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Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Access to this site and the use of information contained on it is governed by the terms and conditions set out below.

These terms and conditions are important and are for the protection of both you and us. Please take the time to read the terms and conditions carefully.   Users of our site will be deemed to have accepted them. Please note that references to we means the West Cheshire Credit Union and our subsidiaries and associates.

  1. This site is established in the United Kingdom (UK) in accordance with the laws of the UK and will be governed by the laws of that country. When you use the site, you accept that your use of the site and any information on the site, will also be governed by the laws of the UK and if any claim or dispute arises from your use of the site or any of the information on it, you agree that the UK courts will have exclusive jurisdiction over all such claims or disputes.

  2. We have provided the contents of this site for your information only. The distribution of information on the site may be restricted by local law or regulation in certain jurisdictions. This information is not intended for distribution to, or use by, any person or entity in any such jurisdiction and persons accessing these pages should inform themselves about and observe any such restrictions. If you are in any doubt as to whether this site can be lawfully used by you please do not proceed further.

  3. Information about some of the products and services on this site is subject to specific restrictions concerning the persons to whom such information may be made available. Details of such restrictions are set out on the pages to which they relate and you should read those details carefully before proceeding to the rest of the relevant page.

  4. Information about some of the products and services on this site are subject to additional legal notices and warnings. These notices and warnings are important and are for the protection of both you and us. Please take the time to carefully read all legal notices and warnings on the pages of this site that you visit.

  5. We have given the information on the site in good faith. We have taken the information from trade and other sources believed to be reliable. Although we have made all reasonable efforts to ensure that all of the information on the site is accurate at the time of inclusion, we do not represent that this is the case and it should not be relied upon as such. Please note that we may update or alter the information on this Site at any time without giving notice of the alterations. Any opinions and estimates expressed reflect our judgement at the date given and are also subject to change without notice. Accordingly you agree not to hold us responsible for any inaccuracies or omissions. If you do not understand or if you have any queries on any of the information on the site, we recommend that you consult a professional financial adviser.

  6. Please note that the sending of personal information via e-mail over the internet may not be secure and can be intercepted by third parties or incorrectly delivered. You should not divulge personal information over the internet unless you are using a secure or encrypted communications technology.

  7. Some pages on this site contain hypertext links to web sites not maintained by us. You are reminded that when you enter other web sites via such hypertext links, you will not be subject to these terms and conditions and you will not benefit from the protections afforded to you in using our site. We will not be liable in any way for the content, availability or use of such linked web sites and you use such links entirely at your own risk.

  8. Some of the pages on this site contain hypertext links to web sites of business units, subsidiaries and associates of the credit union. You are reminded that when you enter such sites, you will be subject to the terms and conditions of those sites.

  9. Access to and use of this site is at the user’s own risk and we do not represent or warrant that the use of this site or any material downloaded from it will not cause damage to property, including but not limited to loss of data or computer virus infection. In no event do we accept liability of any description including liability for negligence for any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data or profits arising out of or in connection with the access, use or performance of this site or any its contents.

  10. The information contained in this site is for information purposes only. Whilst every care has been taken in their preparation we do not make any warranties or representations as to their completeness, accuracy or reliability of the contents of this site. We neither accept nor assume any responsibility to you in relation to the contents of this site.

  11. The contents of this site, including these terms and conditions, are subject to change by us without notification. The information in this site may be updated from time to time and may at times be out of date. We accept no responsibility for keeping the information in this site up to date or liability for any failure to do so.

  12. Copyright in the site and the information set out on it belongs to us and may not be copied, transmitted or reproduced without our prior consent.


While all reasonable security precautions have been taken by the West Cheshire Credit Union, the nature of communication by the internet is such that the credit union cannot guarantee the privacy or confidentiality of any information relating to the member passing over the internet. In accessing the credit union website and in availing of our services, the member accepts that electronic mail messaging may not be free from interference by third parties and may not remain confidential. The use of the credit union’s website is at the member’s sole risk


Our Privacy Policy

We are committed to protecting our members’ privacy. The credit union requires any information marked as mandatory for membership to either meet legal obligations or to enable us to perform our contract with you. Where you are not able to provide us with this information, we may not be able to open an account for you. Where we request further information about you not required for these reasons, we will ask you for your consent.

1. Data gathered from all visitors to our website

When someone visits our website we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns.

We do this to understand how our website is used by our visitors, for example how often various parts of the site are visited. This information is stored in an anonymous manner and you are not identified by this information.

We also gather the following technical details about visits.

·Your IP address

·Your web browser and operating system

·Date and time you visited various pages on our website

We also store cookies on your computer.

