What types of personal data do we collect about you and why do we collect it:
We will collect certain personal data about you and about any other person you include on your booking. The sort of personal data we collect will be information that you provide to us, that we collect from you or observe about you, or that we obtain from other sources. Read on to find out more.
Personal data you give to us
To help us keep your information current, accurate and complete, please ensure you tell us if anything needs to be changed.
Personal data we collect and/or observe about you
Based on how you have used our Services in the past and your activity on our website, social media channels, we collect the following personal data about you:
Personal data obtained from Sales Agents
We might also receive your personal data from third party sources who collect information about you on our behalf. This includes:
Where is your data stored and who it’s shared with:
Your personal data is held on a combination of our own systems and systems of the suppliers we use to provide our services. Read more here.
When you provide your personal data to us, some of the personal data you provide will need to be passed to and processed and stored by relevant third parties, such as our technology partners to administer the services we provide, and airlines, airports, hoteliers, insurance companies and ground handling agents, so that they can provide you with the arrangements and assistance you require.
Some of these third parties may be based outside of the European Economic Area (“EEA”). Organisations that are based outside of the EEA may not be subject to the same level of controls in regard to data protection as exist within the UK and the EEA. We aim only to transfer your data to third parties outside of the EEA where either:
(a) your personal information will be subject to one or more appropriate safeguards set out in the law. These might be the use of standard contractual clauses in a form approved by regulators, or having our suppliers sign up to an independent privacy scheme approved by regulators (like the US ‘Privacy Shield’ scheme); or
(b) the transfer is necessary to enable your contract to be performed.
In order for you to travel overseas, we may be required to disclose certain of your personal data to government bodies or other authorities in the UK and in other countries, such as those responsible for immigration, border control, security and anti-terrorism. Even if it is not mandatory for us to provide information to such authorities, we may exercise our discretion to assist them where appropriate in the interests of detecting and preventing criminal activity.
VCH Travel is a trading name of The Freedom Travel Group Limited which is part of the Thomas Cook Group. The Thomas Cook Group includes the Freedom Travel companies Freedom Travel Group and Freedom Personal Travel Advisors, our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries. We may disclose your personal information to any member of the Thomas Cook Group for business purposes (those business purposes include holding your data on central/shared systems for administering bookings and supporting customers in destination countries).
We may pass your data to relevant third parties for the purpose of detecting and preventing fraudulent payments or bookings.
How do we use your information when providing our services to you:
In order to provide our services to you, we use the information we hold in a number of different ways. We process your information either because it is necessary for us to do so as part of a contract you enter into, or because we have a legitimate business reasons for doing so. Read more here.
The following activities are carried out by us using your personal data because it is necessary in relation to a contract which you have entered into or because you have asked for something to be done so you can enter into a contract:
We may use and process your personal information as set out below where it is necessary for us to carry out activities for which it is in our legitimate interests as a business to do so:
We may use and process your personal information as set out below where we consider that it is in your vital interests that we do:
We may use and process your personal information as set out below where we have your consent to do so:
We may use and process your personal information as set out below where there is a legal requirement for us to do so:
When and how do we use your information for marketing:
To find out more about our marketing communications, including when and how we may contact you and how you can opt out of marketing, please read more here.
If you have made an enquiry on one of our Sites or through a Sales Agent, your personal data may be used by VCH Travel and our Sales Agents in the ways the law allows, to contact you by post, electronic means (e-mail or text message) and/or by phone with information and offers relating to products or services that you can book/purchase from VCH Travel. VCH Travel and our Sales Agents will only do this if you did not opt out of such marketing at the point where we collected your contact details.
If you have not made an enquiry or purchase, VCH Travel Advisors and the Sales Agents will only send you information and offers by email or text message only if you sign up (opt in) to receive such marketing, either directly through us or by telling a third party that you would like to receive marketing from us.
Travel and travel related services, insurance and gift cards are the types of products and services that can be booked/purchased through VCH Travel. You will only receive marketing communications about those which we think are relevant to you.
We will not pass your contact details to a third party for them to send to you marketing communications unless you have expressly agreed that we may do so.
How do we personalise our marketing to you:
We may use your personal information to try to ensure any marketing communications we send to you are offering products or services likely to be of interest to you.
What you need to do if you don’t want our marketing communications:
We understand you might not want to hear from us and that’s ok. It is easy to opt-out or unsubscribe, please read more here.
