We are committed to protecting our members' privacy. The credit union requires any information marked as mandatory for membership to either meet legal obligations or to enable us to perform our contract with you. Where you are not able to provide us with this information, we may not be able to open an account for you. Where we request further information about you not required for these reasons, we will ask you for your consent.
Kingdom Community Bank is a 'data controller' and gathers and uses certain information about you. Where Kingdom Community Bank is also a 'data processor', we will process information received from third parties about you.
Kingdom Community Bank does not consider its controlling of and processing of data to be on a large enough scale to employ a Data Protection Officer. All Directors, staff & volunteers are subject to continuous training in the importance of Data Protection. The credit union has a Data Protection representative who ensures this policy is reviewed no less than annually and will assist with queries raised by the membership, Directors, staff and volunteers.
Kingdom Community Bank is registered in Scotland and has its registered office at Main Street, Methilhill, KY8 2DP.
Kingdom Community Bank is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Financial Services Register No. 231896.
How we use your personal information
Kingdom Community Bank may process, transfer and/or share personal information in the following ways:
For legal reasons:
• confirm your identity;
• perform activity for the prevention of financial crime;
• carry out internal and external auditing;
• record basic information about you on a register of members.
For performance of our contract with you
• deal with your account or run any other services we provide to you;
• consider any applications made by you;
• carry out credit checks and to obtain and provide credit references;
• undertake statistical analysis, to help evaluate the future needs of our members and to help manage our business
• to send you statements, new terms & conditions (including changes to this privacy statement), information about changes to the way your account operates and notification of our annual general meeting.
For our legitimate interests:
• recover any debts owed to us.
With your consent:
• maintain our relationship with you including marketing and market research (if you agree to them).
Sharing your personal information
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine need to know it and use it confidentially. For more information, view the Credit Reference Agency Information Notice (CRAIN) by clicking the following link: CRAIN
• to third parties to help us confirm your identity to comply with money laundering legislation
• to credit reference agencies and debt recovery agents who may check the information against other databases - private and public - to which they have access to
• to any authorities if compelled to do so by law (e.g. to HM Revenue & Customs to fulfil tax compliance obligations)
• to fraud prevention agencies to help prevent crime or where we suspect fraud;
• to any persons, including, but not limited to, insurers, who provide a service or benefits to you or for us in connection with your account(s)
• to our suppliers in order for them to provide services to us and/or to you on our behalf
• to anyone in connection with a reorganisation or merger of the credit union's business • other parties for marketing purposes (if you agree to this).
Where we send your information
While countries in the European Economic Area all ensure rigorous data protection laws, there are parts of the world that may not be quite so rigorous and do not provide the same quality of legal protection and rights when it comes to your personal information.
The credit union does not directly send information to any country outside of the European Economic Area, however, any party receiving personal data may also process, transfer and share it for the purposes set out above and in limited circumstances this may involve sending your information to countries where data protection laws do not provide the same level of data protection as the UK.
For example, when complying with international tax regulations we may be required to report personal information to the HM Revenue and Customs which may transfer that information to tax authorities in countries where you or a connected person may be tax resident.
Retaining your information
The credit union will need to hold your information for various lengths of time depending on what we use your data for. In many cases we will hold this information for a period of time after you have left the credit union. We have security measures in place to seek to ensure that there is appropriate security for information we hold.
For a copy of our Data Retention Policy please contact our administration team on telephone number: 01592 714888.
What is Open Banking?
Open Banking is the secure way of providing access to your bank or building society account to providers who are registered for this purpose.
Registered providers and participating banks and building societies are listed under the Open Banking Directory.
Open Banking was set up by the UK Government to encourage more competition and innovation in the financial services sector.
As a forward thinking lender, we support the use of Open Banking as it allows us to process loan applications efficiently, securely and in our consumer's best interests.
