Privacy Policy

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This statement and notice is effective April 11th, 2022. Whether you visit our website, speak to one of our team or use our services more widely, you are trusting us with your information. This Privacy Policy explains the types of data we may collect about you when you interact with us, it sets out our data processing practices (how we collect, store, use and handle that data, and how we keep it safe) and it also describes how cookies and other technologies may be used. This policy sets out how we collect, use and respect such information, and how the law protects you and your information. When we refer to “we”, “us”, or “our” in this Privacy Statement we mean The Bloom Consortium and it’s named Co-Founders, named Associates, named Employees, SubContractors and Suppliers known as the “Team”. Your privacy is important to the Bloom Consortium and maintaining your trust is key to us. Should we ask you to provide certain data by which you can be identified, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this Privacy Statement. By subscribing, making an enquiry or entering into a contract with us, you will be deemed to have consented to the use, transfer, export and retention of your data as set out in this Privacy Statement. Consequently, The Bloom Consortium may use this submitted data for the purposes for which you and the Bloom Consortium have intended. When you submit personal data to The Bloom Consortium, you acknowledge and agree that The Bloom Consortium may transfer your personal data to, and retain and process your personal data in, any of The Bloom Consortium’s team corporate site(s) including but not limited to its central base in the United Kingdom, regardless of the country in which you subscribed or made the enquiry from. If you do not approve of such transfer, processing and/or retention, do not submit personal data to The Bloom Consortium. The extent and type of data we receive from you depends on the data you provide to us through the website or through other contact you may choose to make with us. All references to information in this policy, means any data which identifies a natural person or which allows that person to be identified when combined with other data. This privacy policy is provided in accordance with our obligations under applicable privacy and data protection law, including the UK retained version of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 GDPR, The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (amended) and the Data Protection Act 2018. Please note that all data thus captured will be used and held in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 2018. The Bloom Consortium as the Data Controller, is committed to protecting the privacy of our prospects, clients, and team. However, the Internet is Global and, no data transmitted via the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure during transmission. We cannot warrant the security of any data you transmit to us before we receive it and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your data, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access. It is also possible that the data you provide to us will be temporarily transferred outside the European Economic Area as it passes between you and us. By submitting your personal data, you provide unambiguous consent to this transfer. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy. The level of protection that is applied to the transfer of the data will depend on the nature of the data, the third-party country and its govering and professional laws and security. We keep our privacy policy under regular review. The version of the policy became effective on the date shown above. We recommend that you read this privacy statement in full to ensure you are fully informed. HOW DO YOU CONTACT US. The Bloom Consortium is the Data Controller. If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement or concerns about our use of your Personal Data, please use the following contact details to send your questions to our Data Protection Officer (DPO) using this email address: ABOUT THE BLOOM CONSORTIUM. The Bloom Consortium, is a collective of dynamic, professional and experienced specialists available on-demand to help overwhelmed business leaders and their management teams realise their company’s full potential and achieve business success. Clients engage us on an individual consultant basis for our specific specialisms, or if more than one specialism is needed clients can engage the collective of more than one or on occasion as required all of our consultants - benefitting from the fact that we already know how to work together as a productive team rather than random unconnected consultants. WHY WE COLLECT YOUR DATA. We will only collect personal data and use information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your information so we can provide our services, for marketing and if required by law. We collect and use information to deliver our services and content, and to operate our website, as well as to provide useful legal updates and other information about our services. In this context, we are a data controller. If we are a data controller in respect of your information, the statements in this policy apply. Sometimes you may send other people’s information to us, and in those situations we may be a data processor. If we are a data processor in respect of other people’s information, as well as this policy, other terms (including our data processing agreement) will apply. HOW DO WE COLLECT YOUR DATA. We use different methods to collect data including through: 1) Information you provide to us directly. You may give us details such as a name, email address and other contact details in person or via video conferencing or by filling in forms on our website or in hard copy format or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email, social media and/or otherwise. This includes information provided when you: • Contact us via our website; • Participate in an in person or online event which we have attended or organised; • Request our services; • Conduct business with us; • Meet with, contact or engage with our team in person or online; • Subscribe to our publications or newsletter, or request any other information about our products or services be send to you; • Engage with us on social media or via openly available public sources (e.g. LinkedIn, Company Websites, or Community Forums); • Contact us about a role with us; • Respond to a survey, use our scorecard assessment, make a complaint or give us some feedback. 