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  • Looking after your personal data

    Protecting the information of customers is one of our top priorities. We want you to be confident that your personal data is safe and secure with us, and to understand how we use it to offer you a better customer experience.

    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new European Union legislation that will become effective on 25 May 2018. These changes to data protection laws mean that you now have even more control over your personal data.

    Robust security has always been part of what we do, but the new rules go further in protecting the personal data we hold and ensuring action is taken if something goes wrong.

    We embrace the changes brought about by the GDPR and are fully committed to protecting your personal data.

    What rights do you have about the data we hold on you?

    As a customer you can:

    • Ask for a copy of the personal data we hold on you.
    • Object to us processing data about you if you are concerned we’re not taking your rights into account.
    • Ask us to explain if we use any processes that automatically make a decision to do with you without human involvement.
    • Ask us to stop sending marketing to you.
    • Ask us to correct any personal data belonging to you.
    • Ask us to erase your data or ‘forget’ you (this will only apply if we don’t have a legitimate reason to keep using it).
    • Ask us to provide information to you electronically or in a form that can be fed into a computer system used by another company.

    Here are answers to some common questions from our customers

    What is personal data?

    Personal data can include a number of different data types, including but not limited to:

    • First and last name.
    • Bank account information.
    • Address.
    • Telephone numbers.
    • Personal email address.
    • Credit card information.
    • Date of birth.
    • Photos and videos.
    • Usernames and passwords

    What is special category personal data?

    Special category personal data is information that relates to racial or ethnic origin, religious beliefs, physical or mental health, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership or criminal convictions.

    How do I know my personal data is safe?

    All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers and any payment transactions are encrypted.

    Do you share my personal data with others?

    We may share your personal data with third parties in order to send postal mail, process credit card payments, recover debts or maintain our IT systems. Personal data may also be shared to comply with any legal obligation. We may share information for marketing purposes but we do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers.

    What is a Privacy Notice?

    We all have a right to be informed about what organisations do with our personal information. We include this information in our Privacy Policy which is published on our website. You can also request a copy in writing. The Privacy Policy tells you about the personal data we collect from you and how we use it and share it, as well as information about which countries we store it in and how long we keep it. 

    Will Brexit affect the GDPR?

    No. The government has confirmed that the GDPR will be enshrined in UK law after we leave the European Union.

    What happens if Wessex Water breaches the GDPR?

    Like all companies, we will be subject to strict financial penalties if we breach data protection and we will notify you if any breach causes a high risk to you.

    What do I do if I have a complaint?

    Email your concern to us at dpo@wessexwater.co.uk or call us on 0345 600 4600. You can also complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office if you are not satisfied with our response to you. Please see their website www.ico.org.uk for further information or call them on 0303 123 1113.

    How do I find out more information?

    The Wessex Water Privacy Policy outlines how your personal data is protected and can be found at: www.wessexwater.co.uk/Privacy-policy

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