Privacy

Data Respect Statement

We are BillBuddy Limited ("BillBuddy", “we”, or “us”). Our company details are set out at the end of this document. We are the Controller for the purposes of data protection laws. As a company we are committed to protecting and respecting the privacy of your personal information. We want you to be confident that your information will be properly protected whilst in our possession. The Privacy Policy below explains how we, and carefully selected third parties we work with, collect and use your personal information. Please read our Privacy Policy carefully and make sure you’re comfortable with the content. We will only ever use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances: If you have any questions about our use of your personal information, or you wish to exercise one of your rights under the GDPR, please contact us at: [email protected]

Privacy Policy

Personal Information. This Privacy Policy sets out the basis on which we process your personal data and information in connection with your use of our Services (the “Personal Information”). You should also read our Terms and Conditions which are incorporated by reference. When you use our Services, you acknowledge you have read and understood this Privacy Policy. Changes to this Privacy Policy. We may modify this Privacy Policy from time to time to reflect changes in, or requirements of, the law or modifications or updates to the Services made in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. We will notify you if such change materially affects your rights under this Privacy Policy. Changes will not apply retrospectively and, unless the change is required immediately for legal reasons, notice of the modified terms will be provided a reasonable period prior to the changes taking effect. If you do not accept and agree to this Privacy Policy, then you must not access or use the Services.

What Personal Information Do We Collect

Information you give us. When you sign up for a BillBuddy account and use our Services, we keep the basic account information you give us, like your name, email address, telephone number and password. We also keep other relevant information including your energy supplier, tariff details and your payment details in order for us to provide you with our Switch Service. We may also collect other relevant information from you to provide you with our Comparison Service where you request that we do so. This may include, but is not limited to, any additional contact details we may reasonably require, details about your existing service provider, your home address, your car, licence information and driving history. We do not collect any Special categories of Personal Information. Information we collect. We also collect and store your Personal Information as you use the Services and each time you interact with BillBuddy, for example, when you: We may also store information about the third party services you sign up for, including when you use our Comparison Service. Automatic Information. We may collect information about the device you access the Services from, such as the IP address or other unique device identifiers. If you access your account from a mobile device, that mobile device may also provide us with details of your location. Most mobile devices allow you to disable this functionality. Cookies. BillBuddy uses "cookies" and other technologies to collect data that enable us to better understand and improve the usability, performance and effectiveness of our website. Cookies are files sent to your browser and stored on your computer. We use cookies to gather general information about your visits to our website. We use this information to understand traffic and referrals on our website, enabling us to improve the website, provide the best online experience possible, and improve our customer service. Strictly necessary cookies: These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website and remembering which services you have signed up for. Without these cookies, Services you have asked for cannot be provided. Performance cookies: These cookies collect information about how you use the website. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies you and are only used to improve how the website works. Advertising cookies: These cookies are used to deliver adverts which are more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement, as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are placed on the website by advertisers and advertising networks, with our permission. They remember that you have visited the site and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. We use analytics data and the DoubleClick cookies for advertising purposes. You may opt out of the DoubleClick cookie by visiting the Google Advertising opt-out page or you may opt out of Google Analytics by visiting the Google Analytics opt-out page. The Google Website has additional information available about their Policy for Advertising based on Interests and Location. Other Technologies: We may also use other Internet technologies, such as web beacons or pixel tags and other similar technologies, to deliver or communicate with cookies and analyse your use of the Services. We may also include web beacons in e-mail messages so that we know when you have opened an email message received from BillBuddy. You may disable cookies by changing the settings on your browser. Check the help menu in your browser for further information. Remember that if you disable cookies it is likely to affect how our website works and you may not be able to access or use certain areas of our website or functionality. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will place cookies when you log on to our website. Personal Information regarding children:  The Services are not intended for use by individuals who cannot enter a legally binding contract. Accordingly, BillBuddy does not intentionally gather any Personal Information about individuals who are under the age of eighteen (18). If you are under eighteen (18) years of age or otherwise lack the capacity to enter into a binding contract do not use our Services. If BillBuddy becomes aware that it has collected Personal Information from someone under the age of majority, such information will be deleted immediately.

How We Use Your Personal Information

We use your Personal Information for the following reasons:

Automated Decision-Making

Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention. We are allowed to use automated decision-making in the following circumstances:
  1. where we have notified you of the decision and given you 21 days to request us to reconsider the decision;
  2. for performing our contract with you and ensuring appropriate measures are in place to safeguard your rights;
  3. in limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent and where appropriate measures are in place to safeguard your rights.
You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making, unless we have a lawful basis for doing so and we have notified you. We do not envisage that any decisions will be taken about you using automated means, but we will notify you in writing if this position changes.