2) Automated technologies or interactions. When you interact with our website, we may automatically collect technical data about your equipment, IP address, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this data by using cookies, pixels, server logs and other similar technologies. We may also receive technical data if you visit other websites employing our cookies. Our website uses cookies and similar technologies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and allows us to improve our website. You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies. *Please also see out Cookie Notice below. 3) Third-party and publicly available sources. We may receive personal data from various third-parties as set out below: • Identity and contact data from other individuals at your organisation; • Information given to us by our clients and businesses that we work with; • Technical data from analytics providers and/or search information providers; • Employment, identity and contact data from recruitment agencies, previous employers, etc… INFORMATION RELATING TO CHILDREN. This website and our services are not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect information on children. If you believe that we have received information on someone under the age of 18, please contact us. INFORMATION RELATING TO SPECIAL CATEGORIES OF DATA IN GDPR. We do not aim to collect any special categories of personal data, as defined under the GDPR. WHAT TYPES OF PERSONAL DATA DO WE COLLECT. We collect and use information to deliver our services and content, and to operate our website, as well as to provide useful legal updates and other information about our services. The personal data we may collect, use, store and transfer: Contact data including billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers. Financial data including bank account, billing address and payment card details. Identity data including your name, username, marital status, job title, company name, company website url, date of birth, gender, and personal and company social media accounts. Transaction data including details about payments made and other details of products, services and content supplied. Technical data including information about use of a website, internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform, screen resolution and other technical characteristics of your device, your use of our services and applications and connection to our website. Profile data including usernames and passwords, purchases or orders made, preferences, feedback and survey responses. Usage Data including information about your visit, including the website that referred you to our website (if applicable), the path that you take through and from our website (including date and time); pages that you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page. Marketing and communications data including preferences in receiving marketing from us and third parties and communication preferences. Employment data includes current and past employment, experience, qualifications, skills, interests and any other information disclosed by you. Aggregated data such as statistical or demographic data. Aggregated data may be derived from your information but is not considered ‘personal data’ in law as it does not reveal your identity. However, if we combine or connect such data with your information so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we will apply this policy to such combined data. Special categories of data, it is unlikely, but possible that in the course of providing services we may also collect special categories of personal data (such as race, ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about health, and information about criminal convictions and offences). WHY WE USE YOUR DATA. The lists below set out the purpose behind processing your personal data and our legal basis for doing so. Most commonly, we will use your information: • Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you; • Where it is in our legitimate interest to do so (or those of a third party) and it is proportionate to do so; • Where we need to comply with a legal obligation. We may use your personal data for the following purposes: • To respond to and fulfil an enquiry, or a request for information about our products or services and/or to then take instructions to deliver services and content to you and administer the contract for requested products or services. • To respond to and fulfil an enquiry, or a request for information about our events or webinars and/or to then facilitate your attendance at one of our events or webinars. • To contact you to ask if you might be interested in being a guest speaker at one of our events, sponsoring one of our events, exhibiting at one of our events, advertising on our website, creating a co-branded activitiy or piece of content, or providing us with a reference. • To make suggestions and recommendations to you about services or content that may be of interest to you and/or be relevant to your business, and send you our newsletters and marketing communications based on our interactions together. • To maintain our contact database being records of prospective, current and past clients, our suppliers and subcontractors, our co-founders and associates and employees. • To track your use of our website and interaction