Last updated: May 2021
Who we are
This policy applies to Ordnance Survey Limited, and its group of companies which comprise Ordnance Survey Leisure Limited and Ordnance Survey International Services Ltd which are located in the United Kingdom. For the purposes this policy Ordnance Survey and its Group of Companies will be referred to as we, us, our.
Privacy and data protection laws
We are committed to complying with privacy and data protection laws in all the countries in which we operate, to the extent that such laws are applicable to us.
If you are accessing our Sites, Services or Apps from a location outside of the UK or the European Economic Area (the "EEA"), please refer to the section "Additional information for international users (outside of the UK or EEA)" at the end of this policy for important additional information.
Legal Basis and purpose for processing your personal data (UK and EEA residents only)
- You have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes;
- it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract;
- it is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject;
- it is necessary in order to protect your vital interests;
- it is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in us;
- it is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms which require protection of personal data.
If you are accessing our Sites and Services from a location outside of the UK or EEA, we will also comply with any applicable authorisations and requirements for processing your personal data under your local privacy and data protection laws (to the extent that they apply to us).
How we collect your personal data:
We are committed to protecting your personal information and respecting your privacy. We may collect and process personal data about you in a number of different ways, depending on the nature of our relationship with you.
Some of the ways that we commonly collect and process personal data include:
- When you provide your personal data directly to us in the course of accessing our Sites, Services or Apps.
- When we analyse existing personal data that we already hold about you in order to better understand your use of our products and services, or other matters that are relevant to our relationship with you.
- Viewing or subscribing to our websites and social media functions.
- Corresponding with us using services such as web contact forms, webchat facility, telephone, email or written letter.
- Signing up to marketing material or newsletters.
- Entering competitions or participating in discussion boards.
- Applying for a job vacancy, including personal data collected from third parties as part of reference checking.
- Purchasing, licensing or accessing products, including mobile applications (Apps).
Location-based features of our Sites, Services and Apps use GPS or other similar functionality, which you may be asked to enable on your device before you can use these features (please see the section "Your Location Information" below).
We also use web and mobile analytics technologies for our Sites, Services and Apps, which automatically collect certain types of Device information and Log Information about your usage (please see the section "Your Device Information" below).
We use your personal data in the following ways:
- Provide you with personalised access to our mapping data.
- Provide you access to personalised areas of the website, online shop, mobile apps, Geovation Hub.
- Fulfil online payments or orders for any products you purchase through our online services.
- Provide you with information about other goods and services we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about.
- Provide you, or permit selected third parties to provide you, with newsletters, promotions and other information about goods or services we feel may interest you where you have consented to such communications.
- Carry out our obligations from any contracts you have entered into with us.
- Customer satisfaction surveys and market research.
- Process job vacancy applications and CV’s.
- Respond to your enquiries and complaints.
- Notify you about changes to our products and services.
Our Legitimate Interests
There are times when we will rely on legitimate interests to process personal data, particularly when it is not practical to obtain consent. We will always consider if it is fair and balanced to do so and if it is within your reasonable expectations. We will balance your rights and our legitimate interests to ensure that we use your personal information in ways that are not unduly intrusive or unfair. Examples are:-
- Reporting criminal acts and compliance with law enforcement agencies
- Internal and external audit for financial or regulatory compliance purposes
- Statutory reporting
- Operate our platforms and communicate with you as necessary when providing our services to you for our legitimate interest.
- Maintenance of “do not contact” lists (suppression lists)
- Customer satisfaction surveys and market research.
- Physical and Network security
- Work Experience placements
- Financial Management and Control
- General Administration
Categories of personal data you give to us
The personal data you give us includes:-
- Telephone number
- Email address,
- Date of birth and age
- User name and passwords to access our Sites and Services
- Financial and credit card information
- Personal profile description and photograph
- Reviews and ratings in our Apps
- Routes and activity information in our Apps
- Equality and diversity information.
