1. Information about us
The Caravan Club Limited, trading as Experience Freedom, is the owner and operator of experiencefreedom.co.uk (our website). We are a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company number 646027. Our registered company address is: The Caravan Club, East Grinstead House, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1UA. Our VAT number is 239719331.
2. Contact us
Contact details, including a telephone number and email address can be found on our website on our 'Get in touch' page.
Thank you for using our website.
3.1. Our policy
Experience Freedom (We) are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
For the purpose of compliance with UK data protection law, the data controller is The Caravan Club Limited and the Data Protection Officer is our nominated person for data protection.
3.2. How do we collect information?
Your personal data, that is any information which identifies you, or which can be identified as relating to you personally, for example, and not limited to: name, address, phone number, email address, will be collected and used by us.
We obtain personal information from you when you enquire about our activities, register with us, send or receive email, purchase products, ask a question or otherwise provide us with personal information. We may also receive information about you from third parties, for example, our service providers or from a friend who wants to tell you about our website.
Examples of ways that you may share your personal data with us are by:
- completing electronic and paper forms
- registering to make a booking
- registering to receive news about our products and services
- subscribing to take part in research on our website or other social media functions on our website
- entering a competition, promotion or survey, or
- corresponding with us by phone, email, social media or letter
- buying services from us, e.g. or stays at our sites
- utilising our webchat service
3.3. What information do we collect?
The personal information we collect will depend on the nature of the data processing requirement. For example, it might include name, date of birth, email address, postal address, telephone number and details of services we provide to you such as bookings, information about your interests, and material that you submit to us for publication. Although we may take credit/debit card information to complete a transaction, we do not store this information.
Should you choose to communicate with us using our online webchat facility, certain information will be collected by the webchat service provider in order to provide technical support.
3.4. How do we use this information?
Depending on your relationship with us, we will use your personal information for the following purposes:
- to provide you with the services, products or information you have requested
- to administer your booking
- to provide information to you about us and third parties
- to enable you to transact within certain areas of our website and perform activities such as make bookings or complete enquiry forms
- for general administration purposes, such as handling your enquiries and managing purchases of products and services
- to carry out research into the market for our goods and services
- statutory and regulatory compliance
- to prevent and detect fraud
- to share with our trusted partners in order for them to offer you relevant goods and services directly
- to share with sponsors of prize competitions you may enter, so they can tell you about their products and services
As part of this, we may analyse the personal information we collect to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you in the most appropriate way and with the most relevant information. Where relevant, we may also assess your personal information for the purposes of fraud and credit risk reduction.
If you enter your contact details in one of our online registration forms, we may use this information to contact you even if you do not "send" or "submit" the form. We will only do this to see if we can help with any problems you might be experiencing with the form or with our website.
We may need to share your information with our service providers, associated organisations and agents for the purposes described above but we never sell your information to other organisations.
3.6. Processing your personal data for analytics
We know it is important to our website visitors to provide the best, tailored service possible. To help us do this, we use automated profiling and targeting to understand our visitor’s requirements and make sure that:
- our communications (e.g. emails) and services (e.g. our website) are relevant, personalised and interesting to you, and
- our services meet your needs
To do this we’ll analyse how you interact with us on our website and other websites you may visit through use of data from bookings and use both geographic and demographic information to let you know what’s happening in your local area, nationwide and overseas and better understand your interests. We use specific tools, such as Google Analytics and Double Click for Advertisers, to look at how you interact with us online. Much of the information we collect is aggregated, however we may also collect some personal data for the use of personalising your experience, optimising our marketing campaigns, and to ensure the website site is functioning as intended.
3.7. How we use personal data to conduct research
We may carry out research to generate feedback on your experiences with us. We use this feedback to improve the experiences that we offer and ensure we know what is relevant and interesting to you. If you choose to take part in research, we’ll tell you when you start what data we will collect, why and how we’ll use it. All the research we conduct is optional and you can choose not to take part. We may share your personal data, e.g. contact information, to a third party data processor who will carry out research on our behalf, but only for the purpose explained here.
3.8. How do we protect your personal information?
All pages within our website are protected by encryption and we also use secure third party payments services when you make a payment via our website. We take appropriate measures to safeguard personal information that is disclosed to us and keep it secure, accurate and up to date. We utilise established market leading services for many of our processing activities which are compliant with stringent privacy and security standards based on industry best practices.
3.9. How do we store your information, and do we send it outside the European Economic Area?
Experience Freedom’s operations are based in the UK and we store most of our data on secure cloud based services. Some organisations which provide services to us may transfer data outside the European Economic Area but we’ll only allow this if your data is adequately protected.
