House Exchange needs to process personal data in order to provide the House Exchange service to you.  We are committed to treating your information securely, with respect and in line with data protection law.

This privacy notice applies to all users of the system and tells you what to expect when House Exchange processes your personal information.

It is important for you to read this policy in full to understand what information we hold about you, how we may use it and your rights in relation to your data.

House Exchange is a partnership between Clarion Housing Group Ltd and 101Ltd, both of which are Joint Data Controllers for the purpose of this service. Please see their respective websites for further information about these organisations.  

We keep this privacy notice under regular review and we will place any updates on our website (www.houseexchange.org.uk ).  If you would like to receive a hard copy of our current privacy notice, please let us know.

For further information you can contact the Data Protection Officer as follows:

The Data Protection Officer
House Exchange C/O Clarion Housing Group Ltd
Level 6, 6 More London Place
Tooley Street
London
SE1 2DA

dataprotection@clarionhg.com

 

For independent advice about data protection, privacy, e-privacy and data sharing issues, you can contact the Information Commissioner.  (Lots of useful information is accessible on their website):

Information Commissioner,
Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113

Email: casework@ico.org.uk

Website: www.ico.org.uk  

We will only collect personal information when we need this.  When we ask you for information, we will make it clear why we need it.  We will also make it clear when you do not have to provide us with information and any consequences of not providing this. 

Most information we hold will be collected from you but we may also obtain this from third parties such as the Local Authority where they are in partnership with House Exchange. 

We collect information from you:

  •       To process your application to join House Exchange and manage your service:  
  •          your name and contact information, including your email address;
  •          your home address and other information about your current property including features, restrictions and adaptations;
  •          basic details regarding the new property you are seeking e.g. location, property type, number of bedrooms;
  •          your contact preferences for other users to approach you e.g. SMS, Phone, Email;
  •          your preference for how we will communicate with you;
  •          to take payment for this service via PayPal. Please note, only a basic payment reference is stored form PayPal.  We do not have access to your payment details.
  •          each time you search for properties you will be able to add additional search criteria to your basic search, such as adaptations to the property.
  •          your geographical location, Local Authority and / or and Landlord (if appropriate) may be used to send appropriate service updates or surveys to you or to display relevant messages on the site itself.

Provision of some of the information requested by us is part of a ‘Contractual Requirement’.  Without this information, we will be unable to accept an application for the Housing Exchange service as we would be unable to manage your service.  Please speak to us with any concerns.

It is also in our legitimate interests to use your geographical location in order to tailor the service to your needs.

  •       To understand how we’re performing
  •          we may use your contact details to carry out market research and customer satisfaction surveys to help us to monitor our performance and to improve our services to our customers.
  •          in managing and analysing complaints.
  •          for statistical analysis.

It is in our legitimate interests to understand how we are performing so we can meet our objectives.   

There may also be a legal obligation for us to process the information or to demonstrate to our regulator that we are fulfilling our obligations, for example around anti-discrimination laws. 

We also use your personal information in the following ways:

  • Keeping in touch with you about the service, to understand your needs and to assist you in making the most of the service’s features.

It is in our legitimate interests to communicate with you and keep you up to date with service related news and changes to the system.

  • Prevention and detection of crime, prevention of fraud and illegal sub-letting and quality management.

We do this to meet our legal obligations.

We will apply appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure your personal information is secure.  For example, we have systems in place to ensure that access to personal information is restricted to authorised individuals on a strictly need-to-know basis.

When we need to share personal data with our partners, for example the local authority, our relationships are governed by our contracts with them which include strict data sharing and confidentiality protocols. 

To help us ensure confidentiality of your personal information we will ask you (and any of your representatives) security questions to confirm your identity when you contact us and as may be necessary when we contact you. We will not discuss your personal information with anyone other than you, unless you have given us prior written authorisation to do so or where we have received a clear verbal instruction from you (as a one-off circumstance). 

In order for the House Exchange Service to work, certain information regarding you and your property needs to be made publicly available to other users of the site.  We will make it very clear to you what information needs to be published in order for the system to work and what information you can choose to make public, for example the name you would like to appear on your account and the contact details you would like other users to use to get in touch  

Sometimes we may need to share personal information we hold about you with other organisations that we work with such as your Landlord or Local Authority.  When sharing information we will comply with all aspects of data protection law. 

