1. Our use of personal information
The information you supply via the Bristol Water website will be made available to Bristol Wessex Billing Services Limited, BWBSL. This information will be used by BWBSL, Bristol Water and our billing partner Wessex Water for billing and operational purposes only.
If you need to provide us with sensitive personal information (for example health information), you consent to us processing this information where necessary, for the purposes described above.
We may need to search the files of credit reference agencies who will record the search. We may share information about the way in which you conduct your account with other credit providers and credit reference agencies.
(i) We may share the information we hold about you with other reputable organisations.
(ii) We or they may contact you by mail, telephone, e-mail, fax or other electronic means with offers of goods and services which may be of interest to you. By providing us with details such as a fax number which enable us to contact you in these ways, you consent to being contacted in that manner for these purposes
If you would prefer us not to use your personal information for the purposes set out at paragraph (b)(i) and (ii) above please tick the opt out box provided when your personal information is given to us. Remember that if you do, we will not be able to notify you of special offers and promotions.
2. When might we disclose your personal information to others?
We may on occasion disclose your personal information to third parties not referred to above. However, please be assured that, except for the reasons listed below, we will not disclose your personal information to such third parties.
We may disclose your personal information to others in the following circumstances:
- where we are required to do so by the courts or to comply with other legal obligations including accounting and taxation requirements
- to detect and/or prevent crime
- where we believe that you may be interested in the services offered by other organisations (including our group companies)
- for credit reference purposes
- if directed by any of our ‘Regulators’
3. When might we transfer your personal information abroad?
Please note that if you communicate with us electronically, including by email, telephone or fax, this communication may be randomly monitored or recorded to protect the interests of our business and our customers. This includes for the purposes of maintaining high quality standards, crime detection and/or prevention and to ensure that our employees comply with legal obligations and our policies and procedures (including customer relations practices).
6. What are cookies and why might we use them?
A cookie is a piece of text which attaches to your hard drive and from which it can store and sometimes track information on how you make use of a website. Please note that the websites to which the site may be linked may make use of their own cookies to collect information from you.
You may nevertheless prefer us not to send you any cookies. If this is the case, you can set your browser to automatically reject all cookies. It is also possible to set your browser to notify you if a cookie has been sent to you so that you can, at your option, accept or reject that particular cookie.
7. External information sources
We may on occasion obtain personal information from external sources such as credit reference agencies, other organisations with whom we are in partnership or organisations which sell lists of personal data. We use this information for the purposes of marketing and ancillary purposes.
8. Requests for access to personal information
We are happy on request from you to provide details of your personal information including personal information which we have obtained from external sources. To protect our customers’ personal information, we follow strict storage and disclosure procedures which means that we will require proof of identity from you prior to disclosing such information. We will also charge a small administration fee of £10 in relation to any requests for access to personal information.
9. Information updates
Please help us to keep your personal information current and accurate by contacting us at the above address if you notice that your personal information is inaccurate and/or out of date.
When you enter data on the site, a security device may be activated. This will ensure that any data which you enter is encrypted during transmission over the internet. Encryption of data is where data is encoded so that it is not legible until such time as it is decoded by us. Further, if you provide us with personal information such as bank account details such data is held by us in an encrypted form rather than being decoded following transmission. We also have systems in place to ensure that your personal information cannot be accessed by unauthorised sources.
However, as you may be aware no data transmission over the internet can be entirely secure. As a result, whilst we will use reasonable endeavours to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information and the use of the site (including the email facilities) is at your own risk.
11. Changes to this policy
12. Address for correspondence
If you wish to advise us of any changes to the personal information you have previously provided or notify us that you no longer wish us to use your personal information for the purposes set out at paragraph b(i) and (ii) above, please write to:
Paul Kelson, Bristol Water plc, P O Box 218, Bridgwater Road, Bristol. BS99 7AU