Acacia Cottages henceforth referred to as “we” “Acacia” or “The Company” is committed to protecting your privacy, and takes its responsibilities regarding the security of customer information very seriously. This policy explains how we use customer information and how we protect your privacy.
1. Use of customer information Information required to process your booking
We require certain information to allow us to handle your enquiries and process your booking. This can include, for example, your name, address, telephone number, and email address, as well as your credit or debit card number and expiry date. We also reserve the right to know all the names and ages of the other persons in your group and should they wish to receive copy documents, with your permission we will require their email address.
This information allows us to handle your enquiries, process your booking, send your itinerary as confirmation of your booking by email or post and keep in contact with you from the first time you make contact.
You can also opt for us to remember aspects of this information – your address for example – so that next time you want to make a booking, we already have some details on file. We may also use and analyse the information that we collect so that we can administer, support, improve and develop our business.
The information that you provide to us will be held in our systems, which are located on our premises or those of an appointed third party who will be based within the EEA. We may also allow access to your information by other third parties who act for us for the purposes set out in this policy or for other purposes approved by you.
Email marketing and feedback
When you pass us your email address, with your consent, you will be added to our marketing database which we use to advise of special offers and new packages or destinations. In addition on your return from your holiday we will contact you by email for feedback.
Occasionally we ask you to email us with, or we may contact you to obtain, your opinion on a particular subject. We may publish a selection of these comments on our web site. However, if you advise us that you do not wish to have your comment and name published, we will not do so.
Please note your email address and all other personal details will never be passed to a third party for their marketing purposes.
You can opt out of the email service at any time by contacting us.
2. Site tracking
We use tracking software to monitor customer traffic patterns and site usage to help us develop the design and layout of the site to better meet the needs of visitors to our websites. This software does not enable us to capture any personally identifying information.
3. Security to protect your information and data retention
As required by the UK Data Protection Acts of 1984 and 1998, we follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information which you have given us, to prevent unauthorised access. Our security procedures mean that we may occasionally request proof of identity before we are able to disclose sensitive information to you.
In the circumstances set out in this policy where Acacia passes your information to a third party, we will ensure that the security measures that such party has in place in relation to the processing of your data are at least as stringent as those employed by The Company. This does not apply where we are required by law to pass your information to a third party.
We will retain your information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires.
4. Disclosure to third parties
Acacia does not sell, trade, or rent your personal information to others. We never disclose information about a passenger to any other person or organisation without your consent unless there is an emergency situation that requires it or we are legally required to do so.
The Company reserves the right to pass some of your information on to trustworthy third parties that we use for the provision of certain normally for administrative purposes and/or to facilitate your enquiry and/or booking. Please note that any postal addresses, email address or any payment details passed to us by you will not be forwarded to third parties without your express consent excepting the following: where Acacia passes personal data, which includes information about your method of payment and flight booking, to the credit or debit card company that issued the card with which you made your booking.
Where you have consented to receiving marketing information about Acacia, your information may be transferred to, processed, and held by, a third party who will be responsible for making such communications to you on our behalf. The third party will not be allowed to use your information for any other reason unless approved by you. If at any time you withdraw your consent, we will ensure that this third party no longer retains such data about you.
5. Your consent
In using the AcaciaCottages.co.uk and AcaciaHenHouses.co.uk web sites, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Acacia in the ways described above.