with our newsletter and marketing communciations to deliver relevant content and measure or understand the effectiveness of such content. For example, to understand which newsletter or marketing communication content is most popular with our email audience. • To administer, protect and continue to improve our business, website, services, marketing and customer relationships and experiences including using techniques for troubleshooting, data analysis, data analytics, system maintenance, system support, reporting and hosting of data. (Please also see our Cookie Notice below). • To carry out other business purposes such as fraud protection, credit risk reduction, submitting invoices, managing pyaments fees and charges, provide or enforce our terms of business including collecting and recovering money owed to us, notify changes to our services or terms of business or privacy policy, or other internal accounting processes and to conduct market research or surveys. • To process a job application and keep you informed of employment opportunities. Where we need to collect information by law, or under the terms of a contract and you do not provide that information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract or provide you with our services. CHANGE OF PURPOSE. We will only use your information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, contact us. If we need to use your information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so. Please note that we may process your information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law. WHAT LEGAL GROUNDS DO WE RELY ON. We rely on the following legal grounds to collect and process your personal data: • Legitimate interests – we may use your personal data to improve our products and services and content. We will only use your data in a way which it might be reasonably expected to run our business, and which does not materially impact your rights, freedom or interests. We will balance our legitimate interest with the interest of our prospects, clients, team and other business contacts. • Contractual obligations – we may need to collect and use your personal data if we enter into a contract with you (during the pre-contract stage) or if we are required to via a contract that you have with us (during contractual relationship) between ourselves and our team in the performance of a contract. • Consent – we will rely on consent where you have requested specific communications or have signed up to receive updates on an ongoing basis from us until you decide and tell us otherwise Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing information but exceptionally rely on consent to send marketing communications to you via telephone and/or email. You have the right to withdraw your consent at any time by responding to the person that contacts you and/or by contacting us. WHAT MARKETING WILL YOU RECEIVE. AND PROCESSING BASED ON CONSENT. Direct Marketing. We would like to use your personal data to send you details of products or services that we offer that we have identified as likely to be of interest and relevant to you and or your business. We will only send you information in line with the preferences you indicated when you provided the personal data. On the Bloom Consortium website we invite you to opt-in and give your Consent to receive our newsletters and marketing communications. If at any point you would like to opt-out of receiving communications from us, or would like to change the channels (such as email or post) that we use to contact you, you can unsubscribe from these at any point by clicking on the unsubscribe link on any email you receive from us, or by asking to be unsubscribed from newsletters and marketing communications specifying the channel by emailing us at: At events or other face to face occasions we may either provide similar forms as on the website but in hard copy format where we invite you to opt-in and give your Consent to receive our newsletters and marketing communications or you may freely pass us your contact details asking us to start communicating with you in connection with that face to face encounter and verbal request for information. In each case, you Consent to receive newsletters and marketing communications from us. If at any point you would like to opt-out of receiving communications from us, or would like to change the channels (such as email or post) that we use to contact you, you can unsubscribe from these at any point by clicking on the unsubscribe link on any email you receive from us, or by asking to be unsubscribed from newsletters and marketing communications specifying the channel by emailing us at: We use a third-party email provider, to deliver marketing communications. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our mailings. We also use this to maintain our database and manage unsubscribes as a measure to ensure we do not email individuals (using their personal data in this case their email address) where they have opted-out of receiving our newsletters or marketing communications. You can unsubscribe to our mailings at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our email marketing communications or to stop receiving 1:1 direct emails from us email us at: Third-Party Hosted Marketing. Email: From time to time we may wish to send you offers about products and services by email from third-party organisations which we feel would be of interest to you or your business. We will only do this if you have opted in to third party marketing when you provided your personal data. You may at any time withdraw your consent by contacting the DPO at: Post: From time to time we may wish to send you offers about products and services by post from third-party organisations related to the business functions that our products and services focus or are connected with which we feel would be of interest to you or your business. We will only do this if you did not object to this when you provided your personal data. You may