links to other sites

This Privacy Policy only covers you while you are on our site. Once you click on a link to another website, the Policy no longer applies.


Cookies - Site Monitoring

Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.


What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. The cookies used on this website have been categorised based on the categories found in the ICC UK Cookie guide. A list of all the cookies used on this website by category is set out below, with a note as to whether we use them; and then some details of the actual cookies on the site, their purpose, and what to do if you do not consent to any specific cookies being used. Please note however that since we only use cookies where they will be of benefit, any failure to consent may limit your use of this site.

Category 1: Strictly necessary cookies:

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for.

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

WE DO USE THIS CATEGORY OF COOKIE ON OUR SITE

Category 3: Functionality Cookies:

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience.

These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. For instance, a website may be able to provide you with local weather reports or traffic news by storing in a cookie the region in which you are currently located. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

By using our website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your devise.

WE DO USE THIS CATEGORY OF COOKIE ON OUR SITE

Category 4: Targeting Cookies or Advertising Cookies:

These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to   make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

They are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with the website operator’s permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

Where we use this type of cookies, we may do so only with your specific and informed consent.


WE DO USE THIS CATEGORY OF COOKIE ON OUR SITE
 

Here you can view the cookies we use on our site.

Where we store your personal data

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 maybe engaged in, among other things, the fulfilment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the provision of support services. 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.

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Any payment transactions will be encrypted. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Uses made of the information

We use information held about you in the following ways:

To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.

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.

To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.

To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.

To notify you about changes to our service.

We may also use your data, or permit selected third parties to use your data, to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you and we or they may contact you about these.

If you are an existing customer, we will only contact you by electronic means (e-mail or SMS) with information about goods and services similar to those which were the subject of a previous sale to you.

If you are a new customer, and where we permit selected third parties to use your data, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.

If you do not want us to use your data in this way, or to pass your details on to third parties for marketing purposes, please tick the relevant box situated on the form on which we collect your data (the registration form).

Disclosure of your information

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.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties:

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.

If Darlington Building Society 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.

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 terms of use (http://www.darlington.co.uk/terms-and-conditions.html) and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Darlington Building Society, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

Your rights

You have the right to have any inaccuracies corrected, to object to direct marketing at any time and a right of access to your personal records held by us, subject to the payment of a fee

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually 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 at Sentinel House, Morton Road, Darlington, DL1 4PT.

Our 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.

Access to information

The Act gives you the right to access 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.

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.

Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to Marc Gillham (Digital Communications Officer) at marketing@darlington.co.uk.