Kroo Bank Ltd (“we“, “us“, and “ours” or “Kroo”) respects your right to privacy. This Privacy Notice explains who we are, how we collect, share and use personal information about you, and how you can exercise your privacy rights. If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal information please contact us using the contact details provided at the end of this Privacy Notice.
What does Kroo do?
Kroo is a company incorporated in England and Wales. It is authorised as a bank by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority (firm registration number 953772). Kroo is separately registered as a payment services / electronic money agent of Modulr FS Limited under registration number 902797 and also acts as an electronic money agent of Payrnet Ltd. At present Kroo provides a prepaid debit card to existing customers, and a banking app that enables customers to set up social groups of friends, flat mates, colleagues, family etc and split bills and settle directly with each other. It now also offers a current account.
Information that you provide voluntarily
We ask you to provide certain information voluntarily. The types of information we ask you to provide, and the reasons why we ask you to provide it, include:
(a) create a waiting list of customers who will shortly be invited to apply for a new product;
(b) provide those products and services to you and to communicate with you in connection with those products; and
(c) contact you to ask if you would be willing to participate in market research.
We may also use all or some of the personal data you give us to analyse our customer base, for example to look at the age profile of customers and applicants. More generally we will use the information to administer the services you have requested.
If we ask you to provide any other personal information not described above, then the personal information we will ask you to provide, and the reasons why we ask you to provide it, will be made clear to you at the point we collect your personal information.
Information that we collect automatically
When you use a mobile phone or other similar electronic device to access our products and services, we may also collect certain information automatically from your device. This will include your IP address.
Information that we obtain from third party sources
From time to time, we may receive personal information about you from third party sources (including credit reference agencies, World Checking services, CIFAS (a UK fraud prevention organisation that managers the National Fraud Database), but only where we have checked that these third parties either have your consent or are otherwise legally permitted or required to disclose your personal information to us.
The types of information we collect from third parties includes:
In general, we will use the personal information we collect from you only for the purposes described in this Privacy Notice or for purposes that we explain to you at the time we collect your personal information. However, we may also use your personal information for other purposes that are not incompatible with the purposes we have disclosed to you (such as archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific or historical research purposes, or statistical purposes) if and where this is permitted by applicable data protection laws.
Who does Kroo share my personal information with?
We may disclose your personal information to the following categories of recipients:
- to our third party services providers and partners who provide data processing services to us, or who otherwise process personal information for purposes that are described in this Privacy Notice or notified to you when we collect your personal information;
- to one or more credit reference agencies, to inform them that you have a current account and to tell them about any credit you have with Kroo and your repayment record. Equifax, Experian and TransUnion (previously CallCredit), the ICO and major financial services trade associations, have developed a common statement, Credit Reference Agency Information Notice (CRAIN), defining the standards that all three Credit Reference Agencies will apply across all products and services in relation to processing consumer data. This can be found: https://www.transunion.co.uk/legal/privacy-centre#pc-credit-reference;
- The personal information we have collected from you will be shared with fraud prevention agencies who will use it to prevent fraud and money laundering and to verify your identity. If fraud is detected, you could be refused certain services, finance or employment. Further details of how your information will be used by us and these fraud prevention agencies, and your data protection rights, can be found via the following link https://www.cifas.org.uk/fpn
- to any competent law enforcement body, regulatory, government agency, court or other third party where we believe disclosure is necessary (i) as a matter of applicable law or regulation including anti-bribery and corruption regulations and anti-money laundering laws, (ii) to exercise, establish or defend our legal rights, (iii) for fraud prevention purposes and (iv) to protect your vital interests or those of any other person;
- to a potential buyer (and its agents and advisers) in connection with any proposed purchase, merger or acquisition of any part of our business, provided that we inform the buyer it must use your personal information only for the purposes disclosed in this Privacy Notice;
to any other person with your consent to the disclosure.
Legal basis for processing personal information
Our legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described above will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which we collect it.
However, we will normally collect personal information from you only where we have your consent to do so, where we need the personal information to perform a contract with you, or where the processing is in our legitimate interests and not overridden by your data protection interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. In some cases, we may also have a legal obligation to collect personal information from you or from third parties (such as to comply with anti-money laundering or immigration laws and fraud prevention) or may otherwise need the personal information to protect your vital interests or those of another person.
If we ask you to provide personal information to comply with a legal requirement or to perform a contract with you, we will make this clear at the relevant time and advise you whether the provision of your personal information is mandatory or not (as well as of the possible consequences if you do not provide your personal information).
Similarly, if we collect and use your personal information in reliance on our legitimate interests (or those of any third party), we will make clear to you at the relevant time what those legitimate interests are.
If you have questions about or need further information concerning the legal basis on which we collect and use your personal information, please contact us using the contact details provided at the end of this Privacy Notice.
How does Kroo keep my personal information secure?
We use appropriate technical and organisational measures to protect the personal information that we collect and process about you. The measures we use are designed to provide a level of security appropriate to the risk of processing your personal information. Specific measures we use include:
- physical access control systems
- a physical security presence
- logical access controls (such as passwords)
- perimeter security systems (such as firewalls)
- vulnerability management
International data transfers
Your personal information may be transferred to, and processed in, countries other than the country in which it was originally collected and other than the one in which you are resident. These countries may have data protection laws that are different to the laws of your country (and, in some cases, may not be as protective).
Specifically, our servers are hosted by AWS in Ireland. Our third party service providers and partners operate around the world. This means that when we collect your personal information we or our data processors may process it outside the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA).When we export your personal information to a different country, we will take steps to ensure that such data exports comply with applicable laws.
We retain personal information we collect from you where we have an ongoing legitimate business need to do so (for example, to provide you with a service you have requested or to comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements.
When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymise it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.
Automated decisions are decisions concerning you which are made automatically on the basis of a computer determination (using software algorithms), without human review. We do not use automated decision-making except:
- Face recognition technology which matches an image that you provide us of your face with the photograph on ID documents that you provide us with when you apply to open an account with us. If there is no match the application will be declined.
- When you apply to open an account we run your details through fraud databases provided by external agencies. If there is a match your application will be declined.
- When you apply to borrow from us we will obtain information from credit reference agencies and use that, in combination with other information you have given us or which we hold because you are already a customer, to provide a credit score which will determine whether we can lend to you. If you are declined credit you have the right to ask for this decision to be reviewed.
Your data protection rights
You have the following data protection rights:
- If you wish to access, correct, update or request deletion of your personal information, you can do so at any time by contacting us using the contact details provided at the end of this Privacy Notice.
- In addition, if you are a resident of the United Kingdom or the European Union, you can object to processing of your personal information, ask us to restrict processing of your personal information or request portability of your personal information. Again, you can exercise these rights by contacting us using the contact details at the end of this Privacy Notice.
- You have the right to opt-out of marketing communications we send you at any time by contacting us using the contact details at the end of this Privacy Notice.
- Similarly, if we have collected and processed your personal information with your consent, then you can withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.
- You have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information. For more information, please contact the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) www.ico.org.uk
We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws.
Updates to this Privacy Notice
We may update this Privacy Notice from time to time in response to changing legal, technical or business developments. When we update our Privacy Notice, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make. We will obtain your consent to any material Privacy Notice changes if and where this is required by applicable data protection laws.
You can see when this Privacy Notice was last updated by checking the date displayed at the top of this Privacy Notice.
How to contact us
If you have any questions or concerns about our use of your personal information, please contact our Data Protection Officer using the following details: dataprotection@Kroo.com.