SunPower Privacy Policy

SunPower is an international group of companies headed by SunPower Corporation in the United States. In the United Kingdom, SunPower operates through SunPower Corporation UK Limited. This privacy policy informs you about the type of information that SunPower may collect about you and how we use it. It also explains how you can contact us and exercise your legal rights.

This privacy policy may be updated from time to time as described in Section 10 - Changes to the Privacy Policy.

Click below to jump to a specific section of this Privacy Policy:

1. Specific Privacy Statements

2. Children and Teenagers

3. Browsing information collected whenever you access this website

4. Information SunPower collects about you

5. Disclosures to group companies and other third parties

6. Security

7. Storage and use of information about you outside the European Union

8. Linked websites

9. Call Recording and Monitoring

10. Changes to the Privacy Policy

11. Your rights of access, rectification, deletion and objection

12. Contact Us

Specific Privacy Statements

Certain areas of this website that invite you to submit personal information, for instance our consultation request form, may refer to a separate privacy statement. Such statements provide more detailed guidance on how SunPower will use the specific information you are submitting, and supplement the general information found in this Privacy Policy.

Our specific privacy statements can be found here:

Children and Teenagers

This website is not directed to and should not be used by children under 18. SunPower does not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 18.

Browsing information collected whenever you access this website
 

Our collection of browsing information

 In common with the majority websites, SunPower collects certain information whenever you access this website, as follows:

Browser details

SunPower collects certain information made available by your browser. This includes your IP address, your computer's operating system, your browser name and version number and the web pages that you viewed before, during and just after visiting the website.

Web Cookies

SunPower uses "web cookies" that it places on your computer whenever you visit this website in order to distinguish between and to log access by each visitor's browser.

Please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org for further information about cookies. This website tells you how you can change the settings of your browser to refuse cookies and how to delete cookies that have already been stored on your computer. Please note that if you set your browser to refuse all cookies, certain features of our website may not function correctly or at all as a result.

Web Beacons

SunPower may also place "web beacons" into the pages of this website, that are usually invisible to you. A web beacon is an object that can be used to check when your browser has accessed the part of our website in which it is placed.

Please visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org for further information about web beacons. You cannot refuse to accept web beacons, but you can make them ineffective by changing your browser settings to refuse all web cookies.

Our use of browsing information

SunPower uses browsing information gathered from visitors to better understand how they use this website and to produce statistical reports of aggregate website activity. By identifying patterns and trends related to visitor use, SunPower is able to improve the design of this website and the browsing experience of visitors, both in terms of content and ease of use.

The browsing information we collect from visitors is processed anonymously. However, if you have provided SunPower with personal details, for instance when you register for a account on our website, SunPower may link your browsing information to these details.

Our communication of browsing information to others

From time to time, SunPower may release in aggregate the browsing information it has gathered from visitors, such as by publishing a report on trends in the usage of this website.

Information SunPower collects about you

Our collection of information about you

There are a number of circumstances when SunPower collects information about you, for instance when you place an order for a SunPower product or service or contact our customer service. We also collect information about you when you register with this website, use this website to request a consultation or 'contact us' or otherwise use any interactive features and services that we may make available from time to time on this website.

SunPower does not seek sensitive information about you (such as health or medical history, ethnicity, political leanings, religious beliefs, trade union membership, sexual preferences, etc.) and you should not provide such information to us.

Our use of information about you

SunPower uses information about you in order:

  • to respond to visitor and customer queries
  • to provide you with products or services you have requested via the website, such as our free consultation service or (where available) our online solar panel monitoring service
  • if you are interested in purchasing SunPower products and services, to provide distributors / installers of SunPower products in your area with your information so they can contact you with purchasing and pricing details
  • if you purchase SunPower products and services, to process your order and to supply and/or install such products and services
  • to keep in contact with you in relation to your purchase of SunPower products and services, your website registrations and compliance with the terms and conditions of use of this website
  • to improve SunPower products and services
  • if you agree or otherwise where permitted by applicable law, to send you information promoting SunPower's products and services by post, fax, telephone, email and/or via social networks and other web-based services you subscribe to.
  • to gather further information about you from third party sources. For instance, we may use your email address to gather information about which social networks and other web services you subscribe to.

Our communication of information about you to others

In general, SunPower does not share, rent, lease or sell the information it collects about you to others. However, SunPower may provide information about you to others where it is necessary to do so in order to provide you with a product or service you have requested, with your prior consent or otherwise where required by law. In particular:

Information you choose to post in an online forum, blog, message board, chat room or similar

This website may make use of interactive forums, blogs, message boards, chat rooms, etc. Unless clearly indicated to the contrary, any information that you post may be viewed by others and/or the general public. We urge you to use good judgment and not disclose any information about you that you do not want other users to know.

Information you choose to reveal to others about your SunPower system via your mobile device

If available in your country, this website may allow you to register for a monitoring service so you can view the performance of your SunPower solar power system online on a private webpage. If you download our monitoring application, you can also view your system statistics on your mobile device.

The mobile device application allows you to send an email containing a link to your private webpage. SunPower will allow anyone that clicks on the link to access your private webpage including your system statistics so please be careful about who you email this link to. The link will expire after eight days, following which it cannot be used to view your private webpage.

