At Hot Locks, we know that privacy and security is a major concern. We have set out the procedures we use for safeguarding your personal data.
Our privacy promise
Hot Locks are dedicated to safeguarding your privacy online. We will only collect, store and use your personal information for specific purposes as outlined below in accordance with GDPR.
We use your personal information to support and develop our connection with you. We will never share your personal data with third parties unless required by law and your data is always protected.
You may contact Hot Locks at any time with any privacy queries, concerns and to see the personal data you have given us - including requesting modification to this data.
What does 'personal data' mean?
Personal data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. This can include name, email address, address, and much more.
When you register on our website, we ask for data such as your name, e-mail address, billing address, payment details and contact details. Hot Locks keeps a record of this information for tax purposes and for ensuring we fulfill our contract with you.
The only personal information we hold is what customers provide to us when they place an order on our website, sign up for the newsletter, use the contact form, or sign a contract.
We also keep a record of any e-mail communication you send us, so that we can track any problems or concerns you have.
We may process information you submit to us when you contact us, for the purposes of ensuring we answer your query effectively.
We do not share this information with any third parties, however it is stored on relevant systems - which are all GDPR compliant. These include:
If we are required by law to share any information we will check with each party concerned to ensure that they are happy for that to happen. An example of this would be if HMRC requested an audit.
Hot Locks kindly request that you do not supply any other person's personal data to us, unless required by law or you have their explicit consent to do so.
Your treatment history
We also keep a record of any services you have from us, so that we can help to deal with any enquiries or problems you may have in the future, and so we can ensure that any information that we send to you is appropriate.
How we use your personal data
All the data we gather via our website or through communication with you is used to operate and expand the service we offer you and to personalise our service.
How we use your personal data is dependent on the legal basis for processing your data. We are dedicated to only using your personal data for:
Processing your orders correctly.
Development and expansion of the business, including examination of customer's behaviors, measurements of advertisements and product/treatment preference.
Technical management of our website.
Reviewing our systems.
Providing you with information about the services we offer.
Letting you know about offers and news which may be of interest to you.
How we protect data
You recognise that the internet is not a 100% secure platform for communication and, accordingly, we cannot guarantee the security of any data you send to us (or we send to you) via the internet. We are not responsible for any damages which you, or others, may suffer as a result of the loss of confidentiality of such information.
We take every precaution to safeguard your information. All personal data stored by us is kept on a server in a secure environment. The computer on which data is accessed on is password protected, data held in the cloud is password protected and held on encrypted systems and third-party software have their own security systems.
The risks of a breach are minimal due to the precautions mentioned above being taken, and close monitoring is undertaken to ensure security systems are always up to date. Breaches will be identified, reported, managed, and resolved according to the ICO guidelines.
We do not store or process your card details ourselves, they are processed by our payment provider who is GDPR compliant.
When you undertake a service with Hot Locks you will be asked whether you'd like to consent to us displaying your order as part of our marketing materials. By giving your consent for us to do this you understand your personal data will be in the public domain and we assume no responsibility for the usage of this data subsequently.
You may request to have your personal date removed at any time and we are more than happy to comply within 7 working days.
If you're happy to receive marketing communications by email, you may sign up for our newsletter. This means you will receive regular marketing updates including freebies, special offers, industry news, and business tips and advice.
You may unsubscribe and have the right to be forgotten at any time. We will never spam you or sell your email address to third parties.
How long do we keep your data?
We store sensitive data for various time periods:
Consultation forms are stored for 5 years, as required by our insurance.
Email addresses provided via Mailchimp or our contact form are stored until consent is withdrawn. Re-consent is requested every 2 years.
Information required for tax and legal requirements are held for 7 years, as is compulsory by law.
Personal data that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
Keeping your information up-to-date
If you would like to review the data you have provided to us because you feel that what we presently have on record is incorrect, and/or you would like your data erased from our records you can do so by contacting Hot Locks.
Under GDPR you have the right to be forgotten to withdraw your consent, to change information we hold about you, and to restrict processing. Hot Locks are more than happy to comply with this in accordance with the law.
We may also ask you questions at registration and from time to time by email - only if we have your consent to contact you by email. This will give us data that can be used to improve your experience with Hot Locks. You are under no obligation at all to answer these questions, as they are all optional. However they will help us to communicate more effectively with you.
By visiting this website with your browser settings adjusted to allow cookies, you are consenting to Hot Locks using cookies.
To make full use of the Hot Locks website and to benefit from a selection of personalised features, your computer, tablet or mobile phone will need to be set up to accept cookies.
The cookies we use do not store sensitive data such as your name, address or payment details and they can't harm your computer. The data we collect through these cookies is solely to improve our website and your browsing experience - it is never used to identify you and we would never share or sell this data.
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file which is downloaded and stored on your computer or mobile device by websites that you visit.
Your browser accesses the cookie file only when you visit the website that produced it. This helps to ease your navigation by automatically logging you in and remembering things like your preferences and what’s in your shopping basket.
The information stored within any given cookie can only be accessed by the website that created it and cookies are limited to communicating only the information that you have disclosed to the site.
Types of cookie
Session (or Transient) Cookies: session cookies are stored in your computer’s memory for the length of your browsing session. They become inaccessible after the session has been inactive for a time and are automatically deleted from your computer when the browser is
closed. They allow you to move from page to page without having to log-in repeatedly.
Persistent (or Permanent) Cookies: persistent cookies are stored in your computer memory and are not deleted when the browser is closed. They are used to keep your preferences for the website, so they will be remembered for next time you visit the website. They are also used to collect information about the numbers of visitors, the average time spent on a particular page and analyse shopping behaviour on the website. This information is used to find out how well the website works and where it can be improved.
Flash Cookies (or Locally Shared Objects): you probably have Adobe Flash installed on your computer. Websites that contain Flash can also store small files on your computer that are used in the same way as cookies.
Flash cookies can also back up the data that is stored in other cookies. When you delete cookies, your Flash cookies are not affected. So a website may still recognise you if it backed up the deleted cookie information on a Flash cookie.
In addition to personal information, our website may use Google Analytics to ensure we are meeting your customer needs.
Google Analytics stores usage data which may include:
Length of visit
Length of page views
A lot of this is aggregated data. We are legally entitled to collect this data, due to a legitimate interest in ensuring we are meeting customer needs.
If you use the badges that allow you to share products and content with your friends via social networks like Twitter and Facebook, these companies may set a cookie on your computer memory.
Find out more about these here:
Legal basis for processing data
Hot Locks' lawful basis for processing data are:
Consent: customers that consent to signing up for our newsletter, for example.
Legal oblogation: such as tax purpses.
Contract: to fulfill the service requested from Hot Locks.
How you can help us protect your data
Please bear in mind that whenever you willingly divulge personal data online in non- protected situations – for example on message forums, through email, or in chat spaces – that data can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal data online that is accessible to the public, you may receive unsolicited communications from other parties in return.
Also remember to close your browser window when you have finished using the computer. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal data and communications. If you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or Internet café.
We cannot confirm or warrant the security of any data you communicate to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your communication, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
Contact name: Denise Hopwood
Contact address: Hot Locks, 50 Gidlow Lane, Wigan, WN6 7DP
Contact number: 07932078004
The information above can also be used to contact our registered Data Protection Officer.
You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office. Find out how to report a concern on their website: