Meridian Environmental Consultants Ltd (MEC) understands that your privacy is important to you and that you care about how your personal data is used. We respect and value the privacy of everyone who visits www.meridianenvironmental.co.uk and will only collect and use personal data in ways that are described here, and in a way that is consistent with obligations and your rights under the law.
1. ABOUT MEC
Our site is owned and operated by Meridian Environmental Consultants Ltd (MEC) who are an independent Occupational Hygiene Consultancy, registered in England & Wales, Company number 12010551. Our registered address is The Old Smithy, Westwick, Barnard Castle, County Durham. E: firstname.lastname@example.org. T: 01833 631203.
2. WHAT DOES OUR POLICY COVER?
3. WHAT IS PERSONAL DATA
Personal data is defined by the General Data Protection Regulation (EU Regulation 2016/679) and the Data Protection Act 2018, as ‘any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier’.
Personal data is, in simpler terms, any information about you that enables you to be identified. Personal data covers obvious information such as your name and contact details, but it also covers less obvious information such as identification numbers, electronic location data, and other online identifiers.
4. WHAT ARE MY RIGHTS?
Under the Data Protection Legislation, you have the following rights, which we will always work to uphold:
The right to access the personal data we hold about you. Part 11 will tell you how to do this.
The right to have your personal data rectified if any of your personal data held by us is inaccurate or incomplete. Please contact us using the details in Part 13 to find out more.
The right to be forgotten, i.e. the right to ask us to delete or otherwise dispose of any of your personal data that we hold. Please contact us using the details in Part 13 to find out more.
The right to restrict or prevent the processing of your personal data.
The right to object to us using your personal data for a particular purpose or purposes.
The right to withdraw consent. This means that, if we are relying on your consent as the legal basis for using your personal data, you are free to withdraw that consent at any time.
The right to data portability. This means that, if you have provided personal data to us directly, we are using it with your consent or for the performance of a contract, and that data is processed using automated means, you can ask us for a copy of that personal data to re-use with another service or business in many cases.
Rights relating to automated decision-making and profiling. We do not use your personal data in this way.
For more information about our use of your personal data or exercising your rights as outlined above, please contact us using the details provided in Part 13.
It is important that your personal data is kept accurate and up-to-date. If any of the personal data please let us know.
5. WHAT DATA DO MEC COLLECT AND HOW?
Depending upon your use of our site we may collect and hold some or all of the personal data for transaction and communication purposes. However we do not collect any personal data of a sensitive nature or relating to criminal convictions and/or offences. Under the Data Protection Legislation, we will always have a lawful basis for using personal data.
With your permission and/or where permitted by law, we may also use your personal data for marketing purposes, which may include contacting you by email, telephone, text message or post with information, news, and offers on our services.
You will not be sent any unlawful marketing or spam. We will always work to fully protect your rights and comply with our obligations under the Data Protection Legislation and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, and you will always have the opportunity to opt-out. We will always obtain your express opt-in consent before sharing your personal data with third parties for marketing purposes and you will be able to opt-out at any time.
Third Parties whose content appears on our site may use third-party Cookies. Please note that we do not control the activities of such third parties, nor the data that they collect and use themselves, and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such third parties.
We will only use your personal data for the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected unless we reasonably believe that another purpose is compatible with that or those original purpose(s) and need to use your personal data for that purpose. If we do use your personal data in this way and you wish us to explain how the new purpose is compatible with the original, please contact us.
If we need to use your personal data for a purpose that is unrelated to, or incompatible with, the purpose(s) for which it was originally collected, we will inform you and explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
In some circumstances, where permitted or required by law, we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent. This will only be done within the bounds of the Data Protection Legislation and your legal rights.
6. HOW LONG WILL YOU KEEP MY PERSONAL DATA?
We will not keep your personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the reason(s) for which it was first collected.
7. HOW AND WHERE DO YOU STORE OR TRANSFER MY PERSONAL DATA?
We will only store or transfer some of your personal data within the UK. This means that it will be fully protected under the Data Protection Legislation.