at any time change your mind by contacting the DPO at: Third-Party Data Sharing for Marketing. Email: From time to time we may wish to be able to pass your email address to third-party organisations which we feel would be of interest to you or your business. We will only do this if you have opted in to third party marketing when you provided your personal data. You may at any time withdraw your consent for us sharing your personal data with third parties by contacting the DPO at: Post: From time to time you would like to be able to pass your postal address to third-party organisations in the related to the business functions that our products and services focus or are connected with which we feel would be of interest to you or your business. We will only do this if you did not object to this when you provided your personal data. You may at any time change your mind by DPO at: WHO DO WE SHARE YOUR DATA WITH AND WHY. We may share your information with others, particularly those that help us provide our services or run our business effectively. Most commonly, this includes our Co-Founders and Associates who operate as our Consultants and our support staff such as employees, subcontractors, suppliers, IT service providers, and those who manage our data. We require others to respect the information we share with them, and to only use it in ways the law allows. We only allow others to use such information for the specific purposes we set out, and not for any other purposes. When we engage processors to process information on our behalf, we ensure a contract is in place with the processor that sets out the details of the processing We may have to share information with third parties (including those below) for the purposes and activities explained above: • Our team who provide or help us deliver products and services you’ve chosen to use and contract with us for, or who are involved in the running of our business. • Our service providers who perform services and functions on our behalf in connection with the operation of our business such as software and application service providers and third parties who host, store and manage data or provide programming or technical support, etc. • Our professional advisers including our accountants, insurers and brokers, etc. • Our analytics partners to analyse website traffic and understand customer needs and trends. • Our marketing service or marketing technology providers to help us to communicate with you (e.g. mailing houses, email broadcasters, marketing agencies). • If we are required to do so by law, or if we believe that such action is necessary to: (a) fulfil a government, or regulatory authority request; (b) conform with the requirements of the law or legal process; (c) protect or defend our legal rights or property, our websites or customers. Those to whom we may sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business with, or where we acquire other businesses or merge with them. If such a change happens then any new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this policy. We will share information, without notice, only if we are required to do so by law or we, in the good faith, believe that such action is necessary to: - comply with legislation or any legal process served on us; - protect and defend our rights and/or property; and - to protect personal safety. We enter contractual arrangements with any third party with access to data we hold. We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposed and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions. Please rest assured that we don’t sell, lease or give your personal data to third parties for them to contact you or to market their goods or services to you without your consent. WHAT OTHER DATA MIGHT WE SHARE AND WHY. The Bloom Consortium may disclose aggregate statistics about our website visitors, customers and sales in order to describe our services to prospective partners, advertisers and other reputable third parties and for other lawful purposes, but these statistics will not include personally identifiable data. Recipients/Categories of Recipients. In carrying out our business including fulfilling our obligations to you, aside from the team made up of multiple named Co-Founders who make up the body of professional consultants who will access your data as specifically named here, we may from time to time use trusted sub-contractors. These may include other specialist professional business function consultants and subject matter experts, mailing houses, email broadcasters, and or marketing agencies. We will ensure that they respect your privacy and abide by all data protection laws and only have access to the data that they require in order to support us in fulfilling our obligations to you or help us run our business operations. International Transfers. As part of our processing activities we may transfer your personal data internationally. The third parties we send information to may be based outside the UK. If they are, their use of your information will involve a transfer of data outside the UK. Whenever we transfer personal data out of the UK, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented: We will only transfer information to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the Information Commissioner’s Office. For further details, see the Information Commissioner’s Office website. Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the Information Commissioner’s Office with the service provider which give the information the same protection it has in the UK. For further details, see the Information Commissioner’s Office website for the transfer of personal data to third countries. Analytics Partners. Our service providers, such as Google Analytics (Google Inc. and its affiliates), may process your data in the course of providing analytical information to us about the use of our website. These service providers may collect and/or transfer your data outside of the UK or European Economic Area. See Google Analytics: Safeguarding your data. Third-Party Links and Services. Please note our website may include links to third-party websites and/or plug-ins. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third-parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites or services and we are not responsible for their privacy statements or privacy practices. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy policy of any new website you visit if this is a concern for you. You can opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics by visiting Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. STATUTORY/CONTRACTUAL REQUIREMENT TO PROVIDE PERSONAL DATA. The personal data that you provide to us may be necessary for us to hold and use in order to carry out the contract you have entered into with us for so we can fully perform our obligations under Statute. If for instance you make a request to unsubscribe and/or remove our ability completely to contact you, and we cannot continue to service your account (e.g. submit invoices to you that require payment by you to us for products or services we supply you with) you may find yourself in breach of contract with us. In this instance we will contact you to double check you are wanting to do this, it could be that you are needing to advise us of alternative contacts that need to receive communications going forward instead of you. WHERE DO WE STORE YOUR PERSONAL DATA. We primarily store and process your personal data at the registered office addresses of The Bloom Consortium Co-Founders each based in the UK, or as required at other sites in the UK in the domain of our team members and when working in our client’s offices. HOW DO WE PROTECT YOUR DATA. The Bloom Consortium takes the protection of your personal data very seriously and we take appropriate steps including reasonable physical, administrative and technical safeguards to ensure your personal data is stored in a secure environment and using secure technology to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed; and we delete it when we no longer need it. The Bloom Consortium may use external data service providers to process personal data on our behalf. When we do so we have appropriate agreements in place to protect the data. Any data transfers between external service providers and ourselves are conducted by secure means. Where such service providers are located outside the EEA we have additional contractual arrangements in place. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those team members and other third-parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality. We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so. HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR DATA FOR. How long we retain data will vary depending on the purpose it is used for. We will only retain information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any requirements for legal, tax, accounting, reporting, dispute resolution, or enforcing agreements. To determine the appropriate retention period for information, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the information, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of the information, the purposes for which we process the information and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements. For example, if you are a client, we will generally keep your information for the longer of: (a) six years from the date of our last interaction with you; or (b) until the relevant statutory limitations period has expired. In terms of personal data we use for marketing, we will keep this data for as long as we are able to market to you and if you withdraw your consent or opt-out of marketing communications, we will keep your contact details only to ensure that we do not contact you again for marketing purposes. We regularly review the information we hold, taking into account the lawful purpose for which we hold it, and any data that is deemed no-longer relevant or required is deleted where it is practicable to do so. YOUR RIGHTS. Privacy laws give you certain rights. For example, you can choose whether to receive marketing from us and you can ask us what information we have about you. Opt-Out Rights. Where we process your data based on your consent you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time without reason. You may, at any time opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us by selecting the unsubscribe option in any e-mail from us or contacting the DPO at: Other Legal Rights. You have the right to: The right to be informed – you have the right to be told about the collection and use of the personal data you provide. This privacy policy sets out the purpose for which we process your personal data, how long we will keep your data, who we will share your data with. If you have any questions on how and why we process your data please contact the DPO. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Right of access – you have the right to know whether we are processing your personal data, and to a copy of that data. We would need as much information as possible to enable us to locate your data. We will respond to your request within 28 days of receipt of your request. If you want to exercise this right, please contact the DPO at the contact details above. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Right to rectification – you have the right to have any incorrect personal data corrected or completed if it is incomplete. You can make this request verbally or in writing. We will need as much information as possible to enable us to locate your data. We will look at any request and inform you of our decision within 28 days of receiving the request. If you want to exercise this right, please contact the DPO at the contact details above. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Right to erasure – this right, often referred to as the right to be forgotten allows you to ask us to erase personal data where there is no valid reason for us to keep it. We will look at any request and inform you of our decision within 28 days of receiving the request. If you want to exercise this right, please contact the DPO at the contact details above. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Right to restrict processing – you have the right to ask us to restrict processing of your data. We will look at any request and inform you of our decision within 28 days of receiving the request. If you want to exercise this right, please contact the DP at the contact details above. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Right to data portability – you have the right to move, copy or transfer your personal data from one IT environment to another. This right applies to data that you have provided to us and that we are processing on the legal basis of consent or in the performance of a contract and that processing is by automated means. We will respond to your request within 28 days of receipt of your request. If you want to exercise this right, please contact the DPO at the contact details above. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Right to object – you have the right to object to our processing of your personal data based on (i) legitimate interests, or for the performance of a task in the public interests/exercise of official authority (including profiling); (ii) direct marketing (including profiling); and (iii) for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics. • Legitimate interests/legal task – your objection should be based on your particular situation. We can continue to process the data if we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds which override your interests. • Direct marketing – you have an absolute right to ask us to stop processing for the purposes of direct marketing. We will action your request as soon as possible. • Scientific/historical research and statistics - your objection should be based on your particular situation. If we are conducting research where the processing is necessary for the performance of a public task, we can refuse to comply with your objection. If you want to exercise this right, please contact the DPO at the contact details above. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Rights relating to automated decision making including profiling – you have the right in respect of automated decision making, including profiling. Where we carry out solely automated decision making, including profiling, which has legal or similarly significant effects on you, we can only do this if it is in connection with a contract with you, we have a right under law or you have provided your explicit consent. We will tell you if this happens and tell you how you can request human intervention or challenge the decision. If you want to exercise this right, please contact the DPO at the contact details above. If you want to know more about this right, the ICO has more guidance on their website: Data Subject’s Rights. What We May Need From You. You have rights in respect of your personal data. If you would like to exercise any of these rights, we will need to confirm your identity before we can consider your request so, if you wish to exercise any of these rights please use the following contact details: We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and your rights in relation to your request, such as forms of your identity e.g. passport or driving licence and a utility bill. This is a security measure to ensure that information is not disclosed to any person who does not have a right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response. No Fee Usually Required. You will not have to pay a fee to exercise the rights listed above. However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is unfounded, repetitive, or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances. Time Limit to Respond. We try to respond to all legitimate requests as soon as reasonably practicable and at least within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated. Right to Complain to the Supervisory Authority The Information Commissioner’s Office. If you are concerned about the manner in which we have collected and used your personal data, please contact us using the contact details above – we will do our best to help. If you are unhappy with the way in which we have handled your personal data you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues you can contact them at We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance. More details about your legal rights can be found on the ICO’s website COOKIES & OTHER TECHNOLOGIES NOTICE. We collect data from your visits to our website to help us gather statistics about usage and effectiveness, personalise your experience, and tailor our interactions with you. We may do so through the use of various technologies, including scripts, tags, Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies), Local Storage (HTML5) beacons, and one called “cookies”. We use cookies to operate our website, to understand how visitors use our website and to track your interaction with our newsletters. We will update this Notice if we change the cookies we use. WHAT IS A COOKIE. Cookies are text files which contain information about your internet usage that is held in your browser or on your computer’s hard drive. There are different types of cookie: some are essential for the site to operate properly, whereas others are aimed at enhancing and personalising your user experience. A cookie is a piece of data that a website can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your computer as a tag that identifies your computer. While cookies are often only used to measure website usage (such as number of visitors and duration of visit) and effectiveness (such as topics visitors are most interested in) and to allow for ease of navigation or use and, as such, are not associated with any personal data, they are also used at times to personalise a known