To protect your data when it is transferred outside the European Economic Area we will either:
- put in place contract clauses approved by the European Commission or the relevant data protection regulator to protect your data;
- ensure that the country that the data is transferred to has been approved as adequate for data protection by the European Commission; or
- ensure the one of the other safeguards set out in the relevant data protection laws is in place.
Sometimes is may be necessary for us to transfer data out of the European Economic Area without us being able to put these safeguards in place. We will only do this where the law permits, for instance if the transfer is necessary to perform a contract with you.
3.10. Will we disclose the information we collect to third parties?
As indicated above, we may pass your information to our service providers, agents and associated organisations for the purposes explained above.
We share information with other data controllers and instructed data processors. Categories of recipients normally include:
- motorhome hire providers
- social media hosting services
- communication distribution and marketing companies
- third party retail suppliers
- webchat service providers
- trusted partners
- financial transaction providers
- infrastructure service providers
- cloud service providers
- data storage, redaction and destruction partners
- subcontractors we appoint to provide services to you
We may also need to disclose your information if required by law, for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies, or if we have your permission to do so.
We will not sell any personal data or your web browsing activity to a third party.
3.11. Links to other websites
3.12. What is the lawful basis for processing personal data at Experience Freedom?
Collecting, processing and using personal data is permitted only under a lawful basis. The lawful bases that we operate under are listed below, along with the data processing activities that fall under them.
(a) Necessary for the performance of a contract
When you provide us with your personal data, certain processing activities are considered necessary for the performance of the contract between you and us. This includes activities such as making bookings and/or hiring a motorhome.
When you buy goods or services from us we will process your personal data where this is necessary for us to provide you with those goods or services, including by sharing your data with third parties involved in providing the goods or services to you.
(a) Legal obligations
There are circumstances when we are required to process personal data in order to meet our legal obligations. Processing data under this basis can relate to financial data and HMRC reporting requirements. When processing on the basis of legal obligations, you have no right to erasure or right to object.
(b) Legitimate interests
If you are a member of the Caravan and Motorhome Club (the Club) we may contact you with offers and services which we feel are relevant and may enhance your holiday experience. The lawful basis with which we use your personal data in this way is legitimate interests. This is because on balance, and taking account of your own interests, we have determined that the data processing is necessary for our legitimate business interests and to provide you with appropriate offers and services. You can object to being contacted for marketing purposes and manage your Experience Freedom preferences online (please refer to section 3.17 for more information about this).
Where we rely on the lawful basis of consent to process personal data, it must be freely given, specific, informed, and must be an unambiguous indication of agreement. We would require consent to market products and services to you. For example, entering your personal contact information for the purpose of receiving the Experience Freedom newsletter. If you have provided consent you have the right to withdraw it at any time. For example, you can unsubscribe to the newsletter at any time. Only after obtaining your consent will we share your information with our trusted partners, so you can hear about relevant products and services. Once personal data has been shared, the trusted partner will assume the role of data controller.
(d) Protecting vital interests
In an emergency situation we would share this information with emergency services and we would consider this type of processing as being necessary to protect your and other relevant individuals’ vital interests.
3.13. What is the lawful basis for processing special category data?
When we process special category data we rely on one of the lawful bases outlined above as well as one of the following legal bases, which apply to special category data:
(a) Your explicit consent
In some circumstances, we provide you with the opportunity to voluntarily inform us of your special category data, e.g. whether or not you have a disability, so that we can help you with the allocation of suitable accommodation at a site. In these situations if you choose to provide the information we rely on your explicit consent as our basis for processing.
(b) Where processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest
In some situations it may be necessary for reasons of substantial public interest for us to process special category data, for example in relation to prevent or detect fraud. We only do this where the processing is permitted by laws that provide safeguards for your rights.
(c) Where processing is necessary for establishing, exercising, or defending legal claims
If it is necessary for us to process your special category data to establish, exercise, or defend a legal claim.
3.14. How long do we keep personal data for?
We retain personal data for no longer than is necessary. What is necessary will depend on the circumstances of each data type, taking into account the reasons that the personal data was obtained, but if relevant, the length of retention is determined in a manner consistent with legal and regulatory obligations.
3.15. What are my data subject rights?
Under UK data protection law, a data subject is considered to be ‘an individual who is the subject of personal data’. Data subjects have certain rights and by exercising these rights, you can make requests regarding your personal data we process. A summary of these rights is explained below.
The Supervisory Authority that regulates and enforces data protection law in the UK is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and additional information and guidance about these data subject rights can be found on their website as follows https://ico.org.uk/.
1) Right to be informed
At the point of collecting personal data from you, we must provide you with information such as the purpose and rationale for the processing of that data.
2) Right of access
This right provides you with the ability to access to your personal data that is being processed by us. Providing the rights and freedoms of others are not affected, we will supply to you a copy of your requested personal data. The information will be provided free of charge unless the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive; in those cases, the request may be refused or a reasonable fee charged.
3) Right to rectification
This right provides you with the ability to ask for modifications and rectification to your personal data in the event you believe that your personal data is not up to date or accurate.
4) Right to erasure
Also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ this right, under certain circumstances, provides you with the ability to ask for the deletion of your personal data. We may refuse to fulfil the right to erasure if there is legal reason why the personal data must be retained, the grounds are not valid or if the data is required for use in the defence of a legal claim.
5) Right to restriction of processing
You have the right to restrict the processing of your personal data where you have a particular reason for wanting the restriction. This may be because you have concerns with the personal data we hold about you or how we have processed your data. In most cases we will not be required to restrict your personal data indefinitely, but will need to have the restriction in place for a certain period of time.
6) Right to data portability
This right provides you with the ability to ask for a copy of or a transfer of your personal data, in a certain format. You may ask for your personal data to be provided back to you or transferred to another data controller. When doing so, the personal data must be provided or transferred in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
7) Right to object
You have the right to object to the processing your personal data, including marketing activities and profiling, on grounds relating to your particular situation. If you make such an objection, we will cease to process the personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms, or the processing is for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
8) Right to object to automated processing
This right provides you with the ability to object to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling. Under this right, you may ask for your processing to be reviewed manually and with human intervention.
3.16. Exercising your data subject rights
To make the request process easy for you and to ensure we have all the information we need to be able to process it, you can download and complete a Subject Request Form. Please complete all relevant information and post to the Data Protection Officer at our registered address (see section 2), as set out in the form. We may request further information from you to help us verify your identity.
You are not obligated to use the form to make a request but we will need all the information asked for on the form in order to process it. If you would prefer to make a request verbally, you can call the Club on 01342 777533 and an agent will help you.
Once we have all the information necessary to respond to your request and have confirmed your identity, we’ll locate your information and manage your request without undue delay and in any event within one calendar month. Note that this timeframe may be extended by two further months if your request is particularly complex or there is a large volume of requests.
3.17. Managing your preferences
You have a choice about whether you want to receive information about our services. We will not use your personal information for marketing purposes or share your information with any third party if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted in this manner.
You can change your marketing preferences at any time by writing to Experience Freedom at our registered address provided in section 2 or calling us on 01342 777533.
Please note that if you do request not to receive marketing information, you may continue to receive communications relating to the administration of your bookings and any services purchased.
Our website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites or apps of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites or apps, please note that they 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.
If you are a Club member, you have a choice about whether you want to receive information about Experience Freedom services. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by:
- accessing the Club website via your membership ‘My profile’ page (you will need to login), or
- selecting the ‘update preferences’ link at the bottom of our products and services email communications, or
- speaking to our membership team on 01342 318813
Some of our locations and properties have Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and you may be recorded when you visit them. CCTV is used to provide security and protect both our guests and visitors and our property. CCTV will be only be viewed when necessary, for example, to detect or prevent crime, and footage is stored for a set period of time after which it is overwritten. We align with the Information Commissioner’s Office CCTV Code of Practice and we put up notices so you know when CCTV is used.
3.19. Payment card security
We are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). This is the international standard for secure credit and debit card payment processes and means that when you pay for goods or services from us using a debit or credit card, the relevant technical and operational security requirements are in place to protect the account data.
3.20. Making a complaint
If you think your data has been misused or that we haven’t kept it secure, please contact us using the contact details provided in section 2 and we will investigate any concerns you may have. If you are unhappy with our response or if you need any advice you should contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
The telephone number for the ICO Helpline is 0303 123 1113 or you can also chat online with an advisor.
The ICO can investigate your claim and take action against anyone who has misused personal data. You can also visit their website for information at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/.
3.21. Tell us about changes to your information
If your personal details change, please help us to keep your information up to date by notifying us at: Experience Freedom, East Grinstead House, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 1UA.
Description of change
Major update for GDPR
Update to include consent to share data with trusted partners, competition sponsors and the inclusion of webchat data processing activities
Section regarding Covid-19 - NHS Test and Trace added
Section regarding Covid-19 - Updated to reflect Scottish and Welsh Government guidance.
Section regarding Covid-19 - Updated to reflect changes in guidance
Section regarding Covid-19 - Updated to reflect Test and Protect opt out guidance for Scottish sites
Section regarding Covid-19 - Removed as restrictions no longer apply
26 April 2017
25 May 2018
25 July 2018
3 July 2020
14 July 2020
9 April 2021
26 April 2021
3 May 2022
3.23. Monitoring of telephone calls
Your telephone calls to us may be recorded and monitored for quality control and regulatory purposes.
3.24. Last update