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Privacy statement and cookies

Welcome to the Web Site Privacy Notice of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (‘APIL’).

APIL respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal data. This privacy notice will inform you as to how we look after your personal data when you visit our website (regardless of where you visit it from) and tell you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.

This privacy notice deals with the specific areas set out below. Please use the glossary below to understand the meaning of some of the terms used in this privacy notice:

Privacy statement

  1. IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHO WE ARE
  2. THE DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU
  3. HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED
  4. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA
  5. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
  6. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
  7. DATA SECURITY
  8. DATA RETENTION
  9. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
  10. GLOSSARY

Cookies

  1. COOKIES POLICY
  2. OUR LEGAL GROUNDS FOR USING COOKIES
  3. WHY WE USE COOKIES
  4. HOW TO CONTROL COOKIES
  5. WHAT IS THE IMPACT FOR US?
  6. THIRD PARTY COOKIES

1. IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHO WE ARE

PURPOSE OF THIS PRIVACY NOTICE

This privacy notice aims to give you information on how we collect and process your personal data through your use of this website.

This website is not intended for children under 16 and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy notice supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.

CONTROLLER

APIL is the controller and responsible for your personal data (collectively referred to as "APIL", "we", "us", or "our" in this privacy notice.

We have appointed a Data Protection Representative (DPR) who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the DPR using the details set out below.

CONTACT DETAILS

Our full details are: The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) 3 Alder Court, Rennie Hogg Road, Nottingham. NG2 1RX

Full name of legal entity: Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Limited Company Number. 02889757

Name and title of DPR: Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Limited Company Number. 02889757

Email address: mail@apil.org.uk

Telephone number: 0115 943 5400

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (https://www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, so please contact us in the first instance.

CHANGES TO THE PRIVACY NOTICE AND YOUR DUTY TO INFORM US OF CHANGES

This version was last updated on October 10th 2018. Historic versions can be obtained by contacting us .

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with APIL.

THIRD-PARTY LINKS

This website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our website, we encourage you to read the privacy notice of every website you visit.

2. THE DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the ability to identity the person has been removed.

Through your use of this website, we may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

Contact Data includes your name, email address, company name and details of your enquiry.

Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.

Usage Data includes information about how you use our website.

We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.

We collect Special Categories of Personal Data about you. The special data requested in our online forms relates only to your health and race but the data we process may also include religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs and other special personal data if you provide it to us. We do not intentionally collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

IF YOU FAIL TO PROVIDE PERSONAL DATA

Where we need to collect personal data either by law, with your explicit consent, or in order to enter into a proposed contract, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you or properly provide the service you require if you do not provide the data. In this case, we may have to cancel a service you have arranged or wish to arrange with us, but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.

3. HOW IS YOUR PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. Please see our cookie policy for further details.

Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive Technical Data from analytics providers such as Google based outside the EU.

Usage Data. Includes information about how you use our website.

Contact Form. When you use a contact form on this site the information you provide is stored in a log. When you subscribe to our website we will store the data you provide.

Membership Form. When you use the membership application form on this site the information you provide is stored in our database.

4. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA COLLECTED FROM THIS WEB SITE

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your data (a) where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and where your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests, and (b) where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation or (c) where it is necessary for the purpose of entering into a contract with you.

The types of lawful basis that we will rely on to process your personal data are set out below.

Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data if you have entered into a contract with us. If you have given your consent to receive direct communications we shall send them via email or otherwise. Where you have given your consent you have the right to withdraw it at any time by unsubscribing or contacting us

PURPOSES FOR WHICH WE WILL USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

At APIL, we are committed to protecting your privacy. Set out below is an explanation of how we use information about visitors to this site.

  1. We may use your Technical Data to administer and protect our website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data. Such use would be necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation exercise), and to comply with a legal obligation.
  2. We may use your Usage Data and Technical Data to deliver relevant website content to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the content. Such use would be necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform market strategy).
  3. We may use your Usage Data and Technical Data to use data analytics to improve our website, services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences. Such use would be necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of customers for our services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy).
  4. We use the personal information you have provided in our contact or application forms to communicate with you in relation to our services and to provide information and updates to you. Your data may be shared with our members and members of the public in order that that they can contact you. Where such data is processed in the provision of our services to you it is done so as it is necessary for the performance of the contract between us.
  5. Where you have given consent for us to send to you direct marketing materials, you will have the opportunity to unsubscribe each time we send marketing materials to you.
  6. Where you have provided special personal data we may pass this data on to our members. Such use is necessary for the establishment of a legal claim.

MARKETING

We do not share your personal data with any third-party company for their own marketing purposes. We may send your data to third-party processors who assist us with our marketing. If you have given us your consent to send to you marketing materials, you can ask us to stop sending them to you at any time by using the unsubscribe link on the marketing message or contacting us.

COOKIES

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly. For more information about cookies we use, please see our separate cookie policy (here) link to policy.

CHANGE OF PURPOSE

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you unless we are prevented by law from doing so and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

5. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA

We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out at paragraph 4 above:

  1. External Third Parties as set out in the glossary.
  2. Third Parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice.

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

6. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS

Some of our external third parties are based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) so their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the EEA.

Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented;

  • We may transfer your personal data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission, or;
  • Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe, or;
  • Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US.

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.

