Protection of your privacy and the security of your personal data are very important to Harrison Brook/bfmi.
By using our website, providing personal information and/or using any of our services, you agree that:
- and if you have provided personal information to us relating to any other person, you:
- (a) have a right to provide that information
- (c) each such person has agreed to those terms.
What information do we collect and use (process) about you?
What is personal data?
When we talk about your information, we are referring to your ‘personal data’ as defined by the Data Protection Act and this includes information that can identify you as a living individual, whether by itself or when used in conjunction with other information which we hold. Examples include, but are not limited to, your name, your telephone number, your email address, your place and date of birth.
What are we collecting?
However, if you wish to use certain services offered on our website, obtain certain information made available by us, or request us to provide you with legal services through our Contact page or by contacting Our People directly, then you may be asked for information such as name, email address, telephone number and residential address.
If you enter into a business relationship with us, either as a client or as one of our business partners, vendors or suppliers, then the kinds of personal information that we collect and hold about you may include:
- identifying information, such as your name, occupation, age, and any photographs found in your identity verification documentation;
- contact information, such as your e-mail address, mailing address or phone number;
- records of our communications with you; and/or information we may have obtained from other sources (such as risk intelligence service providers) in order to identify who we are doing business with as part of the ‘know your customer’ obligations contained in relevant legislation.
In these cases the provision of your personal data will be a contractual requirement or a requirement relating to entering into a contract, and you will be obliged to provide the personal data we require in order to comply with our legal obligations and provide the services to you under that contract. Without this information, we may not be able to provide you with our services or to respond to queries or requests that you submit to us. You may, however, visit our website anonymously.
Why do we collect this information?
Legal grounds for processing
We always ensure we respect your privacy rights. This means we can only collect your personal data if we have lawful grounds for doing so. In most cases, we may rely on the following grounds:
- we may have a contractual arrangement with you and to fulfil our obligations we need to process your personal data (e.g. you are a client)
- there may be a legal obligation for us to process your personal data (e.g. so we can properly identify you and comply with relevant anti-money laundering legislation)
- we may want to fulfil a compelling legitimate interest we may have in a manner that does not outweigh your rights and freedoms (e.g. ensuring security of our IT infrastructure and systems, or monitoring the use and effectiveness of our website)
- you may have expressly asked us to do something or have otherwise given your clear consent to us that you are happy for us to process your data (e.g. for marketing purposes, or simply responding to a question you may have asked us or other feedback you may have given us)
In most cases, we collect personal data that you choose to provide to us so that we can provide you with a service you have requested from us such as provision of legal advice for example. The relevant information is then used by us to communicate with you on any matter relating to the conduct of your instructions in general. Specifically, if you are a client, this would be providing the services set out in our engagement letter and in accordance with our terms of business (as may be amended) and as necessary for the performance of our contract with you. If you choose not to provide certain information, we may not be able to provide you with some services.
Other reasons we may process your information include:
- maintaining our administrative or client relationship management systems;
- providing you with information about us and our range of services, otherwise known as ‘Direct Marketing’;
- management of enquiries and complaints;
- if you have applied for a job with us, so we can consider you for employment.
- if you are attending one of our events
We also process information relating to our employees, and prospective applicants, for general employment and recruitment purposes. These purposes will be disclosed in more detail at the time we collect personal data from such persons.
What do we do with this information?
How we use your information
Your information may be used:
- to verify your identity when you are dealing with us, so we may satisfy our obligations with respect to crime (including tax evasion) prevention and detection, anti-money laundering and due diligence, as well as any other relevant legal or regulatory obligations we may be subject to;
- to carry out lawful obligations arising from contracts entered into between you and us and to provide you with the information and services that you have requested from us or otherwise process transactions on your behalf such as settling invoices payable by you to us or to third parties;
- as permitted by law or regulation, and as required by law or regulation, or as requested by government or regulatory authorities, for the protection of persons or property or to establish or exercise our legal rights or defend against legal claims, including to comply with anti-money laundering obligations;
- in connection with an acquisition, merger, restructuring, sale or other transaction involving all or any portion of our business or assets;
- to ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your device(s); and/or
- to administer our website and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes, or otherwise as part of our efforts to keep our website safe and secure.
Your information may also be used to provide you with information about us and our range of services, otherwise known as ‘Direct Marketing’. To this end, we may use your information:
- to allow you to participate in interactive features of our services, when you choose to do so;
- to inform you about and manage your involvement with our services and events, including educational or corporate hospitality events
- to measure or understand the effectiveness of advertising we serve to you and others, and to deliver relevant advertising to you, including making suggestions and recommendations to you and other users of our website about goods or services that may interest you or them; and/or
- to provide you, with news bulletins, newsletters, brochures, or general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about, or otherwise feel may be of interest to you (unless you have opted-out of receiving such information).
