Privacy Policy

Introduction

Lucid Optical Services Ltd. is committed to data security and the fair and transparent processing of personal data.  This privacy policy (Policy) sets out how we will treat the personal data which you provide to us in compliance with applicable data protection law, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR).

Please read this Policy carefully as it contains important information on who we are, how and why we collect, store, use and share personal data, your rights in relation to your personal data, how to contact us and supervisor authorities in the event that you would like to report a concern about the way in which we process your data.

Who are we?

Lucid Optical Services Ltd. (Lucid) is a private limited company registered in England and Wales, with registered company number 03687349. Our registered address is Lucid Training Centre, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PE, UK.

For the purposes of the GDPR, Lucid is the ‘controller’ of the personal data you provide to us.

If you have any queries about this Policy, the way in which Lucid processes personal data, or about exercising any of your rights, please send an email to [email protected] or write to Data Protection, Lucid Optical Services Ltd., Lucid Training Centre, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PE, UK

Lucid Optical Services Ltd. owns and operates www.lucidos.co.uk (website).  This Policy, together with our website terms of use and any other documents referred to in them, sets out the basis on which Lucid processes personal data.

What personal data do we collect?

We may collect and process the following personal data:

Information you provide to us:

If you:

  • complete a form on our website or our social media pages;
  • complete a survey;
  • Submit an article or comment on our website or through social media;
  • correspond with us by phone, e-mail, in writing, or though social media;
  • report a problem;
  • sign up to receive our communications;
  • create an account with us or follow Lucid on social media;
  • enter into a contract with us to receive products and/or services,

we may collect your name, e-mail address, postal address, telephone number and job role.

Information we may collect automatically

If you visit our website or company social media pages, we may automatically collect the following information:

  • technical information, including the internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, login information, browser type and version, time zone setting, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform;
  • information about your interaction with our website such as the products and/or services you searched for and view, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks, and mouse-overs), and methods used to browse away from the page. This information will be kept anonymous and will not be linked to your personal data.

Comments

When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your e-mail address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

Media

If you upload images to the public blog on our website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Cookies

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, e-mail address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Information we require for Certification

We may collect your name, date of birth, gender and postcode. This may be provided by yourself or by your employer. We may also collect other personal data if required to administer our quality assurance processes, investigations, complaints and appeals.

In exceptional circumstances, we may collect sensitive personal data, such as information about your physical or mental health condition, to enable us to administer requests for reasonable adjustments to assessments, or sensitive personal data relating to an investigation, complaint, or appeal.  Before collecting such information we will ask for your consent to sharing such sensitive personal data with us.

We, and the awarding bodies we work with, may assign a unique identification number to each trainee at the point of learner enrolment which we also use in relation to your learning, assessment, and certification.

Information about other people

If you provide information to us about any person other than yourself, such as your relatives, next of kin, other employees at your company, your advisers or your suppliers, you must ensure that they understand how their information will be used, and that they have given their permission for you to disclose it to us and for you to allow us, and our outsourced service providers, to use it.

Sensitive personal data

In exceptional circumstances, we may collect sensitive personal data, such as information about your physical or mental health condition, to enable us to administer requests for reasonable adjustments to assessments, or sensitive personal data relating to an investigation, complaint, or appeal.  Before collecting such information we will ask for your consent to sharing such sensitive personal data with us.

How do we use your personal data?

When we ask you to supply us with personal data we will make it clear whether the personal data we are asking for must be supplied so that we can provide the products and services to you, or whether the supply of any personal data we ask for is optional.

Contract performance:

We may use your personal data to fulfil a contract, or take steps linked to a contract:

  • to provide the products and/or services to you;
  • to communicate with you in relation to the provision of the contracted products and services;
  • to provide you with administrative or technical support; and
  • provide you with industry information, surveys, information about our awards and events, offers and promotions directly related to our services.

When submitting formal tenders or similar, Lucid may be asked to supply lists of existing customers or trade references. On these occasions we will not divulge the names of any customers or other business associates without their explicit consent, and all documents containing such information will be marked “company confidential” and not passed on to any third parties.

Certification

We may use your personal data where this is necessary to pursue our legitimate interests as a provider of training, assessment, and certification products and/or services, including to:

  • provide you with products and/or services which you have registered for;
  • undertake administration in relation to products and/or services which you have registered for;
  • provide you with a certificate, credential or other record of training;
  • contact you in relation to our quality assurance processes, investigations, appeals, and complaints;
  • assess and provide reasonable adjustments in relation to your learning or assessment where requested.

Legitimate interests:

We may use your personal data where this is necessary for purposes which are in our legitimate interests.  These interests are:

  • providing you with newsletters, surveys, information about our awards and events, offers, and promotions;
  • communicating with you in relation to any issues, complaints, or disputes;
  • improving the quality of experience when you interact with our products and/or services, including testing the performance and customer experience of our website;

Consent: 

Where you have given your express consent to receive marketing communications, we may use your personal data to send you newsletters, surveys, information about our awards and events, offers, and promotions;

Where required by law: 

We may also process your personal data if required by law, including responding to requests by government or law enforcement authorities, or for the prevention of crime or fraud.

