Privacy Policy

Introduction

1.1   We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors and service users.

1.2   This policy applies where we are acting as a data controller with respect to the personal data of our website visitors and service users; in other words, where we determine the purposes and means of the processing of that personal data.

1.3   By using our website and agreeing to this policy, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with the terms of this policy.

1.4   In this policy, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Martlet Research Limited Trading as Martlets. For more information about us, see Section 13.

  1. Credit

2.1   This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (https://seqlegal.com).

  1. How we use your personal data

3.1   In this Section 3 we have set out:

(a)   the general categories of personal data that we may process;

(b)   in the case of personal data that we did not obtain directly from you, the source and specific categories of that data;

(c)    the purposes for which we may process personal data; and

(d)   the legal bases of the processing.

3.2   We may process data about your use of our website and services (“usage data“). The usage data may include your geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use. The source of the usage data is our Google analytics tracking system. This usage data may be processed for the purposes of analysing the use of the website and services. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely monitoring and improving our website and services.

3.3   We may process your personal data that are provided in the course of the use of our services (“service data“). This data is processed solely for the purposes of resolving the specific estate or legal matter in question and is passed only to the estate administrator and/or the solicitor or other legal representative engaged in the matter in question. No personal data is passed to any third party whatsoever without your prior written consent. The service data may include your full name, maiden name (where relevant), mother’s maiden name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth and your date(s) of marriage(s). The source of the service data, where not obtained from you, is from information available in the public record and from genealogical and commercial databases. The service data is obtained solely for the purposes of establishing your identity and entitlement in respect of the estate or legal matter we are engaged in researching. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our business and the resolution of the legal matter in which we are engaged.

3.4   We may process information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us (“correspondence data“). The correspondence data may include the communication content and metadata associated with the communication. Our website will generate the metadata associated with communications made using the website contact forms. The correspondence data may be processed for the purposes of communicating with you and record-keeping. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our website and business and communications with users.

3.5   We may process personal information. This data may include your full name, maiden name (where relevant), mother’s maiden name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth and your date(s) of marriage(s). We will not process or store any special category data, ethnic origin; politics; religion; trade union membership; genetics; biometrics (where used for ID purposes); health; sex life; or sexual orientation. The source of the service data, where not obtained from you, is from information available in the public record and genealogical and commercial databases. The service data is obtained solely for the purposes of establishing your identity in respect of the estate or legal matter we are engaged in researching. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper administration of our business and resolving the legal matter in which we are engaged.

3.6   We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the protection and assertion of our legal rights, your legal rights and the legal rights of others.

3.7   We may process any of your personal data identified in this policy where necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, or obtaining professional advice. The legal basis for this processing is our legitimate interests, namely the proper protection of our business against risks.

3.8   In addition to the specific purposes for which we may process your personal data set out in this Section 3, we may also process any of your personal data where such processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

3.9   Please do not supply any other person’s personal data to us, unless we specifically ask you to do so for the purposes of resolving the legal matter we are engaged in resolving

  1. Providing your personal data to others

4.1   We may disclose your personal information (as detailed in 3.3 and 3.5) to the estate administrator, solicitor, legal professional or other appointed representative who has engaged us, solely for the purposes of establishing your identity in respect of the estate or legal matter we are engaged in researching. Your personal information is not used for marketing purposes and will not be divulged to any other third party without your prior written consent.

4.2   We may disclose your personal data to our insurers and/or professional advisers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes of obtaining or maintaining insurance coverage, managing risks, obtaining professional advice, or the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

4.3   In addition to the specific disclosures of personal data set out in this Section 4, we may disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person. We may also disclose your personal data where such disclosure is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, whether in court proceedings or in an administrative or out-of-court procedure.

  1. International transfers of your personal data

5.1   In this Section 5, we provide information about the circumstances in which your personal data may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

5.2   Where we are instructed on an estate or other legal matter in a jurisdiction outside the EEA, we may disclose your personal information (as detailed in 3.3 and 3.5) to the estate administrator, solicitor, legal professional or other appointed representative who has engaged us, solely for the purposes of establishing your identity in respect of the estate or legal matter we are engaged in researching. Your personal information is not used for marketing purposes and will not be divulged to any other third party without your prior written consent.

5.3   The hosting facilities for our website are situated in France. The European Commission has made an “adequacy decision” with respect to the data protection laws of each of these countries. Transfers to each of these countries will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the European Commission, a copy of which you can obtain from https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/lawful-basis-for-processing/

  1. Retaining and deleting personal data

6.1   This Section 6 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal data.

6.2   Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.

6.3   We will retain your personal data as follows:

(a)   Your personal data will be retained for a minimum period of 7 years following the date of submission, and for a maximum period of 12 years following the date of submission. This is in accordance with current legislation regarding the Administration of Estates in the United Kingdom.

6.4   In some cases it is not possible for us to specify in advance the periods for which your personal data will be retained. In such cases, we will determine the period of retention based on the following criteria:

(a)   the period of retention of personal date will be determined based on the requirement to provide our business service.

6.5   Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we may retain your personal data where such retention is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject, or in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.

  1. Amendments

7.1   We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.

7.2   You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.

  1. Your rights

8.1   In this Section 8, we have summarised the rights that you have under data protection law. Some of the rights are complex, and not all of the details have been included in our summaries. Accordingly, you should read the relevant laws and guidance from the regulatory authorities for a full explanation of these rights.

