Online privacy notice and cookies policy

Introduction and definitions

Thank you for visiting our website and for using our services.  We’d like to tell you about our online privacy notice and how we use cookies on our website.  We have defined some words and phrases to help make it clear what we mean.

In this Online Privacy Notice and Cookie Policy:

“personal data” means personal data as defined under the Law and includes any information about an identified or identifiable natural person. Such information may include, for example, information we collect against an identifier for you (for example, your IP address or cookie ID). We also refer to personal data as “data about yourself”, “personal information”, “your information”, “personal details” and “information about you”;

“controller” means controller as defined in applicable data protection legislation;

“Invesco”, “our”, “us” and “we” means Invesco Global Asset Management DAC; and

“the Law” means applicable data protection legislation, including (where applicable) the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).

What is the purpose of this Online Privacy Notice and Cookies Policy?

This Online Privacy Notice and Cookie Policy tell you how we will process any personal data that we collect from you, or that you provide to us online.  The Law says we must provide you with this information and we hope this will help you to understand how we will keep your personal data safe.  You can find more information about how we process your personal data in our privacy notice which also applies to the use of personal data we collect offline. 

Who are we?

We are the controllers of your personal data and, as controllers, determine why and how we collect and use your personal data. We are committed to protecting your privacy and personal data as you use our website and web services. We take seriously our responsibility to hold your personal data securely and confidentially.

What kind of personal data do we collect about you and how?

Depending on your interaction with our website, we collect the following categories of personal data from you:

  • Your audience type: we have created certain pages on our website specifically for certain types of audience to provide information and services that are both relevant and useful to you. By letting us know what type of audience you are (Private Investor or Professional Client (Financial Adviser or Institutional Investor)) we can show you pages that are most relevant to that audience type.
  • We use cookies on our website that are more than strictly necessary, however we will only do so where you have consented to us placing these on your computer or other device. These cookies collect data about your use of the website including how you arrived at our website, which pages you click on and where you scroll on the page, the country from which you are accessing the website, which website you go to when you leave our website and your activity on other third-party websites. If you register for our website, this information is linked to your registration and any offline information we have about you (please see here for our privacy notice: [insert link]). If you do not register for our website, this information is linked to a unique cookie ID number which is provided to you when you visit our website or to your IP address. For more information on the cookies we use and what information is collected, together with information on how to accept, delete or block cookies, please see our Cookies Policy below.

As we have described above, we use cookies on our website. Some of these cookies collect personal data about you, including data you have provided to us, for example your email address, as well as information about your website activity (pages you visit, how you scroll through the page and what you click on) both on our website and on third-party websites. For more information on the use of cookies on our website, please see our Cookie Policy below.

We may collect, process, use and store your personal data electronically or on paper and in written or digital formats. We collect, process and use your personal data with automated tools.

Do we collect personal data about you from third parties?

We may also collect your personal data from third parties, for example (i) from publicly accessible sources, including publicly available online profiles and databases e.g. to establish and verify your identity, to find out your contact details or to liaise with you in relation to our products and services, or (ii) by using third party cookies. Please find more information about how we use third party cookies in our Cookies Policy. 

How do we protect your personal data?

We maintain strict security standards and procedures with a view to preventing unauthorised access to your personal data by anyone, including our staff. We use leading technologies such as (but not limited to) data encryption, firewalls and server authentication to protect the security of your personal data. The staff of Invesco follow strict privacy standards and whenever we hire third parties to provide support services, we require them to observe the same standards and to allow us to audit them for compliance.

How will we use your personal data we collect online?

This section of this Online Privacy Notice and Cookies Policy explains for what purposes we use your personal data we collect online and on which legal bases we rely. Our legal bases for collecting and using your personal data will include

  1. to perform our contract with you such as (i) servicing your online account or (ii) providing you with our online valuation service;
  2. to pursue our legitimate interests which do not override your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms, such as (i) improving our services to you and other website users and developing new products; (ii) providing information to you about our services and products or anything else that we think may be of interest to you (this information may be provided to you in the form of a digital advertisement or via email), and we may identify which products or services we think you are interested in by using cookies on our website which track and analyse how you use our website; and (iii) processing your personal data for administration, assessment and analysis purposes (for example, marketing and product analysis and behaviour scoring);
  3. to comply with our legal obligations laid down in laws applicable to us; and
  4. in some circumstances and subject to applicable laws, we will process your personal data where we have obtained your consent, for example to send you direct marketing via email or to process your personal data we have collected by using cookies. However, we will make it clear to you at the time of collection of your personal data that we are relying on your consent to process your personal data for those purposes, and you will have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. The withdrawal of your consent shall not affect the lawfulness of processing based on your consent before its withdrawal. For example, if you change your mind and would like us to stop sending direct marketing to you via email, we tell you in each email how to unsubscribe.

How do we use another person's personal data you have provided?

Using our Email page tool, you will be able to send links to site content to another person, by providing their name, audience type, company name (if relevant) and email address. We will not use this information for any purpose other than sending the links you request. You should always get permission before providing someone else's details to us.

For how long do we keep your personal data?

We only keep your personal data for as long as is necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it has been collected. When determining the appropriate retention period, we consider the risks of the processing, our contractual, legal and regulatory obligations, internal data retention policies and our legitimate business interests as described in this Online Privacy Notice and Cookies Policy.

