Ark Data Centres Limited and our group companies (collectively “Ark“, “we“, “us“) take the security and privacy of data seriously. We need to gather and use certain information or ‘data’ about you in order to perform to manage our relationship with you. In addition, we are also required to comply with our legal obligations under applicable privacy laws, including the UK General Data Protection Regulations (“GDPR”).
This Privacy Notice explains who we are, how we collect, share and use personal data about you and how you can exercise your privacy rights. This Privacy Notice only applies to external visitors to our facilities. It does not apply to our employees, who should read our separate Employee Privacy Notice.
If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal data, then please contact us using the contact details provided at the bottom of this Privacy Notice.
Ark designs, builds and operates data centres. Our data centres are secure facilities for our clients to host servers for the operation of their businesses. Security is therefore essential to the operation of our facilities and we must operate comprehensive security and monitoring systems in order to protect our facilities and our clients.
Ark will collect, process and retain information about you that you provide voluntarily, that we collect automatically and that we obtain from third party sources, such as your employer.
When you engage with us, we may ask you to provide personal information to us. The personal information we may collect about you includes:
When you visit our website, visit our offices or connect to our IT systems we collect certain information automatically. In the UK this information may be considered personal under applicable data protection laws.
We collect the following information automatically:
From time to time we may receive personal information about you from a third party source, but only where we have checked that these third parties either have your consent or are otherwise legally permitted or required to disclose your personal information to us.
Generally, where we obtain personal information from a third party source this is your employer, and will be the provision of your contact details where we have a contractual relationship and you are the point of contact or where you wish to raise any issues or concerns with us regarding our services.
Our purposes for collecting the personal information set out above and the lawful basis on which we process such data will depend on the personal information concerned, the context in which we collect it and your relationship with us.
We have set out a description of the ways we will use your personal information and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so in the table below.
In certain situations, we require your data to pursue our legitimate interests in a way which is reasonable for you to expect as part of running our business and which does not materially affect your rights and freedoms. We have identified below what our legitimate interests are.
We take measures to ensure that your personal data is kept secure and to limit our processing activities to what is necessary for our legitimate interests. We also give you the right to object to processing that we undertake for our legitimate interests (please see the section entitled “your data protection rights” below); however please note that if you exercise your right to object to some of our processing activities, we may need to restrict your access to our data centre facilities.
In some cases, we may also have a legal obligation to collect personal data from you or may otherwise need the personal data to protect your vital interests or those of another person (e.g. for the purposes of contacting emergency services in the event of an accident or incident at our facilities). We may also obtain your consent where we need to process certain special categories of data (including biometric data) for the operation of our security systems.
If we ask you to provide personal data to comply with a legal requirement or to perform a contact with you, we will make this clear at the relevant time and advise you whether the provision of your personal data is mandatory or not (as well as of the possible consequences if you do not provide your personal data).
|Purpose / Activity||Type of data||Lawful basis for processing including basis or legitimate interests|
|To operate and manage our data centre facilities and our group data centre business||(1) Identity and Contact Data
(2) Image Data
(3) Location Data
(4) Technical Data
(5) Biometric Data
(6) Health Data
(7) Audio Data
|(a) Performance of a contract where your visit relates to your contractual relationship with us
(b) Necessary to comply with a legal obligation where we are required under UK law to obtain health data
(c) Necessary for our legitimate interests to make our site available to you and to manage your visit with us
(d) Explicit consent where you provide it for biometric data processing.
|To ensure our data centre facilities are kept secure||(1) Identity and Contact Data
(2) Image Data
(3) Location Data
(4) Biometric Data
|(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests to protect our business and staff by keeping our facilities secure.
(b) Explicit consent where you provide it for biometric data processing
|To detect breaches of policy or procedure or identify criminal activity||(1) Image Data
(2) Location Data
(3) Technical Data
|Necessary for our legitimate interests to protect our business from criminal activity or breaches of policy either through physical threats or through online threats.|
|To protect you in the event of an emergency||(1) Identity and Contact Data
(2) Health Data
|Necessary to protect your vital interests where your safety or health is at risk.|
|To contact in the event of an emergency||(1) Contact Data||Necessary to protect the vital interests of the individual where a person’s health or safety is at risk.|
|To fulfil any requests submitted via our contact page||(1) Contact Data
(2) Communications Data
|(a) Performance of a contract where you have one with us.
(b) Necessary for our legitimate interests to engage with you and respond to your requests.
|To understand how you use our website and for data analytics so we can improve our website||(1) Technical Data||Necessary for our legitimate interests to improve the quality and relevance of our website.|
|Suppliers and Customers (past, present & future)|
|To manage our relationship with you and deliver our data centre services.||(1) Identity and Contact Data
(2) Communications Data
(3) Financial Data
(4) Audio Data
|Performance of a contract with you.|
|To send marketing and promotional content||(1) Contact Data||(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests to promote our offering to you (where consent is not required)
(b) Where consent is required, with your consent.
|To share information with law enforcement and others, in circumstances where this is necessary to protect you, our staff, our business or our facilities||(1) Identity and Contact Data
(2) Image Data
(3) Technical Data
(4) Location Data
|(a) Necessary for our legitimate interests to protect you, our staff, our business and facilities.
(b) Necessary to protect vital interests where there is a risk of harmful conduct or a person’s safety is at risk.
We may disclose your personal data to the following categories of recipients:
Your personal data may be processed by Ark and by those categories of third parties to whom we are entitled to disclose your personal data. Your personal data may be transferred to and processed in countries other than the United Kingdom. These countries may have data protection laws that are different to the laws in the United Kingdom (and, in some cases, may not be as protective).
We do not generally process personal data outside of the UK. Where we do transfer your personal data outside of the UK to a country which is not subject to an adequacy decision, we have taken appropriate safeguards to require that your personal data will remain protected in accordance with this Privacy Notice. The safeguards we use are the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses for transfers of personal data to third parties, including the UK Addendum. These require those recipients to protect personal data they process from the UK in accordance with UK data protection law.
Our Standard Contractual Clauses and UK Addendum can be provided on request. Please note that some sensitive commercial information may be redacted.
We use appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the personal data that we collect and process about you. The measures we use are designed to provide a level of security appropriate to the risk of processing your personal data. Specific measures we use include: encryption; anonymization (where practicable); document classification; and all relevant controls from ISO 27001 (an internationally recognised information security standard).
We retain personal data that we collect about you where we have an ongoing legitimate business need to do so (for example, to maintain the security of our data centre facilities or to comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements).
Where we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal data, we will either delete or anonymise it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal data has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal data and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.
In general, we will keep your personal data for the following periods:
You have the following data protection rights:
We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.
Please note that, if you exercise your data protection rights in a way that will impact on the normal operation of our data centre facilities, then we may need to restrict your access to our facilities.
We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time in response to changing legal, technical or business developments. When we update our Privacy Notice, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make. We will obtain your consent to any material Privacy Notice changes if and where this is required by applicable data protection laws.
You can see when this Privacy Notice was last updated by checking the “Last Updated date” displayed at the top of this Privacy Notice.
If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal data, please contact us using the following details:
E-mail GDPR@arkdatacentres.co.uk or write to the Commercial Director at the address below.
The data controller of your personal data is Ark Data Centres Limited, Spring Park, Westwells Road, Corsham, Wiltshire SN13 9GB England.
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