Privacy Policy

Hamilton Bond Ltd (Hamilton Bond) an affiliate of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), strives to protect the privacy and the confidentiality of Personal Data that the company processes in connection with the services it provides to clients and individuals’ use of the Hamilton Bond websites.  Hamilton Bond’s services consist primarily of claims consulting, claims management and services performed in its capacity as chartered loss adjusters.

To provide its services Hamilton Bond is required to use and share Personal Data. For an overview of how and why the insurance industry is required to use and share Personal Data please see the Insurance Market Core Uses Information Notice hosted on the website of a UK insurance industry association, the Lloyd’s Market Association (the LMA Notice). Hamilton Bond’s use of Personal Data is consistent with the LMA Notice.

During the insurance lifecycle Hamilton Bond will receive Personal Data relating to it’s clients, employees and representatives other claimants and their family members and other parties involved in a claim. Therefore references to “individuals” in this notice include any living person from the preceding list, whose Personal Data Hamilton Bond receives in connection with the services it provides under its engagements with its clients. This notice sets out Hamilton Bond’s uses of this Personal Data and the disclosures it makes to other insurance market participants and other third parties.

Identity of controller and contact details

Hamilton Bond Ltd of Apex House, Apex Park, Wainwright Road, Worcester WR4 9FN is the controller in respect of the Personal Data it receives in connection with the services provided under the relevant engagement with its client.  

Personal information that we process

We collect and process the following Personal Data:

Individual details - name, address (and proof of address), other contact details (e.g. email and telephone details), gender, marital status, family details, date and place of birth, employer, job title and employment history, relationship to the policyholder, insured, beneficiary or claimant;

Identification details - identification numbers issued by government bodies or agencies (e.g. depending on the country you are in, social security or national insurance number, passport number, ID number, tax identification number, driver’s licence number);

Financial information - payment card number, bank account number and account details, income and other financial information;

Insured risk - information about the insured risk, which contains Personal Data and may include, only to the extent relevant to the risk being insured:

Criminal records data - criminal convictions, including driving offences;

Policy information - information about the quotes individuals receive and the policies they obtain;

Credit and anti-fraud data - credit history and credit score, information about fraud convictions, allegations of crimes and sanctions details received from various anti-fraud and sanctions databases, or regulators or law enforcement agencies;

Previous claims - information about previous claims, which may include criminal records data;

Current claims - information about current claims, which may include criminal records data;

Marketing data - whether or not the individual  has consented to receive marketing from us and/or from third parties; and

Website and communication usage - details of your visits to our websites and information collected through cookies and other tracking technologies, including, but not limited to, your IP address and domain name, your browser version and operating system, traffic data, location data, web logs and other communication data, and the resources that you access.

Where we collect such information directly from individuals, we will inform them of whether the information is required and the consequences of not providing it on the relevant form.

Sources of Personal Data

We collect and receive Personal Data from various sources, including (depending on the service provided and country you are in):

  • Individuals and their family members, online or by telephone, or in written correspondence;
  • Individuals’ employers or trade or professional associations of which they are a member;
  • In the event of a claim, third parties including the other party to the claim (claimant/defendant), witnesses, experts (including medical experts), loss adjusters, lawyers and claims handlers;
  • Other insurance market participants, such as insurers, reinsurers and other intermediaries;
  • Credit reference agencies (to the extent Hamilton Bond is taking any credit risk);
  • Anti-fraud databases and other third party databases, including sanctions lists;
  • Government agencies, such as vehicle registration authorities and tax authorities;
  • Claim forms;
  • Open electoral registers and other publicly available information;
  • Business information and research tools;
  • Third parties who introduce business to us; and
  • Forms on our website and your interactions with our website (please also see our Cookie Policy).

How we use and disclose your Personal Data

In this section, we set out the purposes for which we use Personal Data, explain how we share the information, and identify the “legal grounds” on which we rely to process the information.

These “legal grounds” are set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR), which allows companies to process Personal Data only when the processing is permitted by the specific “legal grounds” set out in the GDPR (the full description of each of the grounds can be found here

Please note that in addition to the disclosures we have identified in this table, we will disclose Personal Data for the purposes we explain in this notice to service providers, contractors, advisers, agents and MMC group companies that perform activities on our behalf.

Special categories of Personal Data and Criminal Data

When we collect, use or disclose to third parties (such as insurers, intermediaries and reinsurers) Special Categories of Personal Data and Criminal Records Data for the reasons set out in the table above and for profiling as set out in the next section, we typically do so for reasons of substantial public interests, namely because it is necessary for the wide range of insurance-related activities that we undertake or because it is necessary for fraud prevention purposes.

Before you provide us with Special Categories of Personal Data and Criminal Records Data about a person other than yourself, you agree to notify such person of our use of their Personal Data and, if requested by us, to obtain their consent to our use of their Special Categories of Personal Data and Criminal Records Data (for example, by requiring the individual to sign a consent form). 

