We take the privacy and the protection of personal information seriously. This Privacy Notice sets our details about how we gather, use and share personal information and about individual privacy rights. How we use personal information depends upon the context in which it is made available to us.
Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) provides help and guidance to make sure that we apply good practice standards to protecting personal information. Our DPO can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about how we use personal information.
The Privacy Notice provides up-to-date information about how we use personal information and will update any previous information we have published about using personal information. We may make minor updates to this Privacy Notice from time to time, however if we make any material changes to the manner in which we process and use your personal information, we will announce this clearly on our website.
We are what is known as the ‘controller’ of the personal information which we gather and use. When we say ‘we’ or ‘us’ in this Policy Notice, we mean Atlas Certification Limited. We are registered with the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), under registration number A8719161.
We use personal information in the following circumstances:
Business contacts: we hold the names, job titles, employer details and professional contact details for various business contacts, including client contacts, supplier contacts and interested parties who have signed up for our newsletter via our website.
Contract auditors and trainers:
Contract auditors/trainers: If you are an auditor or trainer, we will process your name, professional and personal contact details, CV and professional background, payment details and information about the work you complete for us. We may also collect and use some special categories of personal data such as dietary information or disabilities in relation to access.
If you are a consultant that refers sales opportunities to Atlas Certification Limited, we will process your name, professional and personal contact details, CV and professional background and information about the work you refer to us.
Where you apply for a role with us, we will process the personal information you provide to us as part of your application and any interview selection process. This will normally include your name, personal contact details, professional history, education and qualifications and references. We may also collect and use some special categories of personal data about job applicants, such as information about an applicants racial or ethnic origin and some health information regarding any medical conditions or disabilities.
We only use personal information which we have obtained directly for the purposes described in this Policy Notice.
Personal information is gathered in the following ways:
These may be collected via forms on our website, or in the courses of business correspondence with business contacts.
Contract auditors and tutors, consultants and job applicants:
Personal information will be gathered directly from you or from your third-party references.
We will use personal information for the following purposes:
We process the personal information of our business contacts as necessary for the legitimate interests of managing the day-to-day operation of our business, including correspondence, engaging suppliers, and promoting our services to business contacts.
Contract auditors and tutors:
We process the personal information of contract auditors and tutors for the legitimate interests of determining whether or not to employ a particular individual for a role in our organisation. Where we engage a Contract auditors/tutors, we process their personal information for the purposes of entering into and performing our contract with the contract auditors/tutors. We process racial and ethnic origin information contract auditors/tutors for the substantial public interest of monitoring equal opportunities within our organisation, and we process certain information about contract auditors/tutors for the substantial public interest of supporting contract auditors/tutors with particular medical conditions or disabilities.
We process the information for the purpose of dealing with sales referrals.
We process the personal information of job applicants for the legitimate interests of determining whether or not to employ a particular individual for a role in our organisation. Where we decide to employ a job applicant, we process their personal information for the purposes of entering into and performing our employment contract with the applicant. We process racial and ethnic origin and health information of job applicants for the purposes of meeting our legal obligations under employment and similar laws.
If we are not provided with access to personal information for the purposes outlined in this paragraph, we may not be able to offer or provide certain services, or we may not be able to complete consultant or job applications.
We will never retain personal information for any longer than is necessary for the purposes to us it for.
Generally, in respect of personal information gather in the context of a contract, we will retain personal information for the duration of the contract and period of up to six years after the contract has expired or terminated, in case such personal information is required for the exercise of defence of a legal claim during this period.
We may also retain personal information for as long as is required by law or regulation or institution of a relevant accreditation body.
Unsuccessful job applicant information is retains for a period of 12 months after the position has been filled.
We will retain the personal information of business contacts that receive our newsletter until their opt-out or unsubscribe from our newsletter.
We only share personal information with third parties to the extent necessary for fulfilling the purposes outlined in this Privacy Notice, including where necessary for the provision of services:
We may share personal information with the following third parties:
Corporate group, agents and franchises:
Our business operates as part of a wider, international group of companies and partners which includes entities that act as our agents and overseas partners in locations around the world. We may need to share personal information with our wider corporate group where required for the legitimate interests of operating our day-to-day operations, and also where required for independent reviews of audits and assessments.
We use a range of different suppliers, including IT suppliers, payment processors and consultants, with whom we share personal information so that these suppliers can process personal information on our behalf. In these circumstances, we take steps required by data protection laws to ensure that these suppliers protect the personal information we share with them.
We may be required to share personal information with accreditation and regulatory bodies (such as UKAS, SSIP amongst others), who monitor our certification and audit services to ensure that we remain compliant with their rules and requirements when awarding certifications.
We may be required by law to share personal information with government bodies and regulators (for example: HMRC).
We may need to transfer personal information outside of the UK and the EEA to our group companies and partners, agents and suppliers (including consultants) based in countries where data protection laws may not provide the same level of protection as those in the EEA – including China, USA and India.
We will only transfer your personal information outside of the EEA where either:
Individuals are entitled to exercise any of the following privacy rights in respect of our processing of personal information:
Access: individuals can request access to a copy of their personal information held by us, along with details of what personal information we use, why we use it, who we share it with, how long we keep it for and whether it has been used for any automated decision-making.
Rectification: individuals can ask us to change or complete any inaccurate or incomplete personal information held about them.
Erasure: individuals can as us to delete their personal information where it is no longer necessary for us to us it, or where we have no legal bases for keeping it.
Restriction: individuals can ask us to restrict the personal information we use about them where we are not able to erase their personal information or where an individual has objected to our use of their personal information.
Object: individuals can object to our processing of their personal information.
Portability: individuals can ask us to provide them or a third party with some of their personal information we hold about them in a structured, commonly used, electronic format so it can be easily transferred.
Withdraw consent: generally, we do not require consent to process personal information and so we do not normally ask for consent to process personal information. However, where we do ask for consent to process personal information, individuals have the right to withdraw consent at any time.
General information about privacy rights:
Please make all requests to exercise privacy rights in writing to email@example.com.
We are required to verify the identity of anyone requesting to exercise their privacy rights and we may ask individuals to provide valid identification documents when making a request to allow us to do this.
We will not make any charge for responding to any request from an individual exercising their privacy rights, and we will respond to any requests in accordance with our obligations under data protection laws.
Individuals can make a complaint about how we have used their personal information to us by contacting us as noted above, or to the ICO (https://ico.org.uk/concerns).
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We will use the following categories of cookies on our website:
Strictly necessary: these cookies are essential for certain features of our website to work (for example, making online payments). These cookies do not record personally identifiable information and we do not need your consent to place these cookies on your device. Without these cookies some services on our website cannot be provided and certain parts of our website cannot be accessed.
Performance: these cookies are used to collect anonymous information about how you use our website. This information is used to help us to improve our website and understand how effective our website is. In some cases we use trusted third-parties, such as Google Analytics to collect this information for us but they only use the information for the purposes explained.
Functionality: these cookies are used to provide services or remember settings to enhance your visit, for example by using your IP address to return your local Atlas Certification Limited site. The information these cookies collect is anonymous and does enable us to track your browsing activity on other websites.
Targeting and advertising: these cookies are used by trusted third parties 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 wells as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. Information contained in these cookies is anonymous and does not contain personal information.
If you would prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from us and our third party advertisers, or any other website, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the ‘help’ menu of your particular browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences, If you choose to disable all cookies we cannot guarantee the performance of our website and some features may not work as expected.
This Privacy Notice was created and published on: 1st April 2020. Updated on 08/03/2023, Revision 3.
Management System Document Reference: PO01.
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