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Privacy Policy

Parsons Containers Ltd  

(“Parsons Containers”/“we”/”us”) are committed to protecting and respecting any personal information you share with us.  U Hold The Key Self Storage and ContainerContainer are trading names of Parsons Containers Ltd.     

This statement describes what types of information we collect from you, how it is used by us, how we share it with others, how you can manage the information we hold and how you can contact us.  It includes information we collect through our websites, verbally and in writing.  

We will always give you the option not to receive marketing communications from us. We will never send you unsolicited ‘junk’ email or communications, or share your data with anyone else who might. We do not sell your information to third parties, but we do work closely with selected partners who help us to provide you with the information, products and services that you request from us. 

The contents of this statement may change from time to time so you may wish to check this page occasionally to ensure you are still happy to share your information with us. 

This version of our Privacy Statement is live from 1st May 2018. 

What Information do we collect? 

Parsons Containers collect information about you when you engage with our website, engage in telephone enquiries with us, and enter into sales and hire agreements.  We only collect information which is necessary, relevant and adequate for the purpose you are providing it for. 

We collect information about you when you use our website, (including Parsons Container Ltd, Parsons Containers Group, U Hold The Key Self Storage, or ContainerContainer), engage in telephone enquiries with us, and complete sales and hire agreements.  Some of this information does not identify you personally, but provides us with information about how you use our services and engage with us (we use this information to improve our services and make them more useful to you). The information we collect includes some or all of the following: 

  1. Name (including title); 
  2. Address; 
  3. Phone number; 
  4. Date of birth; 
  5. Email address; 
  6. The date and time you used our services; 
  7. The pages you visited on our website and how long you visited us for; 
  8. Your IP address; 
  9. The internet browser and devices you are using; 
  10. Cookie, Pixels or Beacon information (for more information please see our Cookie Policy); 
  11. The website address from which you accessed our website; 
  12. Where you engage with us in a business context, we may collect your job title, company contact details, including email addresses and company details (some of which we may obtain from an online or public business directories); 
  13. Voice recordings of calls you make to our customer service centre; 
  14. “Live chat” records; and 
  15. Any information within correspondence you send to us. 

How do we use this information?

Parsons Containers will only process information that is necessary for the purpose for which it has been collected. You will always have the option not to receive marketing communications from us (and you can withdraw your consent or object at any time). We will never send you unsolicited ‘junk’ email or communications, or share your personal information with anyone else who might. 

There are various ways in which we may use or process your personal information.  We list these below: 


Where you have provided your consent, we may use and process your information to: 

  1. Contact you from time to time about promotions, events, products, services or information which we think may be of interest to you (don’t worry, we won’t bombard you); 

You can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us on the details provided within the ‘How can I manage the information we hold about you’ section below or, in relation to any marketing messages you receive, by using the unsubscribe option included in those messages; 

Contractual Performance

We may use and process your personal information where this is necessary to perform a contract with you and to fulfil and complete your orders, purchases and other transactions entered into with us. 

Legitimate Interests

We may use and process your personal information as set out below where it is necessary for us to carry out activities for which it is in our legitimate interests as a business to do so. 

Processing necessary for us to support customers with sales and other enquiries 

To respond to correspondence, you send to us and fulfil the requests you make to us 

Processing necessary for us to respond to understanding customers’ needs

  1. To analyse, evaluate and improve our products and services so that your visit and use of our website, applications and customer service, are more useful and enjoyable (we will generally use data amalgamated from many people so that it doesn’t identify you personally); 
  2. To undertake market analysis and research (including contacting you with customer surveys) so that we can better understand you as a customer and provide tailored offers, products and services that we think you will be interested in. We will only send marketing communications to you if you have provided your consent for us to do so or which we have obtained in the ways mentioned in the paragraphs above; 
  3. For product development purposes; 

Processing necessary for us to promote our business, brands and products and measure the reach and effectiveness of our campaigns

  1. To send you marketing information from time to time after you have purchased a product or service from us or made a purchasing enquiry, closed your browser with items in your shopping basket or requested a brochure or other information of interest. We will only contact you with information about our own products and services (and in ways the law allows), which we hope you will like. You have the right to object to us sending you this information at any time; 
  2. To contact you from time to time with marketing information (unless you object) if you have expressly indicated to us that you are acting on behalf of a business or where we have obtained your business contact details from an online or public business directory. In relation to any such information we send by email or post, we will include an option allowing you to object to receiving future messages by unsubscribing; 
  3. To contact you with targeted advertising delivered online through social media and other platforms operated by other companies, unless you object. You may receive advertising based on information about you that we have provided to the platform or because, at our request, the platform has identified you as having similar attributes to the individuals whose details it has received from us. To find out more, please refer to the information provided in the help pages of the platforms on which you receive advertising from us; 
  4. To identify and record when you have received, opened or engaged with our website or electronic communications (please see our Cookie Policy for more information); 
  5. To administer competitions and promotions that you enter with us from time to time and to distribute prizes; 
  6. To contact you when we open, close or move premises. 

