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This Best Buys for You Privacy Policy and UK Data Protection Statement last updated at 05.01.2017

We’ve created this privacy policy and data protection statement to demonstrate our commitment to the privacy of personal information provided by our Best Buys Compared visitors interacting with this Website.

This statement is designed to help you understand how we collect, use and safeguard any personal information you may choose to provide us and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our site. We will assess/develop this policy against new technologies, business practices and our visitors' needs.

What Information Do We Collect & Why?

When you visit this Website you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and anonymous website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our Website.

Personal Information You Choose to Provide:

Newsletter or Update Bulletin Registration Information.

When you register for any of our newsletters or update bulletins you will provide us information about yourself. This information is limited to

- Name (so we may salute you appropriately eg Dear Someone,)
- Email address
- Area of interest (if that information will help you tailor a service to suit your needs or interests)

Such information is securely stored on a separate server to this website.

We do not share, sell, lend or lease any of the personal information that uniquely identifies a subscriber (such as names and email addresses) with any third parties.

Email Information

If you choose to correspond with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. These data are not stored on this website or its server.

We take care with these data. However, you are advised that email is an insecure form of communication and you should never disclose sensitive data (for example your date of birth or banking details) in any email communication to us.

How Do We Use the Information That You Provide to Us?

Personal information

We use personal information for the purpose of business administration – in order to:

- Communicate with you through the channel(s) you designate
- And for other lawful purposes

Occasionally, we may also use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our Website, new goods/services, and special offers we believe you will value. You may notify us at any time if you do not wish to receive these offers by ‘opting out’ through the link provided in our email or printed paper communications.

Personally identifiable information or business information will not be shared with third parties except as agreed to by you or as required by law.

Non personal Website Use Information

Note: At this time we do not use cookies. We do use server log files.

Like most websites, our Website makes use of anonymous tracking technology called "cookies" (see the explanation below, "What Are Cookies?") and web server log files to collect information about how our Website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the IP address (See under Cookies below) date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our Website, and the websites visited just before and just after our Website.

Anonymous website use data

We use anonymous web tracking/logging information:

- To measure our marketing and promotional efforts
- To improve our content and product/service offerings
- To customize our site's content & layout
- And for other lawful purposes

What Are Cookies?

Note: At this time we do not use cookies. This information is included for completeness.

A cookie is a very small text document, which often includes an anonymous unique identifier. When you visit a Website, that site's computer asks your computer for permission to store this file in a part of your hard drive specifically designated for cookies.

Each Website can send its own cookie to your browser if your browser's preferences allow it, but (to protect your privacy) your browser only permits a Website to access the cookies it has already sent to you, not the cookies sent to you by other sites.

Cookies DO NOT allow us to gather any personal (for example, biographical information) about you

A cookie cannot retrieve any other data from your hard drive or pass on computer viruses.

Browsers are usually set to accept cookies. However, if you would prefer not to receive cookies, you may alter the configuration of your browser to refuse cookies. If you choose to have your browser refuse cookies, it is possible that some areas of our site will not function properly.

How Do We Use Anonymous Cookie Information?

Note: At this time we do not use cookies. This information is included for completeness.

As you visit and browse our Website, the site uses cookies to differentiate your progress from that of other users. In some cases, we also use cookies to prevent you from having to log in more than is necessary for security.

Cookies, in conjunction with our web server's log files, allow us to calculate the aggregate number of people visiting our Website and which parts of the site are most popular. This helps us gather feedback to improve our Website and better serve our visitors and customers.

IP Addresses
IP addresses are used by your computer every time you are connected to the Internet. Your IP address is a number that is used by computers across the internet to identify your computer. IP addresses are automatically collected by our web server as part of demographic and profile data known as traffic data so that data (such as the Web pages you request) can be sent to you.

An IP address identifies your computer. It may also provide information like the computer’s geographical location. The IP address is a set of numbers. It does not contain any personal data about you.

Sharing and Selling Personal Information
- Unless you agree, at the time of data collection, we do not share, sell, lend or lease any of the personal information that uniquely identify a subscriber (such as names and email addresses) with any third parties.

How long do we keep Personal data for?
We store personal data related to the delivery of marketing communications until you unsubscribe (opt-out) or we determine that it is no longer practicable to deliver email communications to the given email address.

We store personal data related to the delivery of newsletter subscriptions for the period of the subscription and twelve months thereafter or until such time as you un-subscribe (opt-out) or we determine that it is no longer practicable to deliver email communications to the given email address, whichever is the sooner.

How Can You Access or Correct Your Information?

You may request access to all your personally identifiable information that you may choose to disclose and that we have stored in a database that is physically separate from this Website.

