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At Ask About Mortgages we respect your privacy and the confidentiality of your personal information.
Ask About Mortgages is an appointed representative (AR) of Quilter Mortgage Planning Limited who is part of the Quilter Group of companies. For further details on the companies in our group, please visit https://www.quilter.com/about-us/our-brands/
This Privacy Notice explains:
Who we are
Ask About Mortgages provide financial planning solutions and advice through experienced and qualified advisers based in the UK.
Currently, Ask About Mortgages and Quilter Financial Planning (Quilter) jointly determine the purposes and means of processing personal client data relating to giving advice. This means we’re joint data controllers for these core advice giving activities and therefore responsible for managing this client data and ensuring compliance.
However, Ask About Mortgages is solely responsible for some activities, for example any direct marketing that we undertake.
What personal information we collect
Personal information includes your name, address, or phone number and other information that isn’t otherwise publicly available. We collect personal information about you when you contact us about products and services, visit a financial advisor, visit a website we may have or register to receive one of our newsletters.
The type of personal information we collect will depend on the purpose for which it is collected and includes:
We collect personal information directly from you. For example, we ask for personal information at the start of our relationship and in subsequent communications, in order to check your identity and protect you from fraud. This is a legal requirement and is important to help safeguard you against potential crime.
In some instances, it is necessary to collect more sensitive information (such as health or lifestyle information) which is called special category data. This is to allow us to provide our financial advice service to you. We will always obtain your consent during the advice process to gather this data and explain what information we require and why it is needed. Sensitive personal information will always be processed and stored securely. You can withdraw your consent at any time to us processing this data, however, this may mean that you can no longer access the service or product the information was gathered for.
We also collect information about you from other sources. For example, our website automatically collects information from your computer using “cookies” which provides us with limited personal information. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They’re widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the website owners. For further information visit www.aboutcookies.org or www.allaboutcookies.org.
You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above websites tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases, some of our website features may not function as a result.
We keep your personal information only as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected and to meet regulatory or legislative requirements.
Advice data is retained for 50 years to meet our regulatory requirements.
Personal information will be securely disposed of when it’s no longer required, in accordance with our Data Retention and Disposal Schedule. A copy of this is available using the contact details below.
On what basis do we collect data?
The processing of your personal data is allowed under a number of lawful bases. The data required for the provision of products and services is processed on the basis there’s a contract with you to do so. Any relevant marketing activity we undertake is done because, as a firm, we have a legitimate interest to do so. However, you have rights, as listed below, which impact how we can use and process your data.
How we use your personal information
We process your information in order to support and maintain our contractual relationship with you and to comply with legal and regulatory requirements. This includes the following:
To investigate any complaint or enquiry raised in regards to your adviser or the advice given
We also process your data for specific business purposes to enable us to give you the best products and services and the best and most secure experience. For example, we process your information to send you marketing that is tailored to your interests.
Our business purposes include the following:
Supporting the testing and maintenance of systems
You have the right to object to this processing if you wish, please see “YOUR RIGHTS” section below. Please bear in mind that if you object this may affect our ability to carry out the tasks above for your benefit.
We may also process your personal data as part of an acquisition or sale. Should this happen, you will be notified about any change to processing or data controller arising as a result of this activity.
Who we share your information with and why
We share your information with trusted third parties who perform tasks for us and help us to provide the services you require these include:
How we keep your information secure
We’re committed to ensuring the confidentiality of the personal information that we hold and we continue to review our security controls and related policies and procedures to ensure that your personal information remains secure.
When we contract with third parties, we impose appropriate security, privacy and confidentiality obligations on them to ensure that personal information is kept secure.
If we work with third parties in countries outside the UK, we ensure these are countries that the European Commission has confirmed have an adequate level of protection for personal information, or the organisation receiving the personal data has provided adequate safeguards.
In limited circumstances, data may be accessed outside of the UK i.e. by employees when they travel. In these circumstances, we ensure there are appropriate information security measures in place to safeguard your information.
Basic identifiers about you (e.g. your name and address) is matched with information from Experian Marketing Services to create demographics and infer customer ‘types’ so that Quilter Financial Planning and the Quilter group of companies can define groups based on factors like interests, age, location and more. This helps Quilter Financial Planning and the Quilter group of companies better understand our customers in order to adapt and improve our products and services.
If you would like to know more about the information we receive from Experian Marketing Services, you can visit their website (www.experian.co.uk/privacy/consumer-information-portal) which explains who Experian Marketing Services are, what they do and why.
Ask About Mortgages tries to be as open as it can be in terms of giving people access to their personal information and therefore have outlined your rights below. This privacy notice was drafted with brevity and clarity in mind, therefore further information can be gathered by contacting us using the details below, or more information about your data protection rights can be found here: https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/
You have the right to opt out of receiving marketing information and tell us what your communication preferences are by contacting Quilter Financial Planning using the details provided at the end of this notice or by using the opt out option below or on any email marketing. You may opt out at any time if you don’t want to receive any further communications of this nature.
If you wish to correct, restrict, delete or make changes to your personal information, or any of the data subject rights listed above, please contact us at the address or email listed below.
How to contact us
If you have questions about this notice, need further information about our privacy practices, or wish to give or withdraw consent, exercise preferences or correct your personal information, please contact us using the following details. Quilter will liaise with [FIRM NAME] on your behalf to effect your requests.
The Office of Data Protection
Quilter Financial Planning Limited
85 Queen Victoria Street
London EC4V 4AB
How to complain
If you wish to raise a complaint about how we have handled your personal data, you can contact The Office of Data Protection who’ll investigate the matter.
If you’re not satisfied with our response, or believe we’re not processing your personal data in accordance with the law, you can complain to our regulator:
Information Governance Department
Information Commissioner’s Office
0303 123 1113
If you'd like Mortgage Advice to explore some mortgage options, have any questions about your suitability for a mortgage or would like to know how much you could borrow please make an appointment and we'll be happy chat through things with you. All initial mortgage consultations are free and there's absolutely no obligation to proceed. We offer appointments face to face in our offices or online via Zoom.