Privacy, Cookies and Legal Disclaimer
Centrica plc and its subsidiary companies believe it is important to protect your privacy, and so we are committed to giving you a service that meets your needs in a way that also protects your privacy. This policy explains how we may collect information about you and then use it to meet your needs. It also explains some of the security measures we take to protect your privacy, and tells you certain things we will not do.
1. Centrica plc and your personal data
For this website, centrica.com, and associated services, the data controller is Centrica plc.
This notice explains your statutory rights and how we collect and use your personal data. It describes the processing activities that are carried out by Centrica in relation to the this website, the purposes for which these activities are performed and the legal bases that we rely upon for these processing activities.
We may update this privacy notice from time to time to ensure it is always up to date and accurate. Any changes we may make to our privacy notice will be posted on this page, and we will communicate any significant changes to you where possible.
You can contact Centrica’s data protection officer by writing to The Data Protection Officer, Centrica Plc, Millstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5GD.
You can also contact our data protection officer at email@example.com.
2. Personal data we collect
2.1 - Here we set out the details of the types of personal data we collect.
We subsequently set out what we use the data for:
- Your contact details: information that allows us to contact you directly such as your name, email address, telephone number and address
- Communication you have with us: information about any communication you have with us
- How you use mobile applications and websites: we use technology such as cookies (subject to your cookie preferences) when you use our website, and we collect information about the pages you look at and how you use them.
- Device and machine information: information about the computer hardware and software on your computers and smartphones that is used to connect or communicate with us.
- Exercising your rights: if you exercise any of your statutory rights under data protection law, we will keep a record of this and how we respond.
- Responses to surveys and competitions: including records of any surveys you respond to or your entry into any competitions we run.
2.2 - What we use your personal data for and why
Where we process your personal data because we have a legitimate interest to.
- We process these items of your personal data because we have a legitimate interest to do so. We process the following categories of personal data, including:
|Reason or purpose||Personal data used|
Provide you with the content you have requested
Analyse performance of webpages and provide relevant content to you
Direct marketing and advertising. If you have not specifically consented to receive direct marketing, we will only send you direct marketing materials where we are allowed to because of law. However we will never send you direct marketing where you have opted out of receiving direct marketing communications
For the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims
Maintain accuracy and relevance of your data
Where we process your personal data so you can’t be identified any more
- We may anonymise and aggregate any of the personal data we hold (so that it does not identify you). We may use anonymised and aggregated information for purposes that include testing our IT systems, research, data analysis, improving our site, apps and developing new products and services.
2.3 - Sources we collect your personal data from
We will collect personal data from a number of sources. These include:
- Directly from you: when you set up an account with us, purchase products or services from us, submit information via our websites or apps, complete forms we provide to you, enter our competitions and promotions, make a claim, make a complaint, exercise your statutory rights, contact us by phone, email or communicate with us directly in some other way.
- Our website and mobile applications: we collect information about how you use them and any smart devices you connect to them.
- Other companies we work with: provide us with information to help us deliver our products and services to you. These include companies in the same group of companies as us: who may provide relevant information about the products and services bought from them.
- Third party data and insight providers: companies which provide us with relevant information about you which we append to our existing records, to help us operate our business and deliver our services to you.
2.4 - Who we share your personal data with
We share personal data with the following categories of third parties
Companies in the same group of companies as us
Companies that help us run our business, support our IT infrastructure and to further understand our customers
2.5 - Transferring your personal data internationally
British Gas is part of a global organisation and in common with other organisations, we use third parties located in other countries to help us run our business. As a result, personal data may be transferred outside the countries where we and our customers are located. This includes countries outside the European Economic Area ("EEA") and to countries that do not have laws that provide specific protection for personal data. We have taken steps to ensure all personal data is provided with adequate protection and that all transfers of personal data outside the EEA are done lawfully. Where we transfer personal data outside of the EEA to a country not determined by the European Commission as providing an adequate level of protection for personal data, the transfers will be under an agreement which covers the requirements for the transfer of personal data outside the EEA, such as the European Commission approved standard contractual clauses.
2.6 - How long we keep personal data for
We will keep your personal data for as long as necessary in order to achieve the processing purposes.
2.7 - Your rights in relation to your personal data
You may have the following rights in relation to your personal data:
- the right to be informed about the personal data we collect, how your personal data is being used, and from whom we collect your personal data when we obtain it from other sources;
- the right to access the personal data we hold about you;
- the right to request the correction of inaccurate personal data we hold about you;
- the right to request the blocking or deletion of your personal data in some circumstances;
- the right to request that we port elements of your data either to you or another service provider;
- the right to object to us processing your personal data (where we do so only because you have consented, or because we are using automated means to make decisions that affect you); and
- the right to withdraw your consent.
You only have the benefits of some of the above rights in limited circumstances, which depend on the legal reason why we collected your personal data.
To exercise any of the above rights, or if you have any questions relating to your rights, please contact us using the details below.
2.8 - Getting in touch
If you have any privacy-related questions or comments, please contact Centrica’s data protection officer by writing to The Data Protection Officer, Centrica Plc, Millstream, Maidenhead Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 5GD.
