Linn Systems Privacy Policy.

We put you first and the tech second. That’s why making sure your privacy is protected is a priority for us. It’s important that you understand how and why we use your personal information.

Our privacy policy lets you know how we look after your personal information when you visit our website, the Linnworks platform and any related services.

This includes how we collect and process the information you give us when you sign up as a customer, complete a survey or otherwise contact us.

We may update our privacy policy from time to time so that it matches any changes we make to our processes. If we do, we will let you know by posting on our website and through any other relevant means.

2. Important information.

2.1 It is important that you read this privacy policy together with any other privacy policy or fair processing notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. This privacy policy supplements the other notices and is not intended to override them.

2.2 This version was last updated on 10th May 2018.

2.3 It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

2.4 Our website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

2.5 Our website may include links to third-party websites, plug-ins and applications. Clicking on those links or enabling those connections may allow third parties to collect or share data about you. We do not control these third-party websites and are not responsible for their privacy statements. When you leave our websites, we encourage you to read the privacy policy of every website when you visit.

3. Who are we?

3.1 We are Linn Systems Ltd, a company registered in England and Wales. Our company registration number is 06784391 and our registered office is at Suite 3, 2-4 Southgate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 8DJ, United Kingdom. We operate the website and provide the Linnworks Platform. Linn Systems Ltd is the controller and responsible for your personal data (referred to as "Linn Systems", "we", "us" or "our" in this privacy policy).

3.2 We operate the eCommerce platform known as "Linnworks". Linnworks comprises order management software which automates your entire online selling process providing you with tools and support to scale your eCommerce business across multiple marketplaces. We provide this software as a platform / a service, and the information that our customers use or process via our platform / service may contain personal data. We provide the Linnworks platform service as a processor on behalf of our customers who act as the controller of this information used on the platform. It is the responsibility of our customers to determine how this personal data is processed and deleted and to ensure there is a lawful basis for its use. If you have any specific queries or concerns about how this data is being handled, you should contact the relevant organization (our customers) in their capacity as a controller.

3.3 We are bound by applicable data protection laws in respect of the handling and collection of your personal data. We are registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) under the registration number ZA015143.

3.4 If you have any questions about this privacy policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights as set out in section 12, please contact us using the contact details in section 13.

4. What information do we collect about you?

4.1 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) or data relating to a corporate entity.

4.2 We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you, your staff or your business, which we have grouped together as follows:

4.3 We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this privacy policy.

4.4 We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offenses.

5. What happens if you don’t give us your personal information?

Where we need to collect personal data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you (for example, to provide you with our products or services).

In this case, we may have to suspend or cancel a product or service you have with us, but we will notify you if this is the case at the time.

6. How do we collect your information?

We use different methods to collect data from and about you, including through:

Direct interactions: You may give us your identity, contact and profile data by filling in forms or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email, online platform or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:

6.2 Automated technologies or interactions: As you interact with our website, we may automatically collect technical data about your equipment, browsing actions and patterns. We collect this personal data by using cookies and other similar technologies. Please see the section on cookies below.

6.3 Third parties or publicly available sources. We may receive personal data about you from various third parties and public sources as set out below:

7. How do we use your information?

7.1 We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to.

Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

We do not use your personal data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law). You can obtain further information about how we assess our legitimate interests against any potential impact on you in respect of specific activities by contacting us• Comply with a legal or regulatory obligation means processing your personal data where it is necessary for compliance with a legal or regulatory obligation that we are subject to.

Consent means where we have obtained your agreement to process your personal data. Consent must be freely given, specific, informed and be an unambiguous indication of your wishes for us to process your personal data (this may be collected by you ticking a box).Generally, we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data other than in relation to sending marketing material to you via email. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us.

We have set out below a description of all the ways we plan to use your personal data, and which of the legal bases we rely on to do so. We have also identified what our legitimate interests are where appropriate.

Note that we may process your personal data for more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data.

Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground we are relying on to process your personal data where more than one ground has been set out in the list below.

Customer registration.

Purpose: To register you or our customer as a new customer

Data type: Identity; Contact; Profile

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

Delivery of orders and services.

Purpose: To process and deliver orders and provide our services to you or our customer, including:

Data type: Identity; Contact; Profile; Transaction; Marketing & Communications

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

Relationship management.

Purpose: To manage our relationship with you or out customer, which will include:

Data type: Identity; Contact; Profile; Marketing & Communications

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:


Purpose: To enable you to complete a survey
Date type: Identity; Contact; Technical

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

Protection of our business.

Purpose: To administer and protect our business and this website (including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, system maintenance, support, reporting and hosting of data)
Data type: Identity; Contact; Technical

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

Delivery of relevant content and advertisements.

Purpose: To deliver relevant website content and advertisements to you and measure or understand the effectiveness of the advertising we serve to you
Data type: Identity; Contact; Profile; Usage; Marketing & Communications; Technical

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

Data Analytics.

Purpose: To use data analytics to improve our website, products/services, marketing, customer relationships and experiences.
Data type: Technical; Usage

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

Personal recommendations.

