Global Guardians General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) Policy refers to our commitment to treat information of employees, customers, stakeholders and other interested parties with the utmost care and confidentiality.
With this policy, we ensure that we gather, store and handle data fairly, transparently and with respect towards individual rights.
This policy refers to all parties (employees, job candidates, customers, suppliers etc.) who provide any amount of information to us.
Employees of our company must follow this policy. Contractors, consultants, partners and any other external entity are also covered. Generally, our policy refers to anyone we collaborate with or acts on our behalf and may need occasional access to data.
As part of our operations, we need to obtain and process information. This information includes any offline or online data that makes a person identifiable such as names, addresses, usernames and passwords, digital footprints, photographs, social security numbers, financial data etc.
Our company collects this information in a transparent way and only with the full cooperation and knowledge of interested parties. Once this information is available to us, the following rules apply.
Our data will be:
Our data will not be:
In addition to ways of handling the data the company has direct obligations towards people to whom the data belongs. Specifically, we must:
GLOBAL GUARDIANS will take reasonable steps to keep personal data up to date and accurate.
Personal data will be stored for 6 years after an employee has worked for the organisation and brief details for longer. Unless the organisation is specifically asked by an individual to destroy their details it will normally keep them on file for future reference. The Managing Director or Logistics Director has responsibility for authorising the destruction of personnel files.
Personal data that is kept in paper-based format is held in a secure cabinet and electronically on a password-protected computer system.
Every effort is made to ensure that paper-based data is stored in organised and secure systems.
GLOBAL GUARDIANS operate a clear desk policy and paperless system where practical at all times.
Global Guardians will send emails for the purposes of marketing, recipients will have to have double subscribed to this service and Global Guardians will retain history of the recipient’s agreement to be contacted with marketing materials. Relevant emails will then be sent to the recipient for a fixed period of time before engaging the recipient to re-subscribe to the service. An unsubscribe procedure is in place at all times.
Global Guardians will also send emails to customers without permission however these emails will only be transactional, for example when a customer buys a product through one of Global Guardians websites, order confirmation, delivery and shipping information and invoices will be sent to recipients via email.
Where practicable, Global Guardians will seek consent from individuals before displaying photographs in which they appear. If this is not possible (for example, a large group photo), the organisation will remove any photograph if a complaint is received. This policy also applies to photographs published on the organisations website or in the Newsletter.
GLOBAL GUARDIANS obtain personal data (such as names, addresses, card payments and phone numbers) from Clients, Suppliers, Contractors / interested parties. This data is obtained, stored and processed solely to assist staff in the efficient running of services. Personal details supplied are only used to send material that is potentially useful. Most of this information is stored on the organisation’s database.
GLOBAL GUARDIANS obtain personal data and information from clients and members in order to provide services. This data is stored and processed only for the purposes outlined in the agreement and service specification signed by the client/ member.
Personal data is collected in person, over the phone and using other methods such as e-mail.
Written consent is not requested as it is assumed that the consent has been granted when an individual freely gives their own details.
Personal data will not be passed on to anyone outside the organisation without explicit consent from the data owner unless there is a legal duty of disclosure under other legislation, in which case HR or a member of Management Team will discuss and agree disclosure with the Managing or Operations Directors.
Only the organisation’s staff will normally have access to personal data.
All staff are made aware of the General Data Protection Regulations Policy and their obligation not to disclose personal data to anyone who is not supposed to have it.
Information supplied is kept in a secure filing, paper and electronic system and is only accessed by those individuals involved in the delivery of the service.
Information will not be passed on to anyone outside the organisation without their explicit consent, excluding statutory bodies e.g. the Inland Revenue.
Individuals will be supplied with a copy of any of their personal data held by the organisation if a request is made.
All confidential post must be opened by the addressee only.
Compliance with the (GDPR) is the responsibility of all staff, paid or unpaid. GLOBAL GUARDIANS Ltd will regard any unlawful breach of any provision of the Act by any staff, paid or unpaid, as a serious matter which will result in disciplinary action. Any employee who breaches this policy statement will be dealt with under the disciplinary procedure which may result in dismissal for gross misconduct. Any such breach could also lead to criminal prosecution.
Any questions or concerns about the interpretation or operation of this policy statement should in the first instance be referred to the line manager.
No documents will be stored for longer than is necessary.
Any data stored indefinitely will be in a secure environment be it electronic or paper.
All documents containing personal data will be disposed of securely in accordance with the Data Protection principles.
If data is maintained this will be held securely
To exercise data protection, we’re committed to:
Our data protection provisions will appear on our website.
Where practicable, GLOBAL GUARDIANS will seek consent of members/individuals/clients before displaying photographs in which they or the site / location appears. If this is not possible (for example, a large group photo), the organisation will remove any photograph if a complaint is received. This policy also applies to photographs published on the organisation’s website or in the Newsletter.
GLOBAL GUARDIANS will act in accordance with the DBS’s code of practice.
Copies of disclosures are kept for no longer than is required. In most cases this is no longer than 6 months in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice. There may be circumstance where it is deemed appropriate to exceed this limit e.g. in the case of disputes.
During the course of their duties with GLOBAL GUARDIANS, where staff will be dealing with information such as names/addresses/phone numbers/e-mail addresses, card payments of other staff and clients. They may be told or overhear sensitive information while working for the company. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) gives specific guidance on how this information should be dealt with. In short to comply with the law, personal information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed to any other person unlawfully. Staff paid or unpaid must abide by this policy.
To help staff meet the terms of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR); the attached Data Protection/Confidentiality statement has been produced. Staff are asked to read and sign this statement to say that they have understood their responsibilities as part of the induction programme.
All principles described in this policy must be strictly followed.
A breach of data protection guidelines will invoke disciplinary and possibly legal action.
This policy applies to all those employed by GLOBAL GUARDIANS Products (UK) management Ltd.
Date: 28th May 2018
The ICO have compiled a data protection reform website to help organisations understand and adapt to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Visit the data protection reform website here.
A checklist is also provided with 12 steps to take now in preparation for the GDPR. Download “Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)” here.