It explains how we look after your personal data (in all situations where we collect your data), sets out your privacy rights and explains how the law and our approach to privacy and personal data protects you.
By using the SYCB Website you consent to this policy.
Our status and details
For the purpose of the GDPR we are the data controller and any enquiry regarding the collection or processing of your data should be addressed to our Privacy Manager using the contact details below:
Name : Sue Duffy
Information we collect
We will collect, process and store personal data only if it is directly provided to us by you. You may do this in your capacity as the user of this Website, by enquiring in relation to our goods or services, becoming a customer or supplier, or potential supplier.
Personal data covers any information which relates to you as an identifiable person. This may include:
- Identity Data including forenames, last name, maiden name, date of birth, gender, marital status, and username or similar identifier.
- Contact Data may include invoicing; purchase order; home or work address, email address and telephone numbers, personal or job title and position.
- Financial Data may include bank account and payment card details.
- Special Category Data examples: health or medical, race, religion, gender, and political opinions.
- Transaction Data may include payments made for products and services you have purchased from us, or in relation to payments that we have made to you.
- Technical Data may include internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices used to access this Website.
- Profile and Usage Data may include enquiries submitted by you, purchases information, feedback and survey responses, and how you use our website, products and services.
- Marketing Data may include details of any preference that you have advised us of in relation to marketing communications from us.
- We may also collect non-personal data such as Aggregated Data which is data that may be obtained from your personal data, but which does not directly or indirectly identify you. This may include Usage Data detailing how you use our Website and the features and areas that you have interacted with.
Data collection methods
Methods to collect data may include the following:
- Direct interactions with us in person, by post, phone, email or otherwise. You may give us your Identity, Contact and Financial Information.
- Automated technologies or interactions with our website, by using the web enquiry form. You may give us Identity, Contact and Financial Information.
- Third parties or publicly available sources (third parties may be used in processing Identity, Contact and Financial categories of personal data).
It is important that the data that we hold about you is accurate and up to date. In the event that your data changes please notify us so we may update our records.
Use of your information
We may hold and process personal data that you provide to us in accordance with the GDPR.
The information that we collect and store relating to you is primarily used:
- To enable us to provide our services to you, to communicate with you and to meet our contractual commitments to you. This may include Identity, Contact and Financial and Transactional Information
- To notify you about any changes to our business, such as improvements to our Website or service/product changes, that may affect our service or relationship with you. This may include Identity and Contact Information.
- If you are an existing customer, we may contact you with information about goods and services similar to those that were the subject of a previous sale to you. This may include Identity and Contact data.
- Where you have consented to receive such information, to provide information on other parties’ products or services that we feel may be of interest to you. This may include Identity Contact and Marketing data.
- Where you have consented to receive our e-newsletters to provide that to you. This may include Identity and Contact data.
- Where we need to comply with a legal obligation. This may include Identity, Contact and Financial and Transactional data.
- Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. This may include all types of data.
- Where we collect your data for marketing purposes we will always request your consent, at the point the data is collected, to use your data for that purpose.
- We will only use your personal data for a reason other than the purpose for which it was originally obtained if we consider that we need to use it for that other purpose and have a legitimate interest in doing so.
Disclosure of your information
There are a range of circumstances where we may disclose your data to third parties. These include:
- Regulatory bodies. We may disclose your data to regulatory bodies to enable us to comply with the law and to assist fraud protection and minimise credit risk. This may include Identity, Contact and Transactional data.
- Our suppliers. We may disclose your data to third parties that are involved in the fulfilment of our services to you. This may include Identity, Contact and Financial and Transactional Information
Controlling the use of your data
Where we rely on consent as the lawful basis for processing your data you can revoke or vary that consent at any time.
Data storage and the transfer your data
As part of the services offered to you, for example through our Website, the information you provide to us may be transferred to and stored in countries outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) as we use remote website server hosts to provide the website and some aspects of our service, which may be based outside of the EEA, or use servers based outside of the EEA - this is generally the nature of data stored in “the Cloud”. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for one of our suppliers, e.g. our website server host, payment processing provider, or work for us when temporarily outside of the EEA.
A transfer of your personal data may happen if any of our servers are located in a country outside of the EEA or one of our service providers is located in a country outside of the EEA.
If you use our service while you are outside the EEA, your personal data may be transferred outside the EEA in order to provide you with these services.
The transmission of information via the Internet or email is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of data while you are transmitting it to our site; any such transmission is at your own risk.
We have put in place security measures to prevent your data from accidental loss or disclosure. Once we have received your personal data, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password so that you can access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. You should choose a password it is not easy for someone to guess.
In the event of a data breach we will notify the ICO and you in the event that the breach results in any likelihood of loss or damage to you.
The length of time that we retain and store data depends on the purpose for which it was collected. We will only store data for as long as is required to fulfil that purpose, or for the purpose of satisfying legal requirements.