You have the right at any time to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. You can exercise your right to prevent such processing by selecting the ‘no marketing’ option on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also unsubscribe from marketing communication by using the link on any email marketing you receive or by advising the Sales Agent that you booked through, or otherwise exercise this right at any subsequent time by sending an unsubscribe request to: Marketing, VCH Travel, Media Exchange, 4A Coquet St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2QB
Your rights in relation to any personal data we hold about you:
You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information under data protection law. To find out more, please read here.
Your Right to Access Your Personal Information
You have the right to make a Data Subject Access Request in many circumstances. That is a request for access
to the personal information that we hold about you. If we agree that we have to provide personal information
to you (or someone else on your behalf), we’ll provide it to you or them free of charge.
We may ask for proof of identity and sufficient information about your interactions with us that we can locate your personal information. That may include information about your previous booking(s) or other purchases. We will ask you to provide this before providing a copy of any of your personal information we may be holding to you or another person on your behalf. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal information if this concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that information.
Please see the section titled ‘How to Contact Us’ if you need to make a Data Subject Access Request.
Correcting and updating your personal information
The accuracy of your information is important to us and we are working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you.
In the meantime, if you change your name or address/email address, or you discover that any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please let us know by contacting our customer experience team.
Withdrawing your consent
Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal information, as set out in section above titled ‘ How do we use your information when providing our services to you’ , you may withdraw your consent at any time. If you would like to withdraw your consent to receiving any direct marketing to which you previously opted-in, please see the section titled “ What you need to do if you don’t want our marketing communications’ for further details. If you would like to withdraw your consent to us processing any information concerning dietary requirements, medical conditions, disabilities and special requirements, please contact our customer experience team. Please note if you ask us to stop processing this information, it may mean we won’t be able to provide all or parts of the services you have requested. If we have to cancel your booking/purchase as a result, you may incur a cancellation charge.
If you withdraw your consent, our use of your personal information before you withdraw is still lawful.
Objecting to our use of your personal information and automated decisions made about you
Where we rely on your legitimate business interests as the legal basis for processing your personal information for any purpose(s), you may object to us using your personal information for these purposes by emailing or writing to us at the address provided at the end of this policy. Except for the purposes for which we are sure we can continue to process your personal information, we will temporarily stop processing your personal information in line with your objection until we have investigated the matter. If we agree that your objection is justified in accordance with your rights under data protection laws, we will permanently stop using your data for those purposes. Otherwise we will provide you with our justification as to why we need to continue using your data.
Erasing your personal information or restricting its processing
In certain circumstances, you may ask for your personal information to be removed from our systems by emailing or writing to us at the address at the end of this policy. Provided we do not have any continuing lawful reason to continue processing or holding your personal information, we will make reasonable efforts to comply with your request.
You may also ask us to restrict processing your personal information where you believe it is unlawful for us to do so, you have objected to its use and our investigation is pending or you require us to keep it in connection with legal proceedings. We may only process your personal information whilst its processing is restricted if we have your consent or are legally permitted to do so, for example for storage purposes, to protect the rights of another individual or company or in connection with legal proceedings.
Transferring your personal information in a structured data file
Where we rely on your consent as the legal basis for processing your personal information or need to process it in connection with your contract, as set out in section titled ‘ How do we use your information when providing our services to you’, you may ask us to provide you with a copy of that information in a structured data file.
You can ask us to send your personal information directly to another service provider, and we will do so if this is technically possible. We may not provide you with a copy of your personal information if this concerns other individuals or we have another lawful reason to withhold that information.
How to contact us:
Any subject access request can be made in writing to:
4A Coquet St
Newcastle upon Tyne
Alternatively, you can make a subject access request by email to: email@example.com
Once you have made your request and provided us with the information we need to begin a search for the data we hold on you (including proof of identity), we will have 30 days to respond.
Making a complaint
Keeping hold of your personal data:
If you want to find out more about our data retention policy, please read more here.
Where you’ve made a booking or other purchase with us, your personal information will be retained to ensure we provide the best possible customer service to you. We also retain your personal data for legal and audit purposes.
What is our approach to data security:
We take data security very seriously, to find out our approach to this please read more here.
The transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure, and although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our Sites, therefore any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will take all reasonable steps to keep your personal data secure and to try to prevent any unauthorised access to it. All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers.
What happens when you follow a link from our website to a third party website:
Our Sites include links to other websites which include privacy policies of their own. To learn more about this, please read here.
Our Sites contains links to and frames of websites of our principals, suppliers, advertisers and other third parties. You can tell when a third party is involved in supplying a product or service you have requested because their name will appear with ours. If you follow a link or otherwise use any of these other websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies or for these third party websites. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
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