visitor’s experience to a website by being associated with profile data or user preferences. Over time this data provides valuable insight to help improve the user experience. Cookies are typically categorised as “session” cookies or “persistent” cookies. Session cookies help you navigate through the website efficiently, keeping track of your progression from page to page so that you are not asked for data you have already provided during the current visit. Session cookies are stored in temporary memory and erased when the web browser is closed. Persistent cookies on the other hand, store use preferences for current and successive visits. They are written on your device’s hard disk and are still valid when you restart your browser. Cookies can help us to understand how consumers are interacting with our website, which helps us to improve our site and to deliver a better service to you. Find out more about cookies on: WHAT TYPE OF COOKIES DO WE USE. Find out more about cookies on Strictly Necessary Cookies. These cookies are essential to enable you to move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, we cannot provide some of the basic functionalities of our website. Performance Cookies. These cookies generally collect information about how visitors use our website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and the pages that they don’t. This helps us to understand and improve the site, so it is easy to use and includes helpful content. They also allow us to fix bugs or glitches on the website. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies visitors, so we can’t identify you individually. We use Google Analytics which is one of the most widespread and trusted analytics solutions on the web for helping us to understand how you use the site and finding ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content. These also track usage of our website and interaction with our newsletters. For example, to see what content you click on, so we can analyse what content is of most interest to our audience. If you opt out of Google Analytics this will not affect the use of our site. Further information on opting out can be found on this Google page. For more information on the usage of cookies by Google Analytics please see Googles’ privacy advice. Functionality Cookies. These cookies allow our website to remember the choices you make as you browse the site. They provide more enhanced and personal features. The information collected is anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other sites once you leave our site. HOW TO TURN OFF COOKIES. You can generally express your privacy preferences regarding the use of most cookies and similar technologies through your web browser. Look under the heading “Tools” (or similar heading) in your particular browser for information about controlling cookies. You can set your browser in most instances to notify you before you receive a cookie, giving you the chance to decide whether to accept it or not. Most browsers will allow you to turn cookies off at any time, if you want to know how to do this look at the menu on your browser settings or look at the instructions on, however this may have a detrimental effect on your user experience. Cookies allow you to take advantage of some of our website’s features, and so we recommend you leave them turned on. If you block, turn off or otherwise reject our cookies, some webpages may not display properly. If you are happy to continue letting us use cookies in the ways set out in this Notice, to help us guide our work, then you need not do anything. If you have any concerns about the cookies we use, please contact: We may also use a Web beacon or other technologies to better tailor the website to provide better customer service. These technologies may be in use on a number of pages across the website. When a visitor accesses these pages, a non-identifiable notice of that visit is generated which may be processed by us. These Web beacons usually work in conjunction with cookies. If you don’t want your cookie data to be associated with you visits to these pages you can set your browser to turn off cookies. If you turn off cookies, Web beacon and other technologies with still detect visits to these pages; however, they will not be associated with data otherwise stored in cookies. We may also include Web beacons in marketing email messages or our newsletters in order to determine whether messages have been opened and links contained within clicked on. We may also use Local Shared Objects, such as Flash cookies, and Local Storage, such as HTML5, to store content data and preferences. Various browsers may offer their own management tools for removing HTML5. In addition, third-party social media buttons may log certain data such as your IP address, browser type and language, access time, and referring website addresses, and, if you are logged in to those social media site, they may also link such collected data with your profile data on that site. We do not control these third-party tracking technologies. MONITORING OR RECORDING CALLS, CHATS AND OTHER INTERACTIONS. Certain online interactions may involve you calling us or us calling you. They may also involve online chats or video conferencoing. Please be aware that general practice may include monitoring and, in some cases recording such interactions for staff training or quality assurance purposes or to retain evidence of a particular interaction. MOBILE APPLICATIONS AND USE OF INFORMATION IN SOCIAL COMPUTING. The Bloom Consortium may provide links/social media share buttons and/or plugins to social media tools on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the social media sites will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposed outlined in their respective privacy policies. These links/buttons/plugins may also enable online sharing and collaboration among subscribers who have registered to use them. These may include forums, wikis, blogs and other social media