Privacy Statement

DATA PRIVACY NOTICE

We take your privacy very seriously and we ask that you read this privacy notice carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, store, use and share personal data, your rights in relation to your personal data and on how to contact us and supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.

Italicised words in this privacy notice have the meaning set out in the Glossary of Terms at the end of this document.

Who we are

Independent Mortgages Direct NE collects, uses and is responsible for certain personal data about you. When we do so we are required to comply with data protection regulation and we are responsible as a data controller of that personal
data for the purposes of those laws.

When we mention “IMDNE”, “we”, “us” or “our” we are referring to Independent Mortgages Direct NE.

Our registered office is at 11 Defender Court, Hyton Riverside Enterprise Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 3PE. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority with the following Financial Services Register number: 301727.

We provide you with intermediary services for mortgage, protection and/or general insurance products.

The personal data we collect and use

In the course of providing our service to you we may collect the following personal data when you provide it to us:

  • Contact information
  • Identity information
  • Financial information
  • Employment status
  • Lifestyle information
  • Health information
  • Data about criminal convictions or offences
  • Details of any vulnerability
  • Details of your dependents and/or beneficiaries under a policy (If you are providing information about another person we expect you to ensure that they know you are doing so and are content with their information being provided to us. You might find it helpful to show them this privacy notice and if they have any concerns please contact us in one of the ways described below.)]
  • Product details

We also obtain personal data from other sources in the course of providing our intermediary services. Where we obtain this information from another party it is their responsibility to make sure they explain that they will be sharing personal data with us and, where necessary, ask permission before sharing
information with us.

The personal data we obtain from other sources may include the following:

  • From lenders and/or product providers:
    – product details
  • From identification and verification checking agencies:
    – identity information
    – sanction check information
  • From credit referencing agencies:
    – credit file information

The table below sets out:

  • how we use your personal data
  • the lawful bases upon which we collect and use your personal data
  • who we routinely share your personal data with
Rationale/Reason for ProcessingLawful Basis for ProcessingThird party recipients linked to that activity
To engage with you and discuss your initial requirementsConsentSpecialist IT system providers to facilitate the sourcing of products
To process your application for a mortgage, protection or general insurance product

Performance of a contract

Legitimate Interest (to recover debts due to us)

Lenders and protection product suppliers

A Solicitor, Estate Agent, Builder, Surveyor and Accountant connected with the transaction

Specialist IT system providers to facilitate the sourcing of products, verify identity and comply with Anti Money Laundering legislation and collection of fees

Credit referencing agencies

Specialist compliance providers

To manage our relationship including:

Re-engagement when your existing product is near expiry and review your protection needs

Customer reviews and surveys

Notify you about changes to our terms or privacy policy

Performance of a contract

Compliance with a legal obligation

Legitimate Interest (to reengage to review existing mortgage, protection and general insurance needs maintain and improve customer service standards)

Lenders and protection product suppliers

Specialist IT system providers to facilitate the sourcing of products

To respond to enquiries and input to defend against complaints

Compliance with a legal obligation

Legitimate Interest (to ensure complaints can be responded to accurately)

To fulfil our legal obligation we may be asked to share your information with the FCA and other legal or law enforcement authorities
To carry out affordability checksConsentMortgage lenders
To administer and protect our business and website including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)

Compliance with a legal obligation

Legitimate Interest (to run the business IT and administration services, network security and prevention of fraud)

Specialist IT system providers
To deliver accurate and relevant website content, measure and understand effectiveness of the advertising we send to youLegitimate Interest (to study how customers use our products and services, development, business growth and marketing strategy)Specialist IT system providers
Data analytics used to improve our website, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiencesLegitimate Interest (to analyse usage, update website, business development and marketing strategy)Specialist IT system providers

 

and so are subject to additional levels of protection under data protection legislation. These are known as ‘special categories of data’ and include data concerning your health, racial or ethnic origin, genetic data and sexual orientation. Data relating to criminal convictions or offences is also subject to additional levels of protection.

We may process:

  • Health information and lifestyle information when providing intermediary services in relation to a protection insurance product
  • Criminal conviction or offence information when providing intermediary services in relation to a general insurance product

In addition to the lawful basis for processing this information set out in the above table, we will be processing it either (i) for the purpose of advising on, arranging or administering an insurance contract or (ii) for the establishment, exercise or
defence of legal claims.

In the course of our activities relating to the prevention, detection and investigation of financial crime, we may process criminal conviction or offence information. Where we do so, in addition to the lawful basis for processing this information set out in the above table, we will be processing it for the purpose
of compliance with regulatory requirements relating to unlawful acts and dishonesty.

We may use personal data we hold about you to help us identify, tailor and provide you with details of products and services from us that may be of interest to you. We will only do so where we have obtained your consent and then will only do so in accordance with any marketing preferences you have provided to us.

In addition, where you provided your consent, we may provide you with details of products and services of third parties where they may be of interest to you.

You can opt out of receiving marketing at any time. If you wish to amend your marketing preferences please contact us:

By phone: 0191 5482200
By email: marketing@t52pb.hosts.cx
By Post: 11 Defender Court, Hylton Riverside Enterprise Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 3PE

We will tell you if providing some personal data is optional, including if we ask for your consent to process it. In all other cases you must provide your personal data in order for us to provide you with intermediary services.

