Privacy and Cookies Policy

Important data protection notice

This Website (“Website”) is owned by Domestic & General Group Limited and operated by Domestic & General Services Limited (“DGS”), part of the Domestic & General Group (the “Group”). DGS and the Group (“us”, “we” or “our”) take the handling of your personal information seriously. This privacy policy explains how we may use information we collect about you and the use of cookies on the Website. We ask that you please read this privacy policy carefully as by accessing the Website you confirm to have understood and agreed to it.

 

What we do with your information

At Domestic & General we want to reassure you that we use your information both responsibly and securely to provide you with the best possible service. Below we explain what we do with your information and your rights to your information. If you would like any further details you can get in touch with us using the contact details below or visit our website (www.domesticandgeneral.com).

Using your information

Domestic & General Insurance PLC (“we”) is the "data controller" of your information. We process two sets of information about you, “Personal Information” (your name, address, contact and payment details) and the “Goods Information” you provide to register your appliance or device (your name, address, contact and goods details). We’ll use your information: (i) as necessary to fulfil our contract with you (including to recover any amounts owing); (ii) for our legitimate interests in: undertaking marketing (about our products and services and those of our third party partners) by post, telephone, email and/or other electronic messaging services; market research; customer surveys; printing services; checking and verifying your identity and contact details; recording your conversations for training, quality and compliance purposes; and for analytics and profiling for marketing purposes; and (iii) where required to do so by law. We may also ask for your consent to some uses of your information.

 

Sharing your information

From time to time your Personal Information and Goods Information may also be shared with other members of the Domestic & General Group of Companies (Domestic & General Insurance or Services and other future members of the Group whose details we will notify to you ("Group")), where applicable with Hoover Limited, Gias S.r.l and Candy Hoover Group S.r.l. which is the subject of your protection policy and with companies acting on our behalf or providing services to us (e.g. the companies we use to carry out repairs, IT & mailing services, storage of paper records and telecommunications). Hoover Limited, Gias S.r.l and Candy Hoover Group S.r.l. will process your Personal Information for their legitimate business interests (including marketing and analytics) in accordance with their privacy policy.

 

Transferring your information

In exceptional cases, we may transfer your information to countries outside the European Economic Area (including the US) which may not have data protection laws which provide the same level of protection as provided in the UK or ROI as appropriate. We have put in place Model Clauses as an appropriate safeguard to ensure that such information is adequately secured and protected and that such transfers meet the requirements of applicable data protection law.

Keeping your information

We keep your personal information for six years after you terminate your policy so that we can deal with any claims. Your goods information we keep for a bit longer, normally 10 years (the average life of an appliance) for health and safety. We also keep your information to send you marketing that you might be interested in, unless we receive a request from you to opt-out of marketing.

 

Rights to your information

By writing to the Data Protection Officer using the contact details provided below, you have the right to ask us:

And you may also:

 

Please note that the above rights are not absolute and certain exemptions apply to them.

You can also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk) or the Data Protection Commissioner (www.dataprotection.ie) as appropriate if you feel your personal information has been mishandled.

 

Marketing

We, along with other members of our Group and Hoover Limited, Gias S.r.l and Candy Hoover Group S.r.l. may use your information to tell you about any offers, products or services which may be of interest to you. We may contact you by post, telephone, email and/or other electronic messaging services. To change your marketing preference, let us know by emailing marketingpreferences@domesticandgeneral.com or by writing to us using the contact details provided below. For Hoover Limited, Gias S.r.l and Candy Hoover Group S.r.l. marketing you’ll need to contact them directly using their contact details that you’ll normally find in their privacy notice.

 

Contact Details

If you need to contact us about your information or your information rights, or to see a copy of our Model Clauses, please write to: Freepost Plus RTKS-CLRA-GRYE, Data Protection Officer, Domestic & General, Leicester House, 17 Leicester Street, Bedworth CV12 8JP United Kingdom or dataprotection@domesticandgeneral.com and we’ll be happy to help you.

Cookies

What is a Cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie.

Why do we use Cookies?
Cookies are essential to the operation of the Website because they identify the pages and actions you have previously visited. For example, when you add an item to your basket and go to another page on the Website, cookies enable the item to remain in your shopping basket.

As well as cookies that make the Website work, we also use cookies to identify any issues and areas for improvement. These analytical cookies help us make the Website better and identify which marketing channels are most effective.

The Cookies we use
The following is a list of the Cookies that we use on the Website and the purpose for which they are used. By continuing to use the Website, you are consenting to the use of these cookies.

Cookie Purpose

PHPSESSID These cookies are used to ensure that the data provided by site visitors is not lost when moving between pages. These cookies expire once the site visit is completed.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use this website. We use the information to create reports in a tool called Google Analytics. We use these reports to help us improve the site.

The cookies collect information anonymously, including:
  • the number of visitors to the site
  • whether visitors have previously been to the site
  • where visitors have come to the site from
  • the pages they visited

These cookies do not contain any personal data and it is not possible to identify individuals using them.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use the website, including mouse clicks, mouse movements, scrolling activity and any predefined options that you may select.

We use this information to create reports in a tool called ClickTale to analyse user behaviour to improve the overall user experience.

Even though ClickTale allows for all information entered to be captured, we have chosen not to collect any personally identifiable information about you which you have entered on this website.

ClickTale does not track your browsing habits across web sites which do not use ClickTale services.

 

Managing Cookies

The 'Help' menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether.

For PCs: click on 'Help' at the top of your browser window and select the 'About' option.

For Macs: with the browser window open, click on the Apple menu and select the 'About' option.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to remove cookies on a wide variety of browsers.

However, if cookies are not enabled on your computer, it will mean your shopping experience on the Website will be limited to browsing and researching and you may not be able to add products to your basket and/or buy them. If you leave cookies turned on, remember to sign off when you finish using a shared computer.

Third Party Websites
The Website may contain links or be linked to other websites. (“Linked Website”) When you click on the Linked Website you will leave the Website and content controlled by us and will be linked to the Linked Website. We do not have any control on the content on the Linked Website and cannot be held responsible for the information on, and the operation of the Linked Website. However, we will delete the link to the Linked Website upon receiving any knowledge that illegal content or otherwise is provided on the Linked Website. The operators of the Linked Website may collect information from you that will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy, which may differ from our privacy policy. We do not control the setting of the cookies on the Linked Website, so we suggest you check the Linked Websites for more information about their cookies and how to manage them.

Security
We are committed to the security of the Website and to providing a fraud-free customer interface. All information exchanged is encrypted using SSL software and we have made every attempt to ensure that your personal information is protected against unauthorized access.