Contact us by email and mark your communication for the attention of the “Data Protection Officer”.

Legally Compelled Disclosure of Information
We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of your, our or others’ legal rights.

What about Other Websites with Links To/From Our Website?

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our Website. Nor are we responsible for the information or content contained within websites linked to or from our Website. Links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be of interest or useful to the users of our Website.

Please remember that when you use a link to go from our Website to another website, our Privacy Policy is no longer in effect. You’re browsing/interaction on any other website is subject to that website's own rules and policies. Please read those rules and policies before proceeding to explore the website.

Your Consent

By using our Website you consent to our use of your personal information, should you decide to disclose it, on the terms laid out here in this Privacy Policy.

By using our Website you consent to our collection of anonymous browsing (cookie) information as described in this Privacy Policy. Note: At this time we do not use cookies. The previous information is included for completeness.

We reserve the right to amend this privacy policy and data protection statement at any time without prior notice. We will publish the changes here. (See also the section Privacy Policy Statement Modifications below).

Our Commitment to Data Security

Please note that your information may be stored and processed on servers in the United States. The laws on holding personal data in the United States may be less stringent than the laws of your Country of residence or citizenship.

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Email Choice/Opt-In/Opt-Out

Email & Product/Service Fulfilment

We will communicate by email in order to communicate or fulfil goods or services to you. And in order to provide any aftercare provided or requested by you.

Promotional Email for Newsletter Subscriptions & Update Bulletins

If you wish to subscribe to receive promotional or newsletter emails from us, we collect email addresses on a double opt-in standard. That means:

You subscribe (Opt-in 1) to receive email communications from us. You will then receive a welcome email through which you must “click through a link” in order to activate your subscription (opt-in 2).

All our email communications include an opt-out or unsubscribe link. This allows you to unsubscribe from receiving future email communications from us to that particular email address.

After unsubscribing we will discontinue sending the particular messages as soon as technically feasible.

Surveys & Contests
From time-to-time our site invites information from visitors or customers via surveys or contests.

Participation in these surveys or contests is completely voluntary and the user therefore has a choice whether or not to disclose this information (as described in the next paragraph below).

Surveys
Information requested may include contact information (such as an email address), and geo-demographic information (such as zip code/post code or age level only).

Contact information will be used to provide participants with a summary of the findings of the survey.

Geo-demographic information is used altogether, anonymously to provide insight into a survey’s findings. For example "people aged 35-45 prefer XYZ to the ABC preferred by people aged 25-35".

Survey information is used to compile the pages displayed on this website and separate survey documents.

Competitions
Information requested may include contact information (such as name and shipping address), and geo-demographic information (such as zip code/post code or age level). Contact information will be used to notify the winners and award prizes.

These data will be held on a server separate to this website and will be securely erased after a period of 6 months or before as practicable.

A Special Note about Children

Nothing on this website is harmful to children.

However, children are not eligible to register, unsupervised, for any newsletter or update bulletin service we may offer through this site.

We ask that children (under the age of legal consent in your country) do not submit any personal information to us.

If you are a minor reading this, you may only subscribe to newsletters/email communication in conjunction with the permission and guidance of your parents or legal guardians.

Acquisition or Changes in Ownership

In the event that the Website (or a substantial portion of its assets) is acquired, your personal contact information (e.g. email address related to subscriptions) would be considered part of those assets, and may be part of those assets that are transferred.

We would notify you of any such change - and your rights to opt-out - through our newsletter or update bulletin service.

Privacy Policy Statement Modifications

We reserve the right to amend this privacy policy and data protection statement at any time without notice to you. We will post any changes here.

If/when changes are made to this privacy policy and data protection statement, as soon as is practicable, we may specially email you using your newsletter or update bulletin contact details.

Usually, we will publish notice as an item in a regular newsletter or update bulletin.

We will not use personal data collected prior to any change in this policy in a way that is inconsistent with the new policy. Nor will we do so without prior agreement from you in the form of an amended opt-in.

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Through our Best Buys for You Survey Program, we collect anonymous and confidential information about products or services sold in the UK today.

Our responders are people who already own the product or use the service. Usually, they have used the product or service for at least 6 weeks, sometimes more.

We publish a summary of our survey findings here on the Best Buys for You website.

Best Buys for You provides insight into owners verdicts on the products or services they use.

Through our surveys – that you can also participate in – we can publish at-a-glance comparison tables showing you:

• The Best Buys - the top 10 models or service providers in a category
• The qualities and functions that really make a best in category
• And cheapest price deals across the UK

Think of us as a word of mouth resource where many people have delivered their verdict on the good or bad points of a given product or service.

These really are the best buys for you today – because we’ve asked the opinion of dozens of people per model – so you don’t have to.

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