Privacy and Cookie Policies

Our commitment to privacy

As owners of the Spectrum Noir website, Crafter's Companion is committed to protecting your privacy. As part of this commitment, we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used. We created this policy to be even more clear about our practices and address new privacy laws in Europe. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available at the bottom of every standard page on the web site.

Please note that while Spectrum Noir is a non-transactional website, the policy below is a company-wide policy which includes terms about practices around ecommerce transactions, which are more relevant to our ecommerce websites, such as www.crafterscompanion.co.uk and www.crafterscompanion.com.

Our Privacy Policy does not affect your statutory rights as a consumer.

 

Introduction

This Privacy and Cookies Policy relates to our use of any personal information we collect from you via online services and other channels:

  • All Crafter’s Companion websites
  • Crafter’s Companion social media content
  • Other forms of Crafter’s Companion web activity, such as content and newsletter opt-in forms that are not hosted on a Crafter’s Companion website
  • Personal information provided at one of our retail stores
  • Transactional data provided from third party businesses, when orders are fulfilled by Crafter’s Companion
  • Information you provide to us by phone, email, letter, other forms of  correspondence and in person

 

This Privacy and Cookies Policy explains the following:

  • Who We Are
  • What Information We May Collect About You
  • How Information About You May Be Used
  • Information on Data Provided With Consent, Such as Email Newsletters and Digital Marketing, Direct Mail and Data Provided With Consent To Share With Third Parties
  • The Storage, Deletion and Availability of Your Personal Data to You
  • Information On The Use of Web Browser Cookies
  • Information on Changes To This Policy

Who we are

The data controller is Crafter’s Companion Limited (referred to in this policy  as “we” or “us).

We are a British based craft retailer and wholesaler based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK. Our company registration number is 05734881. We live and love crafting and pride ourselves in developing and selling a range of high quality, innovative craft products.

We ship our products all over the world, and in addition to our UK head office we also have an office in the United States of America.

Our registered addresses are as follows:

UK Office : Horndale Avenue, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6DR
US Office : 3321 South Susann Street, Santa Ana, CA 92704 +1(800) 399-5035

You can learn more on our About Us Page (https://www.crafterscompanion.co.uk/about-crafters-companion)

 

The information we collect

When you purchase from Crafter’s Companion, purchase Crafter’s Companion product through third parties who ship items from our warehouses, or provide information to Crafter’s Companion directly we may receive personal information about you. The types of personal information collected may include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Telephone number(s)
  • Date of Birth
  • Gender
  • Your account login details, including the password you have chosen

 

Crafter’s Companion also collects information about you, your purchasing behaviour (such as what you have bought, when and where you bought it and how much you paid for it) and your use of Crafter’s Companion websites and other digital channels, such as our social media properties and digital media adverts. This includes collecting unique online identifiers such as IP addresses, which are numbers that can uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on the internet, and cookies, which are text files downloaded to your web browser containing a unique user ID and selected information to enhance your online shopping experience. For more information, please see section 5 of this policy, on the use of cookies and similar technologies.

When you browse our websites, we may collect information about your online browsing behaviour and information about when you click on one of our adverts (including those shown on other organisations’ websites). We may also collect information about the device you have used to access our services, such as the device type, operating system and browser type.

We may also obtain data from third parties to enrich our understanding of our customers. This information is used to understand who shops with us and allows us to create customer segments with defined characteristics. Creating segments of customers may then help us to target similar groups of people with content and advertising.

If you are a member of our email and digital marketing list, we may collect information on the communications which you open, including any links that you click.

On some pages, you can submit information about other people. For example, if you order a gift online and want it sent directly to the recipient, you will need to submit the recipient's address. In this circumstance, the types of personal information collected are:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone Number

We DO NOT collect Credit/Debit Card Information – all website payment details are taken and by a specialist third party payment processor (Sage Pay). Telephone orders are submitted via payment terminals provided by Barclaycard.

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

All information will be collected lawfully and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 and The Data Protection Act 1998.

How we use information

We never collect sensitive information about you without your explicit consent and the information we have will be as accurate and up to date as possible. You may contact us to find what information is held about you. If you find any inaccuracies please let us know and we will delete or correct it for you. You may also request that we delete all data we hold about your from our systems.

