Privacy Policy

Updated on the 16th May 2018.

SPANISH PROPERTY INSIGHT (“SPI”) refers to the website www.spanishpropertyinsight.com that is owned and run by Mark Stücklin, email info@spanishpropertyinsight.com (“We” for short).

SPI respects your privacy, and is committed to protecting your personal data. This Privacy Notice ( “Notice”, for short) is intended to provide you with information about how SPI gathers, stores, and uses your personal data, and about your legal rights under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation – or “GDPR”.

The GDPR distinguishes between data “controllers” and “processors”. A controller is the entity that determines the purposes, conditions and means of the processing of personal data, while the processor is an entity which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.  In our case, we are the data controller and responsible for your personal data. If you have any questions about the data we hold and how we process it, or if you want to use any of your legal rights, please email  gdpr@spanishproperytinsight.com.

The Glossary at the end of the Notice explains what some of the terms used in the GDPR and this Notice mean.

This Notice has the following content structure:

1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS NOTE

2. THE DATA WE COLLECT ABOUT YOU

3. HOW YOUR PERSONAL DATA IS COLLECTED AND STORED

4. HOW WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA

5. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA

6. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS

7. DATA SECURITY

8. DATA RETENTION

9. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

10. GLOSSARY

1. Purpose of this note

This Notice aims to give you information on how SPI collects and processes your personal data, whether you have provided it to us directly, or whether we’ve obtained it from other people and organisations.

We may provide you with more specific privacy information where we collect information from you for certain specific purposes. If we do so, you should still refer to this Notice so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data and how we may use it in future. This privacy notice adds to the other notices and is not intended to replace them.

It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

2. The data we collect about you

“Personal data” means any information about an individual, held by a data controller, from which the controller can identify a specific, living person. It does not include data about a living person that the controller can’t identify.

Some personal data falls into “Special Categories” under the GDPR and are given greater protection. These include any personal data revealing your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, and information about your health, as well as genetic and biometric data. Information about criminal convictions and offences is also treated differently from ordinary personal data under the GDPR. SPI never collects any information that falls into a Special Category.

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you. The personal data we collect will depend on the relationship you have with SPI.

If you are:

A business contact, including persons who supply us with goods (including hiring things to us) or services and any contacts at a company or other organisation which does so, and customers (including contacts at companies or other organisations) to whom we supply services, we may collect the following types of data on you:

  • Identity Data includes first name, last name, title, job title, role or similar identifier, and gender.
  • Contact Data includes your work address, email address and telephone numbers.
  • Financial Data if we supply or purchase goods and services to or from you as an individual (including some sole traders and partnerships), we may record and retain details of those transactions.

Someone who creates an account with us on our website:

  • Transaction Data including details about [products and services you have purchased from our partner organisations and exhibitions or events you have attended].
  • Technical Data, including internet protocol (IP) address, your login data (where you have an account with us), browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access our website.
  • Profile Data including your username and password, enquiries made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.
  • Usage Data including information about how you use our website, products and services.
  • Marketing and Communications Data including your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

Someone who submits an enquiry about a property or about a product or service offered by SPI or by one of our partner organisations:

  • Identity Data includes first name, last name, title, job title, role or similar identifier.
  • Technical Data, including internet protocol (IP) address, your login data (where you have an account with us), browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access our website.
  • Usage Data including information about how you use our website, products and services.
  • Marketing and Communications Data including your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

We may also collect, use and share Aggregated Data on visitors to our website, people who register for online accounts with us, and anyone who submits a query or request for further information (whether from SPI or a partner organisation) via our website. This may include statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature or evaluate the level of interest in a service, property or feature of our website. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy notice.

If you fail to provide personal data

Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with goods or services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us, but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.