How We Share Your Personal Information

Switch Service When you sign up for our Switch Service, we will use the Personal Information you have provided us regarding your postcode, energy supplier and usage details to carry out searches of suppliers and tariffs that we can access on your behalf. The energy comparison service on our website is provided by Energy Helpline who is a data controller in respect of any Personal Information you input for the purposes of us obtaining a quote on your behalf. When we switch providers on your behalf, we or Energy Helpline will pass your Personal Information including your direct debit details to the energy providers to allow them or us to process your switch. Any use of your Personal Information when you switch will be subject to the energy provider's privacy policy, which we are not responsible for, so you should read that carefully. Comparison Service We use third parties to perform searches of websites in order to provide you with quotes and comparisons of products and services. The third party that we use depends on the product or service you choose to compare. The Insurance Comparison Service on our website is provided by I-Wonder Ltd who is a data controller in respect of any Personal Information you input for the purposes of us obtaining a quote on your behalf. The Home Comparison Service on our website is provided by Stickee Ltd who is also a data controller in respect of any Personal Information you input for the purposes of us obtaining a quote on your behalf. We only share your Personal Information with I-Wonder, or any other party that we may use from time to time, where you have chosen to use that particular Comparison Service. You acknowledge that where you sign up for our Comparison Service, your Personal Information will be disclosed to third parties and that third party’s terms and conditions and privacy policy will also apply in addition to our own. You acknowledge that where you wish to proceed to purchase a third party product or service, you leave our site and visit another site, meaning that the third party provider’s privacy policy and terms will apply. Other uses We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out above: If you have given consent to this, you can withdraw it at any time. Please use the unsubscribe link on the email communication you receive or contact us at [email protected] We require all third parties to respect the security of your Personal Information and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your Personal Information for their own purposes and only permit them to process your Personal Information for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions. Compliance with Laws and Policies BillBuddy reserves the right to disclose your Personal Information to third parties if we believe that such action is necessary to: (1) comply with a law, regulation, or governmental or judicial warrant, rule, order or subpoena; (2) protect and defend the rights or property of BillBuddy; or (3) enforce the BillBuddy Terms and Conditions, including this Privacy Policy.

How We Communicate With You

We may, from time to time, send you emails, desktop alerts or other communications, including: (1) notifications of your current tariff coming to an end; (2) notices concerning new or related Services from us (or other service providers as discussed in this Privacy Policy); (3) notifications regarding suspected unlawful or inappropriate use; and (4) requests for feedback on the Services. If you wish to change the types of communications you receive from us or opt out of receiving any future communications, you can do so. See Your Options below. If you use the site, we may email or phone you with updates or information we pertain to be of use in relation to the service we provide, we record the information you request and the details sent to you by email.

How We Protect Your Data

General BillBuddy has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of your Personal Information. Personal Information provided to us is stored in secure facilities with access restricted to authorised personnel only. Although we make good faith efforts to store the Personal Information we collect in a secure operating environment that is not accessible to unauthorised users, we cannot guarantee complete security. Secure Payments. To provide secure direct debit processing when providing us with your direct debit details, switches made through our website are protected under the Direct Debit Guarantee. If you choose to switch online with BillBuddy, your information is sent to us using SSL (Secure Socket Layer) encryption, an industry-standard method for protecting data as it travels over the Internet, or a similar encryption technology that may become accepted as an industry standard, or a better encryption method, in the future. Storage Your Personal information is collected and used for the reasons set out above, and will not be stored for longer than necessary for those purposes. Generally, we store your Personal Information for no longer than the time you have an account with us, plus an additional seven years. Where you do not sign up for an account or otherwise use our services, we only store your Personal Information for a maximum of two years.

Your Options

Email Communications If you wish to change the types of communications you receive from us or opt out of receiving any future communications, you may do so by modifying your profile on your control panel, by emailing your request to us at [email protected], or by clicking on the appropriate link in any BillBuddy email communication that you receive. Correcting Your Personal Information. You can access the Personal Information that we collect via your control panel. You can correct factual errors in your Personal Information on your control panel or by sending a request to [email protected] Please provide sufficient details regarding the error. To protect your privacy and security, we take commercially reasonable steps to verify your identity before granting access or making any corrections to your Personal Information.

Your EU Data Protection Rights

Location of Personal Information and Transfers. Some of our external third parties may have operations or suppliers based outside the European Economic Area (EEA) so their processing of your Personal Information will involve a transfer of data outside the EEA. Whenever we transfer your Personal Information out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented: Please contact [email protected] if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your Personal Information out of the EEA.

Rights of Access, Correction, Erasure and Restriction

Your rights in connection with personal information. Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.

What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

Third Party Links and Services

We may provide links to other third party websites as a convenience to you (collectively, the “Third Party Websites”). Please exercise care when visiting any Third Party Websites. The Third Party Websites have separate and independent privacy policies, notices and terms of use which govern your use of such websites and their use of any information they collect. We recommend you read these policies carefully. BillBuddy expressly disclaims all liability for Personal Information you provide to any Third Party Websites. Our domestic online and telephone-based energy comparison and switching service is provided by our trusted Partner Fundraising Innovations Ltd (company number 04426857), trading as energyhelpline (registered address - The Cart Wagon Lodge, Friday Street Farm, Friday Street, East Sutton, Kent, ME17 3DD) who processes data securely and in line with Data Protection regulations. As Data Controller the Partner is responsible for capturing the information you enter into a switch application and forwarding it to your chosen supplier in order for them to set up your new energy account(s). Once your data is passed to your chosen supplier they will process it in line with their Privacy Policy, which we are not responsible for. For further information on how your data is processed please refer to the Partner’s Privacy Policy on their website.

Dispute Resolution

Any questions or concerns regarding the use or disclosure of Personal Information should be directed to us at the address given below. We will investigate and attempt to resolve complaints and disputes regarding use and disclosure of Personal Information in accordance with the principles contained in this Privacy Policy. If we are unable to resolve your complaint, you can escalate the issue in accordance with the dispute resolution procedure set out in the Terms and Conditions. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office; the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.

BillBuddy Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us at [email protected] or at the address listed below: BillBuddy Limited

16-18 Barnes Wallis Road
Segensworth
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO15 5TT
United Kingdom
Company Number: 11643242