- Location Information (see the "Your Location information" section below)
Your Location information:
- We may use GPS technology or other technology to determine your current location in order to provide certain functionality to you as part of our Sites, Services and Apps. Some of our location-enabled Services require your location data for the feature to work. If you wish to use the particular feature, you will be asked to consent to your data being used for this purpose.
- In order to record routes using the OS Maps app, background access to your location is required. This is so your route can be recorded even if you don’t have the app open for the duration of the route. Your recorded routes are stored securely, and will be visible to other users only if you choose to make them ‘Public’ when you save them. If they are set to ‘Private’, you are the only person who can see your recorded routes. (In order to Share a route, it must first be made ‘Public’).
- You can withdraw your consent to determine your current location at any time through your Device setting.
Your Device information
Each time you visit or use our Sites, Services, or Apps, we may automatically collect the following information:
- technical information, including the type of mobile device you use, a unique device identifier (for example, your Device's IMEI number, the MAC address of the Device's wireless network interface, or the mobile phone number used by the Device), mobile network information, your mobile operating system, the type of mobile browser you use, and/or time zone setting;
- details of your use of any of our Apps or your visits to any of our Sites and Services including, but not limited to, Internet protocol (IP) address used by your Device, traffic data, location data, (see the "Your location information" section above), weblogs and other communication data, whether this is required for our own billing purposes and/or the resources that you access (Log Information);
- URL click stream information showing how users have reached our Site and Services and whether they access other third party sites via any external links.
We use the Device information in the following ways
- To administer our Site, Services and Apps for troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes;
- To improve our Site, Services and Apps to ensure that content is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your Device;
- To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Site, Services and Apps, when you choose to do so;
- As part of our efforts to keep our Site, Services and Apps safe and secure;
- To determine which features your Device supports which assists our development strategy.
We use the Log Information in the following ways
- Track the success of our products and services and our marketing activity;
- Monitor data traffic and any patterns of use;
- Ensure the content of our Site, Services and Apps are fit for the purpose for which they are set up and to develop the experience of our users;
- To ask you to review our products and services.
Information we pass to Third Parties and other Data Sharing
In order to facilitate your use of our Site, Services and Apps, we may have to share your personal data with third parties to provide elements of our Site, Services and Apps to you. We will provide your personal data to third parties when they need the data to perform particular functions in delivering our Site, Services and Apps to you or as part of our regulatory compliance. These include:-
- Service providers acting as data processors, located in the UK and EEA who provide data hosting facilities, IT and system administration services.
- Service providers located in the UK and EEA acting as data processors who administer our customer email service, webchat service, API Services.
- Service providers who are manufacturers of OS Branded Products where a device requires interaction with third parties for registration of devices, third-party software and downloading of mapping tiles.
- Service providers such as Adjust for functionality to monitor app downloads and app usage analytics primarily to track the source of app downloads and attribute them to a marketing channel. We collect first party identifiers such as Device ID, Android Advertising ID.
- Service providers such as Mapbox, using their Telemetry SDK’s to enable the collection of anonymous data and device location to continuously update and improve maps. For more information see Telemetry | Mapbox.
- Service providers acting as a data processor for the facilitation of our recruitment processes.
- HM Revenue & Customs, regulators and other authorities acting as processors or joint controllers based in the United Kingdom who require reporting of processing activities in certain circumstances.
- We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group, which means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, as defined in section 1159 of the Companies Act 2006.
- Third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer, or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them.
- If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal or regulatory obligation or request.
- In order to:
We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service provider processors to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.
Data transfers to third countries
Your personal information may be transferred to, and processed in, countries other than the country in which you are resident. These countries may have data protection laws that are different to the laws of your country (and, in some cases, may not be as protective).
Specifically, our Website servers are located in the UK, EEA and Australia, and our third party service providers and partners operate in [UK, EEA, USA and Australia. This means that when we collect your personal information, we may process it in any of these countries.
Data security and how we store personal data
We store personal data as either secure physical records, electronically on our internal IT systems, in cloud storage, and in some cases, records on third party servers, which may be located in various countries (please see the "Data transfers to third countries" section above for more details).
Once it is within our control, we will do our utmost to ensure your personal data is processed in a way that ensures appropriate security from unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage
We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.