platforms. When downloading and using these applications or registering to use these social computing tools, you may be asked to provide certain personal data. Subscription or registration data will be subject to and protected in accordance with this Statement, except for the data that is automatically made available to other participants as part of your profile. These applications and tools may also include supplemental privacy statements with specific information about collection and handling practices. Read those supplemental statements to understand what the tools and applications may do. Any other content you post, such as pictures, information, opinions, or any other type of personal data that you make available to other participants on these social platforms or applications, is not subject to this Statement. Rather, such content is subject to the Terms of Use of those applications or platforms, and any additional guidelines and privacy information provided in relation to their use, as well as the process by which you can remove your content from such tools or get help to do so. Please refer to them to better understand your, The Bloom Consortium’s and other party’s rights and obligations with regard to such content. You should be aware that the content you post on any such social computing platforms may be made broadly available to others insider and outside The Bloom Consortium. ONLINE ADVERTISING. The Bloom Consortium does not deliver third party online advertisements on our website but we may advertise our products and services on other websites. Please familiarise yourself with those website operators or network advertiser privacy policies to understand their practices relating to advertising, including what type of data they may collect about your Internet usage. Some advertising networks we may use may be members of official advertising groups that may offer individuals the opportunity to opt-out of targeted advertising delivered by their members. We may also engage with certain third parties to manage our advertising on other sites. These third parties may use cookies and other technologies to collect data (such as your IP address) about your activities on The Bloom Consortium’s website to provide you targeted The Bloom Consortium advertisements based upon your interests. Should you choose to opt-out this does not opt you out of being served non-targeted advertising. You will continue to receive generic, non-targeted ads. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY STATEMENT AND NOTICE. We review and update this Statement regularly to take account of changes to our processing and regulatory changes. We may change this policy from time to time by updating this page, so we encourage you to please revisit and reread it periodically. If we make any significant changes to this Statement, we will endeavour to communicate this to you where possible. GENERAL TERMS OF USE OF THE WEBSITE. This website is owned and operated by The Bloom Consortium. All material on the site and information provided via the site (“Content”) belongs to The Bloom Consortium. Whilst every effort is made to update the information contained on this website, neither The Bloom Consortium nor any third party or data or content provider make any representations or warranties, whether express, implied in law or residual, as to the sequence, accuracy, completeness or reliability of information, opinions, research information, data and/or content contained on the website (including but not limited to any information which may be provided by any third party or data or content providers) and shall not be bound in any manner by any information contained on the website. The Bloom Consortium reserves the right at any time to change or discontinue without notice, any aspect or feature of this website. Links to other sites from this web site are for information purposes only and The Bloom Consortium accepts no responsibility or liability for access to, or the material on, any site that is linked from or to this web site. The Content is supplied for general information and use and is not intended to address the particular requirements of any person accessing the website. In particular, the Content does not constitute any form of advice, recommendation or arrangement by The Bloom Consortium with respect to any intended transaction in shares of The Bloom Consortium and is not intended to be relied upon by users in making (or refraining from making) any decisions with respect to such matters. Appropriate independent professional advice should be obtained before making any such decision. The Bloom Consortium does not give any warranties in respect of the website, Content or any services available through the website (“the Services”). The Services are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. To the extent permitted by applicable law, The Bloom Consortium hereby disclaims all warranties, conditions, terms, representations or duties of every nature whatsoever, including, without limitations, any implied warranties, conditions or duties of satisfactory quality, merchantability or of fitness for any particular purpose, any express or statutory warranties, and any warranties or duties regarding accuracy, timeliness, completeness or performance. The Bloom Consortium makes no warranty or representation that the website or the Services are free from infection by viruses or anything else that has or may contain contaminating or destructive properties. Neither The Bloom Consortium or any of its team shall be liable to any third-party (whether in contract, tort (including negligence) breach of statutory duty or otherwise for any loss of profits, or for any indirect or consequential loss whatsoever that may arise out of or be related to the Services or the use by any third-party of this website. HOW TO CONTACT US. If you have any questions or would like to contact us about this policy, you can contact us by email at:
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