Privacy Policy

The sites listed below are direct marketing trade and domain names of The Original Data Company Limited, a UK company who specialise in the provision of consumer data for marketing and market research purposes. We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. The Original Data Company is registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner’s Office, and as such your information will always be safeguarded through our adherence to the Data Protection Act 1998, and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (2003). We will not use or share the information you give without your consent which is given by completing the on-line registration forms on our site so you can enter prize draws and receive special offers or rewards.

Included sites:-
www.surf4group.com / www.surf4hub.com / www.surf4cover.com /
www.surf4gifts.com / www.surf4insurance.com / www.surf4experiences.com / www.surf4investments.com / www.surf4charities.com / www.surf4hotels.com / www.surf4holidays.com / www.surf4flowers.com / www.surf4surveys.com / www.surf4suppression.com / www.surf4fashion.com / www.surf4motors.com / www.surf4money.co.uk / www.surf4motoring.com / www.surf4daily.com / www.surf4finance.co.uk / www.surf4gardening.com / www.surf4homes.co.uk / www.surf4houses.co.uk / www.surf4music.com / www.surf4news.com / www.surf4offers.com / www.surf4offers.co.uk / www.surf4prizes.co.uk / www.surf4property.com / www.surf4travel.com / www.surf4lifestyle.com / www.surf4foodanddrink.com / www.fashionforensics.com

The Original Data Company Ltd, whose registered office is at Epsilon House, Culpeper Close, Laser Quay, Rochester, Kent, ME2 4HU is registered in England and Wales under company number 09509986. In relation to data collected from the websites listed above any reference to “we”, “us”, “our”, or “ourselves” shall mean The Original Data Company Limited or the provider of the warranty or both.
This Privacy Policy (together with “the Websites”) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us or on our behalf. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

Information we may collect from you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

  • Information that you provide by filling in any forms or surveys on our websites and/or register to receive communications from us.
  • Information that you provide when you enter a competition or promotion organised by The Original Data Company.
  • If you contact us, a record of that correspondence may be retained.
  • Information in any other surveys that we may ask you to complete, although you do not have to respond to these.
  • Details of your visits to our websites and the resources that you access.

Security of your personal data

Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

If you send information to us via e-mail, then you should be aware that the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our websites; any transmission is at your own risk.

Uses made of this information

In order to comply with law, personal information may be shared with law enforcement or governments agencies in response to court order or similar circumstances:

  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer;
  • To provide you with information, products, services or offers that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes. This may include email advertising, telephone marketing, direct mail marketing, SMS text marketing and online banner advertising. You will only be contacted in the form that you have consented to;
  • To make a profile of an individual. A profile can be created by combining third party list information with information collected via websites owned by The Original Data Company Limited and internet usage. This information helps us better target advertising and promotions to an individual.
  • To wealth screen an individual to ascertain that the individual is likely to have sufficient financial capability to support specific fundraising or other activity.
  • To notify you about changes to our service.
  • To reply to correspondence from you.
  • To share personal and demographic information about you with our subsidiaries, parent company or sister companies.
  • Within a business transfer, where The Original Data Company Limited is merged or acquired by another company.

We may also use your data, or permit selected third parties to use your data, to provide you with information about goods and services which may be of interest to you and we or they may contact you about these in the manner described below. In completing the (“the Survey” and/or “website sign up forms”) you agree to selected third parties contacting you in respect of their services. We will pass them your contact details so they can do this.

Here are the sectors in which our clients and sponsors operate:

Broadband Providers, Charities, Price Comparison Websites, Competition offers (ie. Lottery, gaming, gambling, etc), Debt Management & Debt Collection, Fashion Goods, Financial Service Providers, Food & Drink Manufacturers & Retailers, Funeral Services, Health & Fitness organisations, Household Goods & Services, Insurance Providers, Landline and mobile telephone service providers, Legal & claims services, Leisure Interests, Mobility and services for the Elderly, Political Parties, Promotions, Sampling, Search Services, Stocks and Shares, Travel Services & Operators, Utility Companies, UK Retailers and Welfare Organisations.