Crafter’s Companion will use your personal information for a number of purposes, including the following:

  • To allow you to use our websites
  • To process your orders and refunds
  • To process trade applications or any other applications made online
  • To deal with any enquiries you may have about our services
  • To send you materials when requested
  • To contact you about our services, for example by phone, email or post or by replying to social media posts or messages which you have directed at as.
  • Manage promotions and competitions that you take part in
  • To provide digital experiences that are optimised to your profile
  • To generate understanding of our customers and to create customer segments for marketing purposes
  • To provide you with relevant advertising, via digital and non-digital mediums
  • To monitor and understand online behaviour and the use of Crafter’s Companion websites.
  • To aggregate information for marketing and strategic development purposes, after removing personally identifiable information
  • To enrich with additional data to assist in further understanding of our customers, for the purposes outlined above
  • To enable you to access specific materials and sections within the site
  • To make you aware of new and existing products, promotions and to provide you with information that we believe is relevant to our contacts
  • To carry out market research and internal research and development, and to improve our systems,product range, service and stores. This allows us to better serve you as a customer.
  • To monitor how our services are used to detect and prevent fraud, other crimes and misuse. This helps us to make sure that you can safely use our services.

 

Why do we process your data in these ways?

We use the information you provide about yourself when placing an order to complete that order and for the uses outlined above. Processing your data in these ways allow us to manage your customer account, provide you with the goods and services you wish to buy and assist with any order queries you have. It also enables us to personalise our offers and services for you, helping us to meet your needs as a customer and to improve your customer experience.

We will only share this information for use by third parties to market their own products to you when you have given your explicit, opted-in consent. If you have previously given consent and no longer wish for your details to be shared, or if you no longer wish to receive mailings from Crafter’s Companion, please do so by emailing info@crafterscompanion.co.uk. We will remove your details within 30 days of receipt of your request.

We use the information you provide about someone else when placing an order only to ship the product and to confirm delivery. We do not share this information with outside parties except to the extent necessary to complete that order.

We offer gift-cards by which you can personalize a product you order for another person. Information you provide to us to create a gift-card is only used for that purpose, and it is only disclosed to the person receiving the gift.

We use return email addresses to answer the email we receive. Such addresses are not used for any other purpose and are not shared with outside parties.

Finally, we never use or share the personally identifiable information provided to us online in ways unrelated to the ones described above without your prior explicit consent.

Marketing

Crafter’s Companion will send you relevant offers and news about our products in a number of ways, including by email and digital marketing channels, but only if you have previously agreed to receive them.

Email newsletters and digital marketing

We send email newsletters and undertake digital marketing activities as a legitimate interest of the company. Undertaking these activities is an essential part of distributing awareness of our products and services to our customer base.

In order to ensure that you agree to receive email newsletters and digital marketing activity targeted via your data we offer the option to OPT-IN or OPT-OUT on your first purchase online, when you have previously opted-out and when you make a purchase by phone or in store and shop using a Club Inspire account or register for email and digital marketing.

You can contact us at any time to opt-out of receiving these forms of marketing. We will then remove your details from these activities in a reasonable time-frame, no longer than 30 days. If you wish to opt-out of email newsletters and digital marketing activity please do so by emailing info@crafterscompanion.co.uk

Should you choose not to receive such communications you will still be able to make use of offers and purchase new products that are included in such marketing activity, but in practice we are unlikely to be able to make you aware of them.

Crafter’s Companion are unable to process the data of customers if they are under the age of 16 without seeking parent/guardian approval. If you wish to receive marketing communications from us and are under the age of 16, please ask your parent/guardian to contact us.

Direct mail

Crafter’s Companion also send direct mail as a legitimate interest of the company if you have made a purchase from us. Undertaking these activities is an essential part of distributing awareness of our products and services to our customer base.

In order to ensure that you agree to receive direct mail activity targeted via your data when you have not made a purchase from us we offer an OPT-IN option at the point where you submit your data to us.