Retaining your personal information
We will retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. We may also retain your personal data for a reasonable period afterwards to allow us to respond to any follow up enquiries or complaints, or for as long as you remain a registered user of our products and services.
To determine appropriate retention periods for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes, we may use or store this information indefinitely without further notice to you.
In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see Right to Erasure below for further information.
Data protection rights for UK and EEA Data Subjects.
If you are a resident of the UK or EEA, you have the following data protection rights:
Withdraw Consent - Where we are using your personal information on the basis of your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time.
Right to be Informed – You have the right to be told how your personal information will be used. This policy document, and shorter summary statements used on our communications, are intended to be a clear and transparent description of how your data may be used.
Right of Access – You can write to us asking what information we hold on you and to request a copy of that information. This is called a Subject Access Request. From 25th May 2018 we will have 30 days to respond to you once we are satisfied you have rights to see the requested records and we have successfully confirmed your identity. Details on how to submit a Subject Access Request if you are in the UK or EEA can be found on our data protection page.
Right of Erasure – From 25th May 2018, you have the right to be forgotten (i.e. to have your personally identifiable data deleted). However, we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons, which will be notified to you. In some cases, we may recommend that we supress you from future communications, rather than data deletion, particularly if you have purchased an item from our e-commerce shop which comes with a warranty. Our Customer Services Team will be happy to advise you.
Right of Rectification – If you believe our records are inaccurate you have the right to ask for those records concerning you to be updated. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected. We may need to verify the accuracy of the new data provided to us.
Right to Restrict Processing – In certain situations you have the right to ask for processing of your personal data to be restricted because there is some disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.
Right to Data Portability – Where we are processing your personal data under your consent, the law allows you to request data portability from us to another service provider. This right is largely seen as a way for people to transfer their personal data from one service provider to another. We will provide to you, or a third party you have chosen, your personal data in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. Note that this right only applies to automated information which you initially provided consent for us to use or where we used the information to perform a contract with you.
Right to Object - You have an absolute right to stop the processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes. Simply contact our Customer Service Team and they will amend your contact preferences or alternatively if you have an OSMaps or shop account you can update your details in your Preference Centre.
Right to object to automated decisions – In a situation where a data controller is using your personal data in a computerised model or algorithm to make decisions “that have a legal effect on you”, you have the right to object. This right is more applicable to mortgage or finance situations. We do not undertake complex computerised decision making that produce legal effects.
Changes to this policy
Additional information for international users (outside of the UK or EEA)
Information for all Australian users
If you are accessing our Sites, Services or Apps from Australia, you may have rights under Australian privacy laws including the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Australian Privacy Act).
The Australian Privacy Act gives individuals various rights, including the right to:
- request access to, or correction of, their personal information; and
- the right to make a complaint about how their personal information has been handled.
If you would like to make an access or correction request, or lodge a privacy complaint, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the details in the "Contacting Us" section above.
We will handle all such requests, complaints and queries in accordance with any applicable requirements under Australian privacy laws. Where applicable, we may rely on exemptions under those laws (including, but not limited to, exemptions relating to related bodies corporate and employee records).
Data Protection Officer:
- Email: email@example.com
- Post: Ordnance Survey, Explorer House, Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS.
Ordnance Survey and/or Ordnance Survey International Services Ltd:
- Contact our Customer Services team
- Post: Customer Services, Ordnance Survey, Explorer House, Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS.
Ordnance Survey Leisure Limited:
Post: Ordnance Survey Leisure, Customer Services, Explorer House, Adanac Drive, Southampton, SO16 0AS.
If, for any reason, you have a complaint, please contact the Data Protection Officer to discuss your concerns.
Following this, if you are still dissatisfied, you are able to contact your local data protection authority at the contact details below:
UK Information Commissioner: Contact telephone number: 0303 123 1113. Website: ICO website https://ico.org.uk/
European Data Protection Authorities: in the European Economic Area are available here
Office of the Australian Information Commissioner: GPO Box 5218, Sydney NSW 2001, Telephone: 1300 363 992, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org