If you do not want us to use your data in the ways described above, or to pass your details on to third parties for marketing purposes, let us know by e-mail to: support@theoriginaldatacompany.com

Methods of communication

We or the selected third parties may contact you by post or email.

If you do not want to be contacted by any of these methods, please let us know by e-mail to: support@theoriginaldatacompany.com

Disclosure of your information

We may disclose your personal information to third parties:

In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets;

If assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets;

If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any of our terms and conditions.

Your rights

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. The way in which you can do this is set out elsewhere in this Privacy Policy.

The Data Protection Act 1998 also gives you the right to access information held about you by us. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you. For more details, please send an e-mail to us at support@theoriginaldatacompany.com and ask us how you can make a “subject access request”.

Where we store your personal data

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, stored at and processed at a destination outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”), including the USA. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storage and processing. The laws on holding personal data in the United States may be less stringent than the laws applicable to the UK but we will hold and transmit your information in a safe, confidential and secure environment.

Links to other websites

Our websites may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites may have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

IP addresses and cookies

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

For the same reason, we may obtain information about your general internet usage by using a cookie file which is stored on your hard drive of your computer. Cookies enable us to improve our service to you, estimate our audience size and usage pattern, store information about your preferences, and recognise you when you return to our site.

You can set your browser up to refuse the setting of cookies. However, if you do this you may be unable to enjoy full use of the site and you may not be able to take advantage of certain promotions we may run from time to time.

In addition we may use web beacon technology, as well as other new and evolving technology. A web beacon is an object that is embedded in a web page or an email and is usually invisible to the user but allows checking that a user has viewed the email or page. This can also be used to transfer an individual’s unique user identification to a database and associate the individual with previously acquired information about an individual in a database. We use this to determine products or service an individual may be interested in, in order to provide a more relevant and targeted service.

We track information related to email and web page viewed by an individual, such as the hyperlinks clicked on by an individual, whilst viewing a webpage or an email. This usage information will allow us to track and monitor an individual usage.

Technology is constantly evolving, therefore we recommend that you revisit this policy for updates regarding the use of technology.

Cookies may be used to enable embedded content from external sites, YouTube for example, and/or our advertisers, but we do not have access to them or control over them. The cookies are set by the relevant source website. For more information about these cookies, including how to set your preferences for these cookies, please refer to those websites for more information.

Access to information

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. We will try our upmost to deal with an access request as quickly as possible but in line with the Act, this can take up to 28 days.

Third parties – marketing and relationship management

We may from time to time supply your information to third parties for marketing or relationship management purposes. The main purposes to which your data are put are to allow third parties to provide you with information about goods and services which they think may be of interest to you and/or to maintain any existing relationship they may have with you. Such information may be provided by marketing communications or advertising which is tailored to your interests. Your data may also be used in the way described below. Be assured that any such parties will only be allowed to use your data in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and other applicable law relating to privacy.

Those third parties who would wish to send you marketing communications or to advertise to you will fall into the following categories:

Sector Description and examples
Retail
  • Online retail
  • General stores
  • Automotive (including dealerships and accessories)
  • Fashion and clothing
  • Home furnishings
  • Home improvement
  • Property (including house sales)
  • Telecoms and utilities
Finance
  • Investments and savings
  • Loans, credit cards and mortgages
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
Insurance
  • Car
  • Home
  • Pet
  • Travel
  • Personal
  • Private Medical
  • Life Insurance
  • Boiler Cover
  • Other insurances
Travel
  • Airlines
  • Holidays
  • Hotel
  • Travel Booking
Lifestyle
  • Charities
  • Educational institutions
  • Health & Well-being
  • Fitness
  • Gambling (including spread betting & lotteries)
  • Gaming
  • Legal services
  • Leisure
  • Media & publishing companies
  • Political Parties – Conservative, Labour & UKIP
  • Utilities
Charity
  • Animals/Wildlife
  • Children
  • Conservation/Environment
  • Elderly
  • Health/Medical
  • Human Rights
  • Third World

Scope of consent

By submitting your personal data on this site, whether in those fields marked mandatory or otherwise, you are affirming your consent for such information to be used in accordance with this Privacy Policy. You will be able to withdraw that consent at any time by the methods described below.

