Blossom respects the privacy of every individual who visits the Site. In visiting the Site in order to deal with Blossom you may provide Blossom with personal information about yourself. The purpose of this statement is to set out the principles governing Blossom’s use of personal information that it may obtain about you as a result of you using the Site. By using the Site you consent to the use of your personal data in accordance with the terms of this Policy. As used below, “personal data” means information relating to you which may be collected or created, or may have been collected or created in the course of or as a result of your use of the Site.
Blossom is committed to following policies which protect your privacy and comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 in respect of personal data. Blossom will only process personal data about you for specified and lawful purposes and any personal data which Blossom obtains will be processed fairly and lawfully.
1.2 Personal information means any information that we hold about you from which you can be identified either directly or indirectly and it may include your name; contact details; job title, employer organisation, qualifications, CV, employment history and professional activities, information relating to your financial status and dealings, nationality information (including copies of identity documents, such as your passport), references provided by third parties, and results of other due diligence carried out.
2. HOW WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION
2.1 We will collect and store your personal information when you interact with our website, when you have had contact with Blossom through introductions or meeting a Blossom representative or when corresponding with us in relation to a transaction that Blossom and/or the funds it manages or advises enter into, or a potential transaction that Blossom is considering or in respect of the funds that Blossom advises.
2.2 We collect personal information in writing, by telephone, by e-mail and by online registrations. We may receive information from third parties who collect personal information from you and pass it on to us for example where we conduct verification or anti-money laundering checks on sponsors and management teams for prospective transactions.
3. WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO WE HOLD ABOUT YOU
3.1 If you are a business contact we will hold limited amounts of personal information about you such as your name, contact details, job title, employer organisation and perhaps your CV.
3.2 If you are a supplier, consultant or professional advisor, we will hold personal information about you including the information set out in paragraph 3.1, as well as your date of birth, bank account details and VAT number (to the extent applicable).
3.3 If you are a job applicant, we may hold information you have provided to us in your CV, application form and covering letter including the information set out in paragraph 3.1 as well as your date of birth, gender and any information you provide to us as during an interview. We may also hold special categories of more sensitive personal information such as your race or ethnicity, information about your health including any medical condition and sickness records.
3.5 If you are a sponsor or a member of an actual or potential management team in respect of a transaction and/or potential transaction that Blossom and/or funds advised by Blossom enter into or consider, personal information that we hold about you will include the same information listed in paragraph 3.1 above and may include your CV, details of your previous employment history and professional activities, information relating to your financial status and dealings, nationality (including copies of identity documents, such as a passport), references provided by third parties and results of other due diligence carried out.
3.6 If you are an investor or potential investor, personal information we hold about you may include the same information as listed in paragraph 3.1, as well as bank account details, share in investments, amounts invested, returns from such investments and tax number, and information relating to your financial status and dealings, nationality (including copies of identity documents, such as a passport), references provided by third parties and results of other due diligence carried out. For more information relating to the information we hold about you if you are an investor, please refer to the relevant investment documentation.
3.7 We will take reasonable steps to keep the personal information that we store accurate and where necessary up to date. If you consider that any of the personal information that Blossom holds about you is incorrect please notify Blossom, see Contact Information in paragraph 17 below.
4. HOW WE USE YOUR INFORMATION
4.1 We will use your personal data, and may share your personal data with other parties acting on our behalf, for one or more of the following purposes:
a. managing and maintaining records of services or advice we have received, and commissioning further services;
b. seeking and obtaining advice from our professional advisors, including lawyers, accountants and other consultants;
c. inviting you to presentations and events and organising meetings between you and Blossom representatives;
d. providing you with analysis of the markets in which Blossom operates;
e. assessing potential transactions;
f. maintaining records of investments and administering any transaction that one of our funds (or parties related to it) enters into;
g. assessing your suitability for involvement in a transaction, including verifying your identity and source of funds;
h. complying with our (and our funds’) regulatory and legal obligations, including tax reporting and assessing and managing risk;
i. for our own administrative purposes or conducting internal audits;
j. protecting our legal rights and interests;
k. if you are a supplier, consultant, professional advisor or investor, to carry out our contract with you; and
l. to conduct research about the use of our website.
4.2 We will not sell your personal information to others.
4.3 If we wish to use your personal information for a purpose beyond that for which it was originally provided, we will ask for your consent or seek to rely on another valid legal ground to process your personal information in accordance with the applicable law.
5. INFORMATION FOR MARKETING PURPOSES
5.1 We may use your information to send you updates and news concerning Blossom and its business and activities and events which we feel may be of interest to you.