8.2   Your principal rights under data protection law are:

(a)   the right to access;

(b)   the right to rectification;

(c)    the right to erasure;

(d)   the right to restrict processing;

(e)   the right to object to processing;

(f)    the right to data portability;

(g)   the right to complain to a supervisory authority; and

(h)   the right to withdraw consent.

8.3   You have the right to confirmation as to whether or not we process your personal data and, where we do, access to the personal data, together with certain additional information. That additional information includes details of the purposes of the processing, the categories of personal data concerned and the recipients of the personal data. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your personal data. The first copy will be provided free of charge, but additional copies may be subject to a reasonable fee. You can access your personal data by contacting us mailto:contact@martletresearch.co.uk

8.4   You have the right to have any inaccurate personal data about you rectified and, taking into account the purposes of the processing, to have any incomplete personal data about you completed.

8.5   In some circumstances you have the right to the erasure of your personal data without undue delay. Those circumstances include: the personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed; you withdraw consent to consent-based processing; you object to the processing under certain rules of applicable data protection law; the processing is for direct marketing purposes; and the personal data have been unlawfully processed. However, there are exclusions of the right to erasure. The general exclusions include where processing is necessary: [for exercising the right of freedom of expression and information; for compliance with a legal obligation; or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

8.6   In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are: you contest the accuracy of the personal data; processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure; we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; and you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data. However, we will only otherwise process it: with your consent; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person; or for reasons of important public interest.

8.7   You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the processing is necessary for: the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of any official authority vested in us; or the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

8.8   You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling for direct marketing purposes). Please note that we will not use your data for this purpose or pass it on to any third party other than those mentioned in 6.4 above.

8.9   You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for scientific or historical research purposes or statistical purposes on grounds relating to your particular situation, unless the processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out for reasons of public interest. Please note that we will not use your data for this purpose or pass it on to any third party other than those mentioned in 6.4 above.

8.10 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal data is:

(a)   consent; or

(b)   that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract,

and such processing is carried out by automated means, you have the right to receive your personal data from us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format. However, this right does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

8.11 If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority responsible for data protection. You may do so in the EU member state of your habitual residence, your place of work or the place of the alleged infringement.

8.12 To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.

8.13   You may exercise any of your rights in relation to your personal data by written notice to us to contact@martletresearch.co.uk

  1. About cookies

9.1   A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.

9.2   Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.

9.3   Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.

  1. Cookies that we use

Cookies used by our service providers

10.1 Our service providers use cookies and those cookies may be stored on your computer when you visit our website.

10.2 We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Google Analytics gathers information about website use by means of cookies. The information gathered relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.

__utma Cookie. A persistent cookie – remains on a computer, unless it expires or the cookie cache is cleared. It tracks visitors. Metrics associated with the Google __utma cookie include: first visit (unique visit), last visit (returning visit). This also includes Days and Visits to purchase calculations which afford ecommerce websites with data intelligence around purchasing sales funnels.

__utmb Cookie & __utmc Cookie. These cookies work in tandem to calculate visit length. Google __utmb cookie demarks the exact arrival time, then Google __utmc registers the precise exit time of the user. Because __utmb counts entrance visits, it is a session cookie, and expires at the end of the session, e.g. when the user leaves the page. A timestamp of 30 minutes must pass before Google cookie __utmc expires. Given__utmc cannot tell if a browser or website session ends. Therefore, if no new page view is recorded in 30 minutes the cookie is expired. This is a standard ‘grace period’ in web analytics. Ominture and WebTrends among many others follow the same procedure.

__utmz Cookie. Cookie __utmz monitors the HTTP Referrer and notes where a visitor arrived from, with the referrer siloed into type (Search engine (organic or cpc), direct, social and unaccounted). From the HTTP Referrer the __utmz Cookie also registers, what keyword generated the visit plus geolocation data. This cookie lasts six months. In tracking terms this Cookie is perhaps the most important as it will tell you about your traffic and help with conversion information such as what source / medium / keyword to attribute for a Goal Conversion.

__utmv Cookie. Google __utmv Cookie lasts “forever”. It is a persistant cookie. It is used for segmentation, data experimentation and the __utmv works hand in hand with the __utmz cookie to improve cookie targeting capabilities.11.

Google’s privacy policy is available at: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/.

11     Managing cookies

11.1 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies and to delete cookies. The methods for doing so vary from browser to browser, and from version to version. You can however obtain up-to-date information about blocking and deleting cookies via these links:

(a)   https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95647?hl=en (Chrome);

(b)   https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/enable-and-disable-cookies-website-preferences (Firefox);

(c)    http://www.opera.com/help/tutorials/security/cookies/ (Opera);

(d)   https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/17442/windows-internet-explorer-delete-manage-cookies (Internet Explorer);

(e)   https://support.apple.com/kb/PH21411 (Safari); and

(f)    https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-10-microsoft-edge-and-privacy (Edge).

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11.2 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

11.3 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.

  1. Our details

12.1 This website is owned and operated by MARTLET RESEARCH LTD

12.2 We are registered in England and Wales under registration number 05579198, and our registered office is at 1st Floor 5 Century Court, Tolpits Lane, Watford, Hertfordshire, England, WD18 9PX

12.3 Our principal place of business is:

Pantiles Chambers

85 High Street

Tunbridge Wells

TN1 1YG

13.4 You can contact us:

(a)     by post, to

Martlets

Pantiles Chambers

85 High Street

Tunbridge Wells

TN1 1YG

(b)     by telephone, on +44 (0) 1892 506887

(c)    by email, using contact@martletresearch.co.uk.

  1. Data protection officer

13.1 Our data protection officer’s contact details are; Mark Sleat on the above contact details.

 

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