Personal clients

Collection of personal data

Our policy is to collect only the personal data necessary for agreed purposes and we ask our clients only to share personal data where it is strictly needed for those purposes.

Where we need to process personal data to provide our services, we ask our clients to provide the necessary information to other data subjects concerned, such as family members, regarding its use.

Given the diversity of the services we provide to personal clients (click here for information on our services), we process many categories of personal data, including as appropriate for the services we are providing:

  • Contact details;

  • Business activities;

  • Family information;

  • Income, taxation and other financial-related details; and

  • Investments and other financial interests.

For certain services or activities, and when permitted by law (e.g. under a public interest condition) or with an individual's consent, we may also collect special categories of personal data.  Examples of special categories include race or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; trade union membership; physical or mental health; genetic data; biometric data; sexual life or sexual orientation; and, criminal records.

Generally, we collect personal data from our clients or from a third party acting on the instructions of the relevant client.  

Use of personal data

We use personal data for the following purposes:

  • Providing professional services
    We provide a diverse range of professional services (click here for information on our services).  Some of our services require us to process personal data in order to provide advice and deliverables.  For example, we need to use personal data to provide individual tax advice, immigration services or pensions advice.
    Legal grounds: Performance of a contract, legitimate interests, legal obligation, public interest or consent
    This processing is necessary for the performance of the engagement letter (contract) to which our personal client (the data subject) is a party and, where we process personal data about other individuals (such as family members) in order to provide our services, this processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us in providing professional services and our client in receiving professional services.  In some cases, we have a legal obligation to provide the services in a certain way and where we process special categories of personal data, we rely on a relevant public interest condition or consent.

 

  • Administering, managing and developing our businesses and services
    We may process personal data in order to run our business, including:
    • managing our relationship with clients and prospective clients;
    • developing our businesses and services (such as identifying client needs and improvements in service delivery);
    • maintaining and using IT systems;
    • hosting or facilitating the hosting of events; and
    • administering and managing our website and systems and applications.
      Legal grounds: Legitimate interests
      This processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us to administer, manage and develop our business and services.
  • Security, quality and risk management activities
    We have security measures in place to protect our and our clients’ information (including personal data), which involve detecting, investigating and resolving security threats.  Personal data may be processed as part of the security monitoring that we undertake; for example, automated scans to identify harmful emails. We monitor the services provided to clients for quality purposes, which may involve processing personal data stored on the relevant client file.  We have policies and procedures in place to monitor the quality of our services and manage risks in relation to client engagements. We collect and hold personal data as part of our client engagement and acceptance procedures. As part of our client and engagement acceptance, we carry out searches using publicly available sources (such as internet searches and sanctions lists) to identify politically exposed persons and heightened risk individuals and organisations and check that there are no issues that would prevent us from working with a particular client (such as sanctions, criminal convictions (including in respect of company directors), conduct or other reputational issues). 
    Legal grounds: Legitimate interests
    This processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us to ensure network and information security, manage risks to our business and check the quality of our services.

  • Providing our clients and prospective clients with information about us and our range of services
    With consent or otherwise in accordance with applicable law, we use client and prospective client contact details to provide information that we think will be of interest about us and our services.  For example, industry updates and insights, other services that may be relevant and invites to events.
    Legal grounds: Legitimate interests
    This processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us to promote our business and services.  

  • Complying with any requirement of law, regulation or a professional body of which we are a member
    As with any provider of professional services, we are subject to legal, regulatory and professional obligations.  We need to keep certain records to demonstrate that our services are provided in compliance with those obligations and those records may contain personal data.
    Legal grounds: Legal obligation or legitimate interests
    This processing is necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation; for example, when conducting customer due diligence checks to comply with anti-money laundering regulations and, where we do not have a legal obligation, we have a legitimate interest in processing personal data as necessary to meet our regulatory or professional obligations.

We are continually looking for ways to help our clients and improve our business and services.  Where agreed with our clients, we may use information that we receive in the course of providing professional services for other lawful purposes, including analysis to better understand a particular issue, industry or sector, provide insights back to our clients, to improve our business, service delivery and offerings and to develop new PwC technologies and offerings.  To the extent that the information that we receive in the course of providing professional services contains personal data, we will de-identify the data prior to using the information for these purposes.
Legal grounds: Legitimate interests
We have a legitimate interest in de-identifying data to help our clients, to improve our business, service delivery and offerings and to develop new PwC technologies and offerings, including by performing benchmarking and analysis.

Data retention

We retain the personal data processed by us for as long as is considered necessary for the purpose for which it was collected (including as required by applicable law or regulation).   

In the absence of specific legal, regulatory or contractual requirements, our baseline retention period for records and other documentary evidence created in the provision of services is 8 years.

Personal data may be held for longer periods where extended retention periods are required by law or regulation and in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.

When and how we share personal data and locations of processing

Further details about the processors (such as IT service providers) used by PwC and locations of processing are provided here.  We may use other organisations to help us deliver our services as agreed with our client on an engagement-specific basis.

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