Privacy Policy

We know that you are concerned with how your personal and financial information is dealt with. This privacy statement sets out our current policies and demonstrates our commitment to your financial privacy. We may change the content or services found on our Site at any time without notice, and consequently our privacy policy may change at any time in the future.

HSBC Global Asset Management provides financial products and services through its affiliated companies and branches located worldwide. Privacy and personal data protection principles vary from one country to another. When you access or link to any other website, please read the privacy and data protection statements or agreements issued by such other website to determine the policies that apply to information or data maintained by that website.

In these provisions

  • 'content' means all pages, screens, information and materials included in or accessible through this Site (including any content available on any email or SMS services).
  • 'you', 'your' and 'yours' means you, the person(s) accessing this Site and the party on whose behalf you are doing so.
  • 'we', 'us' and 'our' means HSBC Global Asset Management (UK) Limited.
  • 'HSBC Group' means HSBC Holdings plc, its subsidiaries and associated companies from time to time.

DATA PROTECTION
Please note that pursuant to any applicable data protection laws in each jurisdiction (including, without limitation, the European Data Protection Directive 1995 (the "Directive") and any national laws implementing the Directive), we are obliged to inform you that any personal information (for the purposes of the Directive this shall mean "Personal Data" as that term is defined in the Directive) (hereinafter "Personal Data") may be disclosed, processed and transferred by us and other members of the HSBC Group on a worldwide basis for the purposes of providing services to the customers whom you represent and/or for servicing our relationship with them or you.

We will not disclose or transfer Personal Data to third parties for the purposes of marketing. However, this Personal Data may be disclosed or transferred to agents or third parties authorised to act on our behalf or other members of the HSBC Group or to third parties for the purposes of providing the designated services.

If you are in the European Economic Area ('EEA'), please note that we may also in connection with the above purposes transfer your Personal Data to the entities authorised above in countries outside of the EEA, which may not provide the same level of protection for Personal Data as within the EEA. However, all Personal Data wherever it is held in the HSBC Group will be afforded a high level of protection against any unauthorised or accidental disclosure, access or deletion.

COOKIES
This Site, along with most other major websites, uses cookies. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to the cookie file on your computer's hard disk. Cookies enable users to navigate around the Site and (where appropriate) enable us to tailor the content to fit the needs of visitors who have accessed the Site.

We use two types of cookie on this Site:

  • Session cookies, which are temporary cookies that remain in the cookie file of your computer until you close your browser (at which point they are deleted).
  • Persistent or stored cookies that remain permanently on the cookie file of your computer.

Cookies cannot look into your computer and obtain information about you or your family or read any material kept on your hard drive and, unless you have logged onto an authenticated page, cookies cannot be used to identify who you are.

Cookies cannot be used by anyone else who has access to the computer to find out anything about you, other than the fact that someone using the computer has visited a certain website. Cookies do not in any way compromise the security of your computer.

Cookies will not be used to contact you for marketing purposes other than by means of advertisements offered within this Site.

Cookies may be used to record details of pages relating to particular products and services that you have visited on this Site. This is to provide us with generic usage statistics to allow the company to improve this website and to provide you with information that may interest you.

In order to develop this website in line with customer needs we are working with WebTrends to track usage on this Site. WebTrends provide us with statistics to show which pages on this Site are visited most frequently and how long visitors spend on this Site.

WebTrends uses a cookie to track the number of unique users of this Site. It basically tells us whether the Site has a small number of regular visitors or a large number of infrequent visitors. None of the information can be traced to an individual - we do not know who you are as a unique user, merely that there are a certain number of people using this Site. The cookie only relates to what goes on in this Site and the information cannot be used for marketing on an individual basis.

For more information about how WebTrends collects data, please read their privacy policy at:
http://ondemand.webtrends.com/privacypolicy.asp#PSFV

The web browsers of most computers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you prefer, you can set your web browser to disable cookies or to inform you when a website is attempting to add a cookie. You can also delete cookies that have previously been added to your computer's cookie file.

You can set your browser to disable persistent cookies and/or session cookies but if you disable session cookies, although you will be able to view this Site's unsecured pages, you may not be able to log onto any authenticated pages.

Please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org/manage-cookies/ to discover how to disable and delete cookies.

WEB BEACONS AND SPOTLIGHT TAGS

This Site may contain electronic images, known as web beacons or spotlight tags. These enable us to count users who have visited certain pages on the website. Web beacons and spotlight tags are simply tools used to obtain generic information about the web pages visited. They are not used to obtain information about specific users.