We will hold your personal data for differing periods of time depending upon the reason we have for processing it. These retention periods are set out below.

Type of RecordRetention Period

Successful mortgage, protection or general insurance application.

The full term of the mortgage from the date it was purchased or 7 years from the date the latest protection product expires.
Withdrawn, incomplete or failed mortgage, protection or general insurance application.7 years from the date the latest application was started.

 

Transfer of your information out of the EEA

We will not transfer your personal data outside of the European Economic Area or to any organisation (or subordinate bodies) governed by public international law or which is set up under any agreement between two or more countries.

Your rights

You have legal rights under data protection regulation in relation to your personal data. These are set out under the below headings:

  • To access personal data
  • To correct / erase personal data
  • To restrict how we use personal data
  • To object to how we use personal data
  • To ask us to transfer personal data to another organisation
  • To object to automated decisions
  • To find out more about how we use personal data

We may ask you for proof of identity when making a request to exercise any of these rights. We do this to ensure we only disclose information or change your details where we know we are dealing with the right individual.

We will not ask for a fee, unless we think your request is unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Where a fee is necessary, we will inform you before proceeding with your request.

We aim to respond to all valid requests within one month. It may however take us longer if the request is particularly complicated or you have made several requests. We will always let you know if we think a response will take longer than
one month. To speed up our response, we may ask you to provide more detail about what you want to receive or are concerned about.

We may not always be able to fully address your request, for example if it would impact the duty of confidentiality we owe to others, or if we are otherwise legally entitled to deal with the request in a different way.

You can ask us to confirm whether or not we have and are using your personal data. You can also ask to get a copy of your personal data from us and for information on how we process it.

You can ask that we rectify any information about you which is incorrect. We will be happy to rectify such information but would need to verify the accuracy of the information first.

You can ask that we erase your personal data if you think we no longer need to use it for the purpose we collected it from you.

You can also ask that we erase your personal data if you have either withdrawn your consent to us using your information (if we originally asked for your consent to use your information), or exercised your right to object to further legitimate use of your information, or where we have used it unlawfully or where we are subject to a legal obligation to erase your personal data.

We may not always be able to comply with your request, for example where we need to keep using your personal data in order to comply with our legal obligation or where we need to use your personal data to establish, exercise or defend legal claims.

You can ask that we restrict our use of your personal data in certain circumstances, for example

  • where you think the information is inaccurate and we need to verify it;
  • where our use of your personal data is not lawful but you do not want us to erase it;
  • where the information is no longer required for the purposes for which it was collected but we need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or
  • where you have objected to our use of your personal data but we still need to verify if we have overriding grounds to use it.

We can continue to use your personal data following a request for restriction where we have your consent to use it; or we need to use it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims, or we need to use it to protect the rights of another individual or a company.

You can object to any use of your personal data which we have justified on the basis of our legitimate interest, if you believe your fundamental rights and freedoms to data protection outweigh our legitimate interest in using the information. If you raise an objection, we may continue to use the personal data if
we can demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate interests to use the information.

You can ask us to provide your personal data to you in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format, or you can ask to have it transferred directly to another data controller (e.g. another company).

You may only exercise this right where we use your personal data in order to perform a contract with you, or where we asked for your consent to use your personal data. This right does not apply to any personal data which we hold or process outside automated means.

If we made a decision about you based solely by automated means (i.e. with no human intervention), and the decision made by us produces a legal effect concerning you, or significantly affects you, you may have the right to contest that
decision, express your point of view and ask for a human review. These rights do not apply where we are authorised by law to make such decisions and have adopted suitable safeguards in our decision making processes to protect your
rights and freedoms.

We do not carry out any automated decision making of personal data. Mortgage lenders to whom we provide your personal data on your behalf may carry out such automated decision making, which should be explained in each mortgage lender’s own privacy policy.

You can ask for a copy of, or reference to, the safeguards we have put in place when your personal data is transferred outside of the European Economic Area. We are not required to share details of these safeguards where sharing such details would affect our commercial position, or create a security risk.

If you are not satisfied with the level of information provided in this privacy notice, you can ask us about what personal data we have about you, what we use your information for, who we disclose your information to, whether we transfer it abroad, how we protect it, how long we keep it for, what rights you have, how you can make a complaint, where we got your data from and whether we have carried out any automated decision making using your personal data.

If you would like to exercise any of the above rights, please:

email or write to our Data Protection Officer/Data Privacy Manager at dp@t52pb.hosts.cx or 11 Defender Court, Hylton Riverside Enterprise Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 3PE

  • let us have enough information to identify you, e.g. name, address, date of birth;
  • let us have proof of your identity and address (a copy of your driving licence or passport and a recent utility or credit card bill); and
  • let us know the information to which your request relates.

Keeping your personal data secure

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal data from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal data to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

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

Our supervisory authority

If you are not happy with the way we are handling your information, you have a right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office. It has enforcement powers and can investigate compliance with data protection regulation (www.ico.org.uk).

We ask that you please attempt to resolve any issues with us before the ICO.

How to contact us

Please contact our Data Protection Officer if you have any questions about this privacy notice or the information we hold about you.

If you wish to contact our Data Protection Officer please send an email to dp@imdne.co.uk or write to 11 Defender Court, Hylton Riverside Enterprise Park, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR5 3PE.