Privacy Policy

Compass Business Finance, are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy.

1. Collecting information
We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us about products and services, or if you register to receive our monthly newsletters.

Further information is then collected from and about you at the point that you start an application for finance with us.

2. Type of information collected
The personal information we collect via our website, might include your name, job title, company, address, email address, IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when.

Should you start an application with us, we will also require further personal and financial data.

3. Use and storage of your personal information
When you supply personal information to Compass, we have legal obligations towards you in the way we deal with that data.

Compass uses your personal information for the following purposes:

  • providing a personalised service;
  • administration;
  • marketing, and promotions;
  • processing job applications;
  • credit referencing (where applicable)
  • fraud prevention (where applicable)
  • customer services.

In general, any information you provide to the Compass will only be used by Compass and by its service providers. Compass also works with other companies that help us provide products and services to you, and we may provide your personal information to these companies. For example, where we may work with a third-party company to provide you with the best finance option.

We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us. At times Compass may be required by law to disclose your personal information.

4. Your choice
We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email or post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us by email: info@compassbusinessfinance.co.uk or phoning 01732 833477.

5. Your rights

  • Your right to access data
  • Your right to be informed
  • Your right to restrict processing
  • Your right to be forgotten
  • Your right to data portability
  • Your right to object​ or make a complaint

The accuracy of your information is important to us. If you change email address, or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please email us at: info@compassbusinessfinance.co.uk or by writing to Compass Business Finance Limited of Compass House, Medway Wharf Road, Tonbridge, TN9 1GH. Alternatively, you can telephone 01732 833477.

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information Compass Business Finance hold about you.

6. Automated decision making
We may make automated decisions on certain matters. Such checks may be informed by credit scoring where we share your information with credit reference agencies, screening on databases and confirmation of your information (including by third parties). Submitting to an anti-money laundering check is necessary. If this information is not provided we cannot agree to provide you with our products or services. If you are not happy with the response you receive, you may, within one month of receiving our response, tell us the basis of your objection and ask us to arrange for the decision to be reviewed by one of our credit underwriting team. We will notify you of the steps taken and of the outcome of complying with your request.

7. Profiling
We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.

8. Use of ‘cookies’ and website analytics
Like many other websites, the Compass Business Finance website uses cookies. ‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual.

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. Turning cookies of may result in a loss of functionality when using our website.

9. Data Security
Compass Business Finance secures the personally identifiable information you provide on computer servers in a controlled, secure environment, protected from unauthorised access, use or disclosure. When personal information (such as a credit card number) is transmitted to other Web sites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

10. Credit Reference Agency (CRA) notice information
Currently, the credit reference agencies we use are Creditsafe and Experian, but this may change over time. For more information on credit reference agencies, the type of information they make available to us and how they use your data, visit theCreditsafe and Experian websites.

You can contact the CRAs currently operating in the UK. The information they hold may not be the same, so it is worth contacting them all.
TransUnionConsumer Services Team, PO Box 647, Unit 4, Hull, HU9 9QZ or call 0330 024 7574   
Equifax Plc – Credit File Advice Centre, P O Box 3001, Bradford, BD1 5US or call 0333 321 4043 or 0800 014 2955
Experian – Consumer Help Service, PO BOX 9000, Nottingham, NG80 7WP or call 0344 481 0800 or 0800 013 8888

11. Fraud Prevention Agencies
Should you apply for finance with us, the personal information we collect from you will be shared with fraud prevention agencies, who will use it to prevent fraud and money-laundering and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance, or employment.

Further details of how your information will be used by us and these fraud prevention agencies, and your data protection rights, can be found here.

12. Contact Information
The “Data Controller” is Compass Business Finance Ltd of Compass House, Medway Wharf Road, Tonbridge, TN9 1GH. Company registration number 5649414.

If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact us by emailing info@compassbusinessfinance.co.uk or alternatively, you can telephone 01732 833477.

13. Review of this Policy
Compass Business Finance will occasionally update this Statement of Privacy to reflect updates in legislation, company and customer feedback. Compass Business Finance encourages you to periodically review this Statement to be informed of how Compass Business Finance is protecting your information.

Should you have any concerns regarding our use of your personal data or any other aspect of your interactions with us, please refer to our Complaints Page.

Last updated: 20 December 2023

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