Privacy Policy



It is important that you read this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.

A “data controller” is responsible for deciding how to hold and use personal data. Personal data is information or data from which you can be identified and is about you. Shield Security Services LTD (“the Company”) is, therefore, a “data controller” in relation to the personal data that we receive in connection with your instructions for the provision of our services.

We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice and it is important that you understand it. If there is anything in this notice that you do not understand, please speak to our Data Protection Appointed Person who can be contacted via email or by telephone on 01252 319899


In order that we can provide our services to you, we will collect, store and use some or all of the following categories of personal information about you depending on your instructions and the services we provide:

Category Examples
Personal Contact Details Name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, personal email addresses
Biographical Data Date of birth, gender, marital status,
Financial Data Bank account details, Payment card details
We do not normally collect, store or use more Sensitive Personal Data or “special categories of data” as it is known under the GDPR. Sensitive Personal Data requires a higher level of protection and includes:

Special Categories of Data – or Sensitive Personal Data
Information about your race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and political opinions.
Trade union membership.
Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records.
Biometric data.
Information about criminal convictions and offences
Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal data.

If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you, it may delay performance of that contract, or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations.

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.


The law requires that we need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using Sensitive Personal Data as described above. We do not collect Sensitive Personal Data.


Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention.

We do not envisage that any decisions will be taken about you using automated means, however, we will notify you in writing if this position changes.


We may have to share your personal data with third parties, including our suppliers and other entities within Shield Security Services LTD.

We will share your personal data with third parties where required by law, where it is necessary to administer the working relationship with you or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so.

We may disclose your personal data to:

other companies within our group;
service providers under contract with us to support our business operations, such as fraud prevention, debt collection, technology services and credit reference agents;
our insurers and insurance brokers if you take out insurance cover through us;
trade associations of which we are a member;
law enforcement or government agencies in connection with any investigation to help prevent or detect unlawful activity;

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which we collected it, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

Unless you have consented to us retaining your data explicitly;

Where you have a contract for the provision of services with us, we currently retain personal data for a period of 7 years from the termination of the agreement between us and you.

Where you have obtained a quotation from us either via our website, telephone, through our chat online facility or in person in and have not subsequently entered into a contract for the provision of services with us, we shall retain your personal data for a period of no longer than 6 months from the last point at which you communicated with us either by our website, telephone, through our online chat facility.

Where we are in ongoing communication with you regarding your quotation, we will retain your data indefinitely.

In some circumstances, we may anonymise your personal data so that it can no longer be associated with you, in which case we may use such information without further notice to you. Once you are no longer a client of the firm we will retain and securely destroy your personal information in accordance with our data retention policy.


A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your computer (or other electronic device such as a mobile telephone or tablet) when you use our website. We use cookies on our website and may also use other similar tracking technologies such as web beacons, action tags, Local Shared Objects (‘Flash cookies’) or single-pixel gifs on our website. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify you individually. We use analysis software to look at IP addresses and cookies to improve your experience as a user of our website. We do not use this information to develop a personal profile of you. If we do collect personally identifiable information, we will be upfront about this. We will make it clear when we collect personal information and will explain what we intend to do with it.

You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the websites below tell you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, some of our website features may not function as a result.

We use the following cookies:

The __utma Google Analytics Cookie

This cookie is what’s called a “persistent” cookie, as in, it never expires (technically, it does expire…in the year 2038…but for the sake of explanation, let’s pretend that it never expires, ever). This cookie keeps track of the number of times a visitor has been to the site pertaining to the cookie, when their first visit was, and when their last visit occurred. Google Analytics uses the information from this cookie to calculate things like Days and Visits to purchase.

The __utmb and __utmc Google Analytics Cookies
The B and C cookies are brothers, working together to calculate how long a visit takes. __utmb takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor enters a site, while __utmc takes a timestamp of the exact moment in time when a visitor leaves a site. __utmb expires at the end of the session. __utmc waits 30 minutes, and then it expires. You see, __utmc has no way of knowing when a user closes their browser or leaves a website, so it waits 30 minutes for another pageview to happen, and if it doesn’t, it expires.

