Privacy Policy

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The purpose of this policy is to explain to you what personal information we collect and how we may use and protect it.

1 About us

This site, (Site), is owned and operated by D C Thomson & Co Ltd. trading as ‘DCT Investments’, a company registered in Scotland with registered company number. SC005830, having its registered offices at Courier Buildings, Albert Square, Dundee DD1 9QJ.

D C Thomson is committed to protecting your privacy and maintaining the security of any personal information received from you. We adhere to the requirements of the data protection legislation in the UK and we are registered on the Data Protection Public Register number Z5748964. By visiting and/or using the Site or any Services (as defined below), you agree, and where required you consent, to the collection, use and transfer of your information as set out in this policy.

2 Information we collect about you

Should you visit the Site, contact us or register on our Site we may collect your name, email address and other contact details. This allows us to process your query or registration and/or provide any investment related services offered by or through us and for which the Site is used as a platform (Services) (as applicable). We may also collect information about your usage of the Site and Services and information about you from any materials you post to or via the Site and the e-mails or letters you send to us.

We do not collect sensitive information about you except when you specifically knowingly provide it and have consented to this.

By accessing Site or Services using mobile digital routes such as (but not limited to) mobile, tablet or other devices/technology, then you should expect that our data collection and usage as set out in this policy will apply in that context too. We may collect technical information from your mobile digital device or your use of the Site or the Services through a mobile digital device, for example, location data and certain characteristics of, and performance data about, your device, carrier/operating system including device and connection type or IP address. Unless you have elected to remain anonymous through your device and/or platform settings, this information may be collected and used by us automatically if you use the Site or Services through your mobile digital device(s), through your mobile’s browser or otherwise.


3 What we do with your information

We use your personal information to provide you with access to relevant parts of the Site, process queries submitted by you, provide the Services, update you about products/services/promotions that may be of interest to you from us, our affiliates and group companies or other carefully selected third parties, update you about changes that affect you such as changes to the Site or to carry out research (such as market research), in any case by post, email, telephone, and/or mobile messaging (such as MMS or SMS etc.). We will also use and analyse the information we collect so that we can administer, support, improve and develop our business and the Site, for any other purpose whether statistical or analytical and to help us prevent fraud. Where appropriate, now and in the future you may have the ability to express your preferences around the use of your data as set out in this policy and this may be exercised though your chosen method of using the Services, for example mobile versions of the Site.

We will only contact you with your consent.  You are entitled to withhold this consent and opt out from receiving such communications at any time by selecting the appropriate box on the web form that collects your details. You can also exercise or update these options by contacting us by email at or by post to Chief Information Security Officer, DC Thomson & Co Ltd., Courier Buildings, Albert Square, Dundee DD1 9QJ. We will always provide you with a way of opting out of receiving future marketing messages from us, each time we send them to you.

4 How we share your information including with third parties

We may from time to time provide your personal information to our own staff or to third parties for the purposes of providing you with the Services and/or to help us analyse the information we collect so that we can administer, support, improve and develop our business and services to you. These third party providers include our group companies and affiliates and also service providers who assist us with hosting our marketing campaigns. They do not decide what is done with your data and only process it on our behalf.

We may provide your personal information to one or more of our investment or innovation partners, for example Cisco and/or UCL our partners in IDEAL/Idea London, so they can contact you about providing investment or other related services which may be of interest to you. However we will not provide your data to these third parties for such purposes unless you have specifically consented to this either when you first provide your data to us or at a later date.

We may also provide your personal information to other third parties so that they may contact you directly by post, email, telephone, and/or mobile messaging (such as MMS or SMS etc.) to let you know about products/services/promotions which may be of interest to you. However, we will not provide your data to third parties for such marketing purposes unless you have specifically consented to this when you first provided your data to us.

You are entitled to decline receiving such third party communications by selecting the appropriate box on the web form that collects your details, by contacting us by email at or by post to Chief Information Security Officer, D C Thomson & Co Ltd., Courier Buildings, Albert Square, Dundee DD1 9QJ.

We may use the information that you provide to us if we are under a duty to disclose or share your information in order to comply with (and/or where we believe we are under a duty to comply with) any legal obligation; or in order to enforce the Site Terms and Conditions of Use and any other agreement; or to protect our rights or the rights of third parties. This includes exchanging information with other companies and other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and prevention.

If our business enters into a joint venture with, purchases or is sold to or merged with another business entity, your information may be disclosed or transferred to the target company, our new business partners or owners or their advisors.

5 Cookies

This Site uses cookies. For more information about what cookies are, what we use them for and how you can delete them, please read our Cookies Policy

6 How we protect your information

We follow strict security procedures in the storage and disclosure of information which you have given us, to prevent unauthorised access to, and loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information in accordance with the UK data protection legislation. These include firewalls and virus checking procedures.

The computer servers used for storing and otherwise processing the information you provide to us may be located in countries outside the European Economic Area (“EEA“), as may some of the third parties referred to in paragraph 4 above. The countries concerned may not have similar data protection laws to the EEA. However, we only use servers and, if they process data on our behalf, third parties that provide adequate protection for your information at all times. By submitting information via the Site, you agree to this storing, processing and/or transfer to countries outside the EEA.

You are responsible for keeping any confidential passwords or other login/access details which you select or which we allocate to you confidential. We advise you not to share your password or login or access details with anyone. Unless we deliberately or negligently disclose your password or login/ access details to a third party, we will not be liable for any unauthorised transactions or communications entered into using your name and password or login/access details.

Whilst we take steps to ensure the security of your information, there is a risk that any information transmitted over the Internet may be intercepted or accessed by an unauthorised party, any such transmission is at your own risk. If you think that someone has accessed your information held by us without your permission or gained unauthorised access to your login details, you must notify us at

7 Correcting your information

You are entitled under data protection law to require that we update your personal information to ensure it is up-to-date and accurate. In order to maintain the accuracy of the information we hold, you can update your personal details by sending us an email to

8 Obtaining a copy of your information

You are entitled to receive a copy of the information we hold about you in exchange for payment of a £10 fee which we may charge to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you. You can do this by contacting


9 How long we hold your information for

Some of the information you provide to us will be necessary to carry out repeated tasks, such as verifying your identity when signing in to use an account or providing the Services to you.

We will keep personal information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires.

10 Links to third party websites

Our Site contains links to other websites belonging to third parties which are not covered by this privacy policy. If you want to click through to a third party website, please make sure that you read the privacy policy for that website.

11 Updates to this policy

We may update this policy at any time with or without notice. Where appropriate, we may tell you that we have updated the policy by emailing you at the email address you have provided to us and/or by posting an announcement on the Site. By continuing to use the Site after such updates have been made, you accept the changes to this policy.

12 Contacting us

If you have any questions about privacy, or wish to update your details or have them removed from our mailing list at any time, please contact us using


Privacy statement updated August 2014.