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Privacy Policy

This section contains information about BDO's policies governing the collection and use of your personal information. From time to time we may need to make changes to this privacy policy. Any updates to our privacy policy will be clearly posted in this section of the Website. We advise you to regularly review this policy when you visit the Website.

7.1 Information collected when you visit the Website

7.1.1 It will normally be clear when personal information is being collected. We may request your name, email address, postal address and post code, telephone number and company name, depending on the particular purpose for which your personal information is being collected.

7.1.2 The personal information required will be the minimum to enable BDO to deal expeditiously with your request or enquiry. In certain circumstances, additional information may be requested to enable us to provide the most appropriate response to your request or enquiry, or to enable us to send you additional information where you have indicated you would like to receive this. Where additional personal information is requested this will be marked and its provision is voluntary.

7.1.3 Sensitive information is not required or collected through the Website except where legally required as part of the recruitment process. Sensitive information includes data relating to race or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life or criminal matters. Where you do provide sensitive personal information as part of the recruitment process, your submission of such information will be deemed to constitute explicit consent to BDO's use of that information in connection with the purpose for which it has been provided.

7.1.4 We do not require you to register in order to access the Web site. However, registration is required to access certain areas of the Web site or services provided via the Web site.

7.1.5 IP addresses of visitors are logged for administration and trouble shooting purposes. The IP address indicates the location of your computer on the internet. IP addresses are not used to track your session and are not linked to anything personally identifiable. This information may be aggregated to provide statistical information about the users of our Web site. No individual user will be identifiable from such information, which will be used to ensure that the Web site reflects the needs of our users.

7.1.6 To ensure that our Website is well managed and to facilitate improved navigation within the Website, we may use cookies (small text files stored in a user's browser) or Web beacons (electronic images to count visitors who have accessed a particular page) to collect aggregate data. We use cookies to:

7.1.6.1 Manage our Website. Cookies identify individual users when they log in to the Web site and enable us to personalise the Website.

7.1.6.2 Track information on our systems and identify categories of users by items such as address, browser type and pages visited.

7.1.6.3 Analyse the number of visitors to different areas of the Website and to make sure that our Website is serving as a useful, effective information source.

7.2 Use of your personal information

7.2.1 We will only use your personal information for the specific purpose for which it was provided, except where you have indicated you would like to receive other information from BDO. When requesting material or asking someone to contact you, you might be given the option to receive further information from us which may be of interest. If you select this option, we will use your personal information to contact you with information about our products and/or services which we believe may be of interest to you.

7.2.2 If you wish to unsubscribe from communications sent by BDO, you may do so at any time by clicking on the 'unsubscribe' link that appears in all messages or by emailing unsubscribe@bdo.co.uk.

7.3 Your information and third parties

7.3.1 Although we may provide the personal information to service providers that handle information, under a data processor agreement, on our behalf, we do not share, sell or distribute personal data to or with third parties unless the transfer of your data to third parties is necessary for the performance of the purpose for which it was provided.

7.3.2 Information is not provided to third parties for their own marketing purposes and mailings are not undertaken by BDO for third parties.

7.3.3 Personal data collected by BDO will not be transferred to other Member Firms of BDO International.

7.3.4 We may disclose, transfer, sell or assign any of the information described above, including personally identifiable information, to third parties, as a result of or in preparation for the sale, merger, consolidation, change in control, transfer of substantial assets, reorganisation or liquidation of BDO and you consent to such disclosure, transfer, sale or assignment.

7.4 Retention of your information

Information is only kept for the period required for fulfilling your request and for a reasonable period of time thereafter for our administration and marketing purposes.

7.5 Security of your information

7.5.1 Generally accepted standards of technology and operational security have been implemented to protect personal information from loss, misuse, alteration and destruction. However, as you may be aware, no data transmission over the internet can be entirely secure. As a result, while we will always use reasonable endeavours to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee that any information you submit to us will be free from unauthorised third party use or intrusion. Therefore, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal information, or your use of the Website.

7.5.2 We cannot guarantee that the Website is free from viruses or malicious codes. You agree that it is your responsibility to satisfy yourself that your own information technology/equipment used to access the Website is protected against such viruses and/or codes.

7.5.3 All employees and principals are required to keep personal information confidential and only authorised personnel have access to this information.

7.6 Monitoring emails

We may intercept, monitor and/or keep records of email communications entering and leaving our systems. If you communicate through our systems you will be deemed to have consented to such interception and monitoring.

7.7 Links

7.7.1 BDO is not responsible for the privacy policies of third party Websites to which links are provided and you are advised to read the privacy policies on these Websites before providing any personal information.

7.7.2 We cannot guarantee that third party Websites to which links are provided are free from viruses or malicious codes. You agree that it is your responsibility to satisfy yourself that your own information technology/equipment used to access a third party Web site is protected against such viruses and/or codes.

7.8 Accessing personal information

7.8.1 You can ask to review the personal information we hold about you and ask us to change or delete any of this information. You can do this by contacting us by email at dpa@bdo.co.uk.

7.8.2 We may charge a small administration fee of £10 in relation to any requests for access to personal information.

7.8.3 BDO assumes responsibility for keeping an accurate record of your personal information as it is submitted. However, we cannot ensure the ongoing accuracy of your personal information after it has been submitted without your assistance. Please help us keep your personal information current and accurate by contacting us if your personal information becomes out of date.

7.9 Data controller

The data controller collecting the information described in this statement is BDO. BDO LLP is registered on the Data Protection Register, registration number Z8308444.

7.10 Comments and questions

If you have any comments or questions about this privacy policy please email dpo@bdo.co.uk. For information about data protection, visit www.dataprotection.gov.uk.

8. SEVERABILITY

If any of these terms are determined to be illegal, invalid or otherwise unenforceable by reason of the laws of any state or country in which these terms are intended to be effective, then to the extent and within the jurisdiction in which that term is illegal, it shall be severed and deleted from these terms and the remaining terms shall survive, remain in full force and effect and continue to be binding and enforceable.

9. GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION

These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales. As the BDO UK Website can be visited from locations around the world with different laws from those of England, when you access the Website you agree that the laws of England will apply to all matters relating to your use of the Website. You and we also agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts with respect to such matters. Notwithstanding this, we reserve the right to bring enforcement proceedings in any court or courts including, if appropriate, in the courts of your country of residence.