Blucom Privacy and Customer Data Retention Policy
Fair and Lawful Processing
Many of the current regulations and processes Blucom adhere to require a person to be named as the subscriber for the service. An example of this may be a telephone number or broadband service that cannot be anonymous or unnamed or without an address for installation or emergency services purposes. Person(s) wishing to continue with services should, therefore, offer an alternative to allow Blucom to continue being able to continue providing existing services.
Information we collect
Blucom collects different kinds of information. Some of it is personally identifiable and some are non-identifying or aggregated. Here are the types of information we collect or receive:
- Account Information – This includes all the information under your account details within our web portal. It includes names and full contact details for the individual or business that created the account. This is vital for accounting purposes and conforming to our regulatory provisions for providing accurate access to the emergency services.
- Call detail records (CDRs) – This is a record of the communication that has traversed the Blucom network. It typically includes a source, destination and duration although it can also include quality metrics and fraud prevention data too. CDRs allow us to create an itemised bill for you which forms part of our accounting procedures.
- Payment Records – Blucom retains a transaction history of purchases made for products and services. This is fundamental to our accounting processes.
- Radius Logs – Blucom retains data on Broadband sessions such as the time the connection commenced and duration. Blucom may also log metrics such as sync data and bandwidth used.
- Communicating with Blucom – We operate systems which log details of calls, emails and web chat correspondence. This allows us to deal with our customers effectively.
- Call Recordings – Call recordings are disabled by default and are opt-in only.
How we use your information (Processing your data)
Sharing and Disclosure
There are times when communications and related content and other user information may be shared by Blucom. With consent, to comply with legal process, or to protect Blucom and our users. When we have your consent or if we believe that disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with a law, regulation or legal request; to protect the safety, rights, or property of the public, any person, or Blucom; or to detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues. If we receive law enforcement or other third party request for information we will provide prior notice to the subject of the request where we are legally permitted to do so.
Examples of sharing and disclosure are below and but not strictly limited to the following:
- Example: Telephone number subscriber information is shared with authorities for emergency services purposes (999/911)
- Example: Telephone number subscriber information is shared between the companies involved in a telephone number port as validation. (Openreach/BT along with the RH, LCP and GCP)
- Example: Fixed line services (Broadband and WLR) require installation addresses, therefore, disclose of this information is given to those involved in the provision and installation of these services.
- Example: Fault finding such as UK PTSN based services sometimes require engineer visits in which case we would ask your permission to provide a contact telephone number and name. These can be from BT Group companies or subcontractors or LLU providers and their subcontractors.
- Example: Direct Debit data is stored and processed with the BACSTEL interbank payment network.
- Example: Some international telephone number rentals require the subscriber to provide official identity documents as a regulatory requirement in that country.
Blucom takes reasonable steps to protect the information you provide to us as part of your use of the Blucom service from loss, misuse, and unauthorised access or disclosure. These steps take into account the sensitivity of the information we collect, process and store and the current state of technology. When you enter sensitive information (such as sign-in credentials) we encrypt the transmission of that information using secure socket layer technology (SSL) and encrypt all data at rest. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal data submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. All Blucom staff are trained and partake in refresher training in data protection.
Data Storage and Transfers
Blucom does not store or process data outside of the United Kingdom.
Data Subjects Rights & Data Protection Officer
Data Subjects have the rights in relation to their personal data under the Privacy Legislation. Those rights include ;
The right to be informed
The right of access
The right to rectification
The right to erasure
The right to restrict processing
The right to data portability
The right to object
Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling
Customers should contact the Data Protection Officer in relation to these queries with the subject DPO
via the following page: www.blucom.co.uk/contact
Blucom may change this policy from time to time, and if we do we’ll post any changes on this page. If you continue to use Blucom after those changes are in effect, you agree to the revised policy. If the changes are material, we may provide more prominent notice or seek your consent to the new policy.