5.2 If at any time you wish us to stop using your information for these purposes, please notify Blossom, see Contact Information in paragraph 17 below.
6. GROUNDS FOR PROCESSING
6.1 In order to store, hold and process your data lawfully we rely on one or more of the following legal grounds:
a. your consent to particular processing activities. For example, where you have consented to us using your information for marketing purposes; or
b. our legitimate interests in running our business. For example, if we enter into a transaction involving you, whether it completes or not, it may be necessary for us to process your personal information for the purpose of performing that contract and/or for complying with our legal and regulatory obligations;
c. our compliance with a legal obligation to which Blossom is subject. For example, we have a duty to investigate and respond to complaints made against us and may need to process your personal information as part of such investigation; or
d. if you are a party to a contract, because processing your personal data is necessary for the performance of that contract.
7. DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
7.1 There are circumstances where we may wish to disclose or are compelled to disclose your personal data to third parties. This will only take place in accordance with the applicable law and for the purposes listed above. These scenarios include disclosure:
a. to other companies in the Blossom group or our representative or associated offices;
b. to our outsourced third party service providers who process personal information on our behalf such as providers of cloud hosting solutions or providers of data storage or security;
c. to professional advisors such as lawyers and accountants, fund administrators or other consultants;
d. to persons who have an interest or involvement in or who are considering an interest or involvement in a transaction with Blossom (or funds managed or advised by Blossom) including financial intermediaries, providers of finance, co-investors and investors in funds managed or advised by Blossom;
e. to legal and regulatory authorities where we are required by law or regulation to do so; and
f. to any other third party where you have provided your consent.
8. TRANSFER OF PERSONAL DATA OUTSIDE OF THE UK
9. RETENTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION
10. CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY
10.1 Blossom will take all reasonable steps to:
a. safeguard all personal information that you provide to us;
b. ensure that it remains confidential and secure; and
c. ensure that personal privacy is respected.
10.2 All our data is stored in written or electronic form on our servers and computers and in various physical locations. We maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information from misuse, unauthorised access or disclosure and loss or corruption by computer viruses and other sources of harm.
10.3 If you believe that any of the personal data that Blossom holds about you is incorrect please notify Blossom at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
11. YOUR RIGHTS WITH REGARDS TO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
11.1 Data protection law provides individuals with certain rights, including the right to: access, rectify, withdraw consent, erase, restrict, transport, and object to the processing of, their personal information. Individuals also have the right to lodge a complaint with the relevant data protection authority if they believe that their personal information is not being processed in accordance with the law. Further information about your rights is set out below at paragraphs 11.1.1 to 11.1.6:
11.1.1 Right to obtain a copy of your personal information. You may have the right to obtain a copy of the personal information we hold about you.
11.1.2 Right to rectification. You may request that we rectify any inaccurate and/or incomplete personal information. If we disagree and believe the information to be accurate and complete, we will advise you and include a notation on the record that you dispute the information’s accuracy.
11.1.3 Right to withdraw consent. You may, as permitted by law, withdraw your consent to the processing of your personal information at any time. Such withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing based on your previous consent.
11.1.4 Right to object to processing. You may request that we stop processing your personal information.
11.1.5 Right to erasure. You may request that we erase your personal information and we will comply, unless there is a lawful reason for not doing so.
11.1.6 Right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority. You have the right to complain about the use of your personal information to the relevant supervisory authority, which in the UK is the Information Commissioner’s Office.
11.2 Any request under paragraphs 11.1.1 to 11.1.5 should be submitted in writing to email@example.com or to Blossom Capital Ltd, 1a Wellington Row, London E2 7BB, United Kingdom. We would also suggest that you contact us if you have any questions or if you have a complaint in relation to how we process your personal information, see Contact Information in paragraph 17 below. However, you do have the right to contact the relevant supervisory authority as noted in paragraph 11.1.6.
13. THIRD PARTIES
14. COMPLIANCE WITH PRIVACY LAWS
14.1 Blossom complies with the data protection and privacy laws to which it is subject. You should satisfy yourself that you are familiar with those laws, including any exceptions which may apply under them. You should also be aware that privacy laws in various jurisdictions may change from time to time.
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15.4 We use the following cookies:
15.4.1 Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website.
15.4.2 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.
15.4.3 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).
15.4.4 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 any information and advertising displayed on it more relevant to your interests. We may also share this information with third parties for this purpose.
15.6 You can 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 website.
17. CONTACT INFORMATION