How we use your data
We want to be completely open and transparent with how your data is used and give you control over what we do with it. We are compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is in effect from 25th May 2018.
- Your information belongs to you, so you have control over it and you should be comfortable with everything that we do with your information
- We will be clear and open with the information we collect, why we collect it, how it is used.
- We will only collect, keep use and share your information for genuine business purposes which you have not objected to and where we are legally require to do so.
- Security of data is highly important to us, we take all appropriate steps to ensure your data is safe with us and regularly review policies and practices.
On the My Preferences page you can check which services you are opted in to and change whenever you like.
You will receive updates on new products and offers from Ethical Superstore. We do not pass on your address to other organisations apart from Mailchimp for the purpose of marketing. Mailchimp are our email service provider that processes the sending of our emails. Mailchimp are one of the leading providers used by many businesses in the UK, you can read more about Mailchimp’s security practices here.
We may pass on your email to DPD, Hermes or Royal mail for delivery notification updates. These are service emails necessary for the delivery of your order and will not contain any marketing. These couriers will not pass on your email address to any third parties.
You can opt out of email marketing at any time, either through your My Preferences page , by simply clicking on the ‘Unsubscribe’ link which is at the bottom of all of our emails or by contacting our Customer Care team. (please note this might take a few days for all our systems to update). If you choose to opt out of marketing emails you will still receive order notification and delivery updates which are necessary for the delivery of your order as well as updates from DPD, Hermes or Royal mail but these emails will not contain any marketing.
You can opt out of receiving catalogues by post by going to the My Preferences page and changing your preferences there or alternatively you can contact our Customer Care team. Please be aware due to the long timescales involved with printing catalogues you may still receive a catalogue if the process has already begun.
For the purpose of printing and delivering catalogues, address data is sent to our printing house Pepper and ONEPOST who manage the delivery and shipping of catalogues. We also share the data with Basedata for the purpose of de-duplication and address cleaning so we don’t send multiple catalogues to the same recipients.
We may from time to time wish to contact a small number of customers to conduct surveys or gather feedback on our products or services. You can opt out of this at any time on the My Preferences page or by contacting our Customer Care Team.
Please note if you have opted out of this we may still contact you to assist the processing of your order, for example if there is a problem with delivery.
We have a huge range of products covering many categories so it is important that we show you the products that you are more interested in. This is why we have developed a recommendations system which will show product recommendations based on a number of factors such as previous purchases, what other customers bought and what products are popular right now. The data used for this is anonymised and is not shared with any other organisations. These recommendations will appear on Ethical Superstore and within our promotional emails.
Adverts can also be displayed on third party websites for Ethical Superstore, these may show products you have viewed on our site.
To opt out of receiving product recommendations please visit the My Preferences page.
Third Party / Catalogue
We work with Epsilon Abacus (registered as Epsilon International UK Ltd), a company that manages the Abacus Alliance on behalf of UK retailers. The participating retailers are active in the clothing, collectables, food & wine, gardening, gadgets & entertainment, health & beauty, household goods, and home interiors categories. They share information on what their customers buy. Epsilon Abacus analyses this pooled information to understand consumer's wider buying patterns. From this information, retailers can tailor their communications, sending people suitable offers that should be of interest to them, based on what they like to buy.
If you would prefer us not to share your data with the Epsilon Abacus Alliance please visit the My Preferences page.
What information we store on you
We store your personal details such as your name, email, phone number and postal address details. We use your emails for marketing purposes to send you our latest offers if you have opted in to do so. If you are opted in to receive marketing information by post you may receive our catalogues. If you choose to opt out of either of these we will still hold your details for the purpose of processing your orders. You can update your information and preferences at any time on the My Preferences page.
Order history and communications
We keep a record of all of your previous orders. This data must be held for accounting purposes and also to help with any queries you have on your previous purchases, deliveries etc.
We occasionally run customer surveys to get your opinions and find out how we can provide you with a better service and better products. We keep the information collected from here for future reference and analysis.
We record activity on our site so we can provide you with relevant product suggestions. If you’d rather we didn’t you can opt out of this on the My Preferences page.
Your IP address is an identifying number for the device you are using to connect to the internet. We store IP addresses of customers and visitors. We use this information to analyse market trends, gather broad demographic information, and to prevent abuse of our services.
Cookies are small pieces of information in the form of text files that are sent to your browser from our web server and are stored on your computer. Cookies are essential to using the Ethical Superstore website.