You can also contact us at any time to opt-out of receiving marketing communications via post. We will then remove your details from these activities in a reasonable time-frame. If you wish to opt-out of direct mail marketing activity please do so by emailing info@crafterscompanion.co.uk

Please note that we will not share your data with third party direct mail providers unless you specifically opt-in for this form of advertising (See below)

Telephone and text message

Crafter’s Companion may contact you by telephone as a legitimate interest of the company if you have made a purchase from us.

In order to ensure that you agree to be contacted by telephone or text message targeted via your data when you have not made a purchase from us we offer OPT-IN options at the point where you submit your data to us.

You can also contact us at any time to opt-out of receiving marketing communications via telephone or text message. We will then remove your details from these activities in a reasonable time-frame. If you wish to opt-out of telephone or text message marketing activity please contact us.

Please note that we will not share your data with third party direct mail providers unless you specifically opt-in for this form of advertising (See below)

Cookies and similar technologies

 

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed from the system.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

The table below lists the cookies in use on this website:

COOKIE NAME COOKIE DESCRIPTION
WORDPRESS-LOGGED-IN Registered members need a cookie to be able to log in. This is ‘strictly necessary’ as WordPress won’t work without it.
COMMENT Visitors who leave a comment on a blog post will also have a cookie set on their computer. This is not “strictly necessary” as it’s a user preference.
CONSENT Remembers if you have dismissed the cookie policy bar.
GOOGLE ANALYTICS This tracks visitors to the website and where they are coming from and going to on the site
wordpress_sec Ensures that any data transmitted is done so securely
NID Most Google users will have a preferences cookie called ‘NID’ in their browsers. A browser sends this cookie with requests to Google’s sites. The NID cookie contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English), how many search results you wish to have shown per page (e.g. 10 or 20), and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.

 

Consent to share data with third party email and direct mail providers

We understand that receiving unsolicited direct mail can be an annoyance for some people. We will only share your data with third party direct mail providers if you specifically OPT-IN when you provide us with your personal data and / or make a purchase from us.

You can also contact us at any time to opt-out of receiving these forms of marketing. We will then remove your details from these activities in a reasonable time-frame. If you wish to opt-out of receiving marketing communications by post and email from relevant third parties please do so here: info@crafterscompanion.co.uk

If you choose to share your data with third party direct mail providers we will make this available to companies operating in the crafting, clothing, collectibles, food & wine, gardening, gadgets & entertainment, health & beauty, household goods and home interiors categories.

Data retention

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity. If you request the deletion of your Crafter’s Companion account your personal information will be removed as soon as we can reasonably achieve (no longer than 30 days). It is necessary to retain some data for statutory legal purposes and the remaining information is anonymised for analytical purposes. For further information about deleting your account please see the section below.

Requesting copies of, or removing data held about you

Under the GDPR you have the right to request a copy of the personal information Crafter’s Companion holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. We have a legal duty to supply, correct or delete personal information about you on our files.

You can delete your account and request the removal of your personal information at any time. This will erase your records from our systems and will prevent us from being able to assist you with any previous purchases.

Please address requests and questions about this or any other question about this Privacy and Cookies Policy to info@crafterscompanion.co.uk.

We will need two copies of forms of identification, which can be:

Passport

Driving licence

Birth certificate

Utility bill (from last 3 months)

Current vehicle registration document

Bank statement (from last 3 months)

Rent book (from last 3 months).

Our commitment to data security

We know how important it is to keep your data secure. In this section, we set out some of the measure we have in place to protect it:

To prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

 

We use technical safeguards, such as firewalls and data encryption, and access to your data is only given to employees who need it to carry out their job responsibilities.

We enforce safeguards in connection with the collection, store and disclosure of personal data. If you request your personal data, we may ask for proof of identity before supplying it to you.

The personal data that we collect from you may be transferred to and stored at a destination outside the EU. It may also be processed by companies operating outside this area in their role a data processor. We have put appropriate checks and protection in place to ensure that your data is protected in line with this policy.

Our commitment to children's privacy

Protecting the privacy of the very young is especially important. For that reason, we never collect or maintain information at our website from those we actually know are under 16, and no part of our website is structured to attract anyone under 16.

How to contact us

Should you have other questions or concerns about these privacy policies, please contact us