2. What are cookies

Cookies are files which are transferred to your computer's hard disk by a website. Cookies can store information about your preferences and other information which you need when you visit a website. The Credit Union uses cookies to monitor our website traffic, to ensure better service levels and in order to provide you with certain features such as the customised delivery of certain information.

To prevent the use of cookies you should activate the facility which is available in most web browsers that enables a user to deny or accept cookies.

For more information about cookies see

 3. How we use your personal information

We may process, transfer and/or share personal information in the following ways:

For legal reasons

● To confirm your identity

● To perform activity for the prevention of financial crime

● To carry out internal and external auditing

● To record basic information about you on a register of members

4. For performance of our contract with you

● To deal with your account(s) or run any other services we provide to you;

● To consider any applications made by you;

● To carry out credit checks and to obtain and provide credit references

● To undertake statistical analysis, to help evaluate the future needs of our members and to help manage our business

5. With your consent

● To maintain our relationship with you including marketing and market research (if you agree to them)

By joining the credit union you agree that we can send you statements, new terms & conditions, information about changes to the way your account(s) operate and notification of our annual general meeting.

6. Sharing your personal information

We will disclose your personal information outside the credit union only:

● To third parties to help us confirm your identity to comply with money laundering legislation, to cover PEPs & sanctions checking

● To credit reference agencies and debt recovery agents who may check the information against other databases- private and public- to which they have access to.

● To any authorities if compelled to do so by law

● To fraud prevention agencies to help prevent crime or were suspected of fraud.

● To any persons, including but not limited to, insurers who provide a service or benefits to you or for us in connection with your account. For example, Loan Protection and / or Life Savings insurance.

● To our suppliers in order for them to provide services to us and/or to you on our behalf.

● To anyone in connection with a reorganisation or merger of the credit union’s business.

7. Where we send your information

While countries in the European Economic Area all ensure rigorous data protection laws, there are parts of the world that may not be quite so rigorous and do not provide the same quality of legal protection and rights when it comes to your personal information

The credit union does not directly send information to any country outside the European economic area, however, any part receiving personal data may also process, transfer and share it for the purposes set out above and in limited circumstances this may involve sending your information to countries where data protection laws do not provide the same level of data protection as the UK.

For example, when complying with international tax regulations we may be required to report personal information to the HM revenue and customs which may transfer that information to the tax authorities in countries where you, or a connected person, may be a tax resident.

8. Retaining your information

The credit union will need to hold your information for various lengths of time depending on what we use your data for. In many cases we will hold this information for a period of time after you have left the credit union.

We do not retain your personal information for longer than we need to in order to meet the objectives for which it was gathered.

When we are moving your data from one location to another, whether physically or digitally, your data will be encrypted. Where appropriate, data will be encrypted at rest.

Information Security and Data Privacy awareness

We provide Information Security and Data Privacy awareness training to all of our staff and we require any of our contracted suppliers who process your data to also provide similar awareness training to their staff.

9.  Credit referencing agencies

In order to process credit applications you make we will supply your personal information to credit reference agencies (CRAs) and they will give us information about you, such as about your financial history. We do this to assess creditworthiness and product suitability, check your identity, manage your account, trace and recover debts and prevent criminal activity.

We will also continue to exchange information about you with CRAs on an ongoing basis, including about your settled accounts and any debts not fully repaid on time. CRAs will share your information with other organisations. Your data will also be linked to the data of your spouse, any joint applicants or other financial associates. This may affect your ability to get credit.

The identities of the CRAs, and the ways in which they use and share personal information, are explained in more detail at:

● Transunion at

● Equifax at

● Experian at

They may retain information for up to 6 years after any credit agreement between us has ended. When we share this information all parties conform to industry standards.

Credit Reference Agencies also share information about people with many financial organisations.

Their records can tell us:

● whether you have kept up with paying your bills, rent or mortgage, and other debts such as loans, phone and internet contracts;

● your previous addresses;

● information on any businesses you may own or have owned or directed;

● whether you are financially linked to another person, for example by having a joint account or   shared credit;

● whether you have changed your name;

● whether you have been a victim of fraud.


Where you are financially linked to another person their records can provide us with details about that person’s credit agreements and financial circumstances.

They also use publicly available information to record information about people, including information from:

● The Royal Mail Postcode Finder and Address Finder;

● The Electoral Register;

● Companies House;

● The Accountant in Bankruptcy and other UK equivalents;

● The Insolvency Service and other UK equivalents;

● County Court Records.

This tells us, among other things:

● Your age, address and whereabouts;

● whether you are on the Electoral Register;

● whether you have been declared bankrupt;

● whether you are insolvent; and

● whether there are any County Court Judgements against you.

