Privacy Policy

In connection with operating the organisation and making available its services and data, Signy collects and handles certain Personal Data. 

All Personal Data will be stored and processed in accordance with this Privacy Policy, which sets out:

(1)    How we collect Personal Data and what Personal Data we hold

(2)    Purpose for which we hold and process your Personal Data   

(3)    Transfer of Personal Data

(4)    Retention Period

(5)    Data Subject Rights

(6)    Contacting Signy

(7)    Links to External Website

The details of this privacy policy are set out in the sections below for ease of reading.

Visitors to publicly available pages of our website

If you are merely visiting the public area of, we do not collect any personal information about you. 

1. How we collect Personal Data and what data Personal Data hold

    Signy collects Personal Data supplied by its Partners and subscribers (“Users”) and other individuals who contact us or otherwise interact with us (“you”, “your”). We may also collect Personal Data from you when you interact with us or our website or communicate with us, including in relation to Partnership or enquiries.

1.1   Data we collect if you are a member or subscriber.

  The data that you have provided to Signy (for example via our online pages or Partnership or subscription forms), including:

  • Full name
  • Current name
  • Previous name if applicable
  • Honours
  • Qualifications
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Name of the company you work for; including
  • Business address
  • Your position/status in the company
  • Your department within the organisation
  • Business telephone number
  • Mobile telephone number
  • Email Address
  • Your online username granting you access to
  • Your home address and telephone number, if you have provided it to us
  • Any additional information necessary to provide you with the Services you request, for example, other information about yourself, your preferences or your experiences that you voluntarily share with us.

If you are an applicant for Partnership and you do not wish your contact details to be included on our Partnership database and directory, we will be unable to process your Partnership application.

1.2   Additional data we collect if you are a partner/subscriber

As you continue as a partner/subscriber of Signy we will build a history of your interaction with Signy. This includes

Date you were first subscribed 

Date you started interaction with Signy

Date you ceased interaction with Signy 

1.3   Data we may collect if you are not a member or a subscriber   

If you attend one of our marketing events and/or register an interest in receiving more information about the shipping market and shipping companies, we may collect the following data:

  • Contact name
  • Name of the company you work for
  • Business address
  • Your position in the company
  • Your department within the organisation
  • Business telephone number
  • Mobile telephone number
  • Email Address that you provided us

We may also hold the following additional information that you provide to us

  • Areas of specific interest
  • Photography of event attendees is normal practice, and these may later be published.
  • Details relevant to your attendance at an event, e.g. dietary requirement

2. Purpose for which we hold and process your Personal Data

Lawful basis 

Signy holds and processes your Personal Data for the purposes set out below. Generally, we do so on the basis that it is necessary for performance of our contract with individual Users, and/or because it is necessary for our legitimate interest (namely to operate the platform and make Partnership and data available to our Users and to send marketing to the employees and representatives of our Partners) and/or because it is necessary to meet a legal obligation that we are subject to.   

Use of Personal Data  

We use your Personal Data:

  •   in connection with the provision of User’s services (“Services”), including assessment of any application made by you;
  •   to communicate with you;
  •   to maintain an on-line directory of our Partners, which contains only our Partners’ name and contact details, and this, at Signy’s discretion could be made available to other Partners on (note that all the other Personal Data you provide as part of the application and Partnership process is only used internally by our Partnership teams and marketing teams).
  •   from time to time, to let you know about other Services and products we provide, special offers and to provide news about our business and to inform you about information that is relevant to your interests. If at any time you wish to be removed from the database, please email so we can action your request. If you opt out, you acknowledge that we will still need to contact you about matters relating directly to the Services for which you have subscribed.

No Personal Data is used for automated decision or automated profiling purposes.

3. Transfer of Personal Data

As part of the normal operation of the Services and for the purposes set out in the above, we disclose information about you to the following parties which may include your Personal Data.

  •   Other Signy Partners, who will be able to see your contact information in the on-line directory of Partners; and 
  •   Business partners and third-party service providers, who may assist us in operating our website, partner with us in organising events and undertaking other activities on our behalf.

In addition, in response to a statutory request, it may become necessary to share your Personal Data with law enforcement authorities and/or government institutions.

During the course of our interactions with you, we may transfer Personal Data, for the purposes described above, to countries outside the EEA which may not provide legal protection of Personal Data equivalent to the level of protection within the United Kingdom.

We will transfer your Personal Data subject to European Commission approved contractual terms that impose different data protection obligations directly on the recipient, or as otherwise permitted under the GDPR. Please contact us as set out in paragraph 6 below, if you would like to see a copy of the specific safeguards we apply to export of your Personal Data.

4. Retention Period

Partners and subscribers

Personal Data is retained for a period of 7 years after cessation of your Partnership or business relationship as a subscriber with the Signy.

If you are not a partner or a subscriber

Personal Data is retained for a period of 1 year if you were exploring becoming a potential member; otherwise it is not held after the end of the customer relationship.

If you have unsubscribed

If you have elected to unsubscribe from receiving marketing communications from us, we will continue to hold your email address to stop further communication with you for such period as we reasonably require such data for such purposes   

5. Data subject rights

Under the GDPR, individuals have the right to:

  • access their personal data;
  • the rectification of their personal data;
  • erasure of their personal data;
  • request the restriction of processing Personal Data concerning the individual;
  • object to the processing of their Personal Data (including the right to object to marketing)
  • have their Personal Data transmitted to a third party; 
  • not be subject to certain automated decision making; and
  • lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority

These rights may be subject to certain conditions and your exercise of these rights is subject to certain exemptions to safeguard the public interests (e.g. the prevention or detection of crime) and our interests (e.g. the maintenance of legal privilege).  If you exercise any of these rights, we will check your entitlement and respond in most cases within a month.

If you wish to contact us to exercise the above rights or have any question about the above or the information, we hold about you please contact us at the details set out in Section 6 Contacting Signy.

You also have the right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioners Office

6. Contacting Signy

We will be happy to answer any enquiries from you regarding this Privacy Policy, the Personal Data we hold about you or the use we make of it. 

If you have any queries or comments regarding the data, we hold about you or if you wish to correct or update this, please either email us at, or write to us at: 

Signy Advanced Technologies Limited,

110 Hilmanton

Lower Earley, Reading 

7. Links to External Sites provides links to other sites. When you click on one of these links, you are leaving our site and entering another site that we do not control and for which we are not responsible. You should carefully review the privacy statements or policies on any other site that you visit as those privacy statements or policies will apply to your visit to that site and they may differ greatly from our privacy policy.

8. Changes to our privacy policy 

We may change the content of our websites and how we use cookies and consequently our privacy policy and our cookies policy may change from time to time in the future.  If we change this privacy policy or our cookies policy, we will update the date it was last changed below.  If these changes are material, we will indicate this clearly on our website.

This privacy policy was last updated on 21 January 2020.