Privacy Policy

At DesignSoSimple, we understand that we have a responsibility to protect and respect your privacy and look after your personal data.

This Privacy Notice, inclusive of our General Terms of Business, explains what personal data we collect, how we use your personal data, reasons we may need to disclose your personal data to others and how we store your personal data securely.

For clarity, DesignSoSimple is a sub brand of and trading as, The Big Ideas Business Ltd (Registered in England No. 07301681) and may be both data controller and data processor for your personal data under certain circumstances.

We must advise that this policy is subject to change, so please check our website on a regular basis for any further changes. 

Data Protection law changed on 25 May 2018

This Privacy Notice sets out your rights under the new laws.

Who are we?

DesignSoSimple is a provider of design for print marketing materials and cloud digital applications and hosting services, based in Barnstaple, Devon UK. DesignSoSimple, trading as The Big Ideas Business Ltd have a registered office at 16 Gloster Road, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 9JR United Kingdom and company number 07301681. David Nute is the registered Data Protection Officer for DesignSoSimple and The Big Ideas Business Ltd.

How the law protects you

Data protection laws state that we are only able to process personal data if we have valid reasons to do so. The reasons we process your personal data include, but not limited to, your consent, performance of a new and existing contract, billing, to contact you and sometimes to make you aware of offers, new and relevant products, we think would be useful to you, or would improve your service to your customers.

How do we collect personal data from you?

We receive information about you from you when you use our website, complete forms on our website, if you contact us by phone, email, live-chat or otherwise in respect of any of our products and services, or during the purchasing of any such product. Additionally we also collect information from you when you sign up, enter a competition, promotion, or survey, or when you inform us of any other matter.

If you provide us with personal data about a third party (for example when registering a domain on their behalf), you warrant that you have obtained the express consent from the third party for the disclosure and use of their personal data.

Your personal data may be automatically collected by us and/or our third-party suppliers when you use our services, including but not limited to, your IP address, device-specific information, server logs, device event information, location information and unique application numbers.

What type of data do we collect from you?

The personal data that we may collect from you includes but not limited to; your name, address, email address, phone numbers, payment information and IP addresses. We may also keep details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data. We also retain records of your queries and correspondence, in the event you contact us.

Please be aware that any video, image, or other content posted, uploaded or otherwise made available by you onto your website, whether published content or not, is not subject to our Privacy Notice.

We merely process such data on your behalf, subject to our Terms of Business and you are responsible for any applicable legal requirements in respect of your content.

How do we use your data?

We use information about you in the following ways, but not limited to:

  • To process orders that you have submitted to us; 
  • To provide you with products and services; 
  • To comply with our contractual obligations we have with you; 
  • To help us identify you and any accounts you hold with us; 
  • To enable us to review, develop and improve yours and our website and services; 
  • To provide customer care, including responding to your requests if you contact us with a query; 
  • To administer accounts, process payments and keep track of billing and payments; 
  • To detect fraud and to make sure what you have told us is correct; 
  • To carry out marketing and statistical analysis; 
  • To review job applications; 
  • To notify you about changes to our website, services, business terms and privacy policy; 
  • To provide you with information about products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes; and 
  • To inform you of service and price changes.


Retention periods

We will keep your personal data for the duration of the period you are a customer of DesignSoSimple. We shall retain your data only for as long as necessary in accordance with applicable laws.

On the closure of your account, we may keep your data for up to 7 years after you have cancelled your services with us. We may not be able to delete your data before this time due to our legal and/or accountancy obligations. We may also keep it for research or statistical purposes. We assure you that your personal data shall only be used for these purposes stated herein.

Who has access to your personal data?

Here is a list of all the ways that we may use your personal data and how we share the information with third parties. For clarity, we have grouped them into the specific products and services that we offer:


We process your data for administration, billing, support and the provision of services. Your data (Registrant) may be sent to the domain registrar outside of the EEA.


We process your data for administration, billing, support, technical support and the provision of services, including, but not limited to our third-party hosting providers and technical support for the day to day running and maintenance of this service.

Content Management System, digital coding and third party apps, software & plugins

We process your data for administration, billing, support and the provision of services. Additionally, to provide customer domain and connection details to the service. Your data is sent to third party suppliers both within and outside of the EEA, for our and third-party (where applicable) technical support for the day to day running and maintenance of services you use.

Email hosting

We process your data for administration, billing, support and the provision of services. Additionally, to provide customer domain and connection details and use email addresses to provide the service and for our and third-party (where applicable) technical support for the day to day running and maintenance of this service.

SSL certificates

We process your data for administration, billing, support and the provision of services and for our and third-party (where applicable) technical support for the day to day running and maintenance of this service. Additionally, to provide details of the certificate owner to the certificate authority for its authentication and use. Owner data to certificate provider outside the EEA.

Third Parties

For the avoidance of doubt, we do not and never shall sell your personal data to third parties for marketing or advertising purposes.

We work closely with a number of third parties (including business parties, service providers and fraud protection services) and we may receive information from them about you. These third parties may collect information about you including, but not limited to, your IP address, device-specific information, server logs, device event information, location information, and unique application numbers. We use their features within our website, however, in some instances, they may be acting as data controller and they will have their own privacy policies, which we advise you to read.

