My Synergy Limited (“we”, “us”, or “our”) are a group of UK Experienced Tax Accountants who are committed to protecting and respecting the personal data that we hold.
This privacy statement describes why and how we collect and use personal data and provides information about individuals’ rights. It applies to personal data provided to us, both by individuals themselves or by others on behalf of individuals. We may use personal data provided to us for the purposes described in this privacy statement or as made clear in another form before collecting personal data.
Personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable living person. When collecting and using personal data, our policy is to be transparent about why and how we process personal data. We process personal data for numerous purposes, and the means of collection, lawful basis of processing, use, disclosure, and retention periods for each purpose differ, and are set out in the relevant sections below.
The personal data that is provided to us is provided either directly from the individual concerned, from a third party acting on behalf of an individual, or from publicly available sources (such as internet searches, and Companies House). Where we receive personal data from a third party that relates to an individual, we request that this third party inform the individual of the necessary information regarding the use of their data. Where necessary, reference may be made to this privacy statement.
We take the security of all the data we hold seriously. Staff are trained on data protection, confidentiality and security, and we maintain a culture of confidentiality.
We have a framework of policies and procedures which ensure that we keep the data we hold secure.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures to try to prevent unauthorised access.
We provide services to individuals as well as businesses. The exact data held will depend on the services to be provided. Where we engage with clients for professional services, we may collect and process personal data in order to satisfy a contractual obligation. We request that clients only provide the personal data that is required for us to fulfil our contractual obligation.
Where we are legally permitted to do so, we shall notify our clients if we receive a request for a data subject to exercise their rights under GDPR, or if we are served with information from a supervisory authority.
Why do we process data?
Where data is collected for professional services, it is used for a number of purposes, such as;
- Providing services to clients. Data is processed in order to provide the service detailed in our letter of engagement between our clients and us, and may sometimes be further clarified in written documentation supplied before any data processing may occur;
- Client management. When communicating with and assessing the needs of clients, personal data may be processed in order to ensure that their needs are appropriately satisfied. This may include assessing whether the right collection of services is being provided to our clients.
- Administration. In order to manage and administer our business and services, we may collect and process personal data. This may include (but is not limited to) maintaining internal business records, managing client relationships, hosting events, administering client facing applications, and maintaining internal operating processes.
- Regulatory. In order to undertake professional services, we may from time to time be required to collect and process personal data in order to fulfil regulatory, legal or ethical requirements. This may include the verification of identity of individuals.
What data is processed?
The data that is processed is dependent on the service that is being provided and on the recipient of this service. We process the personal data of individuals associated with our clients. Personal data may include any relevant financial or non-financial information necessary for us to provide our services. As an example, this may include contact details, payroll data, employee information (including details about dismissal), lists of shareholders, customers and suppliers and any other specifically relevant data.
Personal data may include contact details and tax identifiers, information about business activities, investments, and other financial interests, payroll and other income, and any other specifically relevant data.
How long do we hold data for?
We retain the personal data processed by us in a live environment for as long as is considered necessary for the purpose(s) for which it was collected (including as required by applicable law or regulation, typically 6 years). We may keep data for longer in order to establish, exercise, or defend our legal rights and the legal rights of our clients.
In addition, personal data may be securely archived with restricted access and other appropriate safeguards where there is a need to continue to retain it.
SHARING PERSONAL DATA
We will only share personal data with others when we are legally permitted to do so. When we share data with others, we put contractual arrangements and security mechanisms in place to protect the data and to comply with our data protection, confidentiality and security standards.
Personal data held by us may be transferred to:
- Third party organisations that provide applications/functionality, data processing or IT services to us. We use third parties to support us in providing our services and to help provide, run and manage our internal systems. For example, providers of information technology, cloud based software as a service providers, identity management, website hosting and management, data analysis, data back-up, security and storage services.
- Third party organisations that otherwise assist us in providing goods, services or information.
- Law enforcement or regulatory agencies or those required by law or regulations.
Occasionally, we may receive requests from third parties with authority to obtain disclosure of personal data, such as to check that we are complying with applicable law and regulation, to investigate an alleged crime or to establish, exercise or defend legal rights. We will only fulfil requests for personal data where we are permitted to do so in accordance with applicable law or regulation.
Individuals have certain rights over their personal data and data controllers are responsible for fulfilling these rights as follows:
- Individuals may request access to their personal data held by us as a data controller.
- Individuals may request us to rectify personal data submitted to us or, where appropriate, contact us via the relevant website registration page or by amending the personal details held on relevant applications with which they registered.
- Individuals may request that we erase their personal data
- Individuals may have other rights to restrict or object to our processing of personal data and the right to data portability.
- Individuals may request information about, or for human intervention into, any automated data processing that we may undertake.
If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please contact us at email@example.com
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) aims to set a new standard for how companies use and protect individuals’ data. Here at My Synergy Books, we take how we use and hold your personal data very seriously and we view the GDPR as an opportunity to enhance our commitment to data protection for your benefit. We’ve been updating our organisational processes, updating our policies, updating our client engagement letters and marketing consents to prepare for the GDPR to ensure that we are compliant.