Hotel Link needs to gather and use certain information about individuals. These can include customers, suppliers, business contacts, employees, and other people the organization has a relationship with or may need to contact. This policy describes how this personal data must be collected, handled, and stored to meet the company’s data protection standards — and to comply with the law.
Why this policy exists
This data protection policy ensures Hotel Link:
Complies with data protection law and follow good practice
Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners
Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
Protects itself from the risks of a data breach
Data protection law
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016/679 describes how organizations — including Hote Link — must collect, handle, and store personal information.
These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper, or on other materials. To comply with the law, personal information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely, and not disclosed unlawfully.
The General Data Protection Regulation is underpinned by eight important principles. These say that personal data must:
1. Be processed fairly and lawfully
2. Be obtained only for specific, lawful purposes
3. Be adequate, relevant and not excessive
4. Be accurate and kept up to date
5. Not be held for any longer than necessary
6. Processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects
7. Be protected in appropriate ways
8. Not be transferred outside the EU, unless that country or territory also ensures an adequate level of protection
People, risks and responsibilities
This policy applies to:
• The head office of Hotel Link
• All branches of Hotel Link
• All staff and volunteers of Hotel Link
• All contractors, suppliers and other people working on behalf of Hotel Link
It applies to all data that the company holds relating to living individuals, even if that information technically falls outside of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. This can include:
• Names of individuals
• Postal addresses
• Email addresses
• Telephone numbers
• Plus any other information relating directly or indirectly to individuals
Data protection risks
This policy helps to protect Hotel Link from some very real data security risks, including:
• Breaches of confidentiality. For instance, information being given out inappropriately.
• Failing to offer choice. For instance, all individuals should be free to choose how the company uses data relating to them. • Reputational damage. For instance, the company could suffer if hackers successfully gained access to sensitive data.
Everyone who works for or with Hotel Link has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately. Each team that handles personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles.
The law requires Hotel Link to take reasonable steps to ensure data is kept accurate and up to date. The more important it is that the personal data is accurate, the greater the effort Hotel Link should put into ensuring its accuracy. It is the responsibility of all employees who work with data to take reasonable steps to ensure it is kept as accurate and up to date as possible.
• Hotel Link shall ensure that personal data is stored securely using modern software that is kept-up-to-date.
• Access to personal data shall be limited to personnel who need access and appropriate security should be in place to avoid unauthorized sharing of information.
• All personal data will automatically be removed from our system 10 years after the booking check-out date.
• When personal data is deleted this should be done safely such that the data is irrecoverable.
• Appropriate back-up and disaster recovery solutions shall be in place.
Hotel Link aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed and that they understand:
• How the data is being used
• How to exercise their rights
To these ends, the company has a privacy statement, setting out how data relating to individuals is used by the company.