The __utmt Google Analytics Cookie

It is used to throttle the request rate for the service – limiting the collection of data on high 2 traffic sites. It expires after 10 minutes

The __utmz Google Analytics Cookie
Mr. __utmz keeps track of where the visitor came from, what search engine you used, what link you clicked on, what keyword you used, and where they were in the world when you accessed a website. It expires in 15,768,000 seconds – or, in 6 months. This cookie is how Google Analytics knows to whom and to what source / medium / keyword to assign the credit for a Goal Conversion or an Ecommerce Transaction. __utmz also lets you edit its length with a simple customization to the Google Analytics Tracking code.


We have appointed a Data Protection Lead to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal data, please contact the Assistant Company Secretary Shield Security Services LTD, Shield House, 294 High Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4LT. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues.


We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal data.

The latest version of this privacy notice will always be available at

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact the Assistant Company Secretary, Shield Security Services LTD, Shield House, 294 High Street, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 4LT.


We collect personal information about you (such as your name, postal address, email address, phone numbers, date of birth, payment details) when you sign up to participate in or receive a service from us such as getting quote, live chat, making a telephone enquiry, managing your account online, checking-in online, or face to face if you come to our site to sign a Contract. We may also collect personal information when you contact us, send us feedback, complete customer surveys and participate in any competitions. Our website also uses cookies (see “Use of Cookies” section below) and collects IP addresses (which means a number that can uniquely identify a specific computer or other device on the internet).

Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

To provide you with the information you have requested, such as a quotation.
To follow up your specific enquiry or request for a quotation.
Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you, in connection with the provision of our services.
Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
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.
We may also use your personal data in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:

Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests).
Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes.
We primarily need all the categories of personal data in the list above to enable us to perform our contract with you, provide services to you and to enable us to comply with legal obligations. The situations in which we anticipate we will process your personal data are listed below.

Making a decision about our services.
Determining the terms on which we work for you.
Advising you.
Administering the contract we have entered into with you.
Business management and planning, including accounting and auditing.
Conducting reviews and managing performance.
Making arrangements for the termination of our working relationship.
Dealing with legal disputes involving you.
To prevent fraud.
To monitor your use of our information and communication systems.
To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.
any person or agency if we need to share that information to comply with the law or to enforce any agreement we may have with you or to protect the health and safety of any person;
any person who you have named as a person we can contact to discuss your account;
any person who is your agent or representative, such as the holder of a power of attorney, a legal guardian or person administering a will;
any person who we are negotiating with as a potential buyer of our business or property or if we are proposing to merge our business with another business;
any person or business where we act as the data controller on their behalf as part of a managed services agreement and where the business is traded under Shield Security Services.
credit card associations if specifically required;
If we pass data on to insurers, they may enter your data onto a register of claims which is shared with other insurers to prevent fraudulent claims. If we use an outside party to process your information, we will require them to comply with our instructions in connection with the services they provide for us and not for their own business purposes.

All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal data in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.


We have put in place a Standard Privacy Policy and appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect the security of your information and prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Our website contains links to websites and applications owned and operated by other people and businesses. These third-party sites have their own privacy policies and use their own cookies and we recommend that you review them before you provide them with personal information. They will tell you how your personal information is collected and used whilst you are visiting these other websites. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for the content of these sites or the use of your information collected by any of these other sites and you use these other sites at your own risk.


It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your relationship with us.

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below). However, there may be reasons why we cannot agree a “request to be forgotten” or for data to be erased, such as where we need to retain it for regulatory or other reasons.
Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.
Request the restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal data about you, for example, if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
Request the transfer of your personal data to another party.
If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal data, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal data to another party, please contact in writing.

Depending on the circumstances, we may request information to confirm your identity before processing your request. We may also charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.


In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing, and transfer of your personal data for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact the Assistant Company Secretary, Shield Security Services Ltd Shield House,294 High Street, Aldershot. Hampshire, GU12 4LT. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your data for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so.

Last updated: 23/05/2018

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