Privacy notice
WQ-iC takes the security of your personal information very seriously and is committed to ensuring that your personal information is protected at all times.

What is the purpose of this Privacy notice?
The purpose of this Privacy Notice is to provide you with a clear explanation about how your personal information is collected and used by us during your interaction with us as well as your rights in relation to your personal information.

Who is WQ-iC ?
“WQ-iC ” refers to a company owned by the Lloyd’s Register Group Limited (UK company number 08126909), which is itself owned by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (UK charity number 1145988 and UK company number 07905861). LR Including but not limited to WQ-iC which cover core operating services as part of the group or professional services delivered through WQ-IC ’s business operations.

What personal information does WQ-iC collect?
WQ-iC only collects basic personal information about you (such as name, email address, direct work telephone number, your work employer/institution and other basic contact details – as well as any other information that you choose to provide) and only in the following ways:

• Information that you yourself provide through our websites, in writing, via telephone, at our events or through other means; or
• Information that we obtain from your interaction with our websites, services and/or social platforms that WQ-IC uses;
• WQ-IC obtains contact details through selected third parties.

We will not ask for and do not intend to collect, any sensitive personal information about you for the purposes of general enquiry handling, correspondence, relationship management or marketing.

For Client Training Services, WQ-IC collects personal information about you (such as name, email address, contact details (private or work-related), choice of course, attendance, completion level attained:

• Information that you yourself provide through our designated course portal and other interactions as above.
For Marketing and client relationship purposes, WQ-IC uses its legitimate business interests in processing your personal details in order to maintain and enhance existing and ongoing client relationships it has with you and your organisation, this may include approaching you for real-time feedback on our services, research/surveys on current offering.

Unless you have provided your indication to accept and receive marketing materials from us, WQ-IC will not send out electronic-based marketing to you. Our marketing system allows you to configure your preferences and opt-out of receiving marketing materials at any time.
Personal Details for Specific Business Activities:
When you engage with various services provided through WQ-IC business, you may be required to supply further personal information about you in line with the requirements of that service, accreditation scheme regulator, national regulator provisions under which WQ-IC operates. Details of the extent of personal data processing will be available on the Business Privacy Notice available online. A link to the Business Privacy Notice will be provided through relevant forms and correspondence for that service or product.

What about visitors to WQ-IC offices?
When you visit one of our offices, we may collect only basic personal information about you (as set out above in this Privacy notice) and only for the purposes of maintaining site security and safety. You may be asked to sign-in and sign-out when you visit one of our offices, and you may be provided with a visitor’s pass to wear during your visit. Where Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) is operated at any of our offices, this is used for site security purposes.

Why does WQ-IC collect personal information?

WQ-IC needs to know basic personal information about you in order to respond to requests you make to us (such as through our websites and social media platforms) and to provide you with information relating to our services (such as newsletters, industry updates, information about our products and services, event invitations, surveys, market research, etc.) which either you have consented to receive (by indicating in the appropriate tick box) or which relate to WQ-IC products or services which we believe may be of interest to you and/or you currently receive under our legitimate interest to conduct business.

Data collected via your interaction with us through Telephone, email and digital media platforms, (e.g. LinkedIn, Go-To Webinar platforms) can be used for lead generation, relationship management and handling general enquiries of services/products.
We will not use your personal information for any other purpose, not outlined in this Privacy Notice.

WQ-IC collects information about your usage of our websites through cookies. We do this so that we can tailor and personalise your experience and, in conjunction with other user’s information and usage, improve the content, layout and performance of our websites. Further details are set out in our Cookies Policy.

How is your personal information protected?
WQ-IC will hold your personal information securely using appropriate technical and organisational measures and not disclose your personal information to anyone outside its own group, or to any person or entity outside the United Kingdom and/or the European Union, except and to the extent both: (i) necessary for the purposes stated in this Privacy Notice; and (ii) where it has first satisfied itself that appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure such information will continue to be held and used in accordance with this notice and compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679).

We use service providers to operate our websites, such as website hosting and enquiry functionality, and a client relationship management database (SharePoint) on whose system WQ-IC stores data. Some of these service providers will process your personal information as part of the services they provide to WQ-IC. We will ensure that those service providers also comply with this Privacy Notice.
How long does WQ-IC keep personal information?

Your personal information will be kept by WQ-IC for no longer than reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice, unless required to be kept longer by law. This retention period will be determined by the nature of your interaction with WQ-IC, your request and ongoing provision of services through our business. You can at any time indicate your wish for WQ-IC not to process your data through your options in a Preference Centre or link on marketing communications.
What are your legal rights?

You have a number of legal rights surrounding your personal information, including:

• the right to access and copy your personal information;
• the right to obtain correction of any inaccurate or incomplete personal information;
• the right to have your personal information deleted;
• the right to restrict or object to WQ-IC’s processing of your personal information;
• the right to withdraw your consent to our processing at any time (i.e. including the right to opt-out of or unsubscribe from communications at any time, either by contacting us at the details provided in this Privacy Notice or clicking the unsubscribe link in the emails that you receive from us).

Please contact us if you would like to exercise any of your legal rights. We will respond to any rights that you exercise within one month of receiving your request unless the request is complex or involves a significant amount of data, in which case we will respond within three months.
How to contact WQ-IC?
If you have any questions regarding this Privacy Notice or our use of your personal information, please contact our Data Protection Officer by:

• email: Office@Wq-iC.eu
• post: Skybridge House, Dublin Airport, Corballis Road North, Rock, Swords, Co Dublin K67 P6K2
• phone: 00 353 1566 52 66

How do you lodge a complaint?
If you have a complaint regarding how your personal information has been handled by WQ-iC, please contact our Data Protection Officer, using the details provided above.
You have a legal right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority. For WQ-IC, the relevant supervisory is the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (to lodge a complaint or report a concern, please visit: https://ico.org.uk/concerns/).

Does WQ-IC update the Privacy Notice?
WQ-IC may change the content of this Privacy Notice from time to time without notice to you. You should check this Privacy Notice occasionally to ensure that you are aware of the most recent version that will apply each time you access our websites. This Privacy Notice was last updated April 2021.