GB Group Plc (‘GBG’) Website Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

General information and contact details

This Privacy Policy explains to you how GB Group plc ('GBG') use and secure your personal data whilst you are using the GBG website www.gbgplc.com, when you enter into a contract with GBG to provide services to your organisation, you visit one of our offices, or you apply for a job at GBG.

GBG take the protection and security of your personal data very seriously and this policy sets out our responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (‘GDPR’) and other applicable laws in England and Wales relating to the processing and security of personal data.

We have offices in 22 locations, and our registered head office is located within the United Kingdom.

GB Group Plc
The Foundation
Herons Way
Chester Business Park
Chester
United Kingdom
CH4 9GB

Company Registration Number: 02415211

If you have any questions about how your personal data is used by GBG, please contact our Data Protection Officer by email at DPO@gbgplc.com or call 01244 657277.

GBG review our Privacy Policy on an annual basis, sooner if changes to regulation require it or GBG change the way we process personal data.

This policy was last updated on 11 October 2019.

Use of your data

Browsing our website: When you browse our website www.gbgplc.com, we will collect the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the device you are using, but will be unable to identify you at this point. We collect this data so that we can identify where customers are dropping out of the website and to identify areas of improvement to make the experience more engaging for our customers.

We use cookies on our website, so please see our Cookie Policy for more information.

Requesting a brochure: When you request a brochure from us, we will collect the following information from you:

  • Email address (so that we can send the brochure to you).
  • The name of your organisation (so that we can identify which sectors are showing the most interest in our products/services).
  • Your IP address (which will no longer be anonymous; we will therefore be able to identify you).

Requesting a call back: when you request a call back from us, we will collect the following information from you:

  • Your name (so that we contact the right individual).
  • Your contact telephone number (so that we contact the right individual).
  • Your reason for contact (so that we can direct your call back to the right team who will respond to you directly).
  • Your IP address (which will no longer be anonymous; we will therefore be able to identify you).

Subscribing to our marketing lists: Where you have consented to receive marketing from GBG, we will collect the following information from you:

  • Your name (so that we market to the right individual).
  • Email address (so that we send the marketing to the right place).
  • The marketing preferences indicated by yourself, such as your areas of interest and how you want to be marketed to.
  • Your IP address (which will no longer be anonymous; we will therefore be able to identify you).
  • A record of your consent to confirm what you have consented to and when.

Requesting further information from us: Where you request further information from us by completing a form on our website in relation to our products and services, your details will be added to our marketing database to receive marketing from GBG relevant to the products and services you have an interest in. We will collect the following data from you:

  • Your name (so that we market to the right individual).
  • Email address (so that we send the marketing to right place).
  • The marketing preferences indicated by yourself, such as your areas of interest and how you want to be marketed to.
  • Your IP address (which will no longer be anonymous; we will therefore be able to identify you).

Conferences and events: As a global organisation, GBG attends worldwide events and have marketing team members located around the world. GBG will obtain from the event organiser a delegate list of all attendees who have consented to their personal data being shared with GBG. 

Entering into an agreement with GBG: When your organisation enters into an agreement with GBG to provide products and services, we will collect additional information, which is necessary for:

  • The performance of the contract we have with your organisation, such as billing information; and
  • Providing service updates related to the product/service GBG are providing to you.

All personal data we collect is held electronically within our Customer Relationship Management systems (CRM) which are hosted in the United Kingdom.

GBG will share your information with third party service partners who are acting on behalf of GBG as our data processor. Below are the details of whom GBG will share your personal data with and why:

HubSpot Inc.: provides GBG with an email marketing solution, which delivers marketing emails on our behalf. HubSpot is headquartered in the US and their product infrastructure is hosted on Amazon Web Services in the United States, with some services being routed through the Google Cloud Platform in Germany. We share the following personal data with HubSpot:

  • When you are browsing our website, HubSpot capture the anonymous IP address.
  • At the point that you enter all of the required personal data relating to a free trial, demo, brochure request, or contact information for marketing, HubSpot will receive all of the personal data you provide via the website.
  • For the purposes of marketing to our existing customer and prospect base and identifying which website visitors are already known to GBG, HubSpot will receive personal data relating to our primary contact at your organisation with whom we correspond as part of a sales process and/or in support and administration of customer contracts.

Price Waterhouse Coopers: supports GBG with our CRM systems and, as a result, their teams located in Poland may access the live system for technical support.

Microsoft: our Dynamics 365 CRM system is cloud-based and hosted by Microsoft in the UK. In addition, when you visit our website you will be directed to the Microsoft Azure instance in the region nearest to you (Ireland, Hong Kong, California, or London) and the data will be stored in Ireland.

CustomerSure: carries out our Voice of the Customer surveys and is based in the UK. In order to determine customers’ level of satisfaction following their interaction with GBG at various pre-defined trigger points, CustomerSure will receive personal information from GBG's CRM systems. This is used to facilitate the sending of an email requesting completion of a survey and, following that, analysis of and appropriate reaction to the feedback received. The data is processed by CustomerSure in the UK with the exception of the disaster recovery backups, which are hosted in Ireland.

Brace Digital: provides development and technical support of our website and is located in the UK.

GBG can assure you that we have taken all reasonable technical and organisational measures necessary to protect the personal information that our third party service partners may access.

Where you have consented to receive marketing from GBG we will only market to you via the channel you have consented to (such as email, telephone etc.). As stated above, we use a third party service provider, HubSpot, to manage our email marketing solution. When you receive an email from GBG it will include an unsubscribe link, which you can click on if you wish to unsubscribe from our marketing lists. We will then add your email address to our suppression list, which will ensure you do not receive any further marketing from GBG.

Please be assured we do not sell your personal data to third parties for marketing purposes.

Accuracy

As part of the account management process, GBG will on a regular basis enquire if the personal data we hold about you is correct. You can also ensure your personal data is correct by:

  • Contacting GBG at compliance@gbgplc.com.
  • Alternatively, if your organisation has an agreement with GBG for the provision of services, you can contact your GBG account manager, who will ensure they update your record on our CRM system.

Data retention

Where we have collected your personal data for marketing purposes, we will retain your personal data for as long as you remain subscribed to our mailing lists or until you inform us that you no longer wish to receive marketing from us. 

For account management purposes, we will retain the personal data for as long as we have the relationship with your organisation. If GBG no longer has a relationship with your organisation, then we will only keep the relevant information, such as invoices, for audit purposes for 6 years after the relationship with GBG has ended. 

Once GBG is informed you are no longer the contact we need to liaise with or you leave your organisation, we will remove your details from our system.

Transfers outside of the European Economic Area (EEA)

GBG is able to transfer data to our processors located in the United States (i.e. HubSpot and Microsoft) as they are Privacy Shield certified.

In addition, as a global organisation, we have sales teams located all over the world. It will be necessary for your personal data to be transferred to them for account management activities and, where you have provided consent, for marketing purposes. GBG will ensure the transfer of any personal data outside of the EEA is subject to appropriate safeguards. 

Contacting us

Social media

If you contact us through one of our GBG social media accounts by either a publicly visible message or a private direct message, this will be handled by our Communications Team. You will be asked to send your enquiry to the relevant team and provided with their email address. Messages received on social media containing personal data are deleted within one week.

We do not track individuals and the analytics data we receive is not at a granular level. We do not scrape data from LinkedIn. GBG uses Sales Navigator to process personal data within LinkedIn. Obtaining personal data from LinkedIn by any other method is against the terms and conditions of LinkedIn and against GBG policy.

Emails

We use Office 365 encryption (TLS/SSL, IPSec, AES) and Mimecast to encrypt and protect email traffic. In addition, email filtering software is currently in place to monitor all incoming and outgoing emails for inappropriate or malicious content, spam, and unencrypted proprietary and/or personal data.

Purpose and legal basis for processing

We process the information mentioned in this section in order to be able to reply to any queries we receive and enhance the services we provide, which we believe also benefits our customers. The legal basis we rely on to process your personal data is Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, which allows us to process personal data when it is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests, subject to a balancing test to ensure our interests are not overridden by yours.

