Growth Capital Ventures Limited (we, us, our) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Growth Capital Ventures Limited of Carlton House, 15 Parsons Way, County Durham, DL5 6ZE.
Information we may collect from you
We may collect and process the following data about you:
- Information that you provide by filling in forms on our site www.growthfunders.com (our site). This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our site, registering to become a member of our site, subscribing to any of our services (including, but not necessarily limited to, when making an investment through our site or seeking to raise capital for your business through our site), posting material on our site or requesting further services. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our site.
- If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
- We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.
- Details of transactions you carry out through our site and of the fulfilment of those transactions including, but not limited to, making an investment through our site or seeking to raise capital for your business through our site.
- Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own purposes or otherwise and the resources that you access.
We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our advertisers. This is statistical data about our users’ browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.
Where we store your personal data
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Uses made of the information
We use information held about you in the following ways:
- To confirm your identity in order to create your membership account and ensure that you are eligible to use the services provided on our site.
- To conduct any required anti-money laundering checks on you in connection with certain transactions you may conduct via our site.
- In respect of entrepreneurs seeking capital for their business, to verify and approve the disclosures you make to potential investors.
- In respect of investors looking to invest capital in a business, to confirm that you are eligible to make investments through our site.
- To ensure and enable us to comply with all of our legal and regulatory obligations.
- To ensure that content of our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
- To monitor, improve and administer our site and the services we provide through it.
- To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.
- To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so.
- To notify you about changes to our service.
We may also use your data, or permit selected third parties to use your data, to provide you with information about services which may be of interest to you and we or they may contact you about these by post and/or telephone.
If you are an existing member, we will only contact you by electronic means (e-mail or SMS) with information about services similar to those which you have previously used through us.
If you are a new customer, and where we permit selected third parties to use your data, we (or they) will contact you by electronic means only if you have consented to this.
If you do not want us to use your data in this way, or to pass your details on to third parties for marketing purposes, please tick the relevant box situated on the form on which we collect your data (the registration form).
We do not disclose information about identifiable individuals to our advertisers, but we may provide them with aggregate information about our users (for example, we may inform them that 500 men aged under 30 have clicked on their advertisement on any given day). We may also use such aggregate information to help advertisers reach the kind of audience they want to target (for example, women in SW1). We may make use of the personal data we have collected from you to enable us to comply with our advertisers’ wishes by displaying their advertisement to that target audience.
Disclosure of your information
We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006.
We may disclose your personal information to third parties:
- In connection with a transaction conducted through our site.
- In the course of that third party or third parties providing services to us however we will take reasonable precautions to ensure that such third parties are obliged to keep your personal data confidential.
- In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your personal data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets.
- If we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case personal data held by it about its customers will be one of the transferred assets.
- If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal or regulatory obligation (including any court order).
- If we are required to disclose or share your personal data by any legitimate government body or arbitration panel.
We may intercept record and/or monitor any communication(s) (including telephone calls or other electronic communications) between you and us. We may do so in order to resolve queries in the future and/or for the purpose of ensuring security, staff training and complying with our legal and/or regulatory responsibilities.
With regard to e-mail communications you should note that, as e-mails are not encrypted (and may therefore be intercepted by third parties) and as the identity of the sender cannot be confirmed, you must not provide your security details by e-mail and you should avoid sending to us any personal information by e-mail.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at Growth Capital Ventures Limited of Carlton House, 15 Parsons Court, Welbury Way, Aycliffe Business Park, County Durham, DL5 6ZE.
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
Access to information
The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.
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