Purpose: To make suggestions and recommendations to you about goods or services that may be of interest to you
Data type: Identity; Contact; Technical; Usage; Profile; Marketing & Communications

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

Crime prevention.

Purpose: To respond to requests for information regarding suspected or actual criminal activity including fraud
Data type: Identity; Contact; Transaction; Technical; Profile; Usage

Lawful basis for processing, including basis of legitimate interest:

7.2 Marketing.

We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. We have established the following personal data control mechanisms:

7.2.1 Promotional offers from us. If you provide your express, opt-in consent, we may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, Usage and/or Profile Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing). You can withdraw your consent at any time. In some limited circumstances, we may contact you about similar products and/or services where you have purchased products or services from us and you have not opted-out of receiving this information.

7.2.2 Opting out/unsubscribing. You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the unsubscribe links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time. Where you opt out of receiving these marketing messages, you may still receive messages for other purposes (such as providing the services to you).

7.3 Linn Systems Cookies Policy.

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a more relevant and meaningful digital experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our website.

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer. We only use (and store) non-essential cookies on your computer's browser or hard drive if you provide your consent.

Please contact us if you require information on how to switch off / disable cookies.

By continuing to browse the website, you agree to our use of cookies.

For further information about the cookies that we use, please visit our dedicated Cookies Policy Page.

7.4 Change of purpose.

We will only use your personal data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.

If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

If we need to use your personal data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so. Please note that we may process your personal data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.

8. How do we share your personal information?

For the purposes set out in section 7, we may have to share your personal data with the following parties:

8.1 Internal Third Parties such as other companies in the Linn Systems group (being our subsidiary companies, Linn Systems OU based in Estonia and Linn systems USA Inc. based in the United States) acting as joint controllers or processors for the purposes of providing technical support, quality testing, support with customer development projects and answering your queries in relation to Linnworks or other services.

8.2 External Third Parties such as:• App providers acting as controllers (based within and outside of the EU) where you have purchased an app from them via the Linnworks platform, so that they can provide the app service and technical support to you (we will only share Identity and Contact Data with app providers).
For the purposes set out in section 7, we may have to share your personal data with the following parties:

8.3 Specific Third Parties such as:

8.4 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 a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy policy.

8.5 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 providers 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.

9. How do we use your personal information internationally?

Certain of our external third parties are based outside the European Union (EU) so their processing of your personal data will involve a transfer of data outside the EU.

Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EU, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data outside of the EU.

10. How do we ensure your personal information is secure?

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorized way, altered or disclosed.

In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

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.

11. How long do we store your personal information for?

11.1 We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.

11.2 To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorized 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.

11.3 We will generally retain our customers' data for a period of 6 (six) years after a contract has ended, to ensure that we are able to assist you should you have any questions or feedback in relation to our products or services or to protect, or defend our legal rights, or for tax purposes.

11.4 Where we have processed your personal data to provide you with marketing communications with consent, we may contact you at least every twelve (12) months to ensure you are happy to continue receiving such communications.

If you tell us that you no longer wish to receive such communications, your personal data will be removed from our marketing lists (but will be added to a "do not contact" list).

11.5 Where we have processed your data for any other reason (such as where you have contacted us with a question in connection with services), subject to section 11.3, we will retain your data for twelve (12) months.

11.6 In some circumstances you can ask us to delete your data: see section 12.1.3 below for further information.

11.7 In some circumstances, we may anonymize your personal data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

12. Your legal rights.

12.1 Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data. These rights are detailed below:

12.1.1 Request access to your personal data (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal data we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

12.1.2 Request correction of the personal data that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate data we hold about you corrected, though we may need to verify the accuracy of the new data you provide to us.

12.1.3 Request erasure of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal data where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal data where you have successfully exercised your right to object to processing (see below), where we may have processed your information unlawfully or where we are required to erase your personal data to comply with local law.

Note, however, that we may not always be able to comply with your request of erasure for specific legal reasons which will be notified to you, if applicable, at the time of your request.

12.1.4 Object to processing of your personal data where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground as you feel it impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms.

You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal data for direct marketing purposes. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.

12.1.5 Request restriction of processing of your personal data. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal data in the following scenarios:

  1. if you want us to establish the data’s accuracy;
  2. where our use of the data is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it;
  3. where you need us to hold the data even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims;
  4. you have objected to our use of your data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.

12.1.6 Request the transfer of your personal data (as a data subject) to you or to a third party. 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.

12.1.7 Withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process your personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdraw your consent.

If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide certain products or services to you. We will advise you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us directly.

12.2 No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive.

Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

12.3 What we may need from you. We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights).

This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

12.4 Time limit to respond. We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally, it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

13. Contact us.

Our full details are:

Full name of legal entity: Linn Systems Ltd

Email address:

Postal address:

Linn Systems Ltd
Suite 3 2-4 Southgate
West Sussex
PO19 8DJ

Telephone number: +44 (0)20 3322 7375

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the ICO, the UK supervisory board for data protection issues. However, we would appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, so please get in touch with us first.

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