Visitors to our website

Analytics

We use Google Analytics to measure how users interact with our website in order to understand which parts of our sites are doing well, how people arrive at our site and so on. We use this information to improve our website. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by it. You can learn more about Google Analytics here or opt out if you wish here.

Cookies

We use various types of cookies in order to identify and track users and to store information about your preferences. Users may disable cookies; however, please keep in mind that if you decide not to accept all of the cookies, some parts of the site might not work properly. You can read more about how we use cookies in our Cookie Policy.

Search facility

The search facility on our website does not collect any personal data. Search queries and results are logged anonymously to help us improve the website and search functionality, but we do not have the ability to identify any individuals.

Security and performance

We keep a record of traffic data, which is logged automatically by our server, such as your IP address and any error messages visitors may encounter. Any traffic data we process in order to monitor our website is anonymised when required for analytics.

Purpose and legal basis for processing

We process the information mentioned above for carefully considered and specific purposes mentioned in each section, which are in our legitimate interests to enable us to enhance the services we provide, which we believe also benefits our customers. This is in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, subject to a balancing test to ensure our interests are not overridden by yours.

Visitors to our offices

Visitor book

We meet visitors at our offices, including:

  • Potential and existing customers
  • External training providers
  • Job applicants
  • Suppliers and tradespeople
  • Stakeholders

Our visitors are asked to sign in and out at reception. The information collected will be name, company, who you’re visiting, time in/time out, vehicle licence plate number (if applicable), and date. This information will be contained in the visitor’s badge, which you will be required to wear throughout your visit.

At the end of each working week, the visitor forms are securely destroyed.

If your visit is planned, we will send your name and visit information to reception prior to your visit so they are expecting you.

Purpose and legal basis for processing

It is important GBG capture the details of visitors to our offices for various reasons, including but not limited to health and safety, fire safety, building security, and safety of our team members. To process visitor information, we rely on Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, which allows for processing on the basis of legitimate interests, subject to a balancing test to ensure our interests are not overridden by yours.

Digital sign-in system

If you visit our London office, you will be asked to use our digital sign-in system. We will require your full name, the company you are coming from, and date of visit. Visitor data is kept for 3 months.

Purpose and legal basis for processing

We use this system to make signing in visitors more efficient and as a way of recording any invoice data necessary to handle our payments to suppliers related to use of our facilities. We rely on legitimate interests as the lawful basis for processing such data under Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, subject to a balancing test to ensure our interests are not overridden by yours.

Wi-Fi

In order to access our on-site guest Wi-Fi, you will need to be on the list of authorised users to access the network. When connecting to the GBG GUEST WI-FI network, you will be asked to enter in the email address of a GBG nominee, who will authorise your request for internet access. Once the GBG nominee has granted you permission, you will have access to the network. We monitor access to our internet, and log traffic information such as the IP address, sites visited, times and dates, log on times and log off times. This data is held for 12 months.

Our purpose for processing this information is to provide you with access to the internet while visiting our office and ensuring it is accessed in accordance with our policies. We are able to process this data on the basis of our legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, subject to a balancing test to ensure our interests are not overridden by yours.

Purpose and legal basis for processing

The purpose for processing this information is to provide you with access to the internet while visiting our office. We are able to process this data on the basis of our legitimate interests in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, subject to a balancing test to ensure our interests are not overridden by yours.

CCTV

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) operates both inside and outside our Chester, Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne, Nottingham, Turkey, and Worcester offices.

Generally, recordings will be retained for up to 30 calendar days, after which they will be deleted. Imagery required for investigative or evidential purposes may be retained beyond 30 days and is securely disposed of upon completion/conclusion of the purpose for which it was retained. Our Chester, Kuala Lumpur and Nottingham offices must retain the images for 90 days in order to comply with PCI-DSS requirements.

Recordings are retained in a secure environment and are only accessible by authorised personnel who have a legitimate reason to do so.