We may pass your personal data to third parties for the provision of services on our behalf (for example but not limited to; processing your payment, technical, support & maintenance services, day to day administration of services, etc). However, we will only ever share relevant information about you that is necessary to provide the service.

We may share your information if we are acquired by a third party and therefore your data will be deemed an asset of the business. In these circumstances, we may disclose your personal data to the prospective buyer of our business, subject to both parties entering into appropriate confidentiality undertakings. Similarly, we may share your personal data if we are under a duty to disclose data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or to protect the rights, property and safety of DesignSoSimple and The Big Ideas Business Ltd, our customers, service suppliers or others. This includes; but is not limited to exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection, credit risk reduction and dispute policies. However, we will take steps with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected.

Your rights

In preventing the use or processing of your personal data, it may delay or prevent us from fulfilling our contractual obligations to you. It may also mean that we shall be unable to provide our services or process the cancellation of your service.

You have the right to object to our use of your personal data, or ask us to delete, remove or stop using it if there is no need for us to keep it. This is known as your right to be forgotten. There are legal and accountancy reasons why we will need to keep your data, but please do inform us if you think we are retaining or using your personal data incorrectly.

Our Privacy Notice shall be made clear to you at the point of collection of your personal data.

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. If you choose not to receive marketing communications from us about our products and services, you will have the choice not to choose these by not ticking the relevant boxes situated on the pages either at sign up, on our website forms, or at any time you can unsubscribe from any marketing emails you may receive from us. In the event of unsubscribing, it may take up to 5 working days to unsubscribe fully from our marketing databases.

But we will not contact you for marketing purposes unless you have given us your prior consent. And you can change your marketing preferences at any time, by clicking the following email unsubscribe link here, or again, by clicking on the the "unsubscribe" link on the bottom of any of any recent marketing emails sent to you.

Accessing and updating your data

You must maintain the accuracy of your information and ensure all your details, including but not limited to, name, address, title, phone number, e-mail address and payment details are kept up to date at all times. You must do this by updating your personal details, either by contacting DesignSoSimple Support, or through any of our third party suppliers websites, if direct direct payment, administration, and/or support is handled directly through them.

You have the right to access the information we hold about you. Please email us your name, email address and website address with your requests to support so that we can obtain this information for you.

Use of cookies


What are cookies?

A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access websites. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

Our cookies policy is available to view here:

General Purposes. We (DesignSoSimple) understands that many of its Subscribers are concerned about "cookies", which are electronic collections of information stored on the local computer of a person using the worldwide web and which are used chiefly by websites to keep track of visitors and registered users and to relate one computer transaction to a later one.

We provide this Cookie Policy Statement to let you, the user of our products and services, know how we uses this technology. We use cookies to help us improve our services, and most importantly, to provide existing Subscribers with the opportunity for continued savings, increased convenience, better performance of the website and any online shopping experience.

Cookies for Improving Our Web Site.

Our websites and web products uses cookies to inform us of a repeat visit. The cookie does not tell us who a specific visitor is, the visitor's name, email address, or Passwords, etc.

Our use of cookies

  • We use cookies to improve your experience on our websites and and the site we build for you for functionality purposes, for example, if you or your customers choose to buy any of our products and services, you must consent to us placing a cookie on your computer;
  • We also use cookies to understand your usage of our/your website;
  • We have partner service suppliers who also use cookies;
  • We also use cookies for marketing purposes, for example, once you have been on the DesignSoSimple website and then you visit another website which has Google adverts, you may see a DesignSoSimple advert to remind you of our products and services.

Links to other sites

DesignSoSimple may provide links to third party sites. Since we do not control those websites, we encourage you to review the privacy policies of these third party sites. Any information that is supplied on these sites will not be within our control and we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of these.

Where we store your personal data

We follow accepted ISO standards to store and protect the personal data we collect, including the use of encryption if appropriate.

All information you provide to us on our website is stored on our secured Google servers. From time to time, your information may be transferred to and stored in a country outside the EEA in relation to provision of the services. The laws in these countries may not provide you with the same protection as in the EEA; however, by providing your data to us, you agree to this transfer and storage. In this case, we cannot guarantee your security for third party's out of our control, but we will make every effort to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to protect your data in accordance with this privacy notice.

As the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site and any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Any sensitive data (payment details for example) are encrypted and protected and or held by payment processors such as PayPal (in this case not by us), etc. 

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password, or given someone else a password, which enables you or other authorised people to access certain parts of our website, website services and CMS (Content Management System), or on your website, you are responsible for keeping the password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone, who is not authorised. 


We agree to take reasonable measures to protect your data in accordance with applicable UK laws and in accordance with our General Terms of Business

Data Breaches

In the event of a data breach, we shall ensure that our obligations under applicable data protection laws are complied with where necessary.

Contact us

Any questions or comments you have about privacy policy, please email us your query and we will get back to you as quickly as we can?

Your right to make a complaint

You have the right to make a complaint about how we process your personal data to the Information Commissioner:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Tel: 0303 123 1113

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