Privacy policy

This website is brought to you by Stark Software International Limited. We take the privacy of our website users very seriously. We ask that you read this Privacy Policy (‘the Policy’) carefully as it contains important information about how we will use your personal data.

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, Stark Software International Limited (‘we’ or ‘us’) is the ‘data controller’ (i.e. the company who is responsible for, and controls the processing of, your personal data).

1. Personal data we may collect about you

1.1 We will obtain personal data about you (such as your name, address, email address, log in and password details, telephone number, fax number, opinions) whenever you complete an online form.

1.2 For example, we will obtain your personal data when you register to use this website, send us feedback, post material, contact us for any reason, sign up to a service, purchase or enquire about goods or services. We may also obtain sensitive personal data about you if you volunteer it during the completion of an online form. If you volunteer such information, you will be consenting to our processing it for the purpose of statistical analysis, marketing, or improving the Site’s performance.

1.3 We may monitor your use of this website through the use of cookies and similar tracking devices. For example, we may monitor how many times you visit, which pages you go to, traffic data, location data and the originating domain name of a user’s internet service provider. This information helps us to build a profile of our users. Some of this data will be aggregated or statistical, which means that we will not be able to identify you individually. For further information on our use of cookies, please see our Cookie policy.

1.4 Occasionally we may receive information about you from other sources (such as credit reference agencies), which we will add to the information we already hold about you.

2. How we use your personal data

2.1 We will use your personal data for the purposes described in the data protection notice that was given to you at the time your data were obtained. These purposes include:

2.1.1 To help us identify you and any accounts you hold with us;

2.1.2 Administration;

2.1.3 Research, statistical analysis and behavioural analysis;

2.1.4 Customer profiling and analysing your purchasing preferences;

2.1.5 Marketing—see ‘Marketing and opting out below;

2.1.6 Fraud prevention and detection;

2.1.7 Billing and order fulfilment;

2.1.8 Credit scoring and credit checking—see ‘Credit checking’ below;

2.1.9 Customising this website and its content to your particular preferences;

2.1.10 To notify you of any changes to this website or to our services that may affect you;

2.1.11 Security vetting;

2.1.12 Improving our services; and

2.1.13 Ensure that Customers can access the pages they are subscribed to.

3. Marketing and opting out

3.1 If you have given permission, we may contact you by mail, telephone, text/picture/video message, fax, or email about products, services, promotions, special offers, charitable causes, or surveys that may be of interest to you. If you prefer not to receive any direct marketing communications from us, you can opt out at any time. See further ‘Your rights’, below.

4. Disclosure of your personal data

4.1 We may disclose your personal data to:

4.1.1 Our agents, service providers and regulatory authorities;

4.1.2 Credit reference agents—see ‘Credit checking’, below;

4.1.3 Law enforcement agencies in connection with any investigation to help prevent unlawful activity;

4.1.4 Our business partners in accordance with the ‘Marketing and opting out’ section above.

5. Keeping your data secure

5.1 We will use technical and organisational measures to safeguard your personal data, for example:

5.1.1 access to your account is controlled by a password and username that are unique to you

5.1.2 we store your personal data on secure servers

5.2 While we will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard your personal data, you acknowledge that the use of the internet is not entirely secure and for this reason we cannot guarantee the security or integrity of any personal data that are transferred from you or to you via the internet.

6. Monitoring

6.1 We may monitor and record communications with you (such as telephone conversations and emails) for the purpose of quality assurance, training, fraud prevention and compliance.

7. Credit checking

7.1 To enable us to make credit decisions about your company for fraud prevention and money laundering purposes, we may search the files of credit reference and fraud prevention agencies (who will record the search). We may disclose information about how you conduct your account to such agencies. Other credit grantors may use this information to make credit decisions about you and the people with whom you are financially associated, as well as for fraud prevention, debtor tracing and money laundering purposes. If you provide false or inaccurate information and we suspect fraud, we will record this.

8. Information about other individuals

8.1 If you give us information on behalf of someone else, you confirm that the other person has appointed you to act on his/her behalf and has agreed that you can:

8.1.1 give consent on his/her behalf to the processing of his/her personal data;

8.1.2 receive on his/her behalf any data protection notices;

8.1.3 give consent to the transfer of his/her personal data abroad; and

8.1.4 give consent to the processing of his/her personal data and energy data for display on savenergyonline.stark.co.uk.

9. Your right

9.1 You have the right, subject to the payment of a small fee of £25.00, to request access to personal data that we may process about you. If you wish to exercise this right, you should:

9.1.1 Put your request in writing;

9.1.2 Include proof of your identity and address (e.g. a copy of your driving licence or passport, and a recent utility or credit card bill);

9.1.3 Attach a cheque in the amount of £10.00 made payable to Stark Software International Limited and

9.1.4 Specify the personal data you want access to, including any account or reference numbers where applicable.

9.2 You have the right to require us to correct any inaccuracies in your data free of charge. If you wish to exercise this right, you should:

9.2.1 Put your request in writing;

9.2.2 Provide us with enough information to identify you (e.g. account number, username, registration details); and

9.2.3 Specify the information that is incorrect and what it should be replaced with.

9.3 You also have the right to ask us to stop processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. If you wish to exercise this right, you should:

9.3.1 Put your request in writing to office@stark.co.uk with a header that says ‘Unsubscribe’;

9.3.2 Provide us with enough information to identify you (e.g. account number, username, registration details); and

9.3.3 If your objection is not to direct marketing in general, but to direct marketing by a particular channel (e.g. email or telephone), please specify the channel you are objecting to.

10. Our contact details

10.1 We welcome your feedback and questions. If you wish to contact us, please send an email to office@stark.co.uk or you can write to us at Stark Software International Limited, Sentinel House, 10-12 Massetts Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7DE or call us on 01293 776747. Our registered office is as above.

10.2 We may change this privacy policy from time to time. You should check this policy occasionally to ensure you are aware of the most recent version that will apply each time you access this website.