MB Lawyers respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you as to how your personal data is protected when you use MB Lawyers services and visit the website (regardless of where you visit it from) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
Purpose of this privacy notice
This privacy notice aims to give you information on how MB Lawyers collects and processes your personal data when you use their services or website.
This website is not intended for children and MB Lawyers does 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 provided if any on specific occasions when collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why your data is used. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.
Maria Boulter is the data privacy manager who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact Maria Boulter using the details set out below.
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). MB Lawyers would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact MB Lawyers in the first instance.
The data protection law in the UK will change on 25 May 2018. Although this privacy notice sets out most of your rights under the new laws, MB Lawyers may not yet be able to respond to some of your requests (for example, a request for the transfer of your personal data) until after 25 May 2018 as I am still working towards getting our systems ready for some of these changes.
It is important that the personal data held about you is accurate and current. Please keep MB Lawyers informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with MB Lawyers.
This 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. MB Lawyers does not control these third-party websites and is not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave the website, you are encouraged to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.
The data we collect about you
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
MB Lawyers may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which may be grouped together follows:
Special Categories of Personal Data
If any special categories pf personal data about you need to be collected i.e. (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), or criminal convictions and offences separate signed letter of authority will be required from you.
If you fail to provide personal data
Where MB Lawyers needs to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, MB Lawyers may not be able to perform the contract (for example, to provide you with a service). In this case, MB Lawyers may have to cancel the service with you but will notify you if this is the case at the time.
How is your personal data collected?
MB Lawyers uses different methods to collect data from and about you including through
direct interactions. You may give your Identity, Contact and Financial Data by filling in forms or by correspondence via post, phone, and email or otherwise.
How we use your personal data
MB Lawyers only uses your personal data when the law allows it. Most commonly, your personal data is used in the following circumstances:
Change of purpose
MB Lawyers will only use your personal data for the purposes for which it’s collected, unless it’s reasonably considered that it’s needed to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact MB Lawyers.
If your personal data is used for an unrelated purpose, you will be notified to explain the legal basis to do so.
Please note that MB Lawyers may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
Disclosures of your personal data
MB Lawyers may have to share your personal data with the external third parties set out below for the purposes of providing a service to you:
MB Lawyers requires all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. MB Lawyers does not allow third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with instructions.
MB Lawyers is putting in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed.
Procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach will be in place and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where legally required to do so.
Data retention – how long will we use my personal data for?
MB Lawyers will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes collected for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.
To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
Details of retention periods for different aspects of your personal data may be found in the Terms of Business.
Your legal rights
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you have rights as an individual which you can exercise in relation to the information held about you.
You have the right to:
Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data held about you and to check that it’s being lawfully processed.
Request correction of the personal data that is held about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data held about you corrected, though this may need to be verified.
Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where data may have processed unlawfully or where required to erase your personal data to comply with law. Note, however, that it may not always be possible to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.
Object to processing of your personal data where 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 processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. In some cases, it may be demonstrated that there are compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios:
if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy;
where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it;
where you need us to hold the data even if no longer required it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or
you have objected to our use of your data
Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party.