Processing necessary for us to operate and administrative and technical aspects of our business efficiently and effectively

  1. To verify the accuracy of information that we hold about you and create a better understanding of you as a customer; 
  2. For network and information security purposes i.e. in order for us to take steps to protect your information against loss, damage, theft or unauthorised access; 
  3. To comply with a request from you in connection with the exercise of your rights (for example where you have asked us not to contact you for marketing purposes, we will keep a record of this on our suppression lists in order to be able to comply with your request); 
  4. To inform you of updates to our terms and conditions and policies. 

Legal Obligation

We may process your personal information to comply with our legal requirements (for example if we are requested to provide information to The Police, HM Customs or any other Legal body on provision of a warrant, writ or any other necessary documentation that is recognised in law for the purpose. 

Vital Interest 

Sometimes we will need to process your personal information to contact you if there is an urgent security issue that we need to tell you about.   

How do we share this information? 

We do not sell your information to third parties.  

We do not sell your information to third parties. However, we may from time to time disclose your information to the following categories of companies or organisations to which we pass the responsibility to handle services on our behalf: customer contact centre, our legal and other professional advisors. 

We take steps to ensure that any third-party partners who handle your information comply with data protection legislation and protect your information just as we do. We only disclose personal information that is necessary for them to provide the service that they are undertaking on our behalf. We will aim to anonymise your information or use aggregated none specific data sets where ever possible. 

How long do we keep your information for?

We will not hold your personal information in an identifiable format for any longer than is necessary. If you are a customer or otherwise have a relationship with us, we will hold personal information about you for a longer period than if we have obtained your details in connection with a prospective relationship. 

If we have a relationship with you (e.g. you are a customer), we hold your personal information for 6 years from the date our relationship ends. We hold your personal information for this period to establish, bring or defend legal claims.  

Where we have obtained your personal information following a request for information, brochure, quotation or any other information on any of our products or services, we hold your personal information for 3 years from the date we collect that information, unless during that period we form a relationship with you.  We hold your personal information for this period to give us an opportunity to form a relationship with you. 

The only exceptions to the periods mentioned above are where: 

How can I manage the information we hold about you? 

You have the right as an individual to access your personal information we hold about you and make corrections if necessary. You also have the right to withdraw any consent you have previously given us and ask us to erase information we hold about you. You can also object to us using your personal information (where we rely on our business interests to process and use your personal information). 

You have a number of rights in relation to your personal information under data protection law. In relation to most rights, we will ask you for information to confirm your identity and, where applicable, to help us search for your personal information. Except in rare cases, we will respond to you within 30 days after we have received any request (including any identification documents requested). 

You have the right to: 

  1. Ask for a copy of the information that we hold about you; 
  2. Correct and update your information; 
  3. Withdraw your consent (where we rely on it). Please see  ‘How do we use this information’; 
  4. Object to our use of your information (where we rely on our legitimate interests to use your personal information) provided we do not have any continuing lawful reason to continue to use and process the information.  When we do rely on our legitimate interests to use your personal information for direct marketing, we will always comply with your right to object; 
  5. Erase your information (or restrict the use of it), provided we do not have any continuing lawful reason to continue to use and process that information; 
  6. Transfer your information in a structured data file (in a commonly used and machine readable format), where we rely on your consent to use and process your personal information or need to process it in connection with your contract. 

You can exercise the above rights and/or manage your information by contacting us using the details below: 

Post: Parsons Containers Ltd, The Manor House, West End, Sedgefield, Co Durham, TS21 2BW 

Phone: 01740 629999

If you have any specific data protection concerns or a complaint, you can address it to our Data Protection Team at 

If you are unhappy, you have the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection regulator in Europe, in particular in a country you work or live or where your legal rights have been infringed.  The contact details for the Information Commissioner’s Office, the data protection regulator in the UK, are below: 

Post: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF 

Call: 0303 123 1113 


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