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We set the standard for seafood. If you see the ASC label on pack, you can be sure that your seafood was farmed with care.

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By choosing ASC labelled seafood, you are making a proven, positive impact on people and the planet.

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Privacy policy

1. Our approach

1.1 The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (‘ASC’ we’, ‘us’, and ‘our’) take data protection very seriously and we are committed to protecting your personal information.

1.2 This explains what information gather about you, what we use that information for, and who we give that information to. It also sets out your rights in relation to your information, how long we keep it and who you can contact for more information. Click on the links to take you to the sections.

1.3 It is our policy to collect only the minimum information required from you. If you believe we have collected excessive information about you, please contact us via the form below to raise any concerns you may have.

1.4 Although you do not have to provide any of your personal information to us, if we ask you to do so and you refuse, we may be unable to provide you with the information, goods or services you want from us.

2. What is personal information?

2.1 Personal information is anything that enables you to be identified or identifiable, such as your:

  • First and last names
  • Postal and email addresses
  • Telephone numbers
  • Identity documents (e.g. passports & driving licence)
  • Identity numbers (e.g. National Insurance and Bank accounts)
  • Career & educational documents (e.g. CVs & qualifications)
  • Contact information

2.2 Your personal information is sometimes called “personal data”. We collectively refer to handling, collecting, protecting or storing your personal information as ‘processing’.

3. Collecting personal information

3.1 Below are just some examples of how you may provide personal information to us:

  • Asking us for certification
  • Contacting us
  • Searching and browsing our website
  • Subscribing to our newsletters
  • Accessing our online publications
  • Entering our surveys
  • Registering for or attending our events
  • Submitting CVs or work history information to us
  • Providing us with business cards or other contact information
  • Registering our products

3.2 We may also obtain personal data from conformity assessment bodies (CABs), as such data is sometimes included in audited reports submitted by CABs to us, even when we have not asked them to do so.

4. Using personal information

4.1 When you provide personal information to us, we may use it for any of the purposes described below or as stated at the point we collect it from you (or as may obvious to you from the context of collection), including:

  • To provide services to you that you have requested.
  • To consider whether to offer someone employment with us.
  • To administer and manage our website.
  • In connection with our certification programme.
  • Any other purposes for which personal information has been provided to us, including any of the purposes given in the ‘Collection of personal information’ section above.

4.2 We do not collect personally identifying information for sale to third parties.

5. Legal grounds for processing personal information

5.1 We rely on one or more of the following processing conditions:

  • To perform our contractual obligations to you; and/or,
  • To satisfy any legal and regulatory obligations to which we are subject; and/or,
  • To satisfy our legitimate interests in the effective delivery of information and services to you and in the effective and lawful operation of our businesses (where this does not interfere with your rights); and/or,
  • When you have agreed to us processing your personal information.

6. Security of personal information

6.1 We have implemented generally accepted standards of technology and operational security in order to protect personally identifiable information from loss, misuse, alteration or destruction.

6.2 Only authorised persons are provided access to personally identifiable information we have collected, and such individuals have agreed to maintain the confidentiality of this information.

6.3 Although we use appropriate security measures once we have received your personal data, the transmission of data over the internet (including by e-mail) is never completely secure.

6.4 We endeavour to protect personal data, but we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to or by us.

7. Sharing personal information

7.1 We may transfer, share or disclose the personal data we collect from you to third parties (other organisations or individuals) for:

  • The purposes for which the information has been submitted;
  • The purposes listed above under ‘Use of personal information’;
  • The administration and maintenance of our website; and/or,
  • Other internal or administrative purposes.

7.2 We also may transfer share or disclose personal data to third party service providers of identity management, website hosting and management, data analysis, data backup, security and storage services.

7.3 These third party providers may use their own third party subcontractors that have access to personal data (sub-processors).  It is our policy to use only third party providers that are bound to maintain appropriate levels of security and confidentiality, to process personal information only as instructed by us, and to flow those same obligations down to their sub-processors.

8. Other disclosures

8.1 We may also disclose personal information to third parties under the following circumstances:

  • When explicitly requested by you;
  • When required to deliver goods or services requested by you;
  • When required to facilitate our conferences or events that you have asked to attend which are hosted by a third party;
  • As otherwise set out in this privacy policy.

