privacy policy

Privacy & Data Protection Policy
Hardware Startup IO Ltd respects the privacy of your personal information. This Privacy Policy sets out our current policies and procedures in relation to your data protection and relates solely to information supplied by you via this website. This Privacy Policy will not alter or affect any personal information otherwise provided by you to Hardware Startup IO Ltd. It is important that you revisit this Privacy Policy regularly, as we may from time to time change the content or services available on our website and consequently this Privacy Policy may change.

Who are we
When we say 'we' or 'us' in this Privacy Policy we are referring to Hardware Startup IO Ltd.

What information we hold about you
The information we hold about you consists of the details you provided to us on registration or when you contacted us, such as your name, email address, company name and industry. We also keep information about the services we provide to you, your account details and product preferences. When you visit our website, we may collect and store information about how you visited the site and which areas and pages of the site you visited. Your contact details and details of the emails and other electronic communications you receive from us are also stored, including whether that communication has been opened and if you have clicked on any links within that communication. We want to make sure that our communications are useful for you, so if you don’t open them or don’t click on any links in them, we know we need to improve our communication with you.

Why we collect this information and how we use it
Any personal details that you supply to us via this website such as your contact details will be stored and held by us on computer databases or otherwise for the purpose of:
- Providing you with the service(s) that you have requested. 
- Fulfilling any agreement we may have with you.
- Providing you with information about any other special offers, products and services that we feel may be of interest to you (unless you inform us that you do not want to receive such direct marketing).
- For assessment and analysis (e.g. market, customer and product analysis) to enable us to review, develop and improve the products and services which we offer and to enable us to provide you and other customers with relevant information through our marketing programme.
- To compile statistical analysis of the pages of our website which you visit.
- Link online behaviour to subsequent application / registration details (if these are completed).
- Evaluate our sites advertising and promotional effectiveness. 

Site Tracking
In order that we can monitor and improve the site, we gather certain information about you when you use it, including details of your domain name and IP address, operating system, browser, version and the website that you visited prior to our website. We collect this information through the use of cookies, web beacons and web logs.

Controlling your personal information
You may choose to restrict the collection or use of your personal information in the following way: if you have previously agreed to us using your personal information for direct marketing purposes, you may change your mind at any time by updating your preferences in the user profile area, in writing or emailing us at hello@hardwarestartup.io. By signing up, you give permission for us to share your details with our carefully selected and trusted marketing partners who may contact you with information on the products and services they offer. We may use your personal information to send you promotional information about third parties which we think you may find interesting if you tell us that you wish this to happen. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you - if you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to:

Hardware Startup IO Ltd
Unit 9, 5 Fountayne Road
London N15 4QL
United Kingdom

Data Protection
We endeavour to take all reasonable steps to protect and keep secure your personal information but cannot guarantee the security of any data you disclose online. You accept the inherent security risks of providing information and dealing online over the Internet and will not hold us responsible for any breach of security unless this is due to our negligence or wilful default. Please be aware that our site may link to other websites which may be accessed through our site. We are not responsible for the use of any personal information that you give directly to or are collected via such third party sites. You should read the respective data policies or procedures of these linked websites to find out how they use your information.In the course of undertaking the activities specified in this privacy policy it may be necessary to transfer data to third parties who provide services to us outside the European Economic Area including countries that have different levels of data protection laws to the country from where you submitted your personal data. If we do this, we will take all steps reasonably necessary that any such transfers comply with applicable data protection laws and that Your Data remains protected and secure in accordance with this privacy policy. We only keep your information for as long as it is necessary. We regularly review all our personal information and archive, delete or remove data that is no longer needed or is felt to be out of date for the purposes in which we use data. As part of its services, Hardware Startup IO Ltd may occasionally inform you (by email, telephone, mail or otherwise) about special offers, products and services which we consider may be of interest to you. If you do not wish to receive details through our marketing programme you can opt out of receiving further marketing from us by email, telephone or otherwise by contacting the Marketing Department at the above address.

Your rights and access to information
You have the right to access and see a copy of the information we hold about you, and this will be provided at no cost to you on request. If you believe that any information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to or email us as soon as possible, at the above address. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect. Before providing personal information to you or another person on your behalf, we may ask for some proof of identity or information so we can be satisfied that we are providing information to the correct individual and to protect the rights of our other registered users. You can contact us by email or in writing to request this information - please allow up to thirty days to receive the information disclosure.You also have the right for us to no longer communicate with you, to no longer holding your information or to not share your information with others any more, including having your information deleted forever. If you are not happy with our service or how we have processed or used your information you have the right to make a complaint to the UK supervisory authority which in the United Kingdom is the ICO (Information Commissioner's Office). You can find more information and contact details here https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.

Contact details
Data Protection Officer
Hardware Startup IO Ltd
Unit 9, 5 Fountayne Road
London N15 4QL
United Kingdom
Email:  hello@hardwarestartup.io

This Privacy Policy was most recently updated in October 2017.

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