Privacy Policy

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StrideUp (www.strideup.co) is the trading name of Seven Summits Financial Limited (registered company number 09981525) and its wholly owned subsidiary, StrideUp Homes Limited (registered company number 10848518).

We are Seven Summits Financial Ltd, the ‘data controller’ and we’re responsible for deciding how we can use your information.

This privacy policy (together with any other documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Your personal data is data which by itself or with other data available to us can be used to identify you.

Where there are two or more people named, this privacy policy applies to each person separately.

Please read the following carefully and If you have any questions, please contact us using the contact details provided below.

1. Types of personal data we collect from you and its use

Whether or not you become a customer with us, we will use your personal data for the reasons set out below and if you become a customer we will use it to manage the product or service you’ve applied for. We will collect most of the information directly through the application process, but some may be collected indirectly as mentioned below.

The personal data we may use may include:

  • Full name and personal details including contact information (address history including current address, email address and home and mobile telephone numbers);
  • Date of birth and/or age (for product eligibility purposes);
  • Financial details (different forms of income and details of accounts with other providers);
  • Information from Credit reference and fraud prevention agencies, electoral roll, court records of debt judgements and bankruptcies and other publicly available sources as well as information on any financial associates that you may have;
  • Family, lifestyle and social circumstances relevant to the product and services
  • Education and employment details and status (where appropriate);
  • Personal data about other named applicants. You must have their authority to provide their personal data and share this privacy policy with them beforehand together with details of what you’ve agreed on their behalf;
  • Technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform; and
  • information about your visit, including the full Uniform Resource Locators (URL) clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time); products you viewed or searched for; page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page and any phone number used to call our customer service number. We use this information, to analyse trends, to administer our site, to track user’s movement around our site and to gather demographic information about our customer base as a whole.

2. Providing your personal data

We will tell you if providing some personal data is optional, including if we ask for your consent to process it. In all other cases you must provide your personal data, so we can process your information.

3. Monitoring of communications and activities

We will monitor and record all forms of communications in your dealings with us subject to applicable laws. We do this for:

  • regulatory and business compliance
  • crime prevention and detection
  • protection of the security measures around communication systems and procedures
  • checking for obscene and profane content
  • quality control and staff training
  • statement verification

We may also monitor activities in your account where necessary for the above reasons.

4. The legal basis and purposes using your personal data

  • Contract: We will process your personal data as needed to perform our contract with you for the relevant product and service. This is in order to take steps at your request before entering into it, decide whether to enter into it, manage and perform that contract, update our records and contact you about your account and recovering debt;
  • Legitimate interests: We will process your personal data as needed for our own legitimate business interests or those of other persons and organisations. For e.g. to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you, search at credit reference agencies if you’re above 18, monitoring all forms of communications in our dealings with you and activities in your account, market research and analysis and send marketing communications;
  • Legal Obligations: We will process your personal data as needed to comply with legal obligations. This could be for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and related disclosures, when you exercise your rights under data protection law and make requests, establishment and defence of legal rights, activities in relation to prevention, detention and investigation of crime, to verify ID and perform credit, fraud and anti-money laundering checks and monitoring all forms of communications in our dealings with you and activities in your account.
  • Consent: We will process your personal data based on your consent when you request us to disclose your personal data to other people or organisations such as not-for-profit organisations assisting with debt on your behalf or otherwise agree to disclosures. This could also be when we process any special categories of personal data about you at your request and to send you marketing communications where we have asked for your consent to do so. Please note, you’re free to change your mind anytime and withdraw your consent. This might mean we’re unable to do certain things for you.

5. Sharing your personal data

Subject to applicable data protection law, we will share your personal data with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy policy. We do not sell your personal data to third parties.

We may share your personal data with:

  • Any member of our group of companies, which means our subsidiaries, associated companies where we have shareholdings;
  • Business partners, suppliers and sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you;
  • Companies and other persons providing service to us;
  • Our legal and other professional advisors;
  • Credit reference agencies, fraud prevention agencies, and debt collection agencies at the time of you entering into any product and/or service agreement with us and periodically thereafter during the term of your agreement with us;
  • In an emergency or otherwise to protect your vital interests;
  • To protect the security or integrity of our business operations;
  • To other parties connected to your account e.g. joint applicants;
  • Market Analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our products and services;
  • 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; and
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal and regulatory obligation, or in order to enforce or apply any agreements between you; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of us, our customers, or others.

6. How we store, process and secure your personal data

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy. All information you provide to us via email or our site is stored on our secure servers.

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.

We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal data submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet or method of electronic storage is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

7. Data retention policy

We will keep your personal data for as long as you have a relationship with us. After it ends we will keep it where may need it for our legitimate purposes e.g. to help us respond to queries or complaints, or for other reasons e.g. fighting fraud and financial crime, and responding to requests from regulators.

8. Your rights

You have a number of rights relating to your information e.g. to see what we hold, to ask us to share it with another party, ask us to update incorrect or incomplete details, to object to or restrict processing of it, to make a complaint etc.

More specifically, your rights are as follows:

  • The right to be informed about our processing of your personal data
  • The right to have your personal data if it is inaccurate and to have incomplete personal data completed
  • The right to object to processing of your personal data
  • The right to restrict processing of your personal data
  • The right to have your personal data erased (the “right to be forgotten”)
  • The right to request access to your personal data and information about how we process it; and
  • The right to move, copy or transfer your personal data (the “data portability”).

You can correct, change or delete your information in your member account setting page. You can stop receiving our newsletters or marketing emails by following the unsubscribe instructions included in these emails or accessing the email preferences in your account settings page. Alternatively, or to access any of the other above rights, you can email us at contact@strideup.co or by contacting us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below.

You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office (www.ico.org.uk), the UK independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

9. Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.

10. Credit reference checks

In order to process your application, we will perform credit and identity checks on you with one or more credit reference agencies. This entails passing your personal data to the credit reference agencies and they will give us credit and ID information about you. When we carry out a search at the credit reference agencies, they will place a footprint on your credit file. A credit search may either be:

  1. a quotation search where a soft footprint is left, and this has no impact on your credit score and furthermore, lenders are unable to see this; or
  2. a hard footprint where you have agreed/requested us to proceed with your application. This footprint will be viewable by other lenders and may affect your ability to get credit elsewhere.

We will also continue to share your personal information with credit reference agencies whilst you have a relationship with us. The credit reference agencies may in turn share your personal information with other organisations. Details about your application (whether or not it is successful) will be recorded and we will give details of your account and how you manage it to credit reference agencies. If you do not repay any debt in full or on time, they will record the outstanding debt and supply this information to other performing similar checks, to trace your whereabouts and to recover debts that you owe. Records remain on file for 6 years after they are closed, whether settled by you or defaulted. A financial association link between joint applicants will be created at the credit reference agencies. This will link your financial records and be taken into account in future applications by either or both of you until either of you apply for a notice of disassociation with the credit reference agencies. The identities of the credit reference, and the ways in which they use and share personal information is explained via the Credit reference Agency Information Notice (CRAIN) document which can be accessed via any of the following links:

11. Use of cookies

This website may use cookies to collect information about you. If you use this website, then you accept that we can use the cookies set out below.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small data files which are placed on your computer by this website and which collect certain personal information about you.

Why do we use cookies?

Cookies enable us to tailor our service offering (including the website) and to provide you with a better service.

We use the following cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.
  • Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
  • Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
  • Targeting cookies. These cookies record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed. We will use this information to make our website and the advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use cookies, over which we have no control. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

12. Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to contact@strideup.co or Data Protection Officer, StrideUp, 14 Gray’s Inn Road, London EC1X 8HN