If your Landlord pays for the House Exchange Service, they (or an agent working on their behalf) will have access to your account in order to authorise the activation of your account.  They will also be able to support you in your use of House Exchange.

Where ‘sharing’ is in our ‘legitimate business interests’, we may share your information without seeking your consent first.  This may be with:

  •          Partner Landlords or Local Authorities
  •          Third parties providing services on our behalf. For example PayPal who take payments securely on our behalf.
  •          Agencies committed to protecting public funds and/or preventing fraud in line with the National Fraud Initiative. More information can be found on the work undertaken by the Cabinet Office at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-fraud-initiative
  •          Police and other relevant authorities (e.g. Department of Work & Pensions, Probation Service, HM Revenue and Customs) in relation to the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehension of offenders or the collection of tax or duty.

We may also share information when required by law for example where ordered by the Court or to protect an individual from immediate harm.

House Exchange will not process your information outside of the EEA, however, as this is a website service, it is possible that you information would be available to a user who chooses to log onto this service outside of the EEA. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure that your information remains secure.  You can ask us for more information about how our International Processing arrangements affect you by using the contact details above.

We will routinely use your contact details to send you information and communicate with you about the House Exchange service. 

We will not use your data for unrelated marketing and House Exchange will never sell or share your personal data with 3rd party organisations for marketing purposes.

House Exchange only holds records during the period of our relationship and for a set period afterwards to allow us to meet our legal obligations including resolving any follow up issues between us.

At this current time, the set period of retention is 1 year after you close your account with House Exchange.  

House Exchange is committed to upholding your rights in respect of your personal data.

The right to be informed

Through the provision of our privacy notice, we will be open and transparent about how and why we use your personal information.

The right of access

You have a right to ask us what personal information we hold about you and to request a copy of your information. This is known as a ‘subject access request’ (SAR).

SARs need to be made in writing, and we ask that your written request is accompanied by proof of your address and identify.

If you are seeking to obtain specific information (e.g. about a particular matter or from a particular time period), it helps if you clarify the details of what you would like to receive in your written request.

If someone is requesting information on your behalf they will need written confirmation from you to evidence your consent for us to release this and proof of ID (both yours and theirs).

We have one calendar month within which to provide you with the information you’ve asked for (although we will try to provide this to you as promptly as possible). 

In response to SARs, we will provide you with a copy of the information we hold that relates to you.

The right to rectification

You can ask us to rectify your personal data if it is inaccurate or incomplete.  Please help us to keep our records accurate by keeping us informed if your details change.

The right to erasure

The right to erasure is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’. In some circumstances, you can ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.  This is not an absolute right, and we will need to consider the circumstances of any such request and balance this against our need to continue processing the data.  Our response will also be guided by the provisions of our retention schedule.

The right to restrict processing

In some circumstances you can ask us to restrict processing, for example

  •          if you disagree with the accuracy of personal data
  •          if we’re processing your data on the grounds of legitimate interests (as detailed earlier), and whilst we consider whether our legitimate grounds override those of yours.

The right to data portability

If the situation arises where it would be helpful for you to move, copy or transfer personal data we hold about you, across different services, you may be able to ask us to do this.  Please contact us to discuss.

The right to object

You can tell us if you object to our processing of your personal data:

  •          based on legitimate interests

If you’d like to talk to us about your rights, you can contact us via  dataprotection@clarionhg.com.  Alternatively, if you want to raise a complaint about our processing of your data or would like to seek an independent view, you can contact the Information Commissioner using the contact details provided at the start of this notice.

To make this site simpler to use, we sometimes place small files on your computer. These are known as cookies, almost all websites do this too. Cookies have many uses and most are not damaging to your privacy, all of the cookies used on this web site fall into that category. We do not use cookies that collect or transfer your personal data to other web sites for advertising or any other purpose.

Cookies are used on this site purely to improve services for you through, for example:

  • enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task
  • recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested
  • measuring how many people are using the site, so it can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure it is fast enough

We use Google Analytics to measure how many people use this site. We do this to make sure the site is meeting users' needs and to understand how we could improve it.

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store any personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We also do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.

The following cookies are used by Google Analytics:

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  • _utmc stores a randomly generated number until you close your browser
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If you do not wish to accept any cookies on to your machine you can disable them by adjusting the settings on your browser. However this is likely to adversely affect the functionality of websites you visit.

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