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Privacy policy

Welcome to the London Borough of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Limited privacy policy.


London Borough of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Limited respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy policy will inform you how we collect and use any personal information that we obtain about you and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

This privacy policy is provided in a layered format so you can click through to the specific areas set out below. Please also use the Glossary to understand the meaning of some of the terms used in this privacy policy.


  1. Important information and who we are:



This privacy policy aims to give you information on how Hounslow Chamber collects and processes your personal data through your use of this website, when we exchange and receive business cards, when we receive emails from you, when we receive telephone calls from you, when we receive text messages from you, when you sign up to our email news and information service or engage with Hounslow Chamber for our services or contact us in any other way.


It is important that you read this privacy policy together with any other policy we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy policy supplements the other policies or notices and is not intended to override them.



This privacy policy is issued on behalf of London Borough of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Limited so when we mention “London Borough of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Limited”, “the Chamber”, “Hounslow Chamber” “we”, “us” or “our” in this privacy policy, we are referring to London Borough of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Limited which responsible for processing your data. The Chamber is the controller and responsible for this website.


If you have any questions about this privacy policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact us using the details set out below.



Our full details are:

Full name of legal entity:  London Borough of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Limited

Email address: sallysmith@hounslowchamber.org.uk

Postal address: Spring Grove House, West Thames College Campus, London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 4HS

Telephone number: 020 8326 6416


Our Data Protection Officer monitors compliance with data protection within Hounslow Chamber.  If you have any questions about this notice, including any requests to exercise your rights, please contact sallysmith@hounslowchamber.org.uk or any of the other contact details set out above.


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 via www.ico.org.uk We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance using the email address above.




The data protection law in the UK changed on 25 May 2018 as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We will continue to ensure we comply with changes to UK data protection laws.


We reserve the right to amend this policy and will notify you by updating this policy, so please check it from time to time, especially if you have ongoing dealings with us.


It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.  If you would like to update your personal data, please contact the person handling your matter.



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. 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 policy of every website you visit.


  1. 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).


We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:


  • Identity Data includes first name/s, maiden name, last name, user name, photographic identification, client matter number or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth and gender.  Identity data also includes information about your Professional Identity such as your job title, email address, phone number and addresses, your professional experience and previous job roles and responsibilities.


  • Contact Data includes email address and telephone and mobile numbers.


  • Transaction Data includes details about payments, invoices and bills to and from you and other details of matters you have engaged us to deal with or goods or services we have purchased from you or we have sold to you.


  • Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your 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 this website.


  • Profile Data includes your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.


  • Usage Data includes information about how you use our website, our local area networking facilities (including WiFi) and other services.


  • Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving marketing communications and information from us and our third parties. We also record when you receive and read marketing communications from us and we use this information to improve the quality of our marketing services and provide you with information that is more relevant to you.


  • We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy policy.


  1. How is your personal data collected?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:


  • Direct interactions. You may give us your Identity, Professional Identity, Contact, Financial, Marketing and Communications, Profile, Usage, Technical and Special Categories Data by passing and exchanging business cards, filling in forms, through electronic platforms which we offer or which we have agreed with you to use, by corresponding with us by post, email or otherwise, by speaking to us in person or over the telephone. This includes personal data you provide when you:


contact us or engage us in relation to our services;


provide instructions to us for the performance of any contract for our services to you;


create an account on our website;


give us your business card at an event or a meeting;


leave your name and contact details with on a voicemail;


give us your personal data via an electronic platform which we offer or which we have agreed with you to use (such as a document sharing platform, telephone conference system or an electronic billing platform);


subscribe to the Chamber of Commerce;


request specific materials or information to be sent to you, either through submitting an online form or otherwise;


register to attend a Hounslow Chamber event or otherwise participate in our summits, meet-ups conferences, seminars and other events;


apply to work at Hounslow Chamber;


enter a survey; or provide us with feedback.


Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Usage, Technical and Marketing Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. We may also receive Usage, Technical and Marketing Data about you if you visit other websites employing our cookies.


Third parties. We may receive Identity, Professional Identity, Contact, Financial, Usage, Marketing and Communications, Technical and Special Categories of personal data about you from various third parties;


When we provide our client services or other parties send us your personal data so that we can provide those services;


Identity and Contact Data from online service providers for the purposes of carrying out any anti-money laundering and other background checks and confirming your identity;

When you provide your personal data to a recruitment agency or other third parties for the purposes of sharing it with us for recruitment activities;


From analytics providers such as Google;


We receive Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services;


When we communicate with governmental or regulatory organisations (such as HM Revenue and Customs, in relation to you or on your behalf;


Publicly available sources. We may receive Identity, Professional Identity, Contact, Financial and Technical data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:


Identity and Contact Data from publicly availably sources such as Companies House, the Land Registry, the Electoral Register;


Public registers of sanctioned persons and entities (such as, HM Treasury in the UK).


Other public sources, including services that are accessible via the internet which you are using for professional networking purposes such as Linked-In.


  1. How we use your personal data


We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:


When we circulate information, advice and guidance to the business community via email or other electronic means.


When we write to you by post or telephone or electronic means to advise you of payments due.


Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you;


Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and provided your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests;


Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation;


Where we need to process personal data where it is necessary to protect vital interests of yourself or another individual; or


Where you have given us your consent or explicit consent to process your data.  Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal data you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.



We have set out below a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.


Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data.

Purpose/Activity Type of data Lawful basis for processing including basis of legitimate interest
To register you as a new Subscriber or a renewing Subscriber (a) Identity

(b) Contact

Performance of a contract with you
To perform contractual obligations for you, manage payments, fees and charges, and collect and recover money owed to us. (a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Financial

(d) Transaction

(e) Special Categories


(a) Performance of a contract with you

(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to recover debts due to us)

(c) Explicit consent

(d) Necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another person natural person where the data subject is physically or legally incapable of giving consent.

To comply with regulatory requirements that apply to our business (a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Financial

(d) Transaction

(a) Performance of a contract with you

(b) Necessary to comply with our legal obligations

(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to recover debts due to us)

To manage our relationship with you which will include:

(a) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy policy

(b) Asking you to leave a review, feedback or take a survey

(a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Marketing and Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to keep our records updated and to study how clients use our services)

To enable you to take part in a competition or complete a survey (a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Usage

(e) Marketing and Communications

(a) Performance of a contract with you

(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how clients use our services, to develop our services and grow our business)

To administer and protect our business and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data) (a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)

(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation

To deliver relevant website content, information and publications to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the information and publications we make available to you (a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Profile

(d) Usage

(e) Marketing and Communications

(f) Technical

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how clients use our services, to develop our services, to grow our business and to inform our marketing strategy)
To use data analytics to improve our website, services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences (a) Technical

(b) Usage

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of clients for our services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)
To make suggestions and recommendations to you about services that may be of interest to you (a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Technical

(d) Usage

(e) Profile

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to develop our products/services and grow our business)
To deal with your enquiry for legal services (a) Identity

(b) Contact

(c) Marketing and Communications

Necessary for our legitimate interests (to ensure the relevant department or team is able to contact you in relation to your enquiry)




On some occasions you may give us data about individuals who are not aware that we are working with you or processing their personal data (this may include, for example, data about employees, exporters, manufacturers, distributors, suppliers or involved in a collective business activity).  When this happens we are unlikely to have direct contact with individuals whose personal data we are processing, or there may be other reasons where it would not be appropriate for us to contact them to provide them with information about how we are processing their personal data (such as to maintain confidentiality).  Before you pass such personal data to us, you must make sure that the relevant individuals have received any necessary privacy notices in connection with the performance of our services.



If you are not a Subscriber, we may need to process your data so that we can provide services to our Subscriber; for example Export Documentation.  Where this is the case, your personal data may be used on behalf of our Subscriber.  In these circumstances are relying  the following legitimate interests to process your data:


Necessary for our legitimate interests, our client’s legitimate interests or those of another third party; or


Necessary to comply with our legal or regulatory obligations, for example, in proving a Certificate of Origin.



We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and providing information relating to our services.


You will receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us or purchased services from us or if you provided us with your details and, in each case, you have not opted out of receiving that marketing.






You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by unsubscribing from our materials at any time.


Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not apply to personal data provided to us as a result of any matters you have engaged our services for.



You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly.



We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.


Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.


  1. Disclosures of your personal data

We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above.


Internal Third Parties.  Other companies owned by Hounslow Chamber.


External Third Parties.


Service providers acting as processors based in the UK who provide IT and system administration services.


Professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers including accountants, bankers, auditors and insurers based in the UK who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.


Various third parties and public sources such as Companies House which we may disclose personal data relating to you in relation to your matter.


HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities acting as processors or joint controllers based in the United Kingdom who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.


Fraud, anti-money laundering and law enforcement agencies acting as processors or joint controllers based in the UK, or abroad, as required by law.


Information service providers acting as processors based in the UK who provide identity verification services for anti-money laundering purposes.


Other third party sub-contractors, not referred to under External Third Parties, who provide services for us and/or help to provide services to you.  In the event that we use sub-contractors who have access to your personal data, we ensure that there are contractual terms in place to ensure that they only process personal data to the extent that we instruct them to do so in writing and there are suitably worded confidentiality and data protection clauses in all such contracts.


Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy policy.


We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our 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 our instructions.


  1. International transfers

Some of our external third parties are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) so their processing of your personal data may involve a transfer of data outside the EEA. For example Trade Missions and Opportunities for Export.


Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:




  • Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US. For further details, see European Commission: EU-US Privacy Shield.



  1. Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed.


In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know.


They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.


We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.


  1. Data retention


We will process your data for the duration of the matter and thereafter will retain the data relating to the specific matter, including the personal data within it, for as long as you might legally bring a claim against us. We will retain your personal data after you cease to be a Subscriber or a business associated with the Chamber.


We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, regulatory 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.


  1. Your legal rights

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. Please click on the links below to find out more about these rights:

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 we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.


Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.


Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us 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 us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able 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. To comply with anti-money laundering legislation where we have been required to report knowledge or suspicion of money laundering, fraud or terrorist activities to the relevant agency we will not normally be able to inform you of the non-erasure of that information as the law prohibits us from doing so.


Object to processing of your personal data 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 processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have 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: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.


Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.


Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please set out your enquiry to sallysmith@hounslowchamber.org.uk




You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.



We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). For example the need to see your Passport for the completion of Export Documentation. This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.



We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.


  1. Glossary



Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service/product and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).


Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.


Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.



In all matters above you are invited to contact London Borough of Hounslow Chamber of Commerce Limited for clarification or action to be taken on your data.