8. DO YOU SHARE MY PERSONAL DATA?
We will not share any of your personal data with any third parties for any purposes, subject to the following exceptions:
In some limited circumstances we may be legally required to share certain personal data, which might include yours, if we are involved in legal proceedings or complying with legal obligations, a court order, or the instructions of a government authority.
If any of your personal data is shared with a third party, as described above, we will take steps to ensure that your personal data is handled safely, securely, and in accordance with your rights, our obligations, and the third party’s obligations under the law.
9. HOW CAN I CONTROL MY PERSONAL DATA?
In addition to your rights under the Data Protection Legislation when you submit personal data via our site, you may wish to sign up to one or more of the preference services operating in the UK:
The Telephone Preference Service (“the TPS”), the Corporate Telephone Preference Service (“the CTPS”), and the Mailing Preference Service (“the MPS”). These may help to prevent you receiving unsolicited marketing. Please note, however, that these services will not prevent you from receiving marketing communications that you have consented to receiving.
10. CAN I WITHHOLD INFORMATION?
You may access areas of our site without providing any personal data at all. However, to fully utilise certain features and functions available on our site you may be required to submit or allow for the collection of certain data.
11. HOW CAN I ACCESS MY PERSONAL DATA?
If you want to know what personal data we have about you, you can ask us for details of that personal data and for a copy of it (where any such personal data is held). This is known as a “subject access request”.
All subject access requests should be made in writing and sent to our email or postal address detailed on our website. There is not normally any charge for a subject access request. If your request is ‘manifestly unfounded or excessive’ (for example, if you make repetitive requests) a fee may be charged to cover our administrative costs in responding.
We will respond to your subject access request within 14 working days and normally, we aim to provide a complete response, including a copy of your personal data within that time. In some cases, however, particularly if your request is more complex, more time may be required up to a maximum of three months from the date we receive your request. You will be kept fully informed of our progress.
Our site may place and access certain first-party Cookies on your computer or device. First-party Cookies are those placed directly by us and are used only by us to facilitate and improve your experience of our site and improve our services. We have carefully chosen these Cookies and have taken steps to ensure that your privacy and personal data is protected and respected at all times.
By our site, you may also receive certain third-party Cookies on your computer or device. Third-party Cookies are those placed by websites, services, and/or parties other than us. These Cookies are not integral to the functioning of our site and your use and experience of our site will not be impaired by refusing consent to them.
Our site uses analytics services provided by Wix.com. Website analytics refers to a set of tools used to collect and analyse anonymous usage information, enabling us to better understand how our site is used. This, in turn, enables us to improve our site and the services offered through it.
The analytics service(s) used by our site use(s) Cookies to gather the required information. You do not have to allow us to use these Cookies, however whilst our use of them does not pose any risk to your privacy it does enable us to continually improve our site, making it a better and more useful experience for you.
In addition to the controls that we provide, you can choose to enable or disable Cookies in your internet browser. Most internet browsers also enable you to choose whether you wish to disable all Cookies or only third-party Cookies. By default, most internet browsers accept Cookies, but this can be changed. For further details, please consult the help menu in your internet browser or the documentation that came with your device.
You can choose to delete Cookies on your computer or device at any time, however you may lose any information that enables you to access Our site more quickly and efficiently including, but not limited to, login and personalisation settings.
It is recommended that you keep your internet browser and operating system up-to-date and that you consult the help and guidance provided by the developer of your internet browser and manufacturer of your computer or device if you are unsure about adjusting your privacy settings.
13. HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?
To contact us about anything to do with your personal data and data protection, including to make a subject access request, please use the following details:
Contact: Joanne Davey
T: 01833 631203
Meridian Environmental Consultants Ltd, The Old Smithy, Westwick, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8UP
We may change this Privacy Notice from time to time. This may be necessary, for example, if the law changes, or if we change our business in a way that affects personal data protection.