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Protecting your privacy 


Wendy Garcarz Consulting


Contents of this Privacy Notice 

  1. Introduction

  2. What is Wendy Garcarz Consulting?

  3. Explaining the legal bases we rely on

  4. When do we collect your personal data?

  5. What sort of personal data do we collect?

  6. How and why do we use your personal data?

  7. Here’s how we’ll use your personal data and why: 

  8. Combining your data for personalised direct marketing

  9. How we protect your personal data

  10. How long will we keep your personal data?

  11. Who do we share your personal data with?

  12. Where your personal data may be processed

  13. What are your rights over your personal data?

  14. Your right to withdraw consent

  15. How can you stop the use of your personal data for direct marketing?

  16. Contacting the Regulator

  17. Any questions?

1  Introduction 

This Privacy Notice explains in detail the types of personal data we may collect about you when you interact with us. It also explains how we will store and handle that data, and keep it safe. 

We know that there’s a lot of information here but we want you to be fully informed about your rights, and how Wendy Garcarz Consulting uses your data. 

We hope the following sections will answer any questions you have but if not, please do get in touch with us. 

It’s likely that we’ll need to update this Privacy Notice from time to time. We’ll notify you of any significant changes via email, but you’re welcome to come back and check it whenever you wish. 

When you are using the Wendy Garcarz Consulting website, 'Wendy Garcarz Consulting’ is the data controller. 

Wendy Garcarz Consulting is UK based and therefore, when visiting our website from overseas, personal data that we may collect through cookies or online forms will leave the EU for the UK. 


2. What is The Help Academy? 

Wendy Garcarz Consulting – is an online support, training and information organisation specialising in the support of Small to Medium Enterprises: 

For simplicity throughout this notice, ‘we’ and ‘us’ means Wendy Garcarz Consulting


3. Explaining the legal bases we rely on 

The law on data protection sets out a number of different reasons for which a company may collect and process your personal data, including: 

  • Consent 

  • In specific situations, we can collect and process your data with your consent. For example, when you tick a box to receive email newsletters. 

  • When collecting your personal data, we’ll always make clear to you which data is necessary in connection with a particular service. 

  • Contractual obligations 

  • In certain circumstances, we need your personal data to comply with our contractual obligations. 

  • For example, if you order an item from us for home delivery, we’ll collect your address details to deliver your purchase, and pass them to our courier. 

  • Legal compliance 

  • If the law requires us to, we may need to collect and process your data. 

  • For example, we can pass on details of people involved in fraud or other criminal activity affecting the Partnership to law enforcement . 

  • Legitimate interest 

  • In specific situations, we require your data to pursue our legitimate interests in a way which might reasonably be expected as part of running our business and which does not materially impact your rights, freedom or interests. 

  • For example, we will use your purchase history to send you or make available personalised offers. 

  • We may also combine the shopping history of many customers to identify trends and ensure we can keep up with demand, or develop new products/services. 

  • We will also use your email address details to send you direct marketing information electronically telling you about products and services that we think might interest you. You of course haver the right to opt out of these email messages.

  • We may contact you regarding market research 


4. When do we collect your personal data? 

  • When you visit our websites, and/or use your account to buy products and/or services, or redeem vouchers from Wendy Garcarz Consulting online.

  • When you make an online purchase and check out as a guest (in which case we just collect transaction-based data)

  • When you create an account with us. 

  • When you engage with us on social media. 

  • When you download an e-book or electronic document

  • When you sign up to The Help Academy, you will be given access to an area called Members Area. This will allow your to access exclusive members only information        

  • When you enter prize draws or competitions.

  • When you book any kind of appointment with us or book to attend an event, for example an online training programme

  • When you choose to complete any surveys we send you.

  • When you comment on or review our products and services. 

  • Any individual may access personal data related to them, including opinions.

  • When you fill in any forms. 

5. What sort of personal data do we collect?

  • If you have a web account with us the data collected may include : your name, gender, date of birth, billing/delivery address, orders and receipts, email and telephone number. For your security, we’ll also keep an encrypted record of your login password.If

  • Details of your online communications preferences.

  • Details of your visits to our website or apps, and which site you came from to ours.

  • Information gathered by the use of cookies in your web browser. Learn more about how we use cookies and similar technologies.

  • Your comments and reviews.

