1. Introduction

This policy explains why, when and how we collect personal information from the
people who visit our website, sign up or purchase any of our services or request
or contact us in any other manner. The policy also details the conditions under
which we may disclose the information to others and how we keep it secure.

While we encourage clients to read our privacy policy in full, we do have
several base principles we operate by:

  • We will never sell your data on.
  • We will never share your data for marketing to by any third parties.
  • We will always keep your personal data secure using strong encryption,abiding by data protection rules and by implementing good security practice.
  • We will never send you direct email marketing without your consent, our newsletter requires you to explicitly opt-in, you can opt-out at any time using the unsubscribe link contained within the email or through your clientarea by clicking Edit
    Account Details > Join our mailing list

If you are ever concerned or have question about how your personal data is
collected or used, please contact us at support@net4u.co.uk.

You can read our full privacy policy below.

2. About us

Net4U is a UK based web hosting and domain registration company operating
from the address:

Privatrax Limited
41 Oldfields Road

This policy (together with our terms of use Terms and Conditions and any other
documents referred to on it) sets out the basis on which any personal data we
collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please
read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding
your personal data and how we will treat it.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act) and GDPR (General Data
Protection Regulation), the data controller is Net4U, a company operating
from Privatrax Limited, 41 Oldfields Road, Sutton, SM1 2NB

Our nominated representative for the purpose of the Act is Mr Daniel Knights.

3. When do we collect your personal data

We may collect data about you in the following ways:

  • By filling in forms on any of our websites, this includes information provided at the time of registering to use our websites, subscribing to any of our services, posting material or requesting further services. We mayalso ask you for information when you enter a competition or promotionsponsored by us or if you report a problem with our site.
  • If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.
  • We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes,although you do not have to respond to them.
  • Details of transactions you carry out through our site and of the fulfillment your orders.
  • Visiting our sites, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data and other communication data required for our own security, diagnostic,authentication and billing.

4. What personal data do we collect

If you are simply viewing our website then we will collect the following
information within our logs:

  • IP Address (See cookies and IP addresses)

If you sign up to use our services we will then collect the following

  • Name
  • Address
  • Email Address(s)
  • Telephone number(s)
  • IP address
  • Payment details

While not actively collected we may store any other personal information that
you may disclose during live chat, tickets or emails.

5. Cookies and IP Addresses

IP Addresses

We collect IP address information for security (DDoS prevention, anti-hacking
and fraud prevention), diagnostics and statistical analysis of traffic used for
improvements to the performance and usability of our services, for GDPR purposes
we collect this information under legitimate interest.


A cookie is a small file saved on your computer that is used to help store
preferences and other information that is used by websites you may visit.

We use cookies for the Following:

  • Authentication of users when logging in or out of our services.
  • Analysis of traffic to our website via Google Analytics (see GoogleAnalytics).
  • Tracking of website preferences.
  • Third party services such live chat.

If you register with us or if you continue to use our site, you agree to the use
of cookies.

You can block cookies by activating the setting in your browser which allows you
to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser
settings to block all cookies you may not be allowed access to all or parts of
our site.

Unless you have adjusted your browser settings so that it will refuse cookies,
our system will issue cookies as soon as you visit our site.

6. Where we store and process your personal data

The data that we collect from you is stored in the UK but it may be processed by
staff operating outside the EEA (European Economic Area) who work for us or for
one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the
fulfillment of your order, the processing of your payment details and the
provision of support services.

By submitting your personal data, you agree to the processing of this data
outside of the EEA.

We take all steps necessary to ensure that your data, regardless of where it is
processed, is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy and
the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

7. How we protect your personal data

We treat all data with the utmost care and take appropriate steps in compliance
with data protection regulation to ensure it is kept safe.

  • All data we collect is done so over encrypted connections (https).
  • All data is stored behind state of the art firewalls managed by our security team.
  • All systems storing personal data have access logging.
  • All passwords are encoded at rest.
  • All systems are subject to regular penetration testing and are monitored for vulnerabilities and attacks.

8. Uses we make of personal data

We use information held about you in the following ways:

  • To verify your identity.
  • To provide you with the products and services you have purchased from us.
  • To carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us.
  • To ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for your device.
  • To respond to queries.
  • To provide you with information, products or services that you request from us where you have consented to be contacted.
  • To notify you about changes to our services.
  • To send you marketing emails where you have given explicit consent.
  • To display personalised Ads from us.
  • To prevent fraud.
  • To detect, prevent and diagnose potential security breaches.

9. Legal basis for the collection and processing

Data protection law sets out the conditions under which personal data can be
collected and which we use as the basis for collection and processing, these

Contractual obligations

When you purchase a service, we need to collect personal data to fulfill our
legal contractual obligation, for example: so we can manage and invoice your
account and contact you for technical support purposes.

