Privacy and Cookie Policy

Last Updated: 01 August 2018


This Privacy and Cookie Policy (Privacy Policy) details the steps we take to protect your personal information when you visit http://www.comparethelotto.com/

This Privacy Policy describes the personal information that we collect when you use our service, the purposes for which we use such information, and your choices regarding our use of it.

The steps we take to protect your personal information and how you can review and correct your personal information are also covered here.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may occasionally update this Privacy Policy. When we do, we will revise the "last updated" date at the top of the Privacy Policy. Please ensure that you frequently check this Privacy Policy for any updates. We will also use reasonable endeavours to notify you of material changes.

Collection of information

This Privacy Policy applies in respect of all personal information you provide to us or that we collect in connection with your use of our service.

The personal information we collect from you may include:

  • any information you provide to us if you contact us;
  • any information you provide to us if you fill out a form
  • information about the device you use to access our service such as your IP address and geolocation.
  • You are not required to provide all of this information, but if you do not, you may not be able to experience all of the services and features available on our service.

We may also observe your use of our service and derive certain information from this which may include personal data such as your access times and browsing activity.

How is your personal information used?

We will use the personal information collected by us to:

  • provide you with personalised visits to our service for example by displaying targeted advertising and content which we believe likely to be relevant and of interest to you;
  • develop our service and enhance its usability and functionality and improve the user-experience;
  • provide you with services which you have signed up for;
  • share your personal information with our partners (detailed below);
  • recommend goods, services or promotions which may be of interest to you (but only where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes);
  • serve advertising to you which may be of interest to you
  • contact you; and
  • send out newsletters which you have signed up for.

With whom is your personal information shared?

We may disclose your personal information in the following ways:

  • where you have consented, to bookmakers who may use the information to provide you with offers, promotions and other marketing you may be interested in (for information about how to withdraw your consent please see the 'your rights' section below);
  • to third party data, service and software providers that assist us in the function, improvement and optimisation of our services such as website analytics, social media, bookmaker partner, email provider.
  • We may also disclose depersonalised data (such as aggregated statistics) about the users of our service in order to describe our sales, customers, traffic patterns and other site information to prospective partners, advertisers, investors and other reputable third parties and for other lawful purposes such as to analyse and understand site usage, but these statistics will include no personally identifying information.

We may occasionally be required by law, court order or governmental authority to disclose certain types of personal information. Examples of the type of situation where this would occur would be:

  • in the administration of justice; or
  • where we have to defend ourselves legally.

Finally, in the event of a reorganisation, sale or takeover we may need to disclose personal information to new entities within the group or potential acquirers and their advisers, though we will do so on the basis that the information is kept in confidence and, if the reorganisation, sale or takeover takes place, used only in accordance with applicable law and this Privacy Policy.

The requirements of data protection laws

We regard the lawful and correct treatment of your personal information by us as very important to our successful operation, and to maintaining confidence between us and our users. We ensure that ComparetheLotto.com treats personal information lawfully and correctly. To this end we fully endorse and adhere to the data protection principles set out in data protection legislation. In particular, without your consent or first amending this Privacy Policy to reflect any change in our usage of personal information:

  • we will not use your personal information for any purpose that is incompatible with this Privacy Policy;
  • we will only collect sufficient personal information for the uses set out above;
  • we will endeavour to keep your personal information up-to-date;
  • we will operate appropriate technical and organisational processes to protect your personal information against unauthorised or unlawful access or processing and against accidental loss or destruction. The measures we take are described elsewhere in this Privacy Policy; and
  • we will not transfer your personal information to a country outside the European Economic Area unless safeguards are in place to protect your personal information to the standards that apply within the EEA including via standard contractual clauses and Privacy Shield or where the transfer is necessary to administer a competition you have entered via our service (for example, it is sometimes necessary to send your username to a bookmaker outside the EEA if you enter a competition administered by that bookmaker).

Use of cookies and web beacons

Cookies are small files that websites save to your hard disk or to your browser's memory. The cookies used on our service are listed below.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser settings to decline cookies or to notify you when a cookie is being placed on your computer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the features of our service or other websites that you visit. To learn more about cookies and how to disable them we recommend you visit the Information Commissioner's websites here.

ComparetheLotto.com use technologies, such as cookies, to customise content and advertising, to provide social media features and to analyse traffic to the site. We also share information about your use of our site with our trusted social media, advertising and analytics partners.

We use "cookies" to collect information, you can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

If you wish to learn more about marketing cookies and technologies and how to delete them you can do so here and here.

One of the service providers that we use for data analytics is Google Analytics. If you do not want Google Analytics to collect and use information about your use of our services, then you can install an opt-out in your web browser (https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/).

By using our service you consent to us using the following cookies:

Like many web sites, we use 'cookie' technology to collect additional web site usage data and to improve the web site and our service. A cookie is a small data file that we transfer to your computer's hard disk.

ComparetheLotto.com may use both session cookies and persistent cookies to better understand how you interact with the web site and our service, to monitor aggregate usage by our users, control web traffic routing on the web site and to improve the web site and our service provision.

A session cookie enables certain features of the web site and our service and is deleted from your computer when you disconnect from or leave the web site.

A persistent cookie remains after you close your browser and may be used by your browser on subsequent visits to the web site. Persistent cookies can be removed by following your web browser help file directions.

