Gear Geek collects personal information to provide you with the products and services you request as well as information on other products and services offered by or through us. We are committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information.
About this Policy
Who's the Data Controller?
Why do we collect your information?
Any information you provide us, either using the internet or by any other means, is only collected for purposes which are reasonably necessary for, or directly related to, one or more of our business functions, products or activities.
These purposes include using and processing your information:
- to provide you with the products and services they request and to monitor, evaluate and improve products and services;
- to assist you with queries, resolve your complaints, or requests for access to information, or to manage any legal action involving us;
- to manage customer relationships or accounts and perform other administrative and operational tasks (including risk management, systems development and testing, credit scoring, identity verification, staff training, collecting debts and market or customer satisfaction research);
- to provide information on products and services offered by us, affiliated product and service providers, and external product and service providers for whom we act as agent (unless you have opted out);
- for debt collection and debt tracing;
- to comply with our legal obligations;
- to the extent otherwise permitted by law
- to identify you or to establish their tax status under any UK or foreign legislation, regulation or treaty or pursuant to an agreement with any tax authority;
- to gather and aggregate information for statistical, prudential, actuarial and research purposes;
- to develop and implement measures to detect or prevent unlawful activity, fraud, money laundering and credit loss; and
- any or all of these processes may be automated.
If you choose not to provide information which we require for the above purposes, we may be unable to provide you with the goods and services you request from us.
We will not otherwise transfer, disclose, sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission to do so or are otherwise required or permitted to do so by law.
What information do we collect about you?
The personal information we collect from you is used to enable us to provide the specific service or product you have requested in store or is information required to assist you in using our website.
Personal information includes the following:
- user name and password for appropriate products applied for;
- your title, forename, and surname;
- your gender;
- residential status and address details for the past 3 years;
- your personal email address;
- your personal contact details such as email addresses, your landline telephone and/or mobile telephone number(s), fax number and postal address;
- work-related contact details such as email addresses, your landline telephone and/or mobile telephone number(s), fax numbers and postal address;
- financial information; bank details, including bank name and address, sort code, account number, account type and time at your bank;
- where you "like" us or make posts on our pages on social networking websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram;
- where you review the products and services offered by Gear Geek on online review sites, such as reviews.co.uk or Google Reviews;
- information necessary for legal and regulatory compliance purposes.
Data provided by you is done so voluntarily but we may also collect it where lawful to do so from (and combine it with information from) fraud prevention agencies, public sources, third party service providers (such as Experian Limited trading as HD Decisions who may conduct a soft credit search as part of our "identity confirmation service"), tax or law enforcement agencies and other third parties. We may also collect personal information about you from your use of our websites or services.
What website and internet usage information do we collect?
If you visit our website to read, browse or download information, our system may record the following information which is provided by your browser:
- the date and time of your visit;
- the type of browser and operating system you are using;
- standard internet and website log information to understand our website visitors use;
- your Internet Service Provider and top level domain name (for example - .com, .gov, .au, .uk etc);
- the address of any referring web site (for example - the previous web site you visited) and the website you visit after leaving our site; and
- your computer's IP (Internet Protocol) address (a number which is unique to the machine through which you are connected to the internet).
Website data is kept strictly confidential. It is used for internal research purposes and to provide goods and services that you request. It helps us monitor which sections of the site are most popular to give us a clear idea of what type of information and services to include on our site. It also informs us which members and subscribers are using the site so that we can customise the website information and presentation.
When you use one of our web sites, we may send you a "cookie" that gives you a unique identification number. A "cookie" is a packet of information that allows the server (the computer that houses the website) to identify and interact more effectively with your computer. A different identification number is sent each time you use one of our websites. These cookies may be Session cookies which only last until you close your browser, or they may be Persistent cookies which are stored longer term on your computer. Cookies do not identify individual users, although they may identify a user's browser type and your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
You can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when a cookie is sent. Please refer to your browser instructions or help screens to learn more about these functions. If you reject all cookies, you may not be able to use our websites or certain website functions may not work properly or at all.
Session ID as set by IIS
Strictly necessary / functionality
Cookies for the storing of user data during a session. Associates a user with their application.
Persistent for 2 months
Identifies when a customer has acknowledged the cookie message (at the top of the website) to prevent it reappearing.
Persistent for up to 2 years
These cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often.
Collection of Telephone recordings
We may also record telephone conversations to resolve complaints, for staff training purposes, to improve our service standards and for fraud prevention measures.
Who do we disclose or share your information with?
We will not give your information to Government agencies, private sector organisations or anyone else unless one of the following applies:
- you have consented;
- you would reasonably expect, or have been told, that information of that kind is usually passed to those individuals, bodies or agencies;
- it is otherwise required or authorised by law;
- by your actions we consider you to have released us from our duty of confidentiality or to have consented to the disclosure of information about you without actually saying so (for example, if you discuss your financial position publicly with the media);
- it will prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to somebody's life or health; or
- it is reasonably necessary for the enforcement of the criminal law or of a law imposing a pecuniary penalty, or for the protection of public revenue.