In circumstances where you are an existing client or we otherwise have an existing relationship with you we will rely on our legitimate interests as the lawful ground for processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. To this end, it may be necessary to process your personal data so we can directly market in our legitimate interest. In addition, we consider it reasonable for you to expect you may receive marketing material from us in the same methods we normally communicate with you (e.g. via email) and that there is no disproportionate impact to your individual privacy rights in this case.
In circumstances where you are not a client or we do not otherwise have an existing relationship with you, marketing our materials, events and services (or those of others) to you shall be subject to your consent which shall be requested at the latest on our first communication to you, where you will be given the option to elect to receive such information (known as ‘opting-in’) by checking the appropriate boxes on the forms we use to collect your data or in links provided within our email communications.
On each and every marketing communication, we will always provide the option for you to exercise your right to object to the processing of your personal data for marketing purposes (known as ‘opting-out’) by clicking on the ‘unsubscribe’ button on our marketing emails or choosing a similar opt-out option on any forms we use to collect your data. You may also opt-out at any time by contacting us on the below details.
If you wish to be removed, we will retain your details in our marketing database(s) specifically for the purposes of suppressing your details from inclusion in all future marketing campaigns. These database(s) are restricted for access only by members of our marketing team. Your unsubscription request will only affect these database(s) and will not change any existing information on our other databases that you have provided to us or we have otherwise obtained for the purposes of providing our legal services to you or for any other lawful purposes.
What rights do you have?
You now have more rights than ever before
As from the 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679a>, more commonly known as the ‘GDPR’) gives data subjects (like you) more rights in relation to their personal data. You can find out more about the GDPR and your rights by accessing the European Commission’s website.
If you are a natural person (in other words, a human being and not a company) you have the right to:
- information about the processing of your personal data (and if you did not give it to us, information as to the source);
- obtain access to the personal data held about you;
- ask for incorrect, inaccurate or incomplete personal data to be corrected;
- request, in certain cases, that personal data be erased when it’s no longer needed or if processing it is unlawful;
- object to the processing of your personal data for marketing purposes or on grounds relating to your particular situation;
- request the restriction of the processing of your personal data in specific cases;
- receive your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, or ask us to send it to another person (‘data portability’); and
- request that decisions based on automated processing concerning you or significantly affecting you and based on your personal data are made by natural persons, not only by computers. You also have the right in this case to express your point of view and to contest the decision.
Please note these rights may only apply in certain cases. For example, some rights only apply where our lawful ground of processing is your consent, or where we have a contract with you.
You also have a right to lodge a complaint with the appropriate data protection authority whose details are provided below, and in certain cases may receive compensation from us, as data controller, for any damage you suffer.
We want to ensure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. If any of the information that you have provided to us changes, for example if you change your email address or name, please let us know the correct details by contacting us on the details below. You may ask us, or we may ask you, to correct information you or we think is inaccurate, and you may also ask us to remove information which is inaccurate.
How can you access information we hold on you and enforce your rights?
How can you enforce your rights?
You can enforce the rights described above by means of a written request to us at the contact details below. To protect the integrity and security of the information we hold, we may ask that you follow a defined access procedure, which may include steps to verify your identity and completion of a form so that we can better understand the nature of your request and the information you are after. You will need to provide information to confirm your identity so we are sure it is actually you requesting your data (and not someone else trying to steal it!). We must respond to your requests without undue delay and at the latest within 1 month.
There may be cases where we are unable to provide the information you request, such as where it would interfere with the privacy of others or result in a breach of confidentiality. In these cases, we will let you know why we cannot comply with your request.
In addition, you can enforce your right to object to direct marketing as described in the Direct Marketing section above.
Even if you do not request access to and/or correct your personal information held by us, if we are satisfied that, having regard to the reasons for which we hold your personal information, that personal information is inaccurate, incomplete, out-of-date, irrelevant or misleading, we may take reasonable steps to correct that information.
Whom might we share your information with?
In addition we may be required by law or by a cCourt to disclose certain information about you or any engagement we may have with you to relevant regulatory, law enforcement and/or other competent authorities, unless such information is protected by legal professional privilege. We may also need to share your information in order to enforce or apply our legal rights under any agreed terms of business.
Finally, if our business enters into a joint venture with or is merged with another business entity, your information may be disclosed to our new business partners.
In connection with the provision of our services, personal data may also be transferred to countries or territories outside the European Economic Area (EEA) where necessary (e.g. in the context of international legal proceedings or cross-jurisdictional legal services, or because we use service providers outside the EEA) in which case we will arrange for contractual safeguards where such territories do not offer an adequate level of personal data protection similar to the EEA. The EEA comprises the EU member states plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.