Most Internet browsers automatically accept cookies. You can instruct your browser, by editing its options, to stop accepting cookies or to prompt you before accepting a cookie from the web sites you visit. Newer browsers also have options to inform web sites that you do not wish to be tracked.

On May 25th 2011, the UK introduced amendments to the The Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations which govern the usage of 'cookies' and related technologies for storing and accessing information on user equipment. The ComparetheLotto.com web site conforms to these regulations and has page level notifications and a cookie section to inform users about the usage of cookies by our site. At present our site uses the following distinct types of cookies:

  • First party cookies (generated by ComparetheLotto.com for the technical reasons outline above).
  • Analytics cookies (generated by Google on our behalf for the purposes of web site traffic monitoring and analysis).
  • Third party service cookies (generated by services such as Facebook on our behalf for the purposes of adding functionality and social networking integration).
  • Third party advertising cookies (generated by advertising / affiliate networks for the primary purpose of tracking new customer referrals along with the display and tracking of advertising (contextual and non-contextual) and special functions such as behavioural advertising, re-targeting and demographic analysis. Such cookies are usually generated when an advertisement is loaded whilst viewing the ComparetheLotto.com web site or when clicking an affiliate link to an external web site.

ComparetheLotto.com works with many advertising and affiliate networks and is not responsible for their use of cookies. You can view a full list of third parties in our cookie section.

All visitors to ComparetheLotto.com must allow the usage of the four types of cookies as outlined above if they wish to browse and use our web site. Consent shall be assumed as a result of a user explicitly pressing the 'Allow' link in our page level cookie notices or where a user continues to browse (implied consent) our web site having reviewed our cookie notice and the information in our cookie section. We require all visitors to review our cookie section and cookie notice to understand the usage of cookies by ComparetheLotto.com so as an informed choice can be made.

If a user does not wish to allow cookie usage they must cease using the site immediately.

Security

We are committed to protecting the security of your personal information. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorised access, use, or disclosure.

For example, we store the personal information you provide on secure computer systems with limited access that are located in facilities to which access is limited.

If you choose to set up an account with our service, it is your responsibility to ensure the security of your password and not to reveal this information to others.

Retention

We will hold your personal data for so long as you download and use our service and for no more than five years after. We will endeavor to delete any personal data sooner where it is not necessary for us to hold this, but please be aware that we may hold personal data for longer if we are under a legal obligation to do so or where we have a reasonable belief that it is necessary to do so for business or legal reasons.

Your rights

You have the following rights in relation to your personal data:

  • a right of access to a copy of the information comprised in your personal data;
  • a right to access your personal data in machine-readable format and to request that we transfer this to a third party data controller;
  • a right to object to decisions being taken by automated means;
  • a right to object to processing that is likely to cause or is causing damage or distress;
  • a right to ask us not to process your personal data for direct marketing purposes;
  • a right in certain circumstances to have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed;
  • a right to claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of data protection legislation; and
  • a right to lodge a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office in respect of our use of your personal data.
  • Where you have consented to us sending you marketing communications promoting third party products and services or where you have consented to us passing on your details to third parties for marketing purposes, you have a right to withdraw that consent. You can withdraw your consent by contact us. This will not affect or undo any instances where we have already lawfully shared your information prior to you withdrawing your consent. You can also opt-out of receiving marketing communications from us by clicking on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of such marketing communications.

If you are unsure about your rights or are concerned about how your personal data may be processed you should contact the Information Commission's Office.

If you contact us in relation to your rights we will do our best to accommodate your request or objection. Please note, however, that not all rights are absolute. Sometimes other legal obligations or third-party rights will take precedence.

If you request a copy of personal data that we hold about you we will require proof of your identity.

You can help us to maintain the accuracy of your information by notifying us of any change.

Please contact us if you would have any queries about, or would like to enforce, your rights set out above.

Grounds for processing

Our processing of your personal data will be where: (i) it is necessary for the performance of a contract we have with you; (ii) where you have provided your consent (for example for us to send you third party marketing); (iii) it is necessary for us to comply with legal obligation that we are under; or (iv) it is in our (or a third party's) legitimate interests and such interests do not prejudice your rights or freedoms. Our (or a third party's) legitimate interests will include:

  • ensuring our service is as user-friendly as possible so our customers are encouraged to use it;
  • understanding how our service is used to help us plan development and improvements to its functionality;
  • promoting our and our partners' and sponsors' businesses to those who are likely to be interested in the promotions and services we and they offer and monitoring how effectively we do that;
  • facilitating connections between our users and our partners; and
  • enabling us to benefit from the services and expertise of third party services providers;

Under 18s

Our service is for users who are aged 18 years old and over. We do not knowingly collect personal data from under 18s.

Links to other websites

Our service may contain links to, or integration with, other websites or apps such as bookmaker's website and apps and social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube. We are not responsible for the content, security, practices or privacy policies employed by other websites and apps. We encourage you to carefully review these third parties' privacy policies so that you know how they will collect, use, and share your information. In particular, when you open an account with a bookmaker, that bookmaker's own privacy policy will apply to personal data you provide via that account.

Contact us

If you have questions regarding this policy or our handling of your personal information, please contact us here. We will promptly address your concern and strive to reach a satisfactory resolution

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