Legal compliance

The law requires we collect and process data for certain purposes such as for
keeping financial records (i.e. invoicing) and that we can comply with law
enforcement requests for data.

Legitimate interest

We collect data under legitimate interest in a way that is reasonably expected
as part of the day to day running of our business.

For example, we collect and log IP addresses for fraud protection and security
as well as analysis of our site usage.


In certain cases, we may collect and process your data with your consent, for
example our newsletter and hot offers emails. Consent to receive these can be
withdrawn at any time.

10. How long we keep personal data

Your data will be kept until it is no longer required for the purpose of its

At the end of the retention period the data will either be deleted or anonymised
so it can no longer be linked back to an individual.

Personal data linked to purchases or any other financial transaction are kept
for a minimum of 6 years as required by UK law to retain financial data.

11. Who we share personal data with

Like many websites we use a number of third-party services for functionality
such as email sign-up and payment processing. The following is a list of
companies we share data with on a day to day basis. This list does not include
services we share anonymous data with or that provide services on an ad-hoc
basis such as IT contractors. All the suppliers below have been carefully
selected to ensure they provide suitable protections under GDPR.


Crisp provide our live chat service available on our website, if you contact us
by live chat your conversation will be recorded and archived on Crisps servers,
these archives may include personal information that you may have disclosed
during a conversation.

Please note: if
your conversation requires further action, for example if it is a technical
support query, then your chat transcript maybe copied to our ticketing system
for future reference.

Privacy Policy: https://crisp.chat/en/privacy/


Our newsletter and marketing email lists are managed through Mailchimp, these
emails are opt-in,
when you opt-in to our newsletter your name and email address will be added to
our mailing list which is held securely on mailchimp’s servers, by opting in you
agree to:

  • Transfer your contact information to MailChimp
  • Store your contact information in our MailChimp account
  • To being sent marketing emails from our MailChimp account (These will be forour services only)
  • To have tracked interactions for email marketing and ad placement purposes.

Emails are initiated and managed by ourselves.

Please see the section entitled “Newsletter and Marketing Emails” for
information on how to opt out of these emails.

Privacy Policy: https://mailchimp.com/legal/privacy/


Stripe is used to provide secure credit and debit card processing services. If
you choose to pay by this method then your card details, name, address and email
will be transmitted to Stripe securely for the processing of payment and for
fraud prevention.

If you choose to store your card details then this will be saved alongside your
name, address and email on Stripe’s servers.

Privacy Policy: https://stripe.com/gb/privacy


Maxmind is used for fraud prevention, if you make a purchase your IP address
will be shared with Maxmind to determine the approximate location the order is
being placed from and if the IP is a known source of fraud.

Privacy Policy: https://www.maxmind.com/en/privacy_policy

The SSL Store

The SSL Store is a wholesale SSL certificate provider. If you purchase an SSL we
may pass your name, address and contract details as part of the SSL verification

Privacy Policy:https://www.thesslstore.com/privacypolicy.aspx


If you purchase an SSL certificate you will be required to provide your name,
address and contact details which will be used by Globalsign to register the
certificate and perform vetting. GlobalSign may contact you by email, phone or
post as part of the vetting process.

Privacy Policy: https://www.globalsign.com/en/repository/globalsign-privacy-policy.pdf


NetEarthOne are a domain registrar, when you register a domain with us you are
required to provide contact details that are used to register your domain
against. It is important to note that these details will be visible within the
publicly searchable database called “whois”, we strongly advise customers when
making a GTLD (Generic top-level domain) purchase to choose the whois privacy
option which anonymises the whois database entry.

(It should be noted that prior to the 25th of
May 2018 all personal whois data will be anonymised by NetEarthOne to comply
with GDPR.)

Privacy Policy: https://www.netearthone.com/support/legal.php


Nominet are the registration authority for .uk and .co.uk domains, when you
register a .UK domain you are required to provide contact details that are used
to register your domain against. It is important to note that these details will
be visible within the publicly searchable database called “whois”, if
registering the domain as an individual you can opt out of having details listed
in the whois database, you cannot opt-out if registering for commercial use.

(Important: prior to the 25th of
May 2018 all personal whois data will be anonymised by Nominet to comply with

Privacy Policy: https://www.nominet.uk/resources/privacy-policy/

Tucows (OpenSRS and Enom)

Tucows are a domain registrar and own both OpenSRS and Enom, when you register a
domain with us you are required to provide contact details that are used to
register your domain against. It is important to note that these details will be
visible within the publicly searchable database called “whois”, we strongly
advise customers when making a GTLD (Generic top-level domain) purchase to
choose the whois privacy option which anonymises the whois database entry.