Who do we share your personal data with?

Where we send direct marketing materials to you, we may send your personal data to third parties with whom we have contracted to provide these materials to you on our behalf and in our name. These third parties act as our processors in relation to their processing of your personal data in this way.

We also use other third parties to process your personal data on our behalf. For example, we use Salesforce and LivePerson to provide and administer the webchat function on our website and we use third parties to drop cookies and perform analytics on our website (please see the Cookie Policy below for further information about our use of cookies).  When we use third party processors, we ensure they process your personal data in accordance with our instructions and that they put appropriate technical and organisational security measures in place to adequately protect your personal data.

In certain circumstances, we may also share your personal data we collect online, for the purposes set out in this Online Privacy Notice and Cookies Policy, with other third parties such as:

  • service providers (e.g. data analysis or web-hosting firms, other information technology service providers), who provide a service to us or you, their service providers, delegates and agents;
  • credit reference agencies; and
  • other entities within Invesco Ltd’s group companies.

We also may disclose your personal data to courts, the police, or other law enforcement agencies where we are legally obliged to do so or in our reasonable opinion such disclosure is necessary to comply with applicable laws and legal processes, support an investigation or to protect our rights and interests in relation to any suspected misuse by you of our website or any of our online services.

We endeavour to prevent unauthorised disclosures of your personal data by other people, but we are not responsible for any unauthorised disclosures or other breaches of security or for the actions of others if the personal data was passed to them with your authority or with the authority of anybody other than us or our affiliates.

We may also share your personal data with a potential buyer in connection with any proposed purchase, merger or acquisition of any part of our business.

Where is your personal data transferred?

When we share your personal data with the organisations listed above, it may involve transferring your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or outside any other country from where you may access our website, to countries where the level of protection of personal data has not been deemed adequate by the European Commission. The absence of an adequacy decision means that the laws of these countries may not guarantee the adequate level protection of your personal data as defined by the Law. However, we will ensure that your personal data is transferred, processed and maintained to the standards required by Law by putting standard data protection clauses in place (as approved by the European Commission) or where we use third parties, we may rely on other appropriate transfer mechanisms they have implemented (e.g. EU-US Privacy Shield, binding corporate rules). Please contact us using the contact details provided below to obtain a copy of our standard data protection clauses or further information about other appropriate transfer mechanisms we may rely on. For example, we transfer your personal data to the United States for analysis purposes by employing the Google Analytics technologies. The personal data transferred to Google is protected under the terms of their EU-US Privacy Shield Certification (for more information see here: https://www.privacyshield.gov/Individuals-in-Europe).

What are your rights in relation to the personal data we hold about you?

Subject to the conditions prescribed in applicable laws, you have the right: (i) to access, rectify or request erasure of your personal data; (ii) to ask us to restrict processing of it; (iii) to request portability of it and (iv) not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling, which produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you.

Subject to the conditions prescribed in applicable laws, you have the right (i) to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, to processing of your personal data which is based on our or a third party’s legitimate interests; and (ii) to object to processing of your personal data for direct marketing purposes.

You can exercise these rights by contacting us using the contact details provided below.

You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority about our use of your personal data in the EU Member State of your habitual residence, place of work or place of the alleged infringement if you consider that the processing of your personal data infringes the GDPR.

Can I use the website in an anonymised or pseudonymised manner?

In accordance with applicable data protection legislation, you may choose to use the website in an anonymised or pseudonymized manner. This applies only to the extent that anonymous or pseudonymized use of the website is technically possible and reasonable.

Our Cookies Policy

How will your site recognise who I am?

When you access our site for the first time, choose your audience type or register for our site services, we will place a 'cookie' on your computer. Cookies are small text files placed on your computer and are commonly used on the internet by many websites to store information on their users' computers. Cookies only contain information relating to the website that created them, and can only return the information to that website. In other words, our site cannot read the information contained in cookies created by anyone else's website on your computer. Similarly, only our site can read the information in cookies that it creates. Cookies cannot be used to get or view data from your hard drive.

What purposes are cookies used for?

By consenting to the use of cookies on our website you acknowledge and agree that we may track and record information for systems, marketing, trouble shooting, administrative, analysis and reporting purposes, and (ii) use your personal data for the following purposes:

  • track and record the aggregate number of visitors to the website and the sections of the site visited by visitors using cookies;
  • operate our website, for example by directing you to the right area depending on what country you have selected.  We call these cookies “strictly necessary”;
  • analyse our website, for example to collect information that will help us understand visitors' browsing habits on our website;
  • compile statistical reports on website activity, e.g. number of visitors and the pages they visit;
  • improve the functionality of our website by temporarily storing any information which you may enter in tools, such as calculators or demonstrations on our website; in some cases, remember information about you when you visit our site. We may need to do this to provide some of our services; and
  • record your visit to our website, the pages you have visited and the links you have followed.  We use this information to make our website more relevant to your interests and identify products or services that may be of interest to you.  We may also share this information with third parties for these purposes.

We use two types of cookies:

Session cookies: These are temporary and are deleted as soon as you close your browser; and

Persistent cookies: These are stored on your computer until they expire or you remove them. Persistent cookies store your personal preferences such as your language preferences on multi-lingual sites to make subsequent visits easier. They also remember questions we have asked you previously, such as a request to complete an online survey.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use, when they expire and the purposes for which we use them in the table below: