Bytes provide security, cloud management, software licensing, software asset management, data storage, training and consultancy services. Bytes Technology Group has its registered office address at Bytes House, Randalls Way, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 7TW and is a subsidiary of Allied Electronics t/a Altron based in South Africa.
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The following principles are complied with when processing personal data:
The lawful basis of processing of data will always be determined prior to any data being processed. Bytes processes personal data under one, or more, of the following lawful bases in accordance with GDPR:
The type of personal data collected may include:
Personal Data is obtained from one or more of the following:
Personal data is collected to provide legitimate business services which include:
However, where indicated, some of the information is optional and you can choose not to complete.
Personal data may be used to:
Information collected is stored on the Company's CRM system.
As part of any services offered by Bytes, information provided may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (‘EEA’) i.e. our servers, or third party servers that are used to provide Bytes services located in a country outside the EEA. By submitting your data, you consent to the transfer, storage and/or processing of your data wherever it be stored. However, if your data is transferred outside the EEA, steps will be taken to ensure appropriate security measures are in place to ensure your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.
Bytes websites - Previous browsing history on the Bytes websites is available to Bytes employees only to determine your interests in order that Bytes can engage with you more effectively and improve our site. If Cookies are switched-off then your previous browsing history is no longer be available to Bytes (See “Cookies” below). If you do not wish for us to have your personal information, please do not fill out any of the web forms on these sites.
Livechat (https://www.livechatinc.com/) provides our webchat functionality. Data provided via this system may be stored on servers based in the United States under a "Privacy Shield". This means that the data will be managed to similar standards to those required under GDPR.
We review our retention periods for personal data on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal data on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.
Only Bytes employees are granted access to customer data. This is ensured by the use of strict operational processes and procedures.
Staff are trained on security systems and relevant processes and procedures which are reviewed regularly for ongoing effectiveness and suitability for purpose. All employees are kept up-to-date on the Bytes security and privacy practices. Employees are notified and/or reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure that customer information is protected.
Personal data provided via the Company’s portals is secured using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) server and is encrypted before being transmitted. Secure pages have a lock icon or key on the bottom of web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer, information supplied by you on these webpages is securely stored and can only be accessed for the purposes for which it was provided.
All IT systems are kept in a secure environment with appropriate access control. We are audited on a regular basis by various independent security companies, plus internal audits by the Company’s Parent company.
Non-sensitive details (your email address and other requested information) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
We will not sell or rent your information to third parties.
Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf:
We may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf. However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure.
Third Party Product Providers we work in association with:
We may transfer your personal information to a third party as part of a sale of some or all of our business and assets to any third party including for a merger, acquisition, divestiture, or similar transaction or as part of any business restructuring or reorganisation.
We may also further transfer data if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation or to law enforcement. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.
Different rules apply depending on the type of Lawful Processing being undertaken, however many of the following individuals’ rights apply whatever the basis of processing:
The accuracy of personal data is imperative. We aim to keep it updated at all times. The personal data we hold on you is available upon request by contacting GDPR@bytes.co.uk. You can request that your data is updated and/or deleted at any time, unless Bytes can justify that it is retained for legitimate business or legal purpose. When updating your personal data, you may be asked to verify your identity before your request can be actioned.
You can change your marketing preferences at any time by calling our switchboard on 01372 418500, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by clicking on the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any of Bytes e-shots.
We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.
A cookie is a text file containing small amounts of information which a server downloads to your personal computer (PC) or mobile device when you visit a website. The server then sends a cookie back to the originating website each time you subsequently visit it, or if you visit another website which recognises that cookie.
Web pages have no memory. If you are surfing from page to page within a website, you will not be recognised as the same user across pages. Cookies enable your browser to be recognised by the website. So cookies are mainly used to remember the choices you have made – choices such as the language you prefer and the currency you use. They will also make sure you are recognised when you return to a website.
No, there are different types of cookies and different ways of using them. Cookies can be categorised according to their function, their lifespan and according to who places them on a website.
Our website uses the following types of cookie:
The cookies we use have varying lifespans. The maximum lifespan we set on some of them is five years from your last visit to our website. You can erase all cookies from your browser any time you want to.
You can find our cookies in your browser settings.
Yes, Bytes uses the services of trusted and recognised online advertising and marketing companies. Bytes may also use third-party providers for analytical purposes. To enable their services, these companies need to place cookies.
The providers we use are committed to building consumer awareness and establishing responsible business and data management practices and standards.
When it comes to online advertising and marketing companies, we strive to only work with companies that are members of the Network Advertising Initiative (NAI) and/or the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB). Members of NAI and IAB adhere to industry standards and codes of conduct. NAI and IAB members allow you to opt out of the behavioural advertising.
Visit www.networkadvertising.org and www.youronlinechoices.com to identify the NAI members that may have placed an advertising cookie file on your computer. To opt out of an NAI or IAB member’s behavioural advertising programme, simply check the box that corresponds to the company from which you wish to opt out.
In order to control the collection of data for analytical purposes by Google Analytics, you may want to visit the following link: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Only Bytes has access to Bytes cookies. Cookies placed by third parties can be accessed by these third parties.
Using your browser settings in, for example, Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome, you can set which cookies to accept and which to reject. Where you find these settings depends on which browser you use. Use the “Help” function in your browser to locate the settings you need.
If you choose not to accept certain cookies, you may not be able to use some functions on our website. And opting out of an online advertising network does not mean that you will no longer receive or be subject to online advertising or marketing analysis. It means that the network from which you opted out will no longer deliver ads tailored to your web preferences and browsing patterns.
As well as using cookies, Bytes sometimes uses web beacons. A web beacon is a tiny graphic image of just one pixel that’s delivered to your computer either as part of a web page request or in an HTML email message. Either directly or through service providers, we use these pixels as part of our online advertisements either on our website or on third-party websites to learn whether a user who is being shown an online advertisement also makes a reservation; to track conversion with partner websites and to analyse the traffic patterns of users to optimise the services we bring to you.
Any questions or Subject Access Requests (SARs) should be sent to: GDPR@bytes.co.uk.
This Policy is regularly reviewed.
QMF 43 Issue 4. 9th May 2018