LHR Airports Limited (Heathrow) website privacy notice.
Last updated: June 2019
Our Privacy Promise
- We promise to collect, use and store your personal data in a safe and secure way.
- We promise to only use your personal data for the specific purposes stated.
- We promise to keep you informed about how we use your information and who we give it to.
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Privacy notice - Heathrow.com and social media channels
This privacy notice tells you what to expect when Heathrow Airport Limited (Heathrow) collects personal information about you when you use Heathrow.com or Heathrow’s social media channels. Heathrow is committed to protecting your personal information when you use Heathrow services. Whenever you provide such information, we are legally obliged to use your information in line with all applicable laws concerning the protection of personal data, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your information will be kept in a secure environment and access to it will be restricted according to the 'need to know' principle.Expand all Collapse all
When you use Heathrow.com or Heathrow’s social media channels, we will collect the following information about you:
- Date of birth (where you enter a completion with a minimum age of 18 to participate)
- Home address
- Email address
- Phone number
- Flight number
- Social media user name, and if your account is public, we will also receive information regarding your profile such as the content you provide, posts, followers, following, comments on your profile, bio and your online presence address.
Heathrow collects information about how you use Heathrow.com via our website and the device(s) that you use to access the service. This includes collecting unique online identifiers such as IP addresses, which are numbers that uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on the internet. For more information, see our section on ‘cookies’ below.
Heathrow will use your personal data for a number of purposes including the following:
- To provide our Heathrow journey planner service which gives you a complete door-to-door guide with times and directions.
- To respond to feedback, queries and complaints that you submit through our feedback form.
- To send you marketing communications about Heathrow products and services. We will only do this where you give us your clear consent to do so.
|Use of data||Purpose||Justification|
|To manage Heathrow competitions and select winners for Heathrow competitions that you enter in to either via Heathrow websites or Heathrow’s social media channels.||Consent||It is necessary for the performance of the relevant competition which you contractually enter into. Failure to provide mandatory data fields denoted by a ‘*’ will mean that we will not be able to enter you into the relevant competition.|
|Where you use Heathrow Social Media Channels to communicate with Heathrow||Legitimate interest||We use social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, WeChat and Weibo to interact with our customers. When we receive queries on these social media platforms, we may collect your personal information for us to correctly identify you and deal with your query. All the personal information collected will depend on the information that you provide us. On a few occasions, we may request for further information to help us deal with your query. Our Weibo and WeChat social media platforms are managed through our trusted third-party provider, Qumin.|
|To send you marketing communications about Heathrow Airport and other Heathrow services.||Legitimate Interest||When you purchase a Heathrow product or use one of our services, we will use legitimate interest to send you marketing communications, we will inform you about the latest airport updates including exclusive offers and new services to improve your travel experience.|
|To respond to feedback, queries and complaints that you submit through our feedback form.||Legitimate interest||Where you complete a feedback form or send us queries or comments, we have a legitimate interest to respond to your feedback.|
|We will share your name and email address with selected Airport Partners who will use your personal data to send marketing communications to you.||Consent||When you enter a competition and give us your clear consent, we will share your name and email address with our competition partners who will use your personal data to send marketing communications to you.|
|We may also match the data we collect with other data that we hold about you if you have used Heathrow products and services before.||Legitimate Interests||We have a legitimate business interest for your personal data to be used for this specific purpose. We may also match the data we collect with other data that we hold about you if you have used Heathrow products and services before. We do this to build up a picture of your personal preferences and understand how you use Heathrow products and services. This enables us to deliver a richer customer experience and ensures we only send relevant communications to you.|
You are always in control of how we use your personal data and can opt out of marketing communications during and after the booking process. You can change your marketing preferences at any time or unsubscribe from Heathrow Airport marketing communications by visiting ‘My Account’ or by clicking ‘Unsubscribe’ on the footer of a Heathrow Airport marketing email. You have the right to object to this processing which you can exercise by contacting email@example.com. On social media, you can either unfollow or block us or use the cancellation option. Further, you can inform us through our contact page. Please note that if you object, this may affect our ability to send personalised marketing communications to you.
Your information will be handled and used by the following recipients:
- Heathrow staff delivering the competition and online service
- Acxiom Limited, our trusted data partner
- Customer service agents employed by Sitel Group who work on behalf of Heathrow
- Competition providers and partners, provided when competitions are live
Some of our trusted partners that we share your personal data with may need to transfer personal data overseas. As we are responsible for your personal data, we always ensure that your information remains protected and secure when being transferred.
Your personal data for Heathrow competitions will be retained for a period of 60 days from the date of the draw at which point all of your personal details are removed from our systems.
Your personal data for marketing communications will be retained for a period of three years from the date of your last interaction with the marketing communication (i.e. opening an email or clicking on a link within the email) at which point all of your personal details is removed from our systems.
Your personal data for Social Media will be retained for a period of two years and then delete it after the retention period has passed.
Where you tell us that you no longer wish to receive marketing messages about Heathrow products and services, we will keep this information about you until you tell us otherwise. This is to ensure that we don’t send you any further marketing communications in error.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the right to:
- Access your personal data by making a subject access request
- Rectification, erasure or restriction of your information where this is justified
- Object to the processing of your information where this is justified
- Data portability
To exercise your rights, please contact the Heathrow Data Protection Officer using the following contact details:
Data Protection Officer
Heathrow Airport Limited
The Compass Centre
Should you find our response unsatisfactory, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority – the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can find more information on the ICO website at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ regarding the complaints process.
The different types of cookies we use
Heathrow use the following categories of cookies on our websites:
Strictly necessary -These cookies are essential for certain features of our websites to work for example when you make payments for car parking. These cookies do not record identifiable personal information and we do not need your consent to place these cookies on your device. Without these cookies some services you have asked for cannot be provided.
Performance - These cookies are used to collect anonymous information about how you use our websites. This information is used to help us improve our websites and understand how effective our adverts are. In some case we use trusted third parties to collect this information for us which may include recording your use of our websites but they only use the information for the purposes explained. By using our websites, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device. You have the right to object from being recorded on our websites by clicking here.
Functionality - These cookies are used to provide services or remember settings to enhance your visit for example text size or other preferences. The information these cookies collect is anonymous and does not enable us to track your browsing activity on other websites. By using our websites, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.
Targeting and Advertising - These cookies are used by trusted third parties to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. Information contained in these cookies is anonymous and doesn't contain your personal information. To find out more about cookies used for targeting and advertising follow www.youronlinechoices.com and www.networkadvertising.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information about the trusted third parties we use.
Managing cookies - If you'd prefer to restrict, block or delete cookies from Heathrow and our third party advertisers, or any other website, you can use your browser to do this. Each browser is different, so check the 'Help' menu of your particular browser to learn how to change your cookie preferences. If you choose to disable all cookies we cannot guarantee the performance of our websites and some features may not work as expected.
Links to other websites - This privacy notice does not cover the links within this site linking to other websites. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit
Changes to this privacy notice - We will keep this privacy notice under regular review and we will place any updates here. At the start of this privacy notice, we will tell you when it was last updated.
- June 2019: inclusion of social media, enhance clarity across the privacy notice, update to third parties and the data we collect.