Privacy policy

Bubblegate understands the importance to privacy to our clients and users of our websites and applications. We are committed to protecting and personally identifiable information we hold, and fulfilling our obligations under the UK Data Protection Act (UK DPA) and other applicable data protection and privacy legislation.

This Privacy Policy describes what personal information we collect, how and why we use this information, and the safeguards we put in place to protect personal data. It also describes the options we provide for you to access, update or request erasure of the information we hold about you.

Who we are

Bubblegate is a design and web development agency offering a comprehensive range of services, which includes:

  • Bespoke databases and applications
  • Case management systems
  • Health questionnaires
  • Association management systems
  • E-commerce platforms
  • Standalone websites
  • Website and application hosting
  • Graphic design and print management


Bubblegate acts as the data controller of personal data we collect from you. We are responsible for your personal data, and control the ways your personal data is collected and the purposes for which it is used.

Personal data that we collect

We strongly believe in minimizing the data we collect only to that which is necessary to deliver our services to our clients and users of our website.

Personal data we collect and hold about you includes:

  • your name
  • your business address
  • your email address
  • your telephone number
  • your position
  • records of your communication with us (i.e. emails and phone calls)
  • personal data provided by you within any forms or surveys you complete
  • information about your internet connection, the equipment you use to access our website and usage details. This may include personally-identifying information like your Internet Protocol (IP) address.

Purposes for which we process your personal data

The purposes for which we collect and hold your information are to:

  • perform our relevant functions and the services expected of us by our clients
  • carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into by us and our clients
  • send you information related to the services we provide, or notify you of any changes to these services
  • respond to any communication from you, and provide you with information that you request from us
  • present our website, and facilitate access to resources and functions
  • understand how you use our services, and improve and optimise these services (including our website)
  • promote and market our services
  • detect any misuse of our services, applications and systems
  • comply with any court order, law enforcement, or legal process, including to respond to any government or regulatory request.

In the event that we collect any of your personal data for purposes besides those listed above, these purposes will be disclosed to you when you provide your information.

Processing activities are lawful on the basis of their necessity to contractual performance, or in serving legitimate interests pursued by Bubblegate and its clients.

Who has access to your personal data?

Personal data that you provide is only accessed by authorised employees of Bubblegate, and trusted third parties appointed to process your data on our behalf (who act as ‘sub-processors’ of this data).

We only share your personal data with third parties as necessary to fulfil the purposes set out within this document. Any third parties with whom we share your data act only in accordance with our documented instructions and are prohibiting from utilizing, sharing or retaining your personal data for any purposes besides those which they have been specifically contracted for. We make every effort to ensure any third party sub-processers we use have implemented controls necessary for keeping personal data the process secure and confidential, and are compliant with Data Protection Act and other applicable data protection and privacy legislation.

The suitability of third party sub-processors is reviewed on an ongoing basis taking into account:

  • The level of risk the third party presents
  • The third party’s data protection procedures and adherence with established standards
  • Known incidents related to the third party’s services
  • Security within the third party’s supply chain
  • Disaster recovery and contingency arrangements

Bubblegate may, at its sole discretion, disclose your personal data to meet legal obligations or respond to any valid government or regulatory request; prevent or mitigate fraud to technical issues; protect against imminent harm to the rights, property or safety of Bubblegate, its clients, and/or the wider community; or to prevent or stop any activity we consider to be illegal or unethical.

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties, or share your information with third parties for their own marketing purposes.

How long do we keep your personal data for?

Bubblegate will retain your personal data only for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which the information has been collected, and thereafter for as long as retention serves our legitimate interest, legal or business purposes. This might include retaining personal data:

  • when mandated by law, contract or similar obligations applicable to our business operations
  • for preserving, resolving, defending or enforcing our legal/contractual rights 
    necessary for maintaining adequate and accurate business and financial records.
  • Personal data held is regularly reviewed to ensure its continued accuracy and necessity to our purposes.  Inaccurate or redundant data is updated or deleted as appropriate.

Where do we process your personal data?

Your personal data will only be held and processed within the UK, and outside of the UK in countries deemed by the UK government to be providing adequate protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in connection with the processing of personal data. Where third party companies based outside of the EEA that are engaged to process your personal data on behalf of Bubblegate (e.g. Google, MailChimp), these are signatures to the EU-US Privacy Shield.  The Privacy Shield ensures data is protected to the same standards as used within the EEA.

How do we keep your personal data secure?

We implement all necessary technical and organisational measures to ensure personal data you provide to us, or that we process on your behalf, is held and treated securely. Bubblegate is certified to ISO27001, and operates a robust information security management system.

Certificate Number: 16451
ISO 27001


Bubblegate’s website uses cookies, which are strings of information placed on your device that your device provides to the website or application each time you return. We use two types of cookies within our website: functionality cookies and performance cookies.

We use functionality cookies in order to identify and track your usage and website access preferences. Information collected may include the pages you visit; your interactions with features, functionality, content and links; your language preferences; the operating system and web browser you use; and your network and IP information.

We use performance cookies in order to gather anonymous data that help us improve our services. Performance cookies are generally placed be third-party analytics companies (e.g. Google Analytics) who gather this data on our behalf. Data gathered through third-party performance cookies does not contain any personally identifiable information.

If you do not wish to have cookies placed on your browser, or wish to delete your existing cookies, you can do this from your browser preferences. You should be aware that if you delete or disallow cookies, many websites will not work properly and you will lose some functionality. We therefore do not recommend turning cookies off when using the Bubblegate website.

Your rights as a data subject

Under the the UK Data Protection Act, you have the following rights in respect of your personal data:

  • Right of access – you have the right to request a copy of information we hold about you.
  • Right of rectification – you have a right to correct information that we hold about you that is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Right to be forgotten – in certain circumstances, you can ask for the information we hold about you to be erased from our records.
  • Right to restriction of processing – where certain conditions apply you have a right to restrict the processing.
  • Right of portability – you have the right to have the information we hold about you transferred to another organisation.
  • Right to object – you have the right to object to certain types of processing such as direct marketing.

If you wish to request access to, rectification or erasure of personal data we hold about you, or you wish to raise an objection to our processing activities, you can do so at any time by contacting us via the methods below.

Telephone: 01303 863800

Email: studio@bubblegate.co.uk

Post: The Bubblegate Company Ltd, Cage Farm Studio, Stowting Hill, Stowting, Kent TN25 6BE

Requests for erasure of personal data will only be honoured to the extent that it is no longer necessary for us to hold in order to provide services to you, or meet our legal and contractual record keeping requirements. We reserve the right to refuse to change or erase data if we doing so would violate any law or legal requirement, or cause the information to be incorrect.  In the event that Bubblegate refuses a request made by you, we will provide you with a reason why, which you have the right to legally challenge.

You also have the right to make a complaint about our processing activities with the supervisory authority responsible for the protection of personal data in the country where you live, or in which you think a breach of data protection laws might have taken place. The majority of Bubblegate’s processing activities take place in the UK, and so our supervisory authority is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can contact the ICO by calling +44 1625 545 700, or emailing casework@ico.co.uk.

Questions about this Privacy Policy

If you have questions, concerns or complaints about our Privacy Policy, the personal data we collect and hold, or the purposes for which this data is used, you may contact us by emailing studio@bubblegate.co.uk

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We reserve the right to modify this Privacy Policy at any time. If we make changes to this Privacy Policy, the updated version will be made available via our website, at www.bubblegate.co.uk . The version number and date that this policy was last revised is included at the top of the page.