3. How your personal data is collected and stored

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including:

  • Direct interactions. You may give us your data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us using our website, by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:
    – send us a message by email or via the SPI website
    – create an account on our website
    – subscribe to our news bulletin
    – request marketing to be sent to you
    – search for Spanish properties using our website
    – enquire about a product or service offered by a partner
    – enter a competition, promotion or survey
    – give us some feedback
  • Automated technologies or interactions. As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect Technical Data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies, server logs and other similar technologies. Please see our cookie policy for further details.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:
  1. Technical Data from the following parties:
    (a) analytics providers such as Google based outside the EU;
    (b) social media services
    (c) advertising networks; and
    (d) search information providers.
  2. Contact, Financial and Transaction Data from providers of technical, payment and delivery services.
  3. Identity and Contact Data from partner organisations whose products or services are offered or linked to on our website, including estate agents, surveyors, firms offering legal or notarial services, currency conversion firms; tax advisers, mortgage, banking and financial service brokers and providers, moving companies, insurance companies, and specialist advisors on subjects relating to overseas property.

4. How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  1. Because we have your explicit consent to do so.
  2. Where we need to perform a contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.
  3. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  4. Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

See below to find out more about the types of lawful basis that we will rely on to process your personal data.

We rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data in relation to sending direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. We comply with data protection legislation in our electronic marketing and you have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by emailing your request to gdpr@spanishpropertyinsight.com or using the unsubscribe link on all mailings you are sent by us.

Purposes for which we will use your personal data

We have set out below a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one legal basis, depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal basis we are relying on to process your personal data, where more than one has been set out in the table below.

PURPOSE / ACTIVITIY TYPE OF DATA LAWFUL BASIS
Send you our news bulletin Identity
Contact
Consent
To manage our relationship with you which will include:
(a) Notifying you about changes to our terms or privacy notice
(b) Asking you to leave a review or take a survey
(a) Identity
(b) Contact
(c) Profile
(d) Marketing and Communications
(a) Performance of a contract with you
(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation
(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests (to keep our records updated and to study how customers use our products/services and those of our partners offered via our website)
To administer and protect our business and our websites (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data) (a) Identity
(b) Contact
(c) Technical
a) Necessary for our legitimate interests (for running our business, provision of administration and IT services, network security, to prevent fraud and in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise)
(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation
To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you (a) Identity
(b) Contact
(c) Profile
(d) Usage
(e) Marketing and Communications
(f) Technical
Necessary for our legitimate interests (to study how customers use our products/services, to develop them, to grow our business and to inform our marketing strategy)
To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences (a) Technical
(b) Usage
Necessary for our legitimate interests (to define types of customers for our products and services, to keep our website updated and relevant, to develop our business and to inform our marketing strategy)
To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services that may be of interest to you (a) Identity
(b) Contact
(c) Technical
(d) Usage
(e) Profile
Necessary for our legitimate interests (to develop our products/services and grow our business)
To provide you with information relating to products, services or information offered by our commercial partners and to pass your data on to our partners where you make an enquiry about their products or services using our website (a) Identity
(b) Contact
(c) Profile
(d) Usage
(e) Marketing and Communications
(f) Technical
Necessary for our legitimate interests (to run and grow our business, put you and our commercial partners in touch with each other, and to inform our marketing strategy)

 

 

 

Promotional offers from us

We may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, Usage and Profile Data to form a view on what products or services from us or our commercial partners we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you.

You will receive marketing communications from us if you have purchased services from us, if you opted to receive these communications when you requested information from us or a commercial partner, or if you entered a competition or registered for a promotion, and in each case you have not since opted out of receiving that marketing.

We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. When you opt-in to receive information, offers or promotions from us or from our partners, we will ask you to tell us what other products or services may be of interest to you.

Third-party marketing

When you request information on products, services or properties provide by our commercial partners via our website, we will pass your personal data on to them and they may contact you regarding those products, services or properties. We will get your express opt-in consent before we share personal data provided for that purpose with any other company or organisation (other than ourselves) for marketing purposes.

Opting out

You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting samantha.nelmes@aplaceinthesun.com at any time.
Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, this will not prevent us from continuing to hold and process personal data for other lawful reasons, or to the extent necessary to ensure that our marketing database is kept up to date and that we respect your opt-out.