By permitting access to your bank or building society account information we are able to make a better lending decision as we shall be able to verify your income, outgoings and other matters in order to assess what loan terms would be suitable for you based upon what you can reasonably afford to repay.
Further information about Open Banking is available from www.openbanking.org.uk.
How will my personal data be shared and used for the purposes of Open Banking?
By proceeding with your loan application via our website you expressly consent to us sharing your personal, contact and loan application details ("the Shared Personal Data") with our registered Open Banking partner, Perfect Data Solutions Limited ("PDS") who are also a credit reference agency. During your loan application we shall safely and securely direct you to PDS's secure portal ("the Portal") for the purposes of granting PDS access to your bank or building society account information ("Transaction Information"). As soon as your Transaction Information is received it shall be reported back to us in the form of a completed search in order that we may continue to process your loan application ("the Permitted Purpose").
Further information about PDS including their registered provider and regulatory status is available from www.lendingmetrics.com.
Is Open Banking secure?
PDS are registered under the Open Banking Directory as an account information service provider and are also regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as a payment services firm under number 802599. Any data you submit via the Portal will be encrypted and its usage tracked as part of set Open Banking data security standards.
We are responsible for the secure transmission of any Shared Personal Data to PDS, for safely directing you to the Portal and for the safe receipt and usage of your Transaction Information.
You will not be required to share your banking password or log in details with either us or PDS. Once you have given your explicit consent to share your bank account information on the Portal you will be directed to your own bank or building society's login page where you will enter in your own login details directly.
How will my Shared Personal Data and Transaction Information be used?
PDS shall be entitled to re-access your Transaction Information for up to 90 days from the date of your original search result in order to refresh the search results, obtain a snapshot of your data or gather additional data.
As PDS are also a credit reference agency they may also share and keep a record of your Shared Personal Data and Transaction Information.
Will you use my Transaction Information data for any other purpose?
The Transaction Information we receive about you will only be used for the Permitted Purpose. We do not sell or share Transaction Information with any third party.
Do I have to provide you with my consent to proceed?
No. If you don't provide consent then a) we will not be able to access your Transaction Information and b) you will need to provide evidence in other ways (this will take longer and result in delays to assessing your loan application). Some Members do not have access to online banking facilities, but can still apply for loans and can provide bank statements in other ways.
Where your bank or building society have already permitted access to your Transaction Information you shall need to contact them directly in order to withdraw your consent under their particular Open Banking terms and conditions.
Under Open Banking as your personal data is shared by your bank or building society and accessed by PDS you may also be able to exercise your individual data protection and privacy rights against either of them pursuant to their own terms and conditions and privacy policies.
With regards to the new requirements on Cookies following the revision of the e-Privacy Directive, the credit union is working towards implementing the new requirements in line with guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.
WHAT ARE COOKIES?
Cookies are text files that web servers can store on your computer's hard drive when you visit a website. There are two main types:
Transient (or per-session) cookies
These only exist for your site visit and are deleted on exit. They recognise you as you move between pages, for example, recording items added to an online shopping basket. These cookies also help maintain security.
Persistent (or permanent) cookies
These stay on your machine until expiry or deletion. Many are built with automatic deletion dates to help ensure your hard drive doesn't get overloaded. These cookies often store and re-enter your log-in information, so you don't need to remember membership details.
Additionally, cookies can be first or third party cookies. First party cookies are owned & created by the website you're viewing- in this case by the Credit Union. Third party cookies are owned & created by an independent company, usually a company providing a service to the website owners. In our case, third party cookies provided from this Site are still subject to the provisions set out below.
Internet cookies help you do things online, like remembering log-in details so you don't have to re-enter them when revisiting a site.
Gather customer journey information across our sites
Ensure your privacy in our secure sites
Temporarily store details input into our calculators, tools, illustrations and demonstrations
We use both our own (first party) and partner companies' (third party) cookies to support these activities.
SERVICES REQUIRING ENABLED COOKIES
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CHANGING YOUR COOKIE SETTINGS
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