Last updated: September 2023
We understand how important your personal data is and are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
‘Personal Data’ means any information relating to or which identifies you. This can include items such as your name, address, phone number, identification numbers (such as an account number or your national insurance number), location data or online identifiers. Personal data can be held electronically or in certain paper records.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulates the processing of personal data. The GDPR seeks to protect your rights to your personal data by setting out, amongst other things, the conditions under which the processing of personal data is lawful, the rights of data subjects and the standards that organisations that handle personal data must adopt. This Privacy Notice is issued in compliance with GDPR and seeks to explain:
- Who we are;
- All website addresses covered by this Privacy Notice;
- How we collect your personal data;
- Why we collect your personal data;
- How long we hold the personal data;
- The conditions under which we may share it with others;
- Overseas processing;
- How we keep your personal data secure;
- Your personal data rights and how to exercise them;
- Useful information; and
- Any further questions.
1. Who we are
Equiniti.com is the main website of the companies which form the Equiniti Group of companies. Whenever we provide forms on this website for you to complete, we will make it very clear at the point of collection which Equiniti company you are providing your personal data too, depending on the nature of your enquiry, that company will be your Data Controller or acting on behalf of another company, who is your Data Controller.
A ‘Data Controller’ is responsible for deciding how and why it holds and uses personal data about you.
- if you use our website as a business representative to request a sales call from EQ Risk Factor, EQ Risk Factor will be your Data Controller.
- if you use our the privacy hub on our website, it will depend on the specific products or services that you are enquiring about, further information is available within the Privacy Hub for our clients and customers.
A quick summary of the Equiniti Group companies that may collect personal data via this website is provided below:
- Equiniti Group
- Corporate (Equiniti Limited)
- EQ Staff (Equiniti Services Limited, Equiniti Limited)
- EQ Invest (Equiniti Financial Services Limited)
- UK Shareholder Services
- Corporate Actions (Equiniti Limited, Equiniti Financial Services Limited)
- Employee (Equiniti Limited, Equiniti Shareplan Trustees Limited, Equiniti Financial Services Limited)
- Registration (Equiniti Limited, Equiniti Financial Services Limited, Boudicca Proxy Limited)
- CoSec (Prism Cosec Limited)
- ProSearch (Prosearch Asset Solutions Limited)
- Toplevel (Toplevel Computing Ltd)
- EQPay (Equiniti Global Payment Ltd entity t/a EQPay)
- Bereavement Services (Equiniti Limited)
- Retirement Solutions
- Data Solutions (Paymaster 1836 Limited)
- HR Solutions (Paymaster 1836 Limited)
- Life & Pensions (Paymaster 1836 Limited)
- Workplace Pensions (Paymaster 1836 Limited)
- MyCSP (MyCSP Limited)
- Customer Resolutions
- Charter(Invigia Limited, Charter UK limited)
- Hazell Carr (Paymaster (1836) Limited)
- Equiniti US (Equiniti Trust Company, Equiniti (US) Services LLC)
In this Privacy Notice, ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ will always mean any of the Equiniti Group companies which you are contacting via this website.
If you have any questions about our website, please contact our web team by calling 0371 384 2030 from within the UK or +44 121 415 7047 if you are an international caller.
2. All website addresses covered by this Privacy Notice
Equiniti.com - including Selector, Pensions Client Portal and the Equiniti Privacy Centre.
3. How we collect your personal data
We may collect and process the following personal data about you:
Information you provide to us
- By filling in forms on our website(s) so that we may contact you;
- By corresponding with us by phone, e-mail, live-chat, social media channels or otherwise;
- Application/registration forms/identification documentation;
- Entering competitions, promotions or surveys; and
- When you report any problem or complaints with our website, products and services.
Information we collect about you
- If you contact us via social media, we may collect details from your social media account.
Information we receive from third parties
- As part of our identity and financial crime checking procedures with credit reference agencies, fraud detection agencies and registration or stockbroking industry exchanges;
- From third parties when you have instructed or agreed for them to pass information to us, such as
- From online advertising networks (for example Google) through whom we place advertisements. The information we obtain varies from network to network. It often summarises the actions of lots of people and so does not enable us to identify you individually. It relates to what you view, click on, and access through websites in their network, including the subject matter of the website you started at and where you subsequently go. It might also include their analysis of your behaviour across the wider internet and a profile of you.
- From social networks (for example Linkedin) where your account privacy settings allow us to validate and complete our records, as well as track information such as displaying and click on advertisements based on previous browsing history on this website.
We do not control the information on you that such networks obtain or the technology they use to do so. This website, like many others, does not track or respond to Do Not Track ('DNT') requests made through browser settings.
Special types of data – The law and other regulations treat some types of personal information as special. We will only collect and use this information if the law allows us to do so. Special types of data are:
- Criminal convictions and offences;
- Genetic and bio-metric data;
- Health data including gender;
- Racial or ethnic origin;
- Religious or philosophical beliefs; and
- Trade union membership.
Keeping your personal data up to date
The personal data we hold may include your name, postal address, email address and phone number, date of birth, financial information and employment details to enable us to contact you and respond to your enquiries as well as provide you with our products and services.
It is important to us that the personal data we hold about you remains accurate and up to date at all times, but we need your help in doing this. Please let us know as soon as anything needs updating or correcting.
Other people’s personal data
The information you give us, or that we collect through your use of our services, may contain your or another person’s personal data. If you provide us with information about another person, you confirm that they have appointed you to act for them, they consent to you providing their personal data to us and any processing of their personal data and that you have informed them of our identity and the purpose for which their personal data will be processed – as set out in this Privacy Notice.
4. Why we collect your personal data
In the table below we demonstrate why and how we use your personal data as well as providing the legal reasons which we rely upon.
Under Data Protection legislation we must always have a legal reason for processing your personal data. One of the legal reasons is when we use your personal data for our legitimate interests, this is usually when we have a business reason. However, we must always ensure that we take your interests into consideration too, and ensure that the use is fairly balanced. We tell you below when we rely on legitimate interests and what our legitimate interests are.
|Type of processing||Purpose of the processing||Lawful basis for the processing of personal data|
|Provision of services, including the administration and management of customer records||To manage and operate your account with us to facilitate the provision of services, this includes retaining records of your instructions and telephone calls and keeping your account records up to date.
To respond to any data rights that you invoke.
To complete any transaction that you instruct us to undertake, and any legal obligations we have in relation to the transactions.To keep our websites and portals secure and permit you safe access to our services.
With your consent.
The performance of a contract between you and us and/or taking steps, at your request, to enter into such a contract.
To comply with legal requirement placed upon us, such as Data Protection legislation.
Our legitimate interests, such as the proper administration of our service and business, for example:
|Marketing our products and services|| To allow you to participate in interactive features of our website, when you choose to do so.
With your consent.
When we have collected your personal data when applying for, or enquiring about, a product or service or as part of a transaction with us.
To meet our regulatory requirements.
|Improving our products and services||To measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we serve to you and others, and to deliver relevant advertising to you, which may be based on your activity on our website(s) or the website of another Equiniti Company or third parties’ websites. We may do this ourselves or appoint an agency to do this on our behalf.
To identify service improvements such as when troubleshooting, undertaking data analysis, testing new products, using your personal data for research, statistical and survey purposes.
With your consent.
To comply with legal requirements placed upon us, such as the Data Protection legislation.
Our legitimate interests, such as the proper administration of our service and business, for example:
If you choose not to give personal information
We need to collect personal information required by law or under the terms of service you have elected to use. If you choose not to give us the personal data we need, it can mean that we have to cancel or decline a service that you request or have with us. So that you know what information is optional, we make it clear at the time we collect your personal data.
5. How long we hold your personal data for
Personal data will not be retained for longer than necessary for us to achieve the purpose for which we obtained your personal data. We will then either securely delete it or anonymise it so that it cannot be linked back to you. We review our retention periods for personal data on a regular basis.
We will retain personal data for:
- Commercial marketing enquiries – 1 year
- Access controls to our services – 18 months after the last active login
- Data Subject Rights request details – 5 years
for the reasons noted below:
- To respond to enquiries and complaints;
- To demonstrate that your instructions were carried out properly; and
- To maintain records to meet rules and regulatory requirements that are applicable to the request you made or the service you were using.
We can keep your data for longer than stated above if we cannot delete it for legal, regulatory or technical reasons. We can also keep it for research or statistical purposes. If we do, we will make sure that your privacy is protected and only use it for those purposes
For full details of our retention policies, please contact us.
6. The conditions under which we may share your personal data with others
The personal data we hold about you is confidential, and we will only share your personal data to enable us to deliver our product(s) or service(s), examples are as follows:
- At your request, or with your consent;
- Other Equiniti Group companies who help us deliver our products and services, such Equiniti India;
- Non-Equiniti entities, in connection with running accounts and services for you, including:
- Service suppliers to facilitate website, email, IT and administration services;
- Our professional advisors, for example, our lawyers and technology consultants, when they need it to provide advice to us;
- Your employer or agent(s), in accordance with any specific instructions you provide to us;
- Market Research Agencies to measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we serve to you and others. We may do this ourselves or appoint an agency to do this on our behalf. This will include your use of social media sites;
- Credit reference agencies and fraud detection agencies as part of our identification procedures;
- Fraud prevention agencies who will use it to prevent fraud and money-laundering and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance, or employment. Further details of how your information will be used by us and these fraud prevention agencies, can be obtain by contacting the Equiniti Data Protection Officer using the details noted below; and
- Your Official Receiver or appointed insolvency practitioner if we receive notice of your insolvency, bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings / arrangement
We will only transfer your personal information to trusted third parties who provide sufficient security guarantees and who demonstrate a commitment to compliance with applicable law and this policy. Where third parties are processing personal information on our behalf, they will be required to agree, by contractual means, to process the personal information in accordance with the applicable law. This contract will stipulate, amongst other things, that the third party and its representatives shall act only on our instructions, or as permitted by law.