Cookies

As part of offering and providing customisable and personalised services, our website uses cookies to store and sometimes track information about you and to store your preferences.

A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer’s hard drive. All areas on the site where you are prompted to log-in or that are customisable ask that you accept cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can edit your browser options to block them in the future.

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly. We use cookies including the following:

  • Google Analytics
  • Google AdWords
  • Facebook Custom Audience
  • Google Publisher Tags
  • Google Tag Manager
  • Facebook Connect

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please email gdpr@spanishpropertyinsight.com

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

Depending on how it is collected, your personal data might be stored in email format, in the database of our mailing list provider, in a Google spreadsheet, and/or on the server where our website is hosted.

5. Disclosures of your personal data

We may have to share your personal data with the parties set out below for the purposes set out in the table in paragraph 4 above.

  • Internal Third Parties as set out in the Glossary
  • External Third Parties as set out in the Glossary
  • Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy notice

We expect all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party data processors to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes, in accordance with our instructions and with the data protection legislation.

6. International transfers

If you enquire about a product or service located outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) – for example, in Florida – your personal data will be provided to the advertiser. We may also, from time to time, offer information, products or services from partners outside the EEA. In each case, this will involve transferring your data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

In many cases where you submit an enquiry about products, services or properties offered by a commercial partner (such as an estate agent or private seller) outside of the EEA, we may be unable to ensure a similar degree of protection for your personal data as exists within the EEA. In these situations, we transmit your personal data directly to the advertiser or partner at your request and on your behalf . Separately, we may also use the data provided by you for our own business purposes, as set out in this Privacy Notice.

In limited cases, we may act as a data controller in determining whether to transmit and process your data outside of the EEA. In these situations, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to your personal data as it would enjoy within the EEA by implementing at least one of the following safeguards:

We will only transfer your personal data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission. For further details, see European Commission: Adequacy of the protection of personal data in non-EU countries.

Where we share data with partner organisations outside the EEA, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe. For further details, see European Commission: Model contracts for the transfer of personal data to third countries.

Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US. Not all our partners are members of Privacy Shield, so we may use model contracts instead. For further details, see European Commission: EU-US Privacy Shield.
Please contact gdpr@spanishpropertyiinsight.com if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.

7. Data security

We use secure data networks protected by industry standard firewall and password protection systems. We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know.

They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

8. Data retention

How long will you use my personal data for?

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements. Generally speaking we will not to hold your data for longer than two years without your renewed consent.

In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see Request erasure below for further information.

In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

9. Your legal rights

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. Please see below to find out more about these rights:

  • Request access to your personal data
  • Request correction of your personal data
  • Request erasure of your personal data
  • Object to processing of your personal data
  • Request restriction of processing your personal data
  • Request transfer of your personal data
  • Right to withdraw consent

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us on gdpr@spanishpropertyinsight.com.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these 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 your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within 30 days. Occasionally it may take us longer than 30 days 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.

10. Glossary

LAWFUL BASIS

Legitimate Interest means our interest in conducting and managing our business for the benefit of its stakeholders, and to enable us to offer you the best products and services from SPI and our commercial partners and the best and most secure browsing experience when using our website. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your personal data for our legitimate interests. We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us.

Performance of Contract means processing your data where it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or to take steps at your request before entering into such a contract.

Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.

THIRD PARTIES

  • Service providers acting as data processors who provide marketing, fulfilment, event management and IT and system administration services.
  • Professional advisers acting as processors or joint controllers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.
  • The Spanish tax office, regulators and other authorities, who may act as processors or joint controllers, based in the EU (or overseas, in relation to properties, products or services located overseas) who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.
  • Commercial partners offering overseas products, services or information related to overseas properties, including estate agents, private sellers, lawyers and notaries, mortgage and financial services companies (and their agents, authorised representatives, and brokers), moving companies and relocation services, currency and foreign exchange specialists and insurers or insurance agents.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

You have the right to:

Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law. We may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy; (b) where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.

Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.

Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.