7. DATA SECURITY

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business and need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

8. DATA RETENTION

HOW LONG WILL YOU USE MY PERSONAL DATA FOR?

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

By law we have to keep basic information about our customers (including Contact, Identity, Financial and Transaction Data) for six years after they cease being customers for tax purposes.

9. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under the data protection laws in relation to your personal data. Your rights are listed below, and more detail can be found in the glossary below:

  • Request access to your personal data.
  • Request correction of your personal data.
  • Request erasure of your personal data.
  • Object to processing of your personal data.
  • Request restriction of processing your personal data.
  • Request transfer of your personal data.
  • Right to withdraw consent.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us.

NO FEE USUALLY REQUIRED

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

WHAT WE MAY NEED FROM YOU

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

TIME LIMIT TO RESPOND

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within 30 days. Occasionally it may take us longer. If your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests we can extend the time to respond by a further 60 days. In such cases, we will notify you and keep you updated.

10. GLOSSARY

LAWFUL BASIS

Legitimate Interest means the interest of our business in conducting and managing our business to enable us to give you the best service and the best and most secure experience. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any particular impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us.

Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.

Performance of a Contract means processing your personal data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.

Consent and Explicit Consent means Consent that specifies the nature of data that’s being collected and is a freely given, informed and unambiguous indication of the data subject’s wishes given by a statement or by a clear affirmative action and which signifies agreement to the processing of personal data and special personal data.

EXTERNAL THIRD PARTIES

  • Service providers acting as processors based in the UK, EEA and USA who provide marketing, communication, IT and system administration services.
  • Professional advisers acting as processors including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers based in the UK who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.
  • Tax, regulators and other authorities acting as processors based in the UK who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

Request correction of the data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data's accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.

Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used information to perform a contract with you.

Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.


Cookies policy

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. By clicking the ‘I’m Ok with this’ button and continuing to browse the site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. If you no longer consent to us using non-essential cookies click HERE [Link to bottom of the page].

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer.

Our legal grounds for using cookies:

Some cookies, such as essential cookies , we have to use in order to provide the site and the services we offer. These cookies are used on the basis that their use is in our legitimate interest bearing in mind your own interests. We do not need your consent to use these cookies although you can stop them working by adjusting your browser settings. Our site will not work properly if you do this.

Other Cookies such as functionality and performance cookies  are used to remember information you give us such as your name. These cookies are retained on the basis that they are necessary for the purpose of us entering into an agreement with you. We will delete the cookies when it is no longer necessary for us to keep them. This is usually done after no longer than two years. We do not need your consent to use these cookies although you can adjust your browser settings to prevent their use.

Other cookies such as analytical cookies  are used for analytical and marketing purposes. These cookies are used with your consent. If you no longer consent to us using these cookies you can adjust your browser settings.

If you agree to us using cookies they will contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive. You can delete this information from your hard drive or browser at any time by adjusting your settings. How you do this will depend on the browser you use.

We use cookies for the following reasons:

Essential Cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website. The ‘session cookies’ we use on our website store some of your preferences only whilst you move around the site.

If you visit the APIL website and do not log in to the private areas, then the functionality cookies are deleted when you leave the site. They do not contain any personal information about you and do not hold any information about which sites you have visited before APIL’s website.

If you visit the APIL website and log in to the members’ discussion forums, the functionality cookies will be deleted after one month. This enables you to return to the discussion forums without the need to log in on each visit. These cookies contain details of your name, membership number and email address.

Functionality and performance cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).

Analytical cookies. They 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, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties, such as Google, for this purpose.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Essential cookies

ASP.NET_SessionId
Necessary for site functionality
Expiration: Session
__AntiXsrfToken
To prevent cross-site scripting attacks
Expiration: Session
cb-enabled
Used to determine if you have accepted the cookie consent box
Expiration: 1 year

Functionality and performance cookies

CSUser
The members forum uses cookies to restrict access to authorised users. They allow members to return to the forum without logging in again
1 month
__tawkuuid & TawkConnectionTime
Third party cookie that remembers you so that we can link chat conversations together to provide a better service
Expiration: 180 days

Analytics cookies

_ga
Used to identify unique users
Expiration: 2 years
_gat
Used to throttle the request rate
Expiration: 1 minute
_gid
Used to distinguish users
Expiration: 24 hours
_utmz
Used to store campaign information
Expiration: 6 months
_ga
Used to distinguish user.
Expiration: 2 years
_gid
Used to distinguish users
Expiration: 24 hours
_gat
Used to throttle request rate
Expiration: 1 minute

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

How to Control Cookies

You can block non essential 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.

What happens if I say 'no' to allowing non essential cookies in my browser?

The website will still work and you will be able to get the information you need from the site but some functions may not work or work as well as they would with cookies.

What is the impact for us?

We use Analytical Cookies to count the number of people who use the site and to analyse how they use it. We do this to make sure that our sites are as good as they can be and this is the primary evidence we use when trying to improve what we offer to users.

If you decline cookies then your site usage won't be counted and measured in this way so we won't be able to take your actions into account when analyse data and seeking to improve our service based on that analysis.

Third-party cookies

If you share our pages on Facebook or other social websites you may also be sent cookies from those websites.

We don't control the setting of these cookies, so please check these websites' cookies and privacy policies for information about what they do.

For further details, see aboutcookies.org.