1. Harrods Estates commitment to your Privacy
Harrods Estates respects your privacy and your desire to understand how your information will be handled and used. This policy explains how we collect, use and store your information. Using your information in a way that you are comfortable with and keeping your information secure is an integral part of the luxury service we aim to provide. Harrods Estates will ensure that all information protection and customer legislation standards are met when handling any of your personal information.
2. What information do we collect and how do we use it?
When you engage in our residential property services (sales, lettings or property management) at any of our offices, on the telephone or online, we will collect as necessary information to ensure that we can fulfil your chosen service. You provide us with your information directly when you engage our property services, sign up to our newsletter or register to take part in a promotion. The following are examples of information we collect from you:
- Email address
- Postal address
- Username and password
- Telephone and/or fax number
- Date of birth
- Demographic information
- Payment information (such as a credit card) and bank account details
- Future communication preferences
- Telephone number and recordings when you call our offices.
If a transaction requires a payment by card, we need to collect your payment information to process card payments. We will also need to ask for additional information from you, for example to prevent fraudulent transactions and to comply with anti-money laundering obligations.
We may use third party service providers such as referencing agencies, solicitors, other estate agents, mortgage brokers, surveyors and developers.
Due to the exclusive nature of our business we may also obtain information about you from other sources, including publicly available sources, such as the Land Registry, social media platforms or referral agents etc. Examples of information we may collect from other sources are:
- Postal address
- Email address
- Date of birth
- Income level
- Publicly observed activities or information made available by you to the public, such as blogs, videos, internet postings and user generated content.
The following are examples of how we may use the information we collect:
- Answer your questions or respond to your requests
- Develop new services
- Enrol you in programs or offers that you request
- Create and manage your account
- Process payment for purchases or other services
- Protect against or identify possible fraudulent transactions
- Telephone you or send you email and/or postal messages with information about Harrods Estates products and other content we believe to be of interest to you
- Develop and provide marketing tailored to your interests
- Allow you to participate in social sharing on our websites.
3. Managing your Marketing Preferences
At any point that you interact with us, you may be given the opportunity to opt-in to receive Harrods Estates marketing communications. Harrods Estates will only send you marketing communications where you have consented to receive them. To ensure that you are still happy to hear from us we will check back every three years.
If you have opted in to receive marketing communications from us you can manage your preferences by either coming into one of our offices, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (quoting “Security and Privacy Enquiry”), by phone on 020 7225 6506 (UK) or +44 (0)20 7225 6506 or by clicking on the unsubscribe link in the footer of any marketing emails that you receive from us.
It can take up to four weeks for your preferences to be registered on our system, so you may still receive communications from us during this period.
4. Using Harrods Estates Website.
5. Harrods Group Companies.
The Harrods Group includes Harrods Ltd, Harrods Estates Ltd and Harrods Aviation Ltd. Please note that where you have a Harrods Rewards account we may share information that you provide to us with these group companies. Please visit the Harrods Ltd and Harrods Aviation website for details of their separate privacy policies.
6. How can you manage the information we hold about you?
Should you wish to know more about what information we hold about you including making changes to, or requesting the deletion of, information that we hold about you, you are also entitled by law to make a data subject request. You can make a request by emailing us at: email@example.com. Please note that we may need to exclude certain information as part of your request, for example in order to protect the privacy of other individuals or if we are permitted to exclude the information for legal or other reasons.
If you would like to contact Harrods Estates Data Protection Officer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in the EU, you may also contact our EU representative by emailing EURepresentative.Harrods@twobirds.com, or by writing to: Bird & Bird GDPR Representative Services SRL, Avenue Louise 235, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium.
7. How do we keep your information secure?
We make sure that we have information security measures in place to keep your information secure. Where we ask third parties to work on our behalf, before sharing information we always make sure that they have sufficient information security measures in place.
Information you provide to one of the Harrods Group companies may be shared within the Harrods Group of companies.
We also work with a number of third parties to help us deliver an excellent service to you. We require all third parties that interact with information to undergo an Information Security Due Diligence Assessment to ensure that information is only shared where third parties have appropriate security measures in place.
We will not share your information with any third parties who might wish to market their goods and services to you unless you have provided your consent. Harrods Estates does not routinely share information outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). If it is necessary we will only do so with the relevant protection in line with data Protection legislation requirements.
8. How long will Harrods Estates keep my information?
Harrods Estates is committed to keeping your personal information only for so long as is necessary or where we have statutory or regulatory obligations to retain personal information for a longer period, or where we may need to retain the information in case of a legal claim. Where Harrods Estates no longer requires information to be in a format where you can be personally identifies, for example where we keep information for analytical and research purposes or transactional information, we will remove any personal details about you.
For Vendors, Landlords and Tenants we will retain your information for seven years from the termination of our business relationship. The business relationship will commence when contracts are signed (Terms of Business and/or Tenancy Agreements) and will terminate once the final transaction has been completed. For Sales and Lettings Applicants if you do not find a property with Harrods Estates we will retain your details for three years after our last contact with you unless you have specifically told us you are no longer looking in which case we will delete them sooner.
If you have signed up to receive Harrods Estates marketing communications, then Harrods Estates will only retain your information for as long as we have your consent to send you marketing. (See marketing Promotions above)
9. Contacting us
When you contact Harrods Estates through any channel (including by phone, post, email or social media), we will collect information about you in order to respond to your query, request or feedback. Please note if you contact Harrods Estates by phone your call may be recorded for quality, training and security purposes. Additionally, calls may be monitored to allow Harrods Estates to collect information for security and regulatory purposes.
Should we specifically change the way in which we use your personal information or if we need to notify you about a change to the information that we hold about you, we will specifically contact you.