What is the purpose of this notice?
The IQ-EQ Group (“IQ-EQ” or “we”), being a group of entities directly or indirectly owned by the same entity, are committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. For further information concerning IQ-EQ Group entities, please refer to https://iqeq.com/legal-and-compliance.
This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during and after your business relationship with us, in accordance with locally applicable data protection legislation and (where applicable) the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
It applies to all persons for whom we provide trust, company, foundation, pension, fund management and fund administration or fiduciary services and to all persons who have an interest in any entity to which such services are provided.
The entity which provides services to you, or which provides services to the entity in which you have an interest, is a “data controller”. A data controller is responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice.
This notice does not form part of any contract to provide services. We may update this notice at any time.
It is important that you read this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.
Data protection principles
We will comply with applicable data protection law. This requires generally that the personal information we hold about you must be:
- Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
- Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
- Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
- Accurate and kept up to date.
- Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
- Kept securely.
The kind of information we hold 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 identity has been removed (anonymous data).
There are “special categories” of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection.
We may process the following categories of personal information about you:
- Basic personal data such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses;
- Biographical information such date of birth, gender, marital status and number and status of dependants;
- National insurance, social security or local equivalent identfiers;
- Information on your source of wealth and source of funds (including where appropriate employment and other business related history and family connections);
- Identity documentation, including proofs of address, and bank account details;
- Information about your use of our information and communications systems, including emails sent to the Group or use of websites or other similar platforms provided by the Group;
- References provided by you, and background check information from external sources;
- Information in the public domain e.g. web pages, press releases
- CCTV footage (if you visit one of our offices which operates such security measures)
We may also collect, store and use the following “special categories” of more sensitive personal information:
- Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions
- Information about your health, including any medical condition
- Genetic information and biometric data
- Information about criminal convictions and offences
How is your personal information collected?
We may collect personal information through the electronic or hard copy client information forms that we use to comply with anti-money laundering legislation and other applicable legislation and regulations applicable to our business.
We may also collect additional information from third parties including lawyers, accountants, other professional advisers, credit reference agencies or other background check agencies. We may collect additional personal information in the course of the provision of our services.
How we will use information about you
We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:
- Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into witawh you or with an entity in which you have an interest;
- Where we need to comply with a legal obligation;
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests
We may also use your personal data where there is another lawful purpose. You will normally be separately informed of this, except where doing so would be contrary to that lawful purpose.
Situations in which we will use your personal information
We may need all the categories of information in the list above to allow us to perform our professional services and to enable us to comply with legal obligations
Some specific situations in which we may process your personal data are;
- Making a decision about whether to perform services on your behalf or on behalf of an entity in which you are interested
- Determining the terms on which we are prepared to carry out such services
- Making payments to you, and if we operate a payroll scheme of which you are part, in making relevant tax and national insurance contributions in respect thereof
- Administering the contract we have entered into with you, or the contract we have entered in to with the entity in which you are interested
- Business management and planning, including accounting and auditing
- Conducting performance reviews, managing performance and determining performance requirements in respect of the professional services we provide
- Making arrangements for the termination of our business relationship with you
- Dealing with legal disputes involving you or the entity in which you are interested
- To prevent fraud
- To conduct data analytics studies to review and better understand client retention
- To determine products or services offered by IQ-EQ Group may be of interest to you
- To provide information to our professional advisers and the advisers of any party which may have, or may be interested in acquiring, an interest in the IQ-EQ Group, or part thereof
- To provide information to our insurers or to our regulators
Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds that justify our use of your personal information.
If you fail to provide personal information
If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you or the entity in which you have an interest (such as paying you or providing a benefit), or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations.
Change of purpose
If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so. Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
How we use particularly sensitive personal information
“Special categories” of particularly sensitive personal information are subject to higher levels of protection. We may process special categories of personal information in the following circumstances:
- With your explicit written consent
- Where we need to carry out our legal obligations and in line with applicable legislation
Less commonly, we may process this type of information where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your (or someone else’s) vital interests and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.
Use of your sensitive personal information
We will use your particularly sensitive personal information in the following ways:
- We may use information relating to your health in order to make decisions about payments to you
- We may use information about your physical or mental health, or disability status, to ensure your health and safety if you visit one of our offices
- We may use information about your political beliefs and affiliations as part of our obligation to determine whether you are a politically exposed person
Do we need your consent?
We do not need your consent if we use special categories of your personal information in accordance with our duty to carry out our legal obligations.
In limited circumstances, we may approach you for your consent. If we do so, we will provide you with full details of the information that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent.