There are three different categories these cookies are split into:
Essential to Site function cookies – these cookies allow you to browse the site, search for products and add items to the basket.
Helpful, non intrusive cookies – these help improve your experience on the site, for example by recognising your location therefore displaying appropriate delivery options in a banner, and reminding you of your recently viewed items.
Third Party Cookies – to help us record customer experience and to allow us to test new services, to help us improve the customer journey on the website.
Site Analytics and Tracking
We advertise the products we sell through Google Adwords. Sales through our site are recorded by Google Adwords so we can track the performance of our adverts. No personally identifiable information is used.
Who we send data to
Mailchimp are our Email Service Provider, this is the system we use to send our weekly newsletters. For this we must share customer email addresses with Mailchimp to process the emails. Addresses in Mailchimp remain within the Ethical Superstore account and are not shared with any third parties. Mailchimp are one of the leading providers used by many businesses in the UK, you can read more about Mailchimp’s security practices here.
Delivery and order processing
To process your order we must pass on your details to Spark Response (our parent company) who manage our warehouse and ship orders. This will include your name, address, phone number, email and order details, you will only be contacted by Spark response in relation to your order.
We use a number of courier services to get your order safely out to you. In order for this to be done we must supply these couriers with your name, address and telephone number and email address so they can complete the delivery and contact you if there are any problems with the delivery. These courier services do not own this data and so will not use it for any other purpose.
We currently use these courier services:
Some of the products on our site are sent on a ‘dropship’ basis , this means that they are sent out directly by the manufacturer rather than from our warehouse. If you order a product your delivery information will be passed on to the supplier so your order can be processed. These businesses do not own your data and will only contact you regarding your order
When we process orders a fraud review is automatically conducted. If you chose to pay by card our payment provider Sage Pay will process the payment. For the purpose of processing the payment securely your name, address and order details are passed on to Sage Pay. When ordering with your credit or debit card we do not see or store your full card details, these are processed by Sage Pay.
If you choose to pay with PayPal we pass your name, address, email address and order details to PayPal. PayPal will confirm with us when the payment is completed through their systems. We do not see or store your bank or card details at any point in this process.
The production of our catalogues requires us to send data to a number of organisations to facilitate this. If you would prefer not to receive a catalogue from us you can opt out of this on My Preferences page.
Mailing house and printers – address data must be provided to the mailing house and printers. This data is only used for the production of the catalogues. Our printers Pepper will receive name and address details from us in order to print addresses onto catalogues. This data is also passed on to ONEPOST who are a responsible for the mailing of the catalogues, for the management of this they data will be passed on to them, this data is only used for the purposes of the fulfilment and delivery of the catalogues.
Data cleaning – before we print catalogues we must ensure our data is as accurate as possible. For this we use Basedata who are one of the leading data cleaning and management companies in the UK. Find out more about Basedata .
Epsilon Abacus - We work with Epsilon Abacus (registered as Epsilon International UK Ltd), a company that manages the Abacus Alliance on behalf of UK retailers. The participating retailers are active in the clothing, collectables, food & wine, gardening, gadgets & entertainment, health & beauty, household goods, and home interiors categories. They share information on what their customers buy. Epsilon Abacus analyses this pooled information to understand consumer's wider buying patterns. From this information, retailers can tailor their communications, sending people suitable offers that should be of interest to them, based on what they like to buy. Find out more about The Abacus Alliance.
How long we keep your information for
For the purposes stated above we will keep your information as long as your account is active or as needed to provide our services to you.
If legally required or if it is reasonably necessary to meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce our Terms and Conditions, we may also retain some of your information for a limited period of time as required, even after you have closed your account or it is no longer needed to provide the Services to you.
You have the right to see the data we hold about you
You have the right to see what personal data we hold about you. To obtain a copy of the personal information we hold about you, please contact us. Data will be supplied to you in csv format. Alternatively please write to us at Spark Etail, Follingsby Avenue, Follingsby Park, Gateshead, NE10 8HQ.
Your right to be forgotten
You have the right to have some of the personal data held on you removed. If you would like your information removed please write to us at Spark Etail, Follingsby Avenue, Follingsby Park, Gateshead, NE10 8HQ. Or contact us by email at email@example.com.
Please note there are some exceptions to this where we must adhere to legal compliance, for example we have to keep financial information for at least six years. We can also retain information to comply with a legal obligation or for the prevention of fraud.
We will not sell your information
We do not sell data – at no point will sell your personally identifiable information – including your name, address, e-mail address, or credit card information - to any third party.