We may also rely on derogations for specific situations as set forth in Article 49 of the GDPR. In particular, we may collect and transfer your Personal Data outside the EEA only: with your consent; to perform a contract with you; or to fulfil a compelling legitimate interest we may have in a manner that does not outweigh your rights and freedoms. For example, if you are settling an invoice via telephone then in order to effectively process credit or debit card transactions it may be necessary for our bank/card processing agency to verify your personal details for authorisation outside the EEA; in such a case, such information will not be transferred out of the EEA for any other purpose.
We do not sell your information
How do we secure your information?
How we secure your information
We are committed to taking appropriate measures designed to keep your personal data secure. Our technical, administrative and physical procedures are designed to protect personal data and non-personal data from loss, theft, misuse and accidental, unlawful or unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration, use and destruction. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once it is received.
To prevent unauthorised access as required by the Data Protection Act, we follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information which you have given us. Our security procedures mean that we may request proof of identity before we are able to disclose personal data to you following a request from you for us to do so. We implement security measures across the firm to ensure our clients’ data is protected within secured and encrypted servers we control, which are located in Gibraltar. We may also keep hard copy records of this personal information in physical storage facilities with access restricted solely to our personnel.
We also take steps to monitor access to and modification of your information by our contractors, advisers, consultants and staff members, and ensure that they are aware of and properly trained in their obligations for managing your privacy.
We update and test our security technology on an ongoing basis. We restrict access to your personal data to those employees who need to know that information to provide benefits or services to you. In addition, we train our employees about the importance of confidentiality and maintaining the privacy and security of your information. We commit to taking appropriate disciplinary measures to enforce our employees’ privacy responsibilities.
Risks of using the Internet
We use reasonable physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect the personal information that we obtain from you from loss, misuse, and unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration, and destruction. Please note that we are not responsible for the security of any data you are transmitting over the Internet, or any data you are storing, posting, or providing directly to a third party’s website, which is governed by that party’s policies. Please note that no method of transmission over the Internet or method of electronic storage is 100% secure and we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us. Transfer of your data via these means is therefore at your own risk.
A loss of personal data is known as a data breach. The GDPR imposes requirements on businesses to identify, assess and report breaches in a timely manner (within 72 hours). We undertake to inform you if your personal data is compromised and there is a risk to your rights and freedoms as a result.
More information on data breaches may be found on the website of the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
How long do we keep your information for?
Our retention policies
We shall retain a record of our engagement with all our clients, as well as all files and documentation relating to clients and/or the particular matter that forms the basis of the contractual relationship for a minimum period of 6 (six) years from the end of the business relationship described in the relevant engagement documentation, unless:
- we are required by law to retain such records for a longer period;
- continued retention is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; or
- in order to protect your vital interests or the vital interests of another natural person.
We will attempt to minimise personal data to what is necessary to identify the client and the services provided by Harrison Brook/bfmi, and after the applicable retention period has expired shall destroy all personal data and other records. At our discretion, we may retain personal information for less than or longer than the said period of 6 (six) yearss if we consider it necessary or desirable to do so to meet our legal or regulatory obligations, or at your specific request (for example, if you ask us to retain certain documents such as final orders, marriage and birth certificates, policy documents and counterpart documents relating to evidencing title to land).
For more information on where and how long your personal data is stored, and for more information on your rights of erasure and portability, please contact us on the details provided below.
How can you contact us or make a complaint?
Contact information of Data Controller
1752, Route Nationale 7,
Harrison Brook/bfmi has not designated a Data Protection Officer, but our Privacy Team can be can be contacted directly via the above details.
Your right to complain
We try to meet the highest standards in order to protect your privacy. However, if you are concerned about the way in which we are managing your personal information and think we may have breached any applicable privacy laws, or any other relevant obligation, you are encouraged to raise any complaints regarding the processing of personal data to us directly on the contact details above.
We will make a record of your complaint and refer it to our internal complaint resolution committee for further investigation. We will deal with the matter as soon as we can, and keep you informed of the progress of our investigation.
If we have not responded to you within a reasonable time or if you feel that your complaint has not been resolved to your satisfaction, you are entitled to make a complaint to the Data Protection Commissioner under the Data Protection Act, which is presently the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (GRA). The GRA is responsible for ensuring that your rights and obligations are respected. The GRA is also competent to hear your complaints and may prohibit or restrict the processing of your personal data in certain cases. You may contact the GRA on the below details:
Governing Law and Jurisdiction
Privacy Protections for Children Using the Internet
Protecting children’s privacy is important to us. For that reason, we do not collect or maintain information on our website from those we actually know are under the age of 16, nor is any part of our website targeted to attract anyone under 16. We request that all visitors to our website who are under 16 not disclose or provide any personal data and discontinue use of our website.