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We take the management of your data seriously. If you have any questions regarding how we handle your data or if you wish to access your Personal Data (as defined under GDPR) stored at Kaplan, you should submit a Subject Access Request form.

Introduction

Kaplan QLTS is committed to maintaining the privacy and security of your personal data. This Privacy Notice explains how we collect, use, share and protect your personal data.

It is important that you read this Privacy Notice so that you are aware of how and why we are using your personal data.

This Privacy Notice is provided in a layered format so you can click through to the specific areas set out below:

  1. Who we are
  2. Data Protection Officer
  3. What is personal data?
  4. Data protection principles
  5. How we use your personal data
  6. The personal data we collect from you
  7. When and how we share your personal data with others
  8. Transfer of your personal data to other countries
  9. The security of your personal data
  10. Our storage and retention of your personal data
  11. Your rights as a data subject
  12. Changes to this privacy notice

Who we are

Kaplan QLTS is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. Where we act as a data controller, we are required under data protection legislation to notify anyone who provides personal data to us, either directly or through a third party, of the information contained in this Privacy Notice.

Kaplan QLTS is the trading name for a business operated through Kaplan Financial Limited (company number 01028790 and registered address at 179 – 191 Borough High Street, London SE1 1HR) so when we mention “Kaplan QLTS”, “Kaplan”, "we", "us" or "our" in this Privacy Notice, we are referring to this company which is responsible for processing your data.

Data Protection Officer

We have appointed a Data Protection Officer (DPO) who is responsible for overseeing questions in relation to this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this Privacy Notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the DPO using the details set out below:

Contact details

Name of DPO:  Rachael Convery
Email address: dpo@kaplan.co.uk
Postal address: 2nd Floor, Warwick Building, Kensington Village, Avonmore Road, London W14 8HQ.

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 would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.

What is personal data?

Personal data is any information about an individual from which that individual can be identified.  Your name, address, phone number and bank account number are examples of personal data.  It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

Data protection principles

We will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal information we hold about you must be:

  • Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
  • Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
  • Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
  • Accurate and kept up to date.
  • Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
  • Kept securely

How we use your personal data

We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to.  Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • Where we need to perform a contract we have entered into with you.
  • 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 less common:

  • Where we need to protect your vital interests (or someone else's interests).
  • Where it is needed in the public interest (for example, equal opportunities monitoring) or for official purposes.

Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data.

The personal data we collect from you

Enquiries

When you request information or make enquiries about any of our services or programmes, we may use the personal data you provide in order to fulfil your request or respond to your enquiry.  It is in our legitimate interests to use your personal data in this way so that you receive the information you have requested.

Enrolments and orders

If you register with us, submit a booking request or make payment for, or attend, a QLTS assessment, we may collect the following categories of personal data about you:

  • Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Nationality and country of residence
  • Jurisdiction in which you are qualified
  • Verification of your identity documentation
  • Whether English is your first language
  • Education history
  • Employment history
  • Funding information
  • Bank account details
  • Billing address
  • Credit card or other payment information in order to process your payments.

This information will be used by us to perform the contract we have entered into with you.

We may also ask you to disclose information regarding any criminal convictions you may have. We need to use this information in order to comply with our legal obligations.

We will collect information about your progression through the QLTS assessments.  This is in order to fulfil our contract with you but it is also in our legitimate interests to use this personal data in order to monitor the provision of our service to you

We may also collect personal data about your health in order to make appropriate arrangements and reasonable adjustments for you regarding your welfare or attendance.  We use this information in order to perform our contract with you and in order to comply with our legal obligations.

We may also ask you for information on disabilities, gender, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and ethnicity in order to monitor equality and diversity, although you can choose not to provide this information if you prefer.

Marketing

We will not use your personal data for marketing purposes.

Internal business purposes

We also may use your personal data for our internal business purposes.  This is in our legitimate interests in order to operate as a business and monitor and improve the services we provide.  Where possible we will anonymise this information.  Please contact us using the contact details in this Privacy Notice if you would like more information.

Automated technologies or interactions

As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect technical data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies. Please see our cookie policy on our website for further details.

If you fail to provide personal data

Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with goods or services). In this case, we may have to cancel a product or service you have with us but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.

When and how we share your personal data with others

We may share your personal data with third parties where required by law, where it is necessary to perform a contract or where we have a legitimate interest in doing so. Such third parties may include the following:

  • Our service providers: We may share your personal data with other businesses, including Pearson VUE, that perform certain services on our behalf.  These services may include processing booking requests and payments, providing systems enabling you to schedule and manage assessment appointments and engaging in associated correspondence, providing customer service, performing business and sales analysis and supporting our website and IT functionality. These service providers may be supplied with or have access to your personal data solely for the purpose of providing these services to us or on our behalf.  Kaplan is the data controller and will remain accountable for your personal data.
  • Other entities in the Kaplan group:  We may share your personal data with other entities in our group as part of our regular reporting activities on company performance, in the context of a business reorganisation or group restructuring exercise or for system maintenance support and hosting of data.
  • Professional bodies and regulators: We will need to pass personal information including personal data, equality and diversity information and assessment results to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (the “SRA”).
    The SRA will use this information to monitor, evaluate and develop the QLTS assessment, to develop and review their policies on admission and qualification including further qualification of solicitors and to admit candidates to the Roll of Solicitors.  The SRA reserves the right to obtain information about candidates enrolled on the QLTS and, in passing on this information we will not be deemed to be in breach of this policy.
    We may also need to share your personal data with other professional or regulatory bodies or if required to otherwise comply with law.
  • Others: We may share your personal information with other third parties such as in the context of the possible sale of our business.  We may also need to share your personal data in order to permit us to pursue available remedies or limit damages we may sustain.