NOTE: you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data on the basis of legitimate interests as set out below, under the heading Your rights.

Who do we share your personal data with?

If you have completed a formal qualification, then we will share your data with the relevant UK licensed awarding body. Lucid works with the following Awarding Bodies:

We take all reasonable steps to ensure that our staff protect your personal data and are aware of their information security obligations.  We limit access to your personal data to those who have a genuine business need to know it.

We may also share your personal data with trusted third parties including:

  • legal and other professional advisers, consultants, and professional experts;
  • service providers contracted to us in connection with provision of the products and services such as providers of IT services; and
  • analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our website.

We will ensure there is a contract in place with the categories of recipients listed above which include obligations in relation to the confidentiality, security, and lawful processing of any personal data shared with them.

Where a third party recipient is located outside the European Economic Area, we will ensure that the transfer of personal data will be protected by appropriate safeguards, namely the use of standard data protection clauses adopted or approved by the European Commission where the data protection authority does not believe that the third country has adequate data protection laws.

We will share personal data with law enforcement or other authorities if required by applicable law.

How long will we keep your personal data?

Where there is a contract between us, we will retain your personal data for the duration of the contract, and for a period of a minimum of six years following its termination or expiry, to ensure we are able to comply with any contractual, legal, audit and other regulatory requirements, or any orders from competent courts or authorities.

Where we have supplied you with a certificate, we will keep the information required to verify your details and supply a replacement certificate for a minimum of 10 years.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Where you have consented to marketing communications, you may change your preferences or unsubscribe from marketing communications at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in an email from us.

How do we protect your personal data?

We take reasonable steps to protect your personal data from loss or destruction.  We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach.  We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

Where you have a username or password (or other identification information) which enables you to access certain services or parts of our website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your personal data transmitted to our website; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your personal data, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Your rights

Under the GDPR, you have various rights with respect to our use of your personal data:

Right to Access

You have the right to request a copy of the personal data that we hold about you by contacting us at the email or postal address given below.  Please include with your request information that will enable us to verify your identity.  We will respond with 30 days of request.  Please note that there are exceptions to this right.  We may be unable to make all information available to you if, for example, making the information available to you would reveal personal data about another person, if we are legally prevented from disclosing such information. Or if your request is manifestly unfounded or excessive.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us.

Right to rectification

We aim to keep your personal data accurate and complete.  We encourage you to contact us using the contact details provided below to let us know if any of your personal data is not accurate or changes, so that we can keep your personal data up-to-date.

Right to erasure

You have the right to request the deletion of your personal data where, for example, the personal data are no longer necessary for the purposes for which they were collected, where you withdraw your consent to processing, where there is no overriding legitimate interest for us to continue to process your personal data, or your personal data has been unlawfully processed.  If you would like to request that your personal data is erased, please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Please note that if you request deletion of your data, this is final. We will not be able to reinstate your data, or supply any replacement certificates or similar.

Right to object

In certain circumstances, you have the right to object to the processing of your personal data where, for example, your personal data is being processed on the basis of legitimate interests and there is no overriding legitimate interest for us to continue to process your personal data, or if your data is being processed for direct marketing purposes.  If you would like to object to the processing of your personal data, please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Right to restrict processing

In certain circumstances, you have the right to request that we restrict the further processing of your personal data.  This right arises where, for example, you have contested the accuracy of the personal data we hold about you and we are verifying the information, you have objected to processing based on legitimate interests and we are considering whether there are any overriding legitimate interests, or the processing is unlawful and you elect that processing is restricted rather than deleted.  Please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Right to data portability

In certain circumstances, you have the right to request that some of your personal data is provided to you, or to another data controller, in a commonly used, machine-readable format.  This right arises where you have provided your personal data to us, the processing is based on consent or the performance of a contract, and processing is carried out by automated means. If you would like to request that your personal data is ported to you, please contact us using the contact details provided below.

Please note that the GDPR sets out exceptions to these rights.  If we are unable to comply with your request due to an exception we will explain this to you in our response.

Contact

If you have any queries about this Policy, the way in which Lucid Optical Services Ltd. processes personal data, or about exercising any of your rights, please send an email to [email protected] or write to Data Protection, Lucid Optical Services Ltd., Lucid Training Centre, Garsdale, Sedbergh, Cumbria LA10 5PE, UK..

Complaints

If you believe that your data protection rights may have been breached, and we have been unable to resolve your concern, you may lodge a complaint the applicable supervisory authority or to seek a remedy through the courts.  Please visit https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ for more information on how to report a concern to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.

Changes to our Policy

Any changes we may make to our Policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our Policy.