We are also required to share your personal data with external third parties as follows (but not limited to):
- Regulators and supervisory authorities e.g. Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System (Cifas) - as part of our legal obligations;
- Where the law requires or permits disclosure, or there is a duty to the public to reveal it;
- When we need to defend or exercise our legal rights or those of a third party;
- Debt collecting, debt chasing or another agent for enforcing payment of monies owed to us;
- Efforts to trace you if we lose contact with you;
- Police and other law enforcement agencies for the prevention and detection of crime and where a valid permission is applicable;
- As a result of a court order or other regulatory instruction; and
- Our insurers and insurance brokers where required for underwriting our risks and as part of ongoing risk assessments
We may transfer your personal data to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation. At all times, we take steps to ensure your privacy rights continue to be protected as per this Privacy Notice.
7. Overseas Processing
Personal data will be shared with members of the Equiniti Group outside of the European Economic Area and the European Union (EU), including Equiniti India which is based in India, for the purposes described in this policy. For transfers to Equiniti India, we utilise Model Clauses recognised by the European Commission.
Personal data will also be shared outside of the European Economic Area and the European Union (EU) for the purposes of contacting you via email via our email service provider in the USA. For these transfers, we utilise Model Clauses recognised by the European Commission.
If you would like further information on the standard contractual clauses we use to share personal information within the Equiniti Group, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the details provided in this Privacy Notice.
Please note that information protection laws do vary from country to country. In particular, the law of the country in which you are resident or domiciled may offer a higher standard of protection than the laws in the United Kingdom and / or those other countries in which we store and use the personal data we collect. Our transfer of personal data to other countries could result in that personal data being available to governments and other authorities in those countries under their laws.
By using our Service, you agree to this international transfer, storing and processing.
8. How we keep your personal data secure
We understand how important your personal data is to you and we take its security very seriously.
We safeguard your personal data across all our computer systems, networks, websites and offices as much as possible through appropriate procedures and technical security measures (including strict encryption, anonymisation and archiving techniques).
We also use secure ways of communicating with you such as when collecting your personal data or providing your account information:
- online through the use of ‘‘https’’ and other security and encryption protocols. This is indicated by a lock icon on the bottom of the web browser, or the address will include the letters https in the top left-hand corner; and
- before we discuss matters relating to your account(s) by telephone we will always ask you security questions to confirm your identity
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password or unique identifier (PIN) which enables you to access certain parts of online services, you are responsible for keeping this password / PIN confidential, along with any username. We will never ask for your full password or PIN, and you must not divulge your full password to us or anyone else. We recommend that any password or PIN you set is not easily guessable, and changed frequently (at least once a month).
Because we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of personal data sent on the internet you should never send your login details via email.
If you ever receive a communication from us by post, email or by phone that you are concerned it is not genuine, please contact us using the contact details in Section 11.
You must immediately inform us if you become aware, or suspect, that someone else has knowledge of your account details.
If you have any concerns about the security of your own personal computers and mobile devices, we suggest you read the advice of Get Safe Online, which can be accessed at www.getsafeonline.org.
9. Your personal data rights and how to exercise them
You have rights in respect of the personal data that we hold about you. They include the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you, to know about any automated decisions that are made about you and to change your marketing preferences at any time. Details about all of your rights are provided below.
Some of these rights are conditional and depend upon why we are processing your personal data. This means that we cannot always be able to respond to your request in the way that you want. For example:
- If you ask us to erase your personal data and we are processing the information because we are required to do so because of a legal requirement, we will not be able to delete your personal data; however,
- If you ask us to erase your personal data and we are processing the information because you provided us with consent (for example as part of a survey response), we will be able to consider and respond to your request.
|Your rights||Explanatory detail|
|The right to be informed about how we use your personal data.||This Privacy Notice provides you with the details on how we use and process your data.|
|The right of access to a copy of any personal data processed about you, together with certain additional information.||If you request to see your personal data, your initial request will be free of charge; subsequent requests may attract an administration fee. The additional information includes details of the categories and 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 right to request us to rectify or update it.||This will be relevant where the personal data we hold is or has become inaccurate or incomplete, taking into account the purposes of the processing. Please explain why you consider the data inaccurate or incomplete.|
The right to request us to erase your personal data in certain circumstances.
|The circumstances when erasure can apply include when we no longer need it to meet a lawful basis for processing unless that basis is consent and you withdraw your consent or you object to the processing or the processing is unlawful.