  • To deliver the best possible web experience, we collect technical information about your internet connection and browser as well as the country and telephone code where your computer is located, the web pages viewed during your visit, the links you clicked on, and any search terms you entered.

  • Your social media username, if you interact with us through those channels, to help us respond to your comments, questions or feedback. 

6. How and why do we use your personal data?

  • We want to give you the best possible customer experience. One way to achieve that is to get the richest picture we can of who you are by combining the data we have about you. 

  • We then use this to offer you tailored products and services that are most likely to interest you. In the case of Business Club members, we’ll also offer you relevant promotions 

The data privacy law allows this as part of our legitimate interest in understanding our customers and providing the highest levels of service. 

Of course, if you wish to change how we use your data, you’ll find details in the ‘What are my rights?’ section below. 

Remember, if you choose not to share your personal data with us, or refuse certain contact permissions, we might not be able to provide some services you’ve asked for. 


7. Here’s how we’ll use your personal data and why: 

  • To process any online orders that you make by using our websites, apps or in store. If we don’t collect your personal data during checkout, we won’t be able to process your order and comply with our legal obligations.

  • To respond to your queries, refund requests and complaints. Handling the information you sent enables us to respond. We may also keep a record of these to inform any future communication with us and to demonstrate how we communicated with you throughout. We do this on the basis of our contractual and legal obligations and our legitimate interests in providing you with the best service and understanding how we can improve our service based on your experience.

  • To protect our business and your account from fraud and other illegal activities. This includes using your personal data to maintain, update and safeguard your account. We’ll also monitor your browsing activity with us to quickly identify and resolve any problems and protect the integrity of our websites. We’ll do all of this as part of our legitimate interest. For example, by checking your password when you login and using automated monitoring of IP addresses to identify possible fraudulent logins from unexpected locations.

  • To process payments and to prevent fraudulent transactions. We do this on the basis of our legitimate business interests. This also helps to protect our customers from fraud.

  • With your consent, we will use your personal data, preferences and details of your transactions to keep you informed by email or web, about relevant products and services including tailored special offers, discounts, promotions, events, competitions and so on. This is only applicable within the UK. Of course, you are free to opt out of hearing from us by any of these channels at any time.

  • To send you relevant, personalised communications by post in relation to updates, offers, services and products. We’ll do this on the basis of our legitimate business interest.  You are free to opt out of hearing from us by post at any time.

  • To send you communications required by law or which are necessary to inform you about our changes to the services we provide you. For example, updates to this Privacy Notice, product recall notices, and legally required information relating to your orders. These service messages will not include any promotional content and do not require prior consent when sent by email or text message. If we do not use your personal data for these purposes, we would be unable to comply with our legal obligations.

  • To administer any of our prize draws or competitions which you enter, based on your consent given at the time of entering.

  • To develop, test and improve the systems, services and products we provide to you. We’ll do this on the basis of our legitimate business interests.

  • For example, we’ll record your browser’s Session ID to help us understand more when you leave us online feedback about any problems you’re having.

  • To comply with our contractual or legal obligations to share data with law enforcement.

  • To send you survey and feedback requests to help improve our services. These messages will not include any promotional content and do not require prior consent when sent by email or text message. We have a legitimate interest to do so as this helps make our products or services more relevant to you.

  • To build a rich picture of who you are and what you like, and to inform our business decisions, we’ll combine data captured from across the Partnership, third parties and data from publicly-available lists as we have described in the section What Sort of Personal Data do we collect? We’ll do this on the basis of our legitimate business interest.

  • To process your booking/appointment requests (such as a consultation or speaking engagement)

8. Combining your data for personalised direct marketing
We want to bring you information about events, offers and promotions that are most relevant to your interests at particular times. To help us form a better, overall understanding of you as a customer.

9. How we protect your personal data
We know how much data security matters to all our customers. With this in mind we will treat your data with the utmost care and take all appropriate steps to protect it.
We secure access to all transactional areas of our websites and apps using ‘https’ technology. 

Access to your personal data is password-protected, and sensitive data such as payment card information) is secured and encrypted to ensure it is protected. 

We regularly monitor our system for possible vulnerabilities and attacks, and we carry out regular penetration testing to identify ways to further strengthen security. 

10.How long will we keep your personal data? 

Whenever we collect or process your personal data, we’ll only keep it for as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it was collected. 