Depending on the product or service Gear Geek has provided you with, we may disclose information to:
- auditors we appoint to ensure the integrity of our operations;
- if required or authorised to do so, regulatory bodies, government agencies or courts or anyone authorised by any one of them to receive such information;
- participants in the payments system (including payment organisations and merchants) and other financial institutions (such as banks);
- fraud prevention agencies, including overseas ones;
- any joint borrower(s) or account holder(s);
- debt collection agencies;
- other financial institutions and organisations at their request if you seek credit from them (so that they may assess whether to offer you credit);
- other parties where you have consented to the disclosure;
- suppliers from whom we order goods or services on your behalf (so that the goods or services may be provided to you); or
Keeping your Information
Direct Marketing and Your Preferences
We may wish to provide you with information about new products, promotions, special offers relating to Gear Geek and other information which may be of interest to you and invite you to take part in market research. This communication may happen by post, telephone, email or SMS (unless you have asked us not to do so). We will obtain your consent where we are required to do so in accordance with the GDPR.
We will ensure that any direct marketing or market research that you receive or are contacted about by electronic means will provide a simple means for you to refuse further marketing. For example, in emails it may provide you with an ‘unsubscribe' link, or an email address to which you can send an opt-out request.
We will stop any marketing to which you object or withdraw your consent. You can change your mind at any time about marketing by informing us by telephone on 0113 4676762.
Your data may be used for other purposes for which you gave specific permission, when required by law or where permitted under the terms of the GDPR.
Online Advertising and Performance Tracking
We use several advertising companies to devise and deliver our online advertising. This often involves displaying advertisements on third party websites.
When you see one of our advertisements on a third party website, cookies may be used to collect information such as:
- the server your computer is logged on to;
- your browser type;
- the date and time of your visit; and
- the performance of their marketing efforts.
When you visit our websites directly or after seeing one of our advertisements on a third-party website, anonymous information is collected on how you use our website. This might include which pages you view, and whether you start or complete an online application. The tracking companies aggregate all the captured information and use it to study internet user behaviour patterns.
They do not include personal information in their studies and use the data mainly to measure advertising effectiveness and relative consumer interest in the various areas of our websites. No personal information is collected during this process. If, however, any information is automatically collected, the tracking companies are required under their arrangements with us to maintain the privacy and confidentiality of that personal information.
We may disclose the information collected, in an aggregated form only, to third parties including advertisers or potential advertisers.
Links to other websites
Our websites may contain links to non-Gear Geek websites. While such links are provided for your convenience, you should be aware that the information handling practices of the linked websites might not be the same as ours and we encourage you to read and understand the privacy policies on these websites prior to providing any information to them.
Will my personal information be transferred abroad?
The personal information you provide to us is processed in the UK. It may be transferred to other group companies and to franchisees as described in previous paragraphs. Some of the companies to whom your personal information will be disclosed are located outside of the European Economic Area ("EEA"), in countries which do not provide the same level of protection to personal information (such as Australia and the United States). We will take steps to ensure that your personal information will be afforded the level of protection required of us under applicable data protection regulation and this notice.
Your rights in relation to information we hold about you
You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the GDPR at any time (a Data Subject Access Request or DSAR). No fee will be required, although reasonable fees can be charged for manifestly unfounded or excessive requests. Your request will be responded to within one calendar month or any earlier time limit prescribed by law.
You have the following rights:
- to make changes or corrections to your information to make sure it is accurate and up to date;
- ask us to stop or limit our use or processing of your information or delete your information (we are not obliged to do this in relation to information we need as part of our contractual relationship or for compliance with other laws, such as taxation or accounting laws);
- receive a copy of the information we hold about you;
- withdraw consent you have previously provided;
- transfer your information to a third party; and
- the right to lodge a complaint about us to the UK Information Commissioner's Office (https://ico.org.uk/)
Please note that we reserve the right to retain certain information for our own record-keeping (for example, to ensure that you do not receive marketing communications that you have opted-out of receiving) and to defend ourselves against any claims. We may also need to send you service-related communications relating to the goods or services that we provide to you even when you have requested not to receive marketing communications.
If we make any changes that we think are material in the way we collect, use, and/or share your Personal Information, we will notify you by sending an email to the email address you most recently provided us in your account or registration (unless we do not have such an email address), and/or by prominently posting notice of the changes on our website. If we add new cookies to our website, change the data collected by current cookies, or what we use that data for, we will let you know the next time you visit our website and ask for your consent to their use.
If you have a question, want to exercise your rights or make a complaint, please contact us using the details below and your question will be responded to as soon as possible and/or in accordance with our Complaint Policy.
You can contact us at:
Gear Geek, 7A Legion House, Beaufront Park, Anick road, Hexham, NE46 4TU.