Apr 24, 2018

This document refers to personal data, which is defined as information concerning any living person (a natural person who hereafter will be called the Data Subject) that is not already in the public domain.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is EU wide and far more extensive than its predecessor the Data Protection Act, along with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), seek to protect and enhance the rights of EU data subjects. These rights cover the safeguarding of personal data, protection against the unlawful processing of personal data and the unrestricted movement of personal data within the EU and its storage within the EEA.


1 – Simpson Optometrist, based at 168 Cumbernauld Road, Muirhead G69 9NB, which hereafter for the purposes of this Privacy Notice will be referred to as the Optometrists, is pleased to provide the following information:


2 – Personal Data

a) For the purposes of providing treatment, the Optometrists may require detailed medical information. We will only collect what is relevant and necessary. When you visit our practice, we will make notes which may include details concerning your medication, treatment and other issues affecting your health. This data is always held securely, is not shared with anyone not involved in your treatment, although for data storage purposes it may be handled by pre-vetted staff who have all signed an integrity and confidentiality agreement. To be able to process your personal data it is a condition of any treatment that you give your explicit consent to allow the Optometrists to document and process your personal medical data. Contact details provided by you such as telephone numbers, email addresses, postal addresses may be used to remind you of future appointments and provide reports or other information concerning your treatment. As part of our obligations as primary healthcare practitioners there may be circumstances related to your treatment, on-going care or medical diagnosis that will require the sharing of your medical records with other healthcare practitioners e.g GPs, consultants, surgeons and/or medical insurance companies. Where this is required we will always inform you first unless we are under a legal obligation to comply.

b) For marketing purposes, we may also use the contact details provided by you to respond to your enquiries, including making telephone contact and emailing information to you which the practice believes may be of interest to you.

c) In making initial contact with the practice you consent to the Optometrists maintaining a marketing dialogue with you until you either opt out (which you can do at any time) or we decide to desist in promoting our services. The Optometrists may occasionally also act on behalf of its patients in the capacity of data processor, when we may promote other practitioners based at our premises, who may not be employed by us. The Optometrists do not broker your data and you can ask to be removed from our marketing database by emailing or phoning the practice using the contact details provided at the end of this Privacy Notice.

d) Some basic personal data may be collected about you from the marketing forms and surveys you complete, from records of our correspondence and phone calls and details of your visits to our website, including but not limited to, personally identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses.

e) The Optometrists’ website uses cookies, which is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. WordPress.org uses cookies to help the Optometrists to identify and track visitors and their website access preferences. The Optometrist’ website visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using the Optometrist’ website.

f) The Optometrist will only collect the information needed so that we can provide you with the services you require, the business does not sell or broker your data.


3 – Third Parties

The 3rd party developers of this website have access to any personal data we hold on this site, if we choose to store it. They are bound by 3rd party policies not to share or sell any personal data they access.

They use Google Analytics to track and report website traffic to us. It offers the tools to measure site traffic, ad performance, and understand how people use our website. No personal or sensitive information is kept on Google Analytics.

To find out more about our third-party developers privacy policy, please click here.


4 – Legal basis for processing any personal data

To meet our contractual obligations obtained from explicit Patient Consent and legitimate interest to respond to enquiries concerning the services provided.


5 – Legitimate interests pursued by Optometrists

To promote treatments for patients with all types of health problems indicated for Ophthalmic care.


6 – Consent

Through agreeing to this privacy notice you are consenting to the Optometrists processing your personal data for the purposes outlined. You can withdraw consent at any time by using the postal, email address or telephone number provided at the end of this Privacy Notice.


7 – Disclosure

The Optometrists will keep your personal information safe and secure, only staff engaged in providing your treatment will have access to your patient records, although our administration team will have access to your contact details so that they can make appointments and manage your account. The Optometrists will not disclose your Personal Information unless compelled to, in order to meet legal obligations, regulations or valid governmental requests. The practice may also enforce its Terms and Conditions, including investigating potential violations of its Terms and Conditions to detect, prevent or mitigate fraud or security or technical issues; or to protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of its staff.


8 – Retention Policy

The Optometrists will process personal data during the duration of any treatment and will continue to store only the personal data needed for a minimum of ten years after the contract has expired to meet any legal obligations. Records concerning minors who have received treatment will be retained until the child has reached the age of 25.


9 – Data storage

All Data is held in the United Kingdom. the Optometrist does not store personal data outside the EEA.


10 – Your rights as a data subject

At any point whilst the Optometrists are in possession of, or processing your personal data, all data subjects have the following rights:

·       Right of access – you have the right to request a copy of the information that we hold about you. Please refer to our Right to Access Policy.

·       Right of rectification – you have a right to correct data that we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete.

·       Right to be forgotten – in certain circumstances you can ask for the data we hold about you to be erased from our records.

·       Right to restriction of processing – where certain conditions apply you have a right to restrict the processing.

·       Right of portability – you have the right to have the data we hold about you transferred to another organisation. Please refer to our Right to Access Policy.

·       Right to object – you have the right to object to certain types of processing such as direct marketing.

·       Right to object to automated processing, including profiling – you also have the right not to be subject to the legal effects of automated processing or profiling.

In the event that the Optometrists refuses your request under rights of access, we will provide you with a reason as to why, which you have the right to legally challenge. At your request the Optometrists can confirm what information it holds about you and how it is processed.


11 – You can request the following information:

·       Identity and the contact details of the person or organisation (the Optometrists) that has determined how and why to process your data.

·       Contact details of the data protection officer, where applicable.

·       The purpose of the processing as well as the legal basis for processing.

·       If the processing is based on the legitimate interests of Optometrists and information about these interests.

·       The categories of personal data collected, stored and processed.

·       Recipient(s) or categories of recipients that the data is/will be disclosed to.

·       How long the data will be stored.

·       Details of your rights to correct, erasure, restrict or object to such processing.

·       Information about your right to withdraw consent at any time.

·       How to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority (ICO).

·       Whether the provision of personal data is a statutory or contractual requirement, or a requirement necessary to enter into a contract, as well as whether you are obliged to provide the personal data and the possible consequences of failing to provide such data.

·       The source of personal data if it wasn’t collected directly from you.

·       Any details and information of automated decision making, such as profiling, and any meaningful information about the logic involved, as well as the significance and expected consequences of such processing.


12 – To access what personal data is held, identification will be required

The Optometrist will accept the following forms of identification (ID) when information on your personal data is requested: a copy of your driving licence, passport, birth certificate and a utility bill not older than three months. A minimum of one piece of photographic ID listed above and a supporting document is required. If the Optometrist is dissatisfied with the quality, further information may be sought before personal data can be released. All requests should be made to info@simpsonoptometrists.co.uk or writing to us at the address further below.


13 – Complaints

In the event that you wish to make a complaint about how your personal data is being processed by the Optometrist you have the right to complain to us. If you do not get a response within 30 days, you can complain to the ICO.

The details for each of these contacts are:

Douglas Simpson
Telephone 0141 779 1420.
Email: info@simpsonoptometrists.co.uk

Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF Telephone +44 (0) 303 123 1113 or email: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/