Information that you choose to include in Notices sent to SunPower

Copyright infringement notices submitted to SunPower will be forwarded to the person responsible for the alleged infringement. Other complaints about the content of our website may also be forwarded to any persons referred to in the complaint, but we will edit out your name and contact information if you ask us to.

Information that you choose to provide to SunPower in our customer surveys

SunPower may invite you to participate in surveys aimed at improving our products and services and this website. If you choose to complete a survey, the information you provide to SunPower will only be disclosed to other companies in an anonymous, aggregate manner.

Information you choose to provide SunPower as part of contests, giveaways and other promotions.

SunPower may offer you the opportunity to participate in contests, giveaways and other promotions. You will not be required to participate but if you choose to do so, SunPower will use any information about you that you are asked to submit as indicated in the terms of the specific contest, giveaway or promotion.

Disclosures to group companies and other third parties

SunPower may disclosure your personal data to specific third parties for the following purposes:

Group companies 

SunPower stores the information it collects via this website and other sources (such as our customer call centres) on centralised computer systems. It may be accessed by SunPower Corporation in the United States for the purposes set out in this privacy policy. SunPower Corporation is the parent company of the SunPower group and is located at 3030 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95134, USA.

Employees, third party manufacturers and third party service providers

SunPower will disclose the information it collects to its employees, partners, affiliates, distributors, partners, vendors and suppliers that:

  • process information on behalf of SunPower
  • participate with us in the provision or operation of this website
  • provide you with products and services relating to your SunPower system. For example, if you sign up for our solar panel monitoring service, we combine information we collect from your PV solar system (including solar electrical production, inverter operation and home electrical consumption) with your contact details (name, postal address and phone number) and provide this to dealers who provide installation, operation and maintenance services for your SunPower system.

Authorised or required by law to protect rights

SunPower will disclose information it has collected about you:

  • if required or authorised to do so by applicable law (domestic or overseas) or in response to a court order or its equivalent
  • in order to protect against fraud or to protect property or other rights of SunPower or others
  • if we believe you have abused a service offered by SunPower via this website or otherwise by using it to attack other computer systems or to gain unauthorised access to any other computer system, to engage in spamming or otherwise to act in unlawful manner or to breach the terms of use of the service (or this website).

Sale or insolvency of SunPower

SunPower may disclose the information it has collected about you to another company, and our and its professional advisors, in the event of a merger or sale of our business or if SunPower enters insolvency proceedings. Unless ordered by court or you agree otherwise, the use and disclosure of such information by the new company will be in accordance with this privacy policy. However, information collected about you after the transfer or sale of our business may be subject to a new privacy policy adopted by the new company.

Third party marketing

If you agree to receive marketing from other companies, we will disclose your email address and other contact details to other companies so that they can contact you directly about their products and services.

You can tell us to stop providing your contact details to other companies by emailing SunPowerUK@sunpower.com. Please note that you may still receive marketing from other companies that have already been provided with your contact details. You will need to contact such other companies directly if you wish them to stop sending you marketing.

Security

SunPower takes all reasonable precautions to protect the security of your personal information. However, please be aware that neither people nor security systems are entirely foolproof. Therefore, while we use reasonable efforts to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Any unauthorised access to or use of this website or the information stored by SunPower should be reported to us immediately by sending an email to: SunPowerUK@sunpower.com.

Storage and use of information about you outside the European Union

SunPower stores the information it collects via this website and other sources (such as our customer call centres) on centralised computer systems hosted by or on behalf of SunPower Corporation. These are located outside of the European Union, primarily in the United States.

Please be aware that data protection laws in the United States do not currently offer the same level of protection as in Europe and you may have fewer statutory rights in respect of information stored and processed by SunPower Corporation about you. However, SunPower Corporation has agreed with SunPower Corporation UK Limited to protect such information in accordance with European data protection laws using a model contract approved by the European Commission.

Linked websites

SunPower does not control the collection or processing of information via third party sites that are accessible through this website. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the collection or processing of information about you via third party sites. You should review the privacy policies of any third party sites you visit and take the necessary steps to protect your privacy.

Call Recording and Monitoring

If we communicate with you by phone (for instance, if we call you to conduct a consultation you have requested via this website or if you call our customer service centre with a query about one of our products), please be aware that we may record and monitor our call to help train our staff and to ensure a high quality of customer service.

Changes to the Privacy Policy

Due to changes in technology, applicable law and the activities of SunPower, or due to other business reasons, SunPower may need to modify this privacy policy.

We will contact registered users if we do so, which is why it is important that you notify us immediately if your email address changes. We will also put the new version of this privacy policy on this website with a notice advising of the change. It is therefore important that you regularly check this website for any announcements affecting this policy.

Except as otherwise provided, the revised privacy policy will replace the previous version from the date of the change and will apply to all information we process about you (regardless when the information was collected).

Your rights of access, rectification, deletion and objection

Under UK data protection law, you have certain rights in relation to our collection and use of information about you. In particular, you are entitled to a copy of the information that we process about you and you may request the rectification, cancellation or deletion of any information that we process about you that is not accurate or up-to date.

You can exercise these rights by writing to us at, or by sending an email to, the addresses listed at the end of this policy, including your full name and contact details. You may be asked to prove your identify.

Contact Us

SunPower Corporation UK Ltd.
Vienna House
International Square
Birmingham International Park
Solihull, B37 7GN
Email: SunPowerUK@sunpower.com

This privacy policy was last updated on 18 February 2011.

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