Information about criminal convictions
We will only use information relating to criminal convictions where the law allows us to do so. This will usually be where such processing is necessary to carry out our legal or regulatory obligations and we shall do so in line with our data protection policy.
Less commonly, we may use information relating to criminal convictions where it is necessary in relation to legal claims, where it is necessary to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.
You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making unless we have a lawful basis for doing so and we have separately notified you. Where automated decision-making may be used, you will have the opportunity to have a decision referred to a human.
The data controller which collects your personal information may have to share your data with third party Data Controllers, including (not limited to) other entities in the IQ-EQ Group.
We require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.
We may transfer your personal information outside the jurisdiction of your residence or the jurisdiction in which the data controller operates and to countries outside the EU.
If we do, you can expect a similar degree of protection in respect of your personal information.
Companies that provide services to us as Data Processors are not considered third parties in data protection terms.
Why might you share my personal information with other entities within IQ-EQ ?
We will share your personal information with other entities in our group as part of our regular reporting activities on company performance, in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise, to permit the centralisation of certain group wide services such as IT or Risk, for system maintenance support and hosting of data, where it is necessary for the efficient administration of our working relationship with you or where we consider it to be in the legitimate interests of the IQ-EQ Group as a whole.
The following activities are carried out centrally: Management of Risk, Marketing, Group Accounting and Business Planning, some elements of our IT provision and some elements of our client on boarding, administration and accounting activities. In addition, all data held by data controllers is backed up on a server owned by a different member of the IQ-EQ Group in order to provide additional security against IT failure or temporary or permanent loss of access to the information held.
Why might you share my personal information with third parties?
We may share your personal information with third parties where required by law, where it is necessary to administer the working relationship with you or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so.
Which third-party service providers process my personal information?
”Third parties” includes third-party service providers including Lawyers, Accountants, designated Agents, Insurance Companies, Banks, and other Custodians and Wealth Managers. The following activities may be carried out by third-party service providers: legal and taxation advice, data management and destruction, elements of our IT provision.
How secure is my information with third-party service providers and other entities in our group?
All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
What about other third parties?
We may share your personal information with other third parties, for example in the context of the possible sale of our business. We may also need to share your personal information with a regulator or to otherwise comply with the law.
Transferring information outside the jurisdiction of the operation of the entity which provides service to you
We may transfer the personal information we collect about you to other countries for the reasons detailed above. In most cases, those countries will either be within the EU or will have been subject to an adequacy decision by the European Commission. In such cases the countries to which we transfer your data are deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for your personal information. In the event that your data is to be transferred to a county outside the EU and which does not have an adequacy decision by the European Commission, we shall ensure that a contract is entered in to by the recipient third party under the terms of which, the recipient agrees to take such measures as we deem appropriate and necessary to ensure the security of your data.
We have put in place appropriate security measures to help prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. Any party processing your data on behalf of the data controller will only process your personal information on the data controller’s instructions and all processors will be subject to a duty of confidentiality.
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
How long will you use my information for?
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it, unless required by law. 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. We also consider any applicable legal requirements relating to time frames for the retention of data.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you. Once our business relationship has terminated we will retain and securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention and destruction policy and applicable laws and regulations.
Rights of access, correction, erasure and restriction
Keeping your data up to date
It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.
Your rights in connection with personal information
Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:
- Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). Such requests should be made in writing to DataProtection@iqeq.com or by letter to the Data Protection Officer IQ-EQ, 3 More, London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ.
- Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you.
- Request erasure of your personal information where there is no legitimate purpose for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
- Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and
- Withdraw consent to Marketing. This may be done via the unsubscribe link on any marketing email you have received, or by contacting the email address shown above.
- Request the restriction of processing of your personal information.
- Request the transfer of your personal information to another party under very limited circumstances
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact the Group Data Protection Officer.
Right to withdraw consent
In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact the Group Data Protection Officer by electronic mail or letter. To withdraw your consent for Marketing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the unsubscribe link in any marketing email from IQ-EQ.
Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, within a reasonable time period we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.
Right to complain to your Data Protection Supervisory Authority (DPSA)
In the first instance, if you would like to make a complaint about our processing of your personal data, please do so via the email address below. However, should such a complaint be unresolved, you have the right to make a complaint to a relevant Data Protection Supervisory Authority, either in your home jurisdiction, or in the jurisdiction in which the processing is being undertaken.
A current list of EU DPSA can be found here, including contact details:
Changes to this privacy notice
We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.
If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact The Group Data Protection Officer, via DataProtection@iqeq.com.