This policy identifies and describes the approach of Hardy Signs to delivering an exceptional quality of customer care.
We collect information through cookies to ensure the content of the website and the website pathways work as effectively as possible. We use the following cookies to help us achieve this:
Strictly necessary cookies: These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website and are completely anonymous. Below are examples of when or why we will use these cookies:
- To help the website to function and enhance the look and feel of the website;
- To ensure you are always provided with a quick and responsive browsing experience;
- To allow our web servers to respond to your actions on the website or browsing the website. The website would not be able to work without it; and
- They also help to improve navigation around our website and allow you to return to pages you have previously visited.
Analytical/performance cookies: These allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works. Below are examples of when we will use these cookies:
- Statistical information and log data about the number of visits to certain pages on the site;
- The pages you viewed and activities you carried out during your visit;
- The time and date of your visit;
- The duration you stayed on a certain page; and
- The path taken whilst on the site.
By using our website you agree to us placing the cookies specified above on your device (phone, Android, computer, mac etc.).
How do I turn cookies off?
If you want to delete cookies that are already on your device you can do this by deleting your browser history or visit www.aboutcookies.org. You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
We may change this Policy from time to time as a result of changes required by its insurers, for operational or administrative reasons or in order to comply with changes in the law.
If you do submit personal information by ordering products, services or completing a web form registration, for example, you can be assured that we will use your personal information only to support your continuing relationship with Hardy Signs.
We wish to help you make informed decisions, so please take a few moments to read the sections below and learn how we may use your personal information.
Personal Information Collection
We endeavour to collect and use your personal information only with your knowledge and consent and typically when you order and subsequently use products and services, make customer enquiries, register for information or other services, request product information, submit a job application or when you respond to communications from us (such as questionnaires or surveys).
The type of personal information we may collect could include, for example, your name and postal address, date of birth, telephone number, email address, and credit/debit card information; lifestyle and other information collected on registration or through surveys.
If you choose to provide us with personal information it will be used in support of the intended purposes stated at the time at which it was collected, and subject to any preferences indicated by you.
Non-personal Identifying Information
We may also collect non-personally identifying information about your visit to our websites based on your browsing activities. This information may include the pages you browse and products and services viewed or ordered for example. This helps us to better manage and develop our sites, to provide you with a more enjoyable, customised service and experience in the future, and to help us develop and deliver better products and services tailored to your individual interests and needs.
From time to time, if you consented accordingly we may also store and use your information to contact you for market research and marketing purposes. We may contact you by email, phone or mail.
How will we use your information?
We may use your information for a number of purposes which includes: processing your orders and managing and administering your account; delivering any services, products or information requested by you; responding to complaints or account enquiries; administering debt recoveries; verifying your identity when required (you may lose your password or security information for example, and we may then need to ask you for other ‘identifiable’ information to protect your data from unauthorised access).
We may also undertake market and product analysis based on your use of our services and products and contact you with information about new developments, products, services and special offers by post, telephone and automated means such as mobile text message (SMS), Email and the internet (subject to any preferences expressed by you).
If you have consented to receive details of products and services, events and training you can contact us at any time to have your details removed from lists used by us for any or all of those purposes.
To update your marketing preferences please email email@example.com and quote your mobile and/or account number in the body of the email and tell us what you want us to do (i.e. ‘opt-out Email’, ‘opt-out SMS’ etc or if you have previously objected to receiving information by post for example, but would now like to change your mind and receive information then just say, ‘opt-in post’ in the subject header of your email).
When will we disclose your information to others?
Please note that Hardy Signs does not sell or pass your personal information to third parties (other than as set out in the paragraph above) unless you have given us permission or unless it is strictly necessary to deliver the products and services ordered or used by you and you are notified beforehand. For example, we may disclose your data to a credit card company to validate your credit card details and obtain payment.
Hardy Signs may also be obliged to disclose your personal information to meet any legal or regulatory requirements (for example to comply with a court order) or obligations in accordance with applicable law.
Social media, blogs, reviews
We are not responsible for this kind of sharing. We recommend you should review the terms and conditions and privacy policies of the social media platforms you use. That way, you will understand how they will use your information, what information relating to you they will place in the public domain, and how you can stop them from doing so if you are unhappy about it. Any blog, review or other posts or comments you make about us, our products and services on any of our blogs, reviews or user community services will be shared with all other members of that service and the public at large. Any comments you make on these services and on social media, in general, must be not offensive, insulting or defamatory. You are responsible for ensuring that any comments you make comply with any relevant policy on acceptable use of those services.
How long do we keep your information for?
To make sure we meet our legal data protection and privacy obligations, we only hold on to your information for as long as we actually need it for the purposes we acquired it for in the first place.
In most cases, this means we will keep your information for as long as you continue to use our services, and for a reasonable period of time afterwards if you stop doing so, to see if we can persuade you to come back to us. After that we will delete it other than where we lawfully can keep any data for audit or legal reasons. We shall keep data on our prospect database for not longer than 3 years from receipt subject to an individual’s right to unsubscribe or be forgotten at any time.
Access to your Information
You can write to us at any time to obtain details of the personal information we may hold about you. Please write to Data Protection Officer, Hardy Signs, Unit 47, Enterprise Park, Piddlehinton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7UA.
Please quote your name and address together with your mobile and/or account number (if relevant). We would be grateful if could also provide brief details of what information you want a copy of (this helps us to more readily locate your data). We will take all reasonable steps to confirm your identity before providing you with details of any personal information we may hold about you.
Hardy Signs recognises that its customers are increasingly concerned about how companies protect personal information from misuse and abuse and about privacy in general. Hardy Signs is constantly reviewing and enhancing its technical, physical and managerial procedures and rules to protect your personal data from unauthorised access, accidental loss and/or destruction. We use industry-standard TLS certificates to provide encryption of data in transit, for example, all access to Hardy Signs website is covered by HTTPS. Please be aware that communications over the Internet, such as emails/webmails, are not secure unless they have been encrypted. Your communications may route through a number of countries before being delivered – this is the nature of the World Wide Web/Internet. Hardy Signs cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond our control.