At the end of that retention period, your data will either be deleted completely or anonymised, for example by aggregation with other data so that it can be used in a non-identifiable way for statistical analysis and business planning. 


Some examples of customer data retention periods: 


When you place an order, we’ll keep the personal data you give us for five years so we can comply with our legal and contractual obligations. 


11. Who do we share your personal data with? 

  • We sometimes share your personal data with trusted third parties. 

  • IT companies who support our website and other business systems.

  • Operational companies such as delivery couriers to contact you about your order delivery & occasionally service review messages

  • Direct marketing companies who help us manage our electronic communications with you.

  • Google/Facebook to show you products that might interest you while you’re browsing the internet. This is based on either your marketing consent or your acceptance of cookies on our websites. See our Cookies Notice for details.

  • We may also be required to disclose your personal data to the police or other enforcement, regulatory or Government body, in your country of origin or elsewhere, upon a valid request to do so. These requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis and take the privacy of our customers into consideration.

  • We may, from time to time, expand, reduce, transfer or close the Help Academy and this may involve the transfer of the whole business to new owners. If this happens, your personal data will, where relevant, be transferred to the new owner or controlling party, under the terms of this Privacy Notice.

  • For further information please contact our Data Protection Officer.

12. Where your personal data may be processed 

The Help Academy is a UK based organisation and so your data will be stored in the UK,

13. What are your rights over your personal data? 

An overview of your different rights 

You have the right to request: 

  • Access to the personal data we hold about you, free of charge in most cases.

  • The correction of your personal data when incorrect, out of date or incomplete. 

  • The deletion of the data we hold about you, in specific circumstances. For example, when you withdraw consent, or object and we have no legitimate overriding interest, or once the purpose for which we hold the data has come to an end (e.g. the end of a warranty). 

  • A computer file in a common format (e.g. CSV or similar) containing the personal data that you have previously provided to us and the right to have your information transferred to another entity where this is technically possible. 

  • Restriction of the use of your personal data, in specific circumstances, generally whilst we are deciding on an objection you have made. 

  • That we stop processing your personal data, in specific circumstances. For example, when you have withdrawn consent, or object for reasons related to your individual circumstances. 

  • That we stop using your personal data for direct marketing (either through specific channels, or all channels).

  • That we stop any consent-based processing of your personal data after you withdraw that consent. 

You can contact us to request to exercise these rights at any time by completing an online form. 

14. Your right to withdraw consent
Whenever you have given us your consent to use your personal data, you have the right to change your mind at any time and withdraw that consent. 


  • Where we rely on our legitimate interest

  • In cases where we are processing your personal data on the basis of our legitimate interest, you can ask us to stop for reasons connected to your individual situation.

  • We must then do so unless we believe we have a legitimate overriding reason to continue processing your personal data.

  • Direct marketing

  • You have the right to stop the use of your personal data for direct marketing activity through all channels, or selected channels. We must always comply with your request.

  • Checking your identity

  • To protect the confidentiality of your information, we will ask you to verify your identity before proceeding with any request you make under this Privacy Notice.

  • If you have authorised a third party to submit a request on your behalf, we will ask them to prove they have your permission to act.

15. How can you stop the use of your personal data for direct marketing? 

There are several ways you can stop direct marketing communications from us: 

  • Click the ‘unsubscribe’ link in any email communication that we send you. We will then stop any further emails from that particular division. 

  • If you have an account, log in into account, visit the ‘My Account’ area and change your preferences. 

  • Write to Data Rights Team - DPO, 171 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 5NN. Please note that you may continue to receive communications for a short period after changing your preferences while our systems are fully updated. 


16. Contacting the Regulator
If you feel that your data has not been handled correctly, or you are unhappy with our response to any requests you have made to us regarding the use of your personal data, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

You can contact them by calling 0303 123 1113.
Or go online to (opens in a new window; please note we can't be responsible for the content of external websites) 

If you are based outside the UK, you have the right to lodge your complaint with the relevant data protection regulator in your country of residence. Details can be found in

17. Any questions? 

We hope this Privacy Notice has been helpful in setting out the way we handle your personal data and your rights to control it. 

If you have any questions that haven’t been covered, please contact our Data Protection Officer (Andrew Garcarz) who will be pleased to help you: 


Email us on DPA@WendyGarcarz.Com
This notice was last updated on 14/01/2022

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