Updated: March 2018
Alpha Designs (“us”, “we” or “our”) is committed to respecting your privacy and to complying with applicable data protection and privacy laws.
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 use our services or make customer enquiries. The type of personal information we may collect could include, for example, your name and postal address, telephone number & email address.
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. 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 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 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 requirements, managing and administering your account; delivering any services, 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 marketing analysis based on your use of our services and contact you with information about new developments, 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 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 or from lists maintained, to update your information or to otherwise tell us how you would like to receive information about our services – the choice is yours.
To update your marketing preferences please email: [email protected] and quote your name, address, mobile and/or account number in the body of the email and tell us what you want us to do: ‘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.
When will we disclose your information to others?
Please note that Alpha Designs 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.
Alpha Designs 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
Any social media posts or comments you send to us (on the Alpha Designs Facebook page, for instance) will be shared under the terms of the relevant social media platform (e.g. Facebook / Twitter) on which they are written and could be made public.
Other people, not us, control these platforms. 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 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 email us at any time to obtain details of the personal information we may hold about you.
Please quote your name and address together with your telephone number and/or account number (if relevant). We would be grateful if you 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.
Alpha Designs recognises that its customers are increasingly concerned about how companies protect personal information from misuse and abuse and about privacy in general. We are 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 Alpha Designs 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. Alpha Designs cannot accept responsibility for any unauthorised access or loss of personal information that is beyond our control.