It is a legal requirement that we keep certain data about our customers and suppliers for at least six years. The type of data includes contact, identity, financial and transaction data.
Cookies are small pieces of data that the site transfers to the user’s computer hard drive when the user visits the website. Our website uses only session cookies which are erased when the user closes the web browser. The session cookie is stored in temporary memory and is not retained after the browser is closed. Session cookies do not collect information from the user’s computer. They will typically store information in the form of a session identification that does not personally identify the user.
The GDPR gives you a range of rights in relation to the personal data that we collect from. You have the right to:
- Access your personal data. This right is commonly known as the ‘data subject access request’ and enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you. You will not need to pay a fee to access your personal data unless we can justifiably demonstrate that the request is repetitive or excessive. We will respond to all legitimate data access requests within one month, but we may need to obtain further information from you in order to confirm your identity and the legitimacy of the request.
- Request update of the personal data. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data corrected.
- Erasure of your personal data. You may request deletion of your personal data where there is no justifiable reason for continuing to retain and process it, such as an ongoing contractual relationship between us or if we are legally required to retain the data.
- Object to processing of your personal data - where we are relying on consent or our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) as the justification for processing the data.
- Restrict the processing of your personal data. This enables you to request a change to the processing of your personal data. For example, you may wish to vary the basis on which we contact you.
- Request the transfer of your personal data to you or to a third party. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, machine-readable format.
- Withdraw consent. Where we are relying on consent to process your personal data you may withdraw that consent. If you withdraw your consent we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent
You can exercise these rights at any time by writing to us at the address detailed above
Third party links
You might find links to third party websites on our website. If you click a link to a third-party website and visit that site, you may be allowing that site to collect and share certain data about you. These websites should have their own privacy policies, which you should check. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever as we have no control over them.
If you wish to raise a complaint regarding our use of your personal data then you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), who are the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues. (www.ico.org.uk). If you do wish to raise a complaint then we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns before you contact the ICO to see if we can resolve the issue for you.
Changes to this policy
Message from Swami Satyaprakash, Director, Satyananda Yoga Centre Birmingham
When it became clear to me in early March this year that this physical body was failing big time and I had to hang up my hat as a yoga teacher, that was a challenge that I hadn’t expected to face. But it was done and other wonderful teachers took over the classes and teaching commitments.
Then I faced the question of what to do about SYC – this small organisation that I had been given to lead for 34 years.
Firstly, huge gratitude goes to my son, David. He said immediately that it was up to me – if I wanted 38 Gaddesby Road to continue as a Satyananda Yoga Centre AND I could find someone who would be able to run it to the high standards that a Satyananda Yoga Centre should be run, then he would not sell the house which is rightfully his inheritance, but leave it as my legacy to the world. David is himself a disciple of Swami Niranjan and he sees the house, the Centre as a product of my love & hard work of the last 35years – something that can live on for the benefit of all.
It quickly became apparent that Sue Duffy was the person to take on the mantle. Sue has a completely appropriate skill set to fulfil the role of Director of SYC Birmingham. She is a fine teacher, who teaches from her own experience of diligent practice in both Buddhism and Yoga. She is a woman of the world, having raised four beautiful children who now excel as adults in differing spheres of life. I thank Sue for taking the time she needed to decide that her answer was yes ………. It was no easy task because, although the heart and gut immediately said yes, the head put many obstacles in her way. She doubted that she could ‘follow me’. With some considerable encouragement from both myself and a body of solid yogis, doubts were overcome and she gave me her answer which is Yes.
Now clearly, I could not hand over this role and responsibility – the Directorship of SYC Birmingham – without the consent of our Guru, Swami Niranjan, who has always been my boss and my inspiration, as I have played my part in the worldwide organisation which is Satyananda Yoga. I am indebted to Him for his unswerving faith in my judgement, that Sue is the right person to assume the role. The message came through: “All OK for SYC as you think best. Full support. Go Ahead.”
So go ahead we have and we will. A meeting last Sunday of just seven people brought together the yogis who have been long & deeply associated with Satyananda Yoga Birmingham. Names you may hardly know but who have worked quietly and conscientiously whenever needed to support me in the role; they committed to supporting Sue in the future. Gratitude to those people.
So the path ahead is illuminated. All that is needed now is for Sue to step seamlessly into the role, supported by all students and teachers associated with the Centre.
This account would be quite incomplete, were it not to include a retrospective - my heartfelt gratitude to my old friend and colleague Shaktiroopa without whom classes would have largely fallen apart since my initial diagnosis in September 2015. She effectively put her life on hold, drove many hundreds of miles and spared no effort to cover all my teaching engagements. She’s a star, a five-star star and we wish her Godspeed as she begins a year of travelling on 31st May, during which time she will join the tribe of grandmothers in Australia.