Argos for Business Privacy Policy

We understand that privacy and the security of your personal information is extremely important. This policy sets out what we do with your information, where and how we collect it, as well as your rights over any personal information we hold about you.

Who are we

When we say ‘we’ or ‘us’ in this policy, we’re generally referring to Argos Business Solutions Ltd.

What sort of information do we hold?

  • Information that you provide to us when you register, fill in a contact form or apply for an account with us; Information about the services that we provide to you and the products you purchase;
  • Your contact details; and
  • Information from other sources such as from specialist companies that provide customer information and information that is publicly available.

Our legal basis for processing your personal information

Whenever we process your personal information we have to have something called a “legal basis” for what we do. The different legal bases we rely on are:

  • Consent: You have told us you are happy for us to process your personal information for a specific purpose;
  • Legitimate interests: The processing is necessary for us to conduct our business, but not where our interests are overridden by your interests or rights.
  • Performance of a contract: We must process your personal information in order to be able to provide you with one of our products or services;
  • Prevention of fraud: Where we are required to process your data in order to protect us and our customers from fraud or money laundering;
  • Vital interests: The processing of your personal information is necessary to protect you or someone else’s life;
  • Public information: Where we process personal information which you have already made public;
  • Legal claims: The processing of your personal information is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims or whenever courts are acting in their judicial capacity; and
  • Legal obligation: We are required to process your personal information by law.

How do we use your information?

There are a number of ways in which we use your personal information, depending on how you interact with us. We may use your information in the following ways:

To provide our products and services – we need to use your personal information to make our products and services available to you. After that, we need to provide them to you and process your payment. And we need to use your details to do all this.

To personalise your shopping experience – we try to understand our customers so we can provide you with a great shopping experience, relevant marketing, personalised offers, shopping ideas and online advertising.

For safety and security – we use your personal information to help provide safe and secure environments for our colleagues to work in, our customers to shop in and for our businesses to be conducted. To enable this we carry out checks to help us ensure that our customers are genuine to prevent fraud and to help customers use our services appropriately.

Analytics and profiling – we use your personal information for statistical analysis and to help us understand more about our customers. That includes understanding the products and services you buy, the manner in which you consume them, how you shop across the whole Sainsbury’s Group and by creating profiles about you. This helps us to serve you better and to find ways to improve our services, stores, apps and websites. These profiles help us to send you offers that are more relevant to you.

Contacting you – we use your personal information to contact you: either to conduct market research or to contact you about products and services from us and other companies. We may also contact you in relation to any questions you have raised with us or to discuss the status of your account with us.

Cookies and similar technologies

We use cookies to help give you the best experience on our websites and to allow us and third parties to tailor ads you see on ours and other websites. For more information please see our full Cookie policy.

Who we might share your information with

The Sainsbury’s Group

We will share your personal information in certain circumstances with the other companies within the Sainsbury’s Group so that we can provide you with a high quality, personalised and tailored service (including relevant marketing) across our Group. That includes sharing information with the companies which operate Sainsbury’s stores and online shopping, Sainsbury’s Bank, Argos, Argos Financial Services, Habitat, the Nectar loyalty scheme and our clothing brand, Tu.

Our service providers

We work with partners and suppliers so that they can help us provide the products and services you require from us. These third parties process your personal information on our behalf and are required to meet our standards of security before doing so. We only share information that allows them to provide their services to us or to facilitate them providing their services to you.

Other organisations and individuals

We may share your personal information in certain scenarios. For example:

  • If we’re discussing selling or transferring part or all of a Sainsbury’s Group business, we may share information about you to prospective purchasers and their advisers – but only so they can evaluate the relevant business; or
  • If we are reorganised or sold to another organisation, we may transfer information we hold about you to them so they can continue to provide the Services to you.
  • If we are required to by law, under any code of practice by which we are bound or where we are asked to do so by a public or regulatory authority such as the police or the Department for Work and Pensions;
  • If we need to do so in order to exercise or protect our legal rights, users, systems and services; or
  • In response to requests from individuals (or their representatives) seeking to protect their rights or the rights of others. We will only share your personal information in response to requests which do not override your privacy interests. For example, we will not share your personal information with individuals who are merely curious about you, but we will share your personal information to e.g. insurers, solicitors, employers etc. which have a legitimate interest in your personal information.

International transfers of your data

From time to time we transfer your personal information to our Group companies, suppliers or service providers based outside of the EEA for the purposes described in this privacy policy (please see the “Who might we share your personal information with?” section above for further details). When we do this, your personal information will continue to be subject to one or more appropriate safeguards set out in the law. These might be the use of model contracts in a form approved by regulators, or having our suppliers sign up to an independent privacy scheme approved by regulators (like the US ‘Privacy Shield’ scheme).

Keeping you informed about our products and services

We would like to tell you about the great offers, ideas, products and services of the Sainsbury’s Group from time to time that we think you might be interested in. Where we have your consent or it is in our legitimate interests to do so, we may do this through the post, by email, text message or by any other electronic means.

We won’t send you marketing messages if you tell us not to, but if you receive a service from us we will still need to send you occasional service-related messages. If you wish to amend your marketing preferences, you can do so unsubscribing from our marketing email afb.marketing@argos.co.uk.