Any CCTV used in our Edinburgh, Liverpool or New York offices is not operated by us, so we are not the data controller. It will be under the control of the relevant building landlord.

Purpose and legal basis for processing

GBG uses CCTV imagery for the purposes of maintaining the safety and security of our building and team members, and for investigative purposes as evidence to support the effective management of any incidents. We rely on legitimate interests as the lawful basis for processing such data under Article 6(1)(f) of the GDPR, subject to a balancing test to ensure our interests are not overridden by yours.

Job applications

What personal data GBG collect and why

When you apply online for a position with GBG we will use the information you provide to assist in the recruitment and selection process. There is information we require in order to process your application, which within the software is depicted as mandatory fields. GBG may also seek additional information from other sources, for example, by using your references in the final stages of the recruitment process.

You have the opportunity to provide information in relation to additional adjustments required for the recruitment process to assist you. This is to ensure we enable all individuals to compete on equal terms. You may choose to provide some special category data here, such as ethnicity, religious beliefs or medical conditions, but it is not required and can be provided at a later date.

Purpose and legal basis for processing

Our purpose for processing your data in the event of a job application is to assess your suitability for the role. We rely on Article 6(1)(b) of the GDPR, which relates to processing necessary to perform a contract or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract.

With regard to any special category data you provide, we collect this information to monitor equality and diversity to ensure we comply with legislation such as the Equality Act 2010. We therefore rely on compliance with a legal obligation under Article 6(1)(c) of the GDPR as the lawful basis for processing and Article 9(2)(a) of the GDPR, since we collect such special category data for the purposes of carrying out our obligations in the field of employment.

Data retention

Information provided on the application form and any information obtained from other sources will be retained in all cases in hard copy format and/or electronically only for as long as is required for the purposes of:

  • the administration of your application
  • future consideration where applicable (you will be notified separately if your application details will be retained for this purpose and provided with the opportunity to request deletion)
  • if your application is successful this will form the basis of your employment records
  • discharging any legal or regulatory requirements

Your data is retained for 3 months within be/hired, our internal HR platform, then it is automatically deleted. If you would like your data deleted sooner, please contact compliance@gbgplc.com so we can raise this as a request for Access UK Ltd to complete on our behalf.

If your recruitment process goes beyond 3 months, you will be aware of this, with your personal data then held by GBG for the duration of the recruitment process.

If you are successful with your application, the personal data you have supplied to us will form part of your employment record.

Use of data processors

GBG will share your information with third party service partners, who are acting on behalf of GBG as our data processor:

Access UK Ltd: provides GBG with the software which controls the be/hired process. This is hosted in the UK. GBG is unable to change the questions which have been asked or the process within the system you are taken through. Whilst Access UK controls the “how” from a software perspective and hosts this platform, your personal data is gathered by GBG as the data controller, so we decide on why this is processed, who it is shared with, etc. The aCloud Recruitment Team at Access UK (Deployment/Development & support) appoints one individual in the hosting team with access to the server for support and maintenance purposes only. 

CEB Inc: provides GBG with a global talent assessment platform which is hosted in the US. As part of your application you may be requested to complete this assessment via a separate link. To generate this link, GBG will need to have shared your name and email address. The data entered is then determined by you.

Other third parties

Where you have engaged with an external recruitment agency they will have shared your details with GBG for a role they have notified you about. The recruitment agency also acts as a data controller.

We are unable to be more explicit in this statement as to who they are as we work with a large number of agencies globally. If you would like more information regarding your personal data, please contact us by email at compliance@gbgplc.com or by writing to: Privacy and Data Compliance, GBG, The Foundation, Chester Business Park, Chester, CH4 9GB.

We may also contact the named referee(s) you have supplied in order to provide a reference on you. Or once your application has been successful, your details may be shared with other third parties, such as a payroll provider. You will be notified of any further processing at the appropriate time.

Accuracy of your personal data

You enter your own information, so please ensure it is correct. If this needs to be updated, please contact behired@gbgplc.com who will be able to facilitate your request. 

International data transfers

As a global organisation, a transfer taking place will depend on where in the world you are based and the role you have applied for.