You can also contact our data protection officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unhappy with the way we are using your personal data you can also complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office or your local data protection regulator. We are here to help and encourage you to contact us to resolve your complaint first.
3. Protecting information
We have strict security measures to protect information. This includes following certain procedures such as encrypting (encoding) all the communications between you and our website.
Our website uses an Extended Validation SSL certificate that provides the strongest encryption level available.
- Some of these cookies are essential to provide our websites and apps.
- You can set your browser to reject cookies if you do not want them; we have included information on how to do this below. If you continue to browse our site and do not set your browser to reject cookies, we will treat this as your consent.
- You may also be able to control the effect of third party cookies through that third party’s own site. For example, you can tell Facebook that you do not wish to see adverts based on data from partners. We’ve included links to each advertising partner’s settings.
What am I being asked to consent to?
You can change your mind at any time, by adjusting your browser settings.
What are cookies?
When you browse our website, or use our apps, we and our partners store some data on your computer or phone, and collect some information from your device.
- small text files called “cookies”
- the Internet address of your device, which is a sequence of numbers called your “IP address”
- information about your browser and device’s operating system
- tiny transparent images called “pixel tags”
- mobile device identifiers, such as an iPhone’s Advertising Identifier, and
- data stored in your browser.
We’ll use the term “cookie” throughout this document to cover all of these.
We place our own cookies, and enable our partners to place their own cookies, on your devices, for the reasons below.
Some of these cookies disappear when you close your browser, and others last for a longer period of time. We use longer-lasting cookies when we need to know who you are for more than one browsing session; for example, to remember your preferences for the next time you visit.
Where we enable our partners to place cookies, these partners will see some information about you (such as your Internet address), and they may use the information they collect, along with other information they already have, to create profiles for advertising purposes.
Cookies which are essential for us to provide our websites and apps to you
These cookies are necessary, and let you move around the website and support all our essential features like navigation and video playback.
They’re not for gathering information, remembering your preferences, or advertising to you.
As these cookies are essential, we are not asking for your consent. If you disable these cookies, you might not be able to use our website properly, and we may not be able to provide some services to you.
Cookies which are not essential but help us give you a better experience
In addition to our own cookies, we enable partners to place cookies for this purpose, including:
- Hotjar: We use Hotjar to serve our user satisfaction surveys. We use this score to understand how satisfied users are with Centrica’s website. Hotjar captures whether you have been offered a survey recently so we don’t overload you with surveys.
- Investis: We use this provider for our investor tools, including share price and market data information.
Cookies which are not essential but help us improve our websites and apps
They keep track of the pages you visit and any errors you come across, for example.
We only use that information to improve how our website works, understand the interests of our users and measure how effective our advertising is.
In addition to our own cookies, we enable partners to place cookies for this purpose, including:
- Google: We use Google to provide statistical counting of users, paths, pages visited and so on. We use information such as your IP address, browser type, unique identifiers, and product holding information, stored in cookies on your device to record how you interact with our website. We do this to understand how our customers use our site, how we can design it to serve them better, and where our customers come from, including marketing campaigns, all of which are crucial in providing a better service for our customers. You can find out more about Google analytics for web-based ads here: https://policies.google.com/privacy
Cookies which are not essential and which are used for advertising purposes
Centrica has added tracking code from each of these partners to its website. When you load the page containing this tracking code, it tells the relevant partner which page you have loaded, along with some information about you, such as your IP address. Our partners collect this information whether you are a registered user of their service or not, and whether you are signed in to their service or not.
We use this to create groups of people who have accessed different pages on our website, and we target advertising on our partners’ sites to those groups. So, for example, if you have visited a page about a new boiler, we might use this information to show you adverts on Facebook or Twitter for new boilers.
These cookies use limit the number of times you see an advertisement, as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign.
The advertisers we work with include:
|Name||What information we share or they obtain||Opting out of targeted advertising via the site/service||Privacy notice||Cookie notice|
IP address Browser type Operating system
IP address Browser cookie identifiers Mobile device identifiers Content viewed / action taken on our site/app
IP address Information about videos you view through our site/app
Google and Doubleclick
IP address Account number Email address What products and services you have bought from us
Microsoft and Bing
How can I block cookies?
You can change the security settings of your web browser in order to stop your device receiving and storing cookies, to allow receiving and storing cookies from selected websites only, or to be notified before receiving cookies. You may delete cookies stored in your browser at any time. Information stored in such cookies will be removed from your device.
There is more information about this on www.aboutcookies.org which gives instructions on how you can manage cookies on different browsers.
You can normally turn off pixel tags too by switching off cookies in your browser. There are also browser add-ons and extensions that specifically block web beacons.
To avoid pixel tags in emails, you can turn off the automatic loading of remote images in your email service. However, if you choose to load images, you would also load any pixel tags in the email.
You could also use your browser’s “Private Browsing” mode. You will still get the benefit of cookies for the duration of your browsing, but they will be deleted automatically when you close your browser.
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