Please note that it can take up a little while for all marketing to stop once you either withdraw your consent or tell us you’d like to opt out of marketing. This is because some marketing may already be in transit.

Your rights

You have a number of rights under data protection legislation which, in certain circumstances, you may be able to exercise in relation to the personal information we process about you.
These include:

  • the right to access a copy of the personal information we hold about you;
  • the right to correction of inaccurate personal information we hold about you;
  • the right to restrict our use of your personal information;
  • the right to be forgotten
  • the right of data portability; and
  • the right to object to our use of your personal information.

Where we rely on consent as the legal basis on which we process your personal information, you may also withdraw that consent at any time.
If you are seeking to exercise any of these rights, please contact us using the details in the “Contact Us” section below. Please note that we will need to verify your identity before we can fulfil any of your rights under data protection law. This helps us to protect the personal information belonging to our customer against fraudulent requests.

Automated decision making and profiling

We use automated decision making, including profiling, in certain circumstances, such as when it is in our legitimate interests to do so, or where we have a right to do so because it is necessary for us to enter into, and perform, a contract with you. We use profiling to enable us to give you the best service across the Sainsbury’s Group, including specific marketing which we believe you will be interested in.

You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which has legal effects for you or affects you in any other significant way.

If you are seeking to exercise this right, please contact us.

How long do we keep your personal information for?

We will keep your personal information for the purposes set out in this privacy policy and in accordance with the law and relevant regulations. We will never retain your personal information for longer than is necessary. In most cases, our retention period will come to an end 7 years after the end of your relationship with us.

Other websites

If you purchase any goods from us or from any part of the Group then your information will be used in accordance with the Group privacy policy. We may also provide you with links to other websites, but these websites are not under our control. Therefore we will not be liable to you for any issues arising in connection with their use of your information, the website content or the services offered to you by these websites. We advise you to consult the privacy policy and terms and conditions on each website to see how each supplier may process your information.

Security

We take protecting your personal information seriously and are continuously developing our security systems and processes. Some of the controls we have in place are:

  • We limit physical access to our buildings and user access to our systems to only those that we believe are entitled to be there;
  • We use technology controls for our information systems, such as firewalls, user verification, strong data encryption, and separation of roles, systems & data;
  • Systems are proactively monitored through a “detect and respond” information security function;
  • We utilize industry “good practice” standards to support the maintenance of a robust information security management system; and
  • We enforce a “need to know” policy, for access to any data or systems.

Contact Us

If you have a question or a complaint about this policy, or the way your personal information is processed, please email privacy@sainsburys.co.uk

Policy Change

This privacy policy was most recently updated in May 2018

Cookie Policy

What are Cookies?

We use the term cookie to describe cookies and similar technologies such as tags and pixels. Cookies are small data files that websites place on your computer, laptop or mobile device.

Our use of Cookies

We use Cookies for the following purposes:

  • To improve the performance of our websites by understanding which parts work well, and which don’t.
  • To deliver relevant online advertising to you both on our websites and elsewhere. This is sometimes done by combining data that we already have about you with the data collected through Cookies. These Cookies are placed by us and selected third parties and enable adverts to be presented to you on our and third party websites.
  • To measure how effective our online advertising and marketing communications are.
  • To enable us to collect information about how you and other people use our websites.
  • To improve your experience on our websites, for example, we use Cookies to remember the products you’ve put in your basket and to personalise your experience.

What Cookies do we use?

We use the following Cookies:

Strictly Necessary Cookies. These are Cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They are necessary for the safety, security and integrity of the site. For example, they help support the structure of the pages that are displayed to you, help to improve navigation and allow you to return to pages you have previously visited. This type of Cookie only lasts for the duration of the time you are visiting the website. When you leave the website they are deleted automatically.

Performance Cookies or analytical 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
The data is aggregated and anonymised, which means we cannot identify you as an individual.

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). These Cookies will remain on your device until you choose to clear it. If you choose to do this, you will need to enter your details each time you visit the site.

Targeting Cookies. These Cookies will collect information about your browsing habits and allow us to show you adverts while you are browsing our site and other sites on the internet. They are set by us or by carefully selected third parties. They help us to understand the performance of our marketing activities and improve the relevance of the adverts that you see.

Blocking or restricting Cookies

You can stop Cookies being used on your device by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to block the deployment of all or some Cookies. Please visit www.allaboutcookies.org to find out how. Please note, if you use your browser settings to block Cookies you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

Contact us

If you have a question about this policy please contact us by one of the following means:

If your enquiry relates to Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, Argos, Habitat or Tu:
By email: privacy@sainsburys.co.uk
By post: Data Protection Officer at Privacy Team, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, 16th Floor, Arndale House, Manchester, M4 3AL

Or if your enquiry relates to Sainsbury’s Bank or Argos financial services:
By email: Privacy.Bank@sainsburysbank.co.uk
By post: Data Protection Officer, Sainsbury’s Bank, 3 Lochside Avenue, Edinburgh Park, Edinburgh EH12 9DJ

Policy change

This privacy policy was most recently updated in May 2018. If we make changes to it, then we will take appropriate steps to bring those changes to your attention.