However, certain exclusions apply - where the processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation or to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.
|The right to request us to restrict processing it.||This request can be used to stop us processing your personal data: if you disagree over the accuracy of the personal data until we have verified the data; the reason for processing; or if you wish us to retain your personal data for longer than our retention period, e.g. to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim.|
|The right to request a copy of your information for data portability purposes.||If you have provided personal data to us under contract or because you consented to the processing and use the data by automated means, then you have the right to instruct us to transmit that personal data to you or another data controller in a machine-readable format.|
|The right to object to us processing your personal data.||You have a right to object to us processing your data where we are processing it for the purpose of legitimate interests.
You can also object to direct marketing communications from us about products, offers, competitions, or services and any profiling that we can perform in relation to direct marketing. You can do this at the point of data collection, through the use of any opt-out functionality on text and emails, via your preference centre or by contacting the helpline service.
You can update your marketing preferences at any time through the use of the opt-out functionality.
You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.If you would like to receive the marketing described above, please ensure you have indicated your preferences accordingly.
|Rights related to decisions based solely on automated processing.||Where this processing produces legal effects or significantly affects you, you can object to this processing unless the processing is necessary as part of our contract, or is required by legislation.|
|Right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority.||If you wish to raise a complaint on how we have handled your personal data, please contact our Data Protection team who will investigate the matter and report back to you.
If you remain unsatisfied with our response or believe we are not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you are able to contact the data protection authority in your country. In the UK, it is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) who regulates Data Controllers compliance with data protection legislation. They can be contacted by email: email@example.com, post: Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or by telephone: 0303 123 1113.
10. Useful information
10.1 - Children (16 years and under) and Vulnerable Adults
We are committed to the privacy protection of children and vulnerable adults. If you are aged 16 or under‚ and we need to process your personal data you must obtain the permission of your parent/guardian before you share your personal data with us. If we are notified that you are a vulnerable adult we will liaise with your authorised representative, once we are in receipt of the appropriate permissions.
10.2 - Use of ‘cookies’
10.3 - Links to other websites
Our websites can contain links to other websites run by other organisations, or other Equiniti Group companies. When you are on another website, we encourage you to read their privacy policies as they will take precedence over this Privacy Notice.
10.4 - Social media, blogs, reviews, and similar services
Any social media posts or comments you make to us (e.g. on our own Facebook page) will be shared under the terms of the relevant social media platform (e.g. Facebook or Twitter) on which they are made and could be made public by that platform. These platforms are controlled by other organisations, and so we are not responsible for this sharing. You should review the terms and conditions and privacy policies of the social media platforms you use to ensure you understand how they will use your information, what information relating to you they will place in the public domain and how you can stop them from doing so if you are unhappy about it.
Any blog, review or other posts or comments you make about us, our products and Services on any of our blog, review or user community services will be shared with all other members of that service and the public at large.
You are responsible for ensuring that any comments you make comply with any relevant policy on acceptable use of those services
10.5 - Changes to this Privacy Notice
We review our use of your personal data regularly. In doing so, we can change what personal data we collect, how we keep it and what we do with it. As a result, we can change this Privacy Notice from time to time to keep it relevant and up to date.
We will endeavour to alert you to these changes so that you can check you are happy with it before proceeding any further. Please look out for notices from us alerting you to these changes, via our websites or other timely communications. If you use our websites and see such an alert, please take a moment to ensure that you’re happy with any changes.
By continuing to use our products and services, you will be bound by this Privacy Notice.
However, we will also tell you of the changes where required by law to do so.
This policy was issued on 11 May 2018. If you require copies of previous versions of the equiniti.com's Privacy Notice, please contact the Data Protection Officer using the contact details noted below.
11. Any further questions about this Privacy Notice
We hope that this Privacy Notice has been helpful in setting out how we handle your personal data and your rights to control it. If you have any questions that remain unanswered, please contact our Data Protection Officer:
- By email at DPO@equiniti.com,
- By post at Data Protection Officer, Equiniti, Highdown House, Yeoman Way, Worthing, BN99 3HH, or
- By telephone on 0333-207-5962 (from UK) and +44 121-415-0196 (from overseas).
(Lines are open 8.30am to 5.30pm (UK time), Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays in England and Wales).