Any personal data collected through the Site will be treated as confidential in line with the principles of the UK data protection legislation (the Data Protection Act 1998 as amended). The Company is notified as a data controller with the UK Information and should you have any queries regarding data protection please visit the UK Information Commissioner's website www.ico.gov.uk or contact us at www.countywater.co.uk
1. Information Collected by the Company
a) The Company collects information when you read or download information from the Site (IP Addresses and Cookies).
We will collect information generated by your visit to the web site. This may include your IP Address (an IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer whenever you are surfing the Internet); the type of browser and operating system used to access the Site; the date and time you access the Site; the pages you visit; and if you visited the Site from another website, the address of that website.
Some of this information may be stored on your computer in the form of a cookie. This information helps the web server track such things as your preferences and any data you submit while browsing the Site.
2. How do we use your Information?
Generally, County Water may appoint suppliers, sub-contractors or agents in order to provide you with the service that you have requested and The Company may pass your information on to group companies or to any of County Water approved suppliers, sub-contractors or agents for this purpose. Examples of this service include following up on enquiries or provide further information on County Water products (including by phone, email, SMS, post or fax) and agents engaged to show you around County Water properties. These third parties have access to your personal information in order to perform the functions but may not use it for any other purpose.
We may share your information with group companies. If you ask us to, we will also use your details to send you information about products and services which may be of interest to you. More specifically County Water will use your personal information as follows:
a) When you read or download information from the Site (IP Addresses and Cookies)
We may collect and store information collected from cookies for statistical purposes. We may use this information to provide you with a more personal service and assist analysing Site traffic and usage. However, this information does not identify you personally and will not be used by County Water, unless you register with us.
b) When you send County Water an enquiry or email
We may store this information supplied by you in order to respond to your request or otherwise reply to the subject of the enquiry or email only. Remember that email is not necessarily secure against interception. If your communication is very sensitive you might want to send it by postal mail instead.
c) When you register on the Site
The personal details collected from you are stored electronically and can be accessed by County Water. You are not obliged to give us any personal information in order to use the Site, but access will be limited to the general information section of the Site if you choose not to register.
d) When you telephone us using the number displayed on the Site We use Bespoke Numbers tracking so that when you call us to request information we are able to return your call. By calling us you are agreeing to be contacted by telephone on the number you have called us from.
When you register your details on the Site you are agreeing to be contacted by SMS, telephone, email and post. We will provide you with information on properties and/or development which you are interested in, and other products, services, future developments, special offers which match the criteria that you have provided or which may be of interest to you.
In accordance with Data Protection Act 1998, County Water follows strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information that you have given us. County Water has implemented security polices, rules and technical measures to protect the personal information that we have under our control. The security measures are designed to prevent unauthorised access, improper use and disclosure, unauthorised modification and unlawful destruction or accidental loss.
4. Data Retention
If you submit your details for the purposes of enquiring about a property and/or a development the personal information collected by the Company on the Site will be held for the period of time that the development which you enquired about is on sale, plus an additional month thereafter (the "Time Period"). If you ask for your details to be applied to a new development the Time Period will begin again.
If you submit your details for any other reason then your personal information may be held for a different period of time. Please see the online form for the length of time that your data will be retained.
5. Communications and Announcements from the Site
a) Promotional updates
County Water may contact registered users who have chosen to be contacted by us and provide information on properties and developments selected by you and on products, services, future developments, special offers which match the criteria specified by you on registration or which may be of interest to you.
b) Service announcements
It may be necessary for the Company to send a service announcement email to users of the Site if for example the service is temporarily suspended for maintenance. These communications will be sent to all users of the Site, but will not be promotional in nature.
6. Your Rights
a) Access to your personal data
You have the right to ask for a copy of the information held by us in our records. You also have the right to require us to correct any inaccuracies in your information. Please contact us for details.
You have the right to remove your personal information from our mailing lists or can choose not to receive further information about specific properties or developments. This can be done by following the unsubscribe option attached to every email sent from the Company to your personal email address or via your County Water Exclusive account.
7. Improvements to the Site
County Water are committed to providing the best service and information possible to you. We are therefore continually seeking ways of improving and upgrading the Site, and reserve the right to make changes to the Site and the way we process information collected from it. County Water is nevertheless committed to continue to respect the privacy and preferences of all users of this Site.