8.2 We may also disclose your personal information to law enforcement, regulatory and other government agencies and to professional bodies and other third parties, as required by and/or in accordance with applicable law or regulation.

8.3 The third parties we may transfer share or disclose the personal data we collect from you to are:

  • Morcan (out IT support provider)
  • Other – External payroll providers and insurance/pension providers

8.4 We may also disclose personal information by publishing it on our website in reports submitted to us by third parties in connection with our certification programme.

9. International transfers of personal information

9.1 Your personal information may be transferred outside the UK and the European Economic Area (EEA), Together, ‘Europe’).

9.2 Where we collect your personal information within Europe, any transfer to outside Europe will be only:

  • To you;
  • To a recipient located in a country which provides an adequate level of protection for your personal information; or,
  • Under a contractual agreement which satisfies UK or EU requirements for the transfer of personal data outside Europe.

10. Retention of personal information

10.1 We will retain your personal information only for as long as we need it, given the purposes for which it was collected, or as required to do so by law.

10.2 Normally, this means we will retain your personal information for 7 years. For more information please see our retention policy or contact us via the form below to request a copy.

11. Marketing

11.1 Where we are legally required to obtain your consent to provide you with marketing materials, we will only provide you with such marketing materials if you have provided consent for us to do so.

11.2 If you opt into any subscriptions you will receive emails known as newsletters.  If you want to unsubscribe from any subscriptions, you should look for and follow the instructions we will provided in the relevant communications to you.

11.3 If you choose to unsubscribe from any or all mailings, we may retain information sufficient to identify you so that we can honour your request.

12. Rights in relation to your information

12.1 You have certain rights in relation to the personal information we hold about you. In particular, you have the right to:

  • Request a copy of personal information we hold about you;
  • Ask that we update the personal information we hold about you, or correct such personal information that you think is incorrect or incomplete;
  • Ask that we delete personal information that we hold about you, or restrict the way in which we use such personal information;
  • Object to our processing of your personal information; and/or,
  • Withdraw your consent to our processing of your personal information (to the extent such processing is based on consent and consent is the only permissible basis for processing).

12.2 If you would like to exercise these rights or understand if these rights apply to you, please contact us via the form below.

13. Automated decision making

13.1 We will not use your personal information for automated decision making or profiling.

14. Our website

14.1 Our Website may link to third-party sites not controlled by us and which do not operate under our privacy practices. When you link to third-party sites, our privacy practices no longer apply. We encourage you to review each third-party site’s privacy policy before disclosing any personally identifiable information.

14.2 We do not intend to collect special category (also known as sensitive) personal information through our website (unless we are legally required to do so). Examples of special category information are: race or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; trade union membership; physical or mental health; genetic data; biometric data; sexual life or sexual orientation; and criminal records.

14.3 We ask that you do not provide us with special category personal information when using our website.

15. Cookies

15.1 Our website uses analytic cookies, and website visitors are informed about all cookies used on the site. Visitors are asked for their clear, affirmative consent, through the cookie bar on the website.  The ASC has also undertaken a cookie assessment exercise.

16. Contact us

16.1 If you have any questions or complaints about the way your personal information is processed by us, or would like to exercise one of your rights set out above, please contact us by one of the following means:

  • Form: use the contact form below
  • Post: (UK) 27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX
  • Post (Netherlands) HNK, Arthur van Schendelstraat 650, 3511 MJ Utrecht

16.2 You also have the right to lodge a complaint with your local data protection regulator, which in the UK is the Information Commissioner Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted by the following means:

  • Form:
  • Telephone: 0303 123 1113 (local rate – calls to this number cost the same as calls to 01 or 02 numbers). If you’re calling from outside the UK please call +44 1625 545 700.
  • Post: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, UK.

16.3 We may update this Privacy notice at any time by publishing an updated version here. So that you know when we make changes to this Privacy notice, we will amend the revision date at the top of this page. The new modified or amended Privacy notice will apply from that revision date. Therefore, we encourage you to review this Privacy notice periodically to be informed about how we are protecting your information.

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