If you do tick any of the boxes in the fair processing notice inviting you to give your consent, those third parties may contact you by the channels which you have ticked. So, for example, if you tick the post and e-mail boxes, that means that third parties falling in the categories listed above can contact you via post and e-mail but not by the other channels.

If you opt in to telephone calls you are consenting to receiving live calls and recorded calls.

By continuing to use this website you have consented to information being collected from your device by cookies or other similar technologies, for the purposes described in this Privacy Policy, including the display of targeted advertising based on the information provided.

Opting out at a later date

Once you have given your consent, you can however still control whether or not you continue to receive communications or see such advertisements from such third parties. The method of control depends on the channel of communication or advertising:

Post
You can also withdraw your consent for postal marketing from anyone by adding your details to the Mail Preference Service. For more details please go to www.mpsonline.org.uk.

Email
You can unsubscribe from receiving e-mail communications from any individual third party by using the instructions in any email communication such third party sends you (usually an ‘unsubscribe’ or ‘STOP’ link).

You can also opt out at any time from communications via any of the methods described above by e-mailing us at unsubscribe@theoriginaldatacompany.com. Please note that such opt-out will only apply to communications from those third parties with whom we have a business relationship. If you opt out this way, you may still receive communications from third parties with whom we have no relationship.

Social media and online

You can configure your advertising preferences on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest by accessing your settings or preference options on the relevant platform.

If you no longer want to receive personalized advertising on any website you visit, you can usually opt out directly through the privacy policy of the particular website you are accessing. Please note that this will not block ads that are displayed on the websites you visit, it will simply stop you receiving advertising that has been tailored to your interests. This opt-out relies on a cookie, so if you wipe all your cookies then that website will no longer know that you have opted out. The same applies if you use a different internet browser, or use a new computer to access the internet. You can also opt out of such advertising by visiting the IAB opt-out platform at www.youronlinechoices.com. Please note that this and other platforms allow you to opt out of interest-based advertising delivered by registered members.

Combining data

The information you give us may be combined with other information about you that is obtained from other sources. The combination is usually undertaken with a view to enhancing an existing database with more information. For example:

  • If you are already a customer of a third party, that third party might wish to add an e-mail address you give us to the customer records that it holds about you, and use that email address to maintain their relationship with you and/or to offer you goods and services that are similar to those you have previously purchased.
  • The data you provide here may be combined with data you have provided elsewhere to verify your identity or validate the information you have provided (for example in the context of a third party’s anti-fraud measures.
  • If you have given any third parties permission to share your information, or if you sign in through a social medium, those third parties may be able to find and use information about you so that, in order to speed up the registration process or offer you tailored advertising, you don’t have to provide the information directly to us. The information we obtain will be used in accordance with the other parts of this privacy policy.

The consent you provided for any information you have previously shared with us or any third parties will be renewed at the time you give your consent for any new information sharing unless you indicate otherwise by contacting us, by e-mailing us at unsubscribe@theoriginaldatacompany.com.

Analysis and derivative data products

Sometimes your data will be used for analysis purposes or to build data products. In these instances, the information is aggregated and wherever possible anonymised in line with the Information Commissioner’s code of practice. Again, these products are of a marketing nature.

Security

All third party users of your data are required to adopt and implement best practice security measures to prevent the loss of or unauthorised access to your personal information.

If you have any queries or concerns about the data usage please contact us by emailing us at info@theoriginaldatacompany.com.

Legitimate interests

Under the Data Protection Act, we are also permitted to share some information with third parties who use such data for non-marketing purposes (including credit and risk management, identification and fraud prevention, debt collection and returning assets to you). This would include the data you provide to us today, at any time in the past and in the future.

Contacting us, exercising your information rights and Complaints

If you have any questions or comments about this Privacy Policy, wish to exercise your information rights in connection with the personal data you have shared with us or wish to complain, please contact:

The Data Protection Officer
The Original Data Company Ltd
Epsilon House, Culpeper Close,
Laser Quay, Rochester,
Kent, ME2 4HU

(Email: paul@theoriginaldatacompany.com)

Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page.