 Credit Reference Agencies may also be Fraud Prevention Agencies.

 We use this information to help us make sure we are lending our money responsibly and to help us decide whether a loan is appropriate for you. We cannot do this without:

● confirming your identity;

● verifying where you live;

● making sure what you have told us is accurate and true;

● checking whether you have overdue debts or other financial commitments; and

● confirming the number of your credit agreements and the balances outstanding together with   your payment history.

 We also have a duty to protect the Credit Union and the wider society against loss and crime, so we use and share Credit Reference Agency information:

● to identify, prevent and track fraud;

● to combat money laundering and other financial crime; and

● to help recover payment of unpaid debts.


We use information in this way to fulfil our contract to you, to meet our legal and regulatory responsibilities relating to responsible lending and financial crime, to protect the Credit Union from loss, to pursue our legitimate interests and to prevent crime.

10. Automated assessment

We may use automated decision making in processing your personal and financial information to make credit decisions.

 It is our policy to manually review automated decisions whenever possible. However, you have the right to request a manual review of the accuracy of any decision we make if you are unhappy with it.

The Credit Union uses a company called NestEgg Ltd to process this data on our behalf. NestEgg Ltd provides an automated ‘decision’ to help the Credit Union make it easy for members to apply for loans and savings accounts. NestEgg Ltd is not responsible for making decisions, they do not see your personal information. Their software makes a recommendation to a loans officer.

 When you apply for a loan and / or savings account up to five searches may appear on your credit file.  For the purposes of credit scoring, this will typically only affect your credit score as if one credit application were made.

 Each of these five ‘footprints’ relate to the different sources of data being used to assess an application; these include the credit report itself and an affordability check. The Credit Union needs to prove the information belongs to you which is when an ID check is required. In cases where an application is made by a new member; the Credit Union will use an ID check and may also run a report to check ownership of any bank account details you may give us. These checks are required by law to prevent money laundering.

 Some of these footprints will be in the name of NestEgg Ltd and others in the name of the Credit Union.

11. Fraud Prevention Agencies

We use your information to carry out checks for the purposes of preventing fraud and money laundering. These checks require us to process and share personal data about you.

The personal data can include information that you have shared with us in making your loan application, other information we have collected or hold about you, or information we receive from third parties such as Credit Reference Agencies.

We will share your:

  • name;
  • address;
  • date of birth;
  • contact details;
  • financial information;
  • employment details;
  • Device identifiers, including IP address; and
  • Any other information that it is in our legitimate interest to share in order to prevent or detect fraud, or that we are legally obliged to provide.

We and fraud prevention agencies may also enable law enforcement agencies to access and use your personal data to detect, investigate and prevent crime.

We process your data in these ways because we have a legitimate interest in preventing fraud and money laundering in order to protect our business and to comply with laws that apply to us.

Fraud prevention agencies can hold your personal data for different periods of time, and if you are considered to pose a fraud or money laundering risk, for up to six years.

If we, or a fraud prevention agency, determine that you pose a fraud or money laundering risk, we may refuse to provide the loan or any other services you have asked for. We may also stop providing existing services to you.

A record of any fraud or money laundering risk will be retained by fraud prevention agencies and may result in others refusing to provide services, financing or employment to you. If you have any questions about this then please contact us.

12. The right to restrict processing

In some circumstances you have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data. Those circumstances are:

● you contest the accuracy of the personal data;

● processing is unlawful but you oppose erasure;

● we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of our processing, but you require personal data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; and

● you have objected to processing, pending the verification of that objection. Where processing has been restricted on this basis, we may continue to store your personal data.

13. We will only otherwise process it:

● with your consent;

● for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; or

● for the protection of the rights of another natural or legal person;

14. The right to object to processing

You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data on grounds relating to your particular situation, but only to the extent that the legal basis for the processing is that the data is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party.

If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

You have the right to object to our processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes (including profiling for direct marketing purposes). If you make such an objection, we will cease to process your personal data for this purpose.

15. Rights related to automatic processing

We may use automated decision making in processing your personal and financial information to make credit decisions.

It is our policy to manually review automated decisions whenever possible. However, you have the right to request a manual review of the accuracy of any decision we make if you are unhappy with it.

16. Right to withdraw consent

To the extent that the legal basis for our processing of your personal information is your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of processing before the withdrawal.

17. The right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office

If you consider that our processing of your personal information infringes data protection laws, you have a legal right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office which is responsible for data protection in the UK. You can contact them by:

Going to their website at:  Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)

Phone on 0303 123 1113

Post to Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF

18. Your right to make a complaint

If you are dissatisfied about the way we manage your privacy and data you can follow our complaints procedure.