Transfer of your personal data to other countries

As we are an international business with employees, entities and service providers all over the world, we may need to transfer the personal data you provide to us to other countries which may be outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

The data protection laws in such countries may not be as comprehensive and provide the same level of protection for your personal data as those within the EEA. In these circumstances, we will take appropriate steps to ensure that your personal data is handled as described in this Privacy Notice.  These steps will include appropriate contractual mechanisms.  Please contact us using the contact details in this Privacy Notice if you would like more information.

The security of your personal data

We have put in place appropriate security measures to 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 information to those employees, service providers, business partners, agents and other third parties who have a legitimate need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions or as otherwise agreed 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 storage and retention of your personal data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, 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. Please contact us using the contact details in this Privacy Notice if you would like more information.

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

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.

Your rights as a data subject

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 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).
  • 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 information to another party, please contact us using the contact details in this Privacy Notice.

No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may 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.

What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.

Your right to withdraw consent

In 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 us using the contact details in this Privacy Notice. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

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 information.


Cookie Policy

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a simple text file containing small amounts of information that is stored on your computer or mobile device by a website's server. Only that server will be able to retrieve or read the contents of that cookie. Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier as well as the site name. Cookies may be set by the website you are visiting ("first party cookies") or they may be set by other websites who run content on the page you are viewing ("third party cookies").

How are cookies used?

Cookies do lots of different jobs, including letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Most websites you visit will use cookies to improve your user experience by enabling that website to "remember" you, either for the duration of your visit (using a "session cookie") or for repeat visits (using a "persistent cookie").

If a website doesn't use cookies, it will think you are a visiting the website for the first time every time you move to a new page on the site - for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page the website won't recognise you and it won't be able to keep you logged in.

Some websites will also use cookies to enable them to target their advertising or marketing messages based, for example, on your location and/or browsing habits.

Categories of cookies

The type of cookies used on most websites can generally be put into 1 of 3 categories, based on the International Chamber of Commerce guide to cookie categories, and can be classified as follows:

  • Strictly necessary
  • Performance
  • Functionality

Explanations of each category and the cookies that Kaplan Financial Limited uses in each category are detailed next.

Strictly necessary

Some cookies are strictly necessary in order to enable you to move around the website and fully use its features. Without these cookies, we will not be able to provide certain features, such as automatically signing in to protected areas. Without these cookies, services you’ve asked for can’t be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you that is used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.

Performance

Performance cookies can be used to help us provide you with a better user experience. Information supplied by these cookies helps us to understand how our visitors use the Kaplan QLTS website so that we can improve how we present our content to you. They also allow us to test different design ideas for particular pages, such as the Kaplan QLTS homepage. [We generally contract with independent measurement and research companies to perform these services for us and when this is the case, these cookies may be set by a third party company (third party cookies).] These cookies don’t gather information that identifies you. All information these cookies collect is anonymous and is only used to improve how a website works. These cookies are not used to target you with online marketing. Without these cookies we can’t learn how our website is performing and make relevant improvements that could better your browsing experience.

Name of Cookie: Google Analytics

Description: The Kaplan QLTS website uses Google Analytics. This is a web analytics service provided by Google, Inc. Google Analytics sets a cookie in order to evaluate use of those services and compile a report for us. User data is anonymous. Opt-out of Google Analytics cookies.

Functionality

Functionality cookies record information about choices you've made and allow us to tailor the website to you. For example, we may use cookies to save your location preference. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you’ve made to text size, font and other parts of pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you’ve asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymous and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites. Without these cookies, a website cannot remember choices you’ve personally made or personalise your browsing experience. Functionality cookies may also take the form of Flash cookies, which are stored in your Adobe Flash Player rather than on your web browser.

What to do if you don't want cookies to be set?

If you prefer, it is possible to block some or all cookies or even to delete cookies that have already been set; but you need to be aware that you might lose some functions of that website. To do this, please follow the instructions below which outline "how to turn off cookies on your browser".

How to turn off cookies on your web browser for all websites

All recent versions of popular browsers give users a level of control over cookies.

Users can set their browsers to accept or reject all, or certain, cookies. Users can also set their browser to prompt them each time a cookie is offered. The main browser types and instructions on how to turn off cookies for ALL sites, not just Kaplan QLTS, are available on aboutcookies.org.

We recommend that if you do find the use of cookies intrusive that you follow the instructions on this website and turn them off for all websites, not just for Kaplan QLTS.

If you would like to find out more information about cookies:

Information Commissioner's Office

The Information Commissioner's Office is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

Internet Advertising Bureau

A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the Internet Advertising Industry.

International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom

Information on the ICC (UK) UK cookie guide can be found on the ICC website.