Suppliers (including subcontractors and individuals associated with our suppliers and subcontractors)

Collection​ ​of​ ​personal​ data

We collect and process personal data about our suppliers (including subcontractors and individuals associated with our suppliers and subcontractors) in order to manage the relationship, contract, to receive services from our suppliers and, where relevant, to provide professional services to our clients. The personal data is generally business card data and will include name, employer name, phone, email and other business contact details and the communications with us.

Use​ ​of​ ​personal​ data

We use personal data for the following purposes:

  • Receiving services
    We process personal data in relation to our suppliers and their staff as necessary to receive the services they are contracted to provide. For example, where a supplier is providing us with facilities management or other outsourced services, we will process personal data about those individuals that are providing services to us.
  • Providing professional services to clients
    Where a supplier is helping us to deliver professional services to our clients, we process personal data about the individuals involved in providing the services in order to administer and manage our relationship with the supplier and the relevant individuals and to provide such services to our clients (for example, where our supplier is providing people to work with us as part of a PwC team providing professional services to our clients).
  • Administering, managing and developing our businesses and services
    This includes:
    • managing our relationship with suppliers;
    • developing our businesses and services (such as identifying client needs and improvements in service delivery);
    • hosting or facilitating the hosting of events; and
    • administering and managing IT systems, websites and applications
  • 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 have policies and procedures in place to monitor the quality of our services and manage risks in relation to our suppliers. We collect and hold personal data as part of our supplier contracting procedures. We monitor the services provided for quality purposes, which may involve processing personal data.
  • Providing information about us and our range of services
    We use business contact details to provide information that we think will be of interest about us and our services in accordance with permissions required by law. This includes industry updates and insights, other services that may be relevant and invites to events.
  • 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.

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. Personal data will be retained about our contacts at our suppliers for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out above (e.g. for as long as we have, or need to keep a record of, a relationship with a contact, which is for the duration of our relationship with a contact or their organisation). 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.