(It should be noted that prior to the 25th of
May 2018 all personal whois data will be anonymised by NetEarthOne to comply
with GDPR.)

Privacy Policy: https://www.enom.com/terms/privacy.aspx

Privacy Policy: https://opensrs.com/privacy-policy

12. Ads and Remarketing

We use Google AdWords remarketing services on our blog and forum to display our
ads on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors of those
pages, this is done in the form of a cookie that contains anonymous data
regarding your visit.

If you have a google account you can opt-out of receiving these ads here http://www.google.com/settings/ads

Google are also a member of the NAI (Network Advertising Initiative), you can
also use their site to opt out here http://www.networkadvertising.org/managing/opt_out.asp

13. Google Analytics

Like many websites we use Google Analytics to collect anonymous data about the
users of our sites such as how often they visit, what pages they visit, what
time they visit, how long the stay and what country they are visiting from.

This data is collected using cookies and from your IP address, the resulting
statistics are used for the following purposes:

  • Improving website usability
  • Tracking the success of marketing campaigns
  • Pattern analysis

You can prevent Google Analytics from collecting this information by installing
the google opt-out browser addon: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

To learn how Google uses data collected from our own and partner sites please
see the following link: https://policies.google.com/privacy/partners?hl=en-GB&gl=uk

14. Newsletter and Marketing Emails

All our marketing emails are opt-in, we will never sell on your details or pass
them on to third parties for marketing purposes. If you have opted in to receive
these then you can opt out at any time in one of three ways:

  • If you have received an email, click on the unsubscribe link located in theemail footer.
  • Log into your client area and select: Edit
    Account Details > Join mailing list
  • By contacting our customer services department.

15. Disclosure of your personal information

We may disclose your personal information to third parties:

If Net4U or substantially all of its assets are acquired by a third
party, in which case personal data held by it (Net4U) about its customers
will be one of the transferred assets.

If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to
comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms and
conditions of supply Terms and Conditions and other agreements; or to protect
the rights, property, or safety of our customers or others. This includes
exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes
of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

16. External links

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our
partners. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these
websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any
responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies
before you submit any personal data to these websites.

17. Your rights under GDPR

Under GDPR (General Data Protection regulation) you have a number of rights
relating to your personal data, these will come into force on the 25th May
2018, for further information please see https://ico.org.uk

Right to Restrict Processing

You have the right to request we restrict processing of your personal data where
there is no legitimate interest for us to do so:

  • Where the accuracy of the personal data is contested, to restrict the processing until such time as the accuracy has been sufficiently verified.
  • Where you object to the processing (See Right to Object), and where we are considering whether there are legitimate grounds to override the request.
  • When processing is unlawful and you oppose erasure and request restriction instead.
  • If we no longer need the personal data but you require the data to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim.

You can exercise the right at any time by contacting our team (see Contacting

Right of Access (Access to Information)

The GDPR Act gives you the right to access information held about you.

You can exercise this right by contacting us (see Contacting Us).

We are required to verify your identify before processing any right to access
request, once verified the data shall be provided within 28 days.

The data shall be provided free of charge however an admin fee may be applied
where a request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, particularly if it is

Right to Erasure (Also known as the right to be forgotten)

As an individual you have the right to request the erasure of any data we hold
on you, this is not an absolute right, for example it does not override our
requirement under UK law to keep financial data such as invoice information.

You can make a request where your personal data is no longer necessary in
relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected/processed, for
example if you cancel all services you have with us.

To make a right to erasure request please contact our customer services team
(see Contacting Us).

Right to Rectification

The GDPR provides the right to have any personal data rectified that may be
incorrect or incomplete.

Customers can update their own personal details via the client area however if
this is not sufficient please contact our customer services team (See contacting

Right to Object

You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data where there
is no legitimate or lawful reason to do so.

To make a right to object request please contact our customer services team (see
Contacting Us).

18. Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy policy under regular review, you can always find the latest
version at the URL below:


19. Contacting us

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed, you
can contact us in the following ways:

  • Existing customers can contact us by creating a ticket through their clientarea.
  • Email us at support@net4u.co.uk
  • Or write to us at: Net4U, Privatrax Limited, 41 Oldfields Road, Sutton, EC4M7JN

20. Contacting the regulator

While we will make every attempt to rectify any situation, where you feel your
data has not been handled appropriately you have the right to contact the
regulator. In this case the regulator is the Information commissioner’s office (ICO).

You can contact them on 0303
123 113
 or by visiting https://www.ico.org.uk/concerns