The platform on which be/hired is hosted by Access UK is in the United Kingdom, so if you only apply for a role in the European Economic Area (EEA) and do not complete a talent assessment, no international data transfer will have taken place. If you are in the EEA, and you do complete a talent assessment, your name and email address will have been transferred to CEB Inc., which is based in the US and is Privacy Shield certified.

Depending on the role you have applied for, we may need to transfer your personal data to other companies within GBG for administrative purposes. For example if you are based within the EEA, we may need to transfer your personal data​ outside of the EEA if you have applied for a role in a non-EEA country/territory.

Data Security

IS0 27001 Certification

GBG are a global specialist in identity data intelligence for some of the largest organisations in the world, which is why GBG aim to set the highest standards of information security and in doing so, have developed an Information Security Management System (ISMS) to meet the requirements of the ISO 27001:2013 standard. Its aim is to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of GBG and client held information resources and assets, thus safeguarding GBG and its clients from unauthorised access, compromise and/or disclosure of data.

PCI-DSS Certification

Some of the services we provide are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Being compliant with PCI DSS means that we are doing our very best to keep our customers’ valuable information safe and secure and out of the hands of people who could use that data in a fraudulent way. PCI ensure technical and operational strengths to raise the bar on our security.

Cyber Essentials Certification

In addition to the above, we have services that are Cyber Essentials accredited, this helps prevent the vast majority of cyber-attacks. Having a Cyber Essentials badge enables us to:

  • Protect our organisation against common cyber threats.
  • Demonstrate our commitment to information security.

Your rights under the GDPR

As an individual, you have rights under the GDPR regarding the use of your personal data, these are:

  • The right to withdraw consent – you can withdraw consent at any time.
  • The right to erasure – you can request that GBG remove your personal data from our systems.
  • The right to restrict processing – you can request that GBG only process your personal data for the purposes you specify.
  • The right to data portability – you can request that the personal data you have provided to GBG be ported to another organisation.
  • The right to access your personal data – You have a right to know what personal data GBG hold on you and for what purpose we are processing your personal data. This is known as a Subject Access Request (SAR).
  • The right to rectification – you have the right to ask us to rectify any information you believe is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.
  • The right to object to processing – you have the right to object to processing if we are able to process your information because the processing is in our legitimate interests.
  • The right to obtain information upon request on the balancing test we have carried out when determining we are able to rely on legitimate interest as our lawful basis for processing your personal data.

Please keep in mind that some of these rights are subject to an internal assessment that one of the grounds under the GDPR is satisfied.

You can send these requests to compliance@gbgplc.com or by post to:

Privacy & Data Compliance Team
GB Group Plc
The Foundation
Herons Way
Chester Business Park
Chester
CH4 9GB
United Kingdom

Or you can make a request in person or call 01244 657277.

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. We have one calendar month to respond to you. If GBG are unable to comply with your request, we will provide you with an explanation.

How to complain

We appreciate that at GBG we may not always get things right and it is regrettable for us as an organisation when we receive a complaint. We take all complaints seriously and can assure you we will do our best to deliver a satisfactory outcome. If you do wish to complain about how your personal data is used by GBG then please write to us at:

Alternatively, you can email us at compliance@gbgplc.com.

GBG will investigate and respond within 10 working days. This allows us time to investigate your complaint thoroughly.

Privacy & Data Compliance Team
GB Group Plc
The foundation 
Herons Way
Chester Business Park 
Chester
United Kingdom 
CH4 9GB

Alternatively, you can email us at compliance@gbgplc.com

GBG will investigate and respond within 10 working days, this allows us time to investigate your complaint thoroughly.

Your right to lodge a complaint with the Supervisory Authority

Where you believe that GBG has not taken our responsibilities with your personal data seriously, you have the right to complain to the UK Supervisory Authority. Its details are:

Information Commissioners office Wycliffe House
Wycliffe House
Water Lane 
Wilmslow 
Cheshire 
SK9 5AF

Telephone number: 0303 123 113 or 01625 545 745

Email: casework@ico.org.uk



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