Profiling and automated decision making

Hamilton Bond and other insurance market participants use predictive techniques to assess information that clients and individuals provide to understand fraud patterns and the probability of future losses actually occurring in claims scenarios, and as set out below. To do this, we may use Personal Data we receive from clients to match against information in the models that we have created based on the behaviour of other individuals with similar attributes and to create further models.

We use these models only for the purposes listed in this Privacy Notice. In most cases, our staff make decisions based on the models.

Safeguards

We have in place physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards appropriate to the sensitivity of the information we maintain. These safeguards will vary depending on the sensitivity, format, location, amount, distribution and storage of the Personal Data, and include measures designed to keep Personal Data protected from unauthorised access. 

If appropriate, the safeguards include the encryption of communications via Secure Sockets Layer, encryption of information during storage, firewalls, access controls, separation of duties, and similar security protocols. We restrict access to Personal Data to personnel and third parties that require access to such information for legitimate, relevant business purposes.

Limiting collection and retention of personal information

We collect, use, disclose and otherwise process Personal Data that is necessary for the purposes identified in this Privacy Notice or as permitted by law. If we require Personal Data for a purpose inconsistent with the purposes we identified in this Privacy Notice, we will notify clients of the new purpose and, where required, seek individuals’ consent (or ask other parties to do so on Hamilton Bond’s behalf) to process Personal Data for the new purposes.

Our retention periods for Personal Data are based on business needs and legal requirements. We retain Personal Data for as long as is necessary for the processing purpose(s) for which the information was collected, and any other permissible, related purpose. For example, we retain certain information and correspondence to comply with regulatory requirements regarding the retention of such data. When Personal Data is no longer needed, we either irreversibly anonymise the data.

Cross–border transfer of personal information

Hamilton Bond transfers Personal Data to, or permits access to Personal Data from, countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). These countries’ data protection laws do not always offer the same level of protection for Personal Data as offered in the EEA. We will, in all circumstances, safeguard Personal Data as set out in this Privacy Notice.

Certain countries outside the EEA have been approved by the European Commission as providing essentially equivalent protections as EEA data protection laws. EU data protection laws allow Hamilton Bond to freely transfer Personal Data to such countries.

If we transfer Personal Data to other countries outside the EEA, we will establish legal grounds justifying such transfer, such as MMC Binding Corporate Rules (http://www.mmc.com/privacy-policy.html), model contractual clauses, individuals’ consent, or other legal grounds permitted by applicable legal requirements.

Individuals can request additional information about the specific safeguards applied to the export of their Personal Data.

Accuracy, accountability, openness and your rights

We strive to maintain Personal Data that is accurate, complete and current. Individuals should contact us at quality.feedback@hamilton-bond.co.uk to update their information.

Questions regarding Hamilton Bond’s privacy practices should be directed to the Data Protection Officer using the contact details in the Questions, Requests or Complaints section below.

Under certain conditions, individuals have the right to request that Hamilton Bond:

  • provide further details on how we use and process their Personal Data;
  • provide a copy of the Personal Data we maintain about the individual;
  • update any inaccuracies in the Personal Data we hold;
  • delete Personal Data that we no longer have a legal ground to process; and
  • restrict how we process the Personal Data while we consider the individual’s enquiry.

 In addition, under certain conditions, individuals have the right to:

  • where processing is based on consent, withdraw the consent;
  • object to any processing of Personal Data that Hamilton Bond justifies on the “legitimate interests” legal grounds, unless our reasons for undertaking that processing outweigh any prejudice to the individual’s privacy rights; and
  • object to direct marketing (including any profiling for such purposes) at any time.

These rights are subject to certain exemptions to safeguard the public interest (e.g. the prevention or detection of crime) and our interests (e.g. the maintenance of legal privilege). We will respond to most requests within 30 days.

If we are unable to resolve an enquiry or a complaint, individuals have the right to contact the UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Questions, requests or complaints

To submit questions or requests regarding this Privacy Notice or Hamilton Bond’s privacy practices, please write to the Data Protection Officer at the following address:

The Data Protection Officer
Hamilton Bond Ltd
Apex House
Wainwright Road
Worcester  WR4 9FN

Phone: 01905 726407

Email: info@hamilton-bond.co.uk

Links to third party websites

Our websites may contain links to other third party websites. If you follow a link to any of those third party websites, please note that they have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies or processing of your personal information. Please check these policies before you submit any personal information to such third party websites.

Changes to this privacy notice

This Privacy Notice is subject to change at any time. It was last changed on 10.08.2018. If we make changes to this Privacy Notice, we will update the date on which it was last changed. Where we have an engagement with you, we will notify you of any changes we make to this Privacy Notice in accordance with the notice provisions in the terms of our engagement. In other circumstances, we will publish the revised Privacy Notice on our website.