Protecting your privacy
This privacy notice describes how Riverford Organic Farmers Ltd (“We”) collect and use the personal information of our customers and prospective customers in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other relevant legislation
To give you the best possible organic experience we need to gather data. We want to be transparent about why we need the personal details we request when you engage with us and how we will use them.
We will protect the privacy and security of your personal information and will always take all reasonable steps within our power to keep your information safe.
Please read this policy carefully, along with our Terms and Conditions and any other documents referred to within this notice to understand how we collect, why we use, and how we store your personal information.
Data protection principles
We comply with the principles of data protection law. This says that the personal information we hold about you must be:
- Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
- Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
- Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
- Accurate and kept up to date.
- Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
- Kept securely.
For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) the data controller is Riverford Organic Farmers Ltd of Wash Barn, Buckfastleigh, Devon, TQ11 0JU. As we are a franchise business, in some areas, our business partners may process data on our behalf in order to fulfil your orders.
What personal data we may collect about you
Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data). There are "special categories" of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection.
We collect information every time you interact with us. The information we may collect from these interactions may include, but is not limited to:/p>
|How we collect information||Your possible interactions||Information we may collect|
|Information you give to us||
Your email address
Your telephone number
Your payment information
Your login information (customers)
Your shopping preferences including products, dietary (vegetarian, vegan) and Veg Alerts
|Information we collect when you interact with our site or app||
||Your Internet Protocol (IP) address
Your browser type and version
Your time zone setting
Your browser plug-in types and version
Your operating system and platform
The pages you visit, for how long and the actions you perform
Page response times
Your shopping preferences and other areas of interest to you
|Information we receive from other sources||
Your email address
Your telephone number
Your payment information
Your login information (customers)
Payment card verification
Legal basis we rely on to collect information
The law on data protection sets out a number of different reasons for which a company may collect and process your personal data, including:
- To fulfil a service: We use your information to execute contracts or services that you have entered into. This includes communications relating to your order, deliveries and payments via phone, email and SMS (for example to let you know if a delivery is delayed or payment has failed). In order to process and fulfil your order, we may need to share your information with our franchisees (eg delivery address) and payment processors (eg to collect payment).
- When you consent: We may use your personal information and order history to tell you about relevant products, events, competitions and news. For example, when you sign up to a newsletter or tell us you want to hear from us by completing your preferences. You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages by contacting us at any time. If you change your mind you can update your choices at any time by logging into your account or contacting us.
- If we have legitimate interest: The GDPR defines legitimate interest as a reasonable business or commercial interest for processing your personal information. For example, sending a direct mail when a product you previously ordered is back in season, improving the service we provide or to follow our ethical and environmental ethos.
How we use your information
We want to help you Live Life on the Veg and get the most of organic and ethical living. By understanding our customers, trends and behaviours, we can provide better and more relevant service.
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.
|What we use your data for||Legal basis|
|To process your orders and services requested from us||Service|
|To invite you to events and cookery classes and process your bookings||Consent|
|To respond to your queries, complaints or refund requests||Service|
|To protect our website and our customers (eg to investigate phishing or fraudulent activity)||Legitimate interest|
|To keep a record of your relationship with us and your information up to date||Service|
|To process payments||Service|
|To tell you the contents of next week’s boxes so that you can plan your weekly grocery shop||Consent|
|To tell you about relevant new products and services you may be interested in based on your buying history||Consent|
|To tell you when a product you have purchased in the past is back in season||Consent|
|To remind you of your order cut-off deadline to enable you to place, amend or cancel an order||Service|
|To let you know when you have an unconfirmed order in your basket.||Service|
|To let you know about changes to your order or deliveries||Service|
|To let you know about changes to our service (eg delisting products)||Service|
|To administer competitions and promotions||Consent|
|To exclude you from online advertising and avoid unnecessary spend on marketing||Legitimate interest|
|To develop and improve our systems (eg pages you visit to investigate any problems you encounter with our site)||Legitimate interest|
|To send you requests for feedback via surveys to help improve our service||Legitimate interest|
|To build a picture of who are current customers are and what they like, to inform our business decisions (eg to identify food trends or locate potential new customers in different areas of the UK)||Legitimate interest|
|To keep you informed about the ethical and environmental work you are supporting (eg being fair to farmers)||Consent|
|To ensure the content on our site or app is presented effectively for your device and is secure||Legitimate interest|
|To measure and understand advertising effectiveness through research and analysis||Legitimate interest|
|To check if you’d like to keep your account open after a period of no orders.||Service|
|To automatically customise the contents of our website, emails or other channels based on the data we hold about you (for example showing you strawberries if you previously purchased them)||Legitimate interest|
|To contact you by phone if we notice unusual activity in your account such as a significantly larger order than your regular order||Service and legitimate interest|
|To contact you by phone if you cancel all orders to understand your reasons for leaving Riverford||Legitimate interest|
|To contact you by phone periodically if you choose to keep your account open but without placing an order, for up to 36 months. All calls are screened against the TPS (Telephone Preference Service)||Legitimate interest|
Note that if you purchase a gift for someone from Riverford, we will need their personal details (for example name and address) in order to process the order and delivery. However, we will never contact them for any other purpose other than to process your gift.
Who we share your information with
Sometimes we may share your data with trusted third parties for the legal bases defined above (service, legitimate interest and consent).
An additional basis of ‘legal compliance’ applies here. We have a duty to pass on information to law enforcement agencies, if we become aware of people involved in fraud, non-payment or other criminal activity.
We may also be legally bound to share your data in the future if Riverford is subject to sale or asset transfer.
|Who we share your data with||How we protect your data||Your rights|
|Our business partners and franchisees in order to fulfil our contract with you||Accessed from centrally maintained systems. No personal information is sent across the open internet||Your data will be shared as long as you remain a customer of Riverford|
|We use external email platforms (IBM Watson Campaign Automation and Mailchimp) to fulfil our service and marketing communication needs||Both IBM and Mailchimp adhere to the GDPR when processing data for customers operating within the EU.||Use of a third party email provider is necessary and legitimate for us to execute the service you sign up for with Riverford.
Read more about how your data is protected:
|Online advertisers and platforms such as (Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook) to show you relevant information about our products||The processing is completed using pseudonymised (subjected to a technical process which replaces your data with codes, so it is unidentifiable to anyone without additional information) email addresses to protect your privacy. This transfer is a bulk process so neither Riverford, or the third party, has sight of any individual’s data.||As a customer you can consent or opt out from online marketing by updating your communication preferences in your account (this may take up to 30 days to process). Read more about how ads are displayed on each platform and how to control your data: Facebook Google LinkedIn Twitter|
|Online advertisers and platforms to exclude current customers from seeing advertising (to save money)||The processing is completed using pseudonymised (subjected to a technical process which replaces your data with codes, so it is unidentifiable to anyone without additional information) email addresses to protect your privacy. This transfer is a bulk process so neither Riverford, or the third party, has sight of any individual’s data.||As an ethical business that uses profits to invest back into protecting the environment, it is our legitimate interest to take all reasonable steps to avoid unnecessary cost.|
|We use Facebook’s services to identify people similar to our current customers. This is the most cost-effective way for us to show Facebook users matching that profile messages about Riverford and gain new customers.||The processing is completed using pseudonymised (subjected to a technical process which replaces your data with codes, so it is unidentifiable to anyone without additional information) email addresses to protect your privacy. This transfer is a bulk process so neither Riverford, or the third party, has sight of any individual’s data.||As an ethical business that uses profits to invest back into protecting the environment, it is our legitimate interest to take all reasonable steps to acquire new customers whilst avoiding unnecessary cost.|
|We use Experian’s services to identify areas of the UK where we may find people similar to our current customers. This enables us to plan and optimise franchise and delivery areas to reduce cost and minimise impact on the environment.||Information is shared via Experian’s secure document upload service. Experian protects your information over the internet by using a secure web server, which allows web browser programs to interact with Experian’s web server via an encrypted session.||Read more about how Experian protect your privacy here.|
We only provide third parties with the information they need to perform the exact services we specify in our contract with them and we never sell your data to third parties. We work closely with them to ensure that your privacy is respected and protected at all times. If at any time we stop using third party services, any information held by them will either be deleted or rendered anonymous.
Where we keep your information
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers, except payment card information. To maintain the highest level of security, we never store or have visibility of your card details. We use a method called client-side encryption to take your card details. This means that your card details are encrypted on your device before they are sent to Riverford. This encrypted format is sent to our payment provider (WorldPay) ensuring that we are never able to see your card details.
Our payment provider gives us a ‘token’ which can only be used to take payment from your card to a Riverford bank account. If this token were stolen, it would be of no value to anyone else; it can only be used by Riverford to take a payment from your card.
All transactions and communication between your browser and our website are encrypted using TLS (Transport Layer Security protocol). Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. Do not share your password with anyone and change it regularly. We recommend changing your password at least every three months.
From time to time, our website may contain links to third party websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that they will have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
How long we store your data for
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the processing of our contractual obligations with you or when you give consent for us to keep your account open.
Since customers order at varied intervals (weekly, monthly, at Christmas etc), it is in our legitimate interest to store your data for a period of no longer than 37 months after your last order. During this time, we will continue communicating with you as outlined by this policy unless you actively close your account or change your preferences. At 36 months after your last order, we will email you to check if you’d like to leave your account open and continue hearing from us.
The information we hold about your purchases is important for us to identify trends and improve our service. If you close your account, any personal identifiable information held by us will be deleted and purchase history rendered anonymous.