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Privacy Policy

British Empire Trust plc (the “Company“, “we“, “us” or “our“) is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals whose data it processes (“you” or “your“).

Structure of this policy

This privacy policy is provided in a layered format so you can click through to the section which relates to the information that we collect about you below.

  1. IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHO WE ARE
  2. CATEGORIES OF DATA SUBJECTS
    1. INVESTORS
    2. VISITORS TO OUR WEBSITE
    3. BUSINESS CONTACTS
  3. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA
  4. DATA RETENTION
  5. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS
  6. DATA SECURITY
  7. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
  8. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY NOTICE
  9. FURTHER INFORMATION

1. IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WHO WE ARE

The Company is committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal data which is entrusted to us.

This privacy policy aims to give you information on how the Company collects and processes your personal data as a controller of data supplied by shareholders and potential investors in connection with holdings and/or investing in the Company including through your use of this website, by signing up to our newsletter, by sending us correspondence and/or providing us with products and/or services.

In addition, it outlines your data protection rights under the EU data protection regime introduced by the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation 2016/679) (the “GDPR“).

This website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

Please contact British Empire Trust plc (registered number 00028203), Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter, Devon EX4 4EP if you have any queries in relation to the processing of your personal data under this policy.

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact the Company Secretary at Link Company Matters, Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP or by email at BTEM_CoSec@linkgroup.co.uk.

 

2. CATEGORIES OF DATA SUBJECTS

(A) INVESTORS

The following section of this policy sets out how the Company, as controller of personal data supplied by, and collected in relation to, shareholders and potential investors in the Company, will process such personal data.

The kind of information we hold about you

We may hold personal data about investors in the Company which is provided to us by you directly as a result of your holding and/or investment in the Company (by completing application forms, through our website, telephone calls and/or corresponding with us) or which is provided to us by third parties.  We may also process personal data about individuals that are connected with you as an investor (for example directors, trustees, employees, representatives, beneficiaries, shareholders, investors, clients, beneficial owners or agents).

In connection with your holding and/or investment in the Company, we may collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you: contact details (including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address), your date of birth, copies of passport, driving licences and utility bills, bank account details and details relating to your investment activity.

How we will use information about you

Your personal data may be processed by the Company or its sub-processors (or any of their affiliates, agents, delegates or sub-contractors) for the following purposes:

Basis on which we process your data

Where such processing is being carried out on the basis that it is necessary to pursue the Company’s legitimate interests, such legitimate interests are not overridden by your interests, fundamental rights or freedoms. Such processing may include the use of your personal data for the purposes of sending you electronic marketing communication, in relation to which you can at any time unsubscribe by following the instructions contained in each marketing communication.

The Company does not anticipate being required to obtain your consent for the processing of your personal data as listed above. If the Company wishes to use your personal data for other purposes which do require your consent, a representative will contact you to request this.

(B) VISITORS TO OUR WEBSITE

The following section of this policy sets out how the Company may process personal data (as a controller) about visitors to its website.

The kind of information that we hold about you

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which you provide to us though our website: name, date of birth, address, email address, telephone numbers, technical data (including internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this website, usage data (including information about how you use our website, products and services, and marketing and communications preferences (including your preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences).

We do not collect any sensitive personal data or special categories of personal data about you through our website (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

How we collect your data

We use different methods to collect data from and about you, including through:

How we will use information about you

Your personal data may be processed by the Company or its sub-processors (or any of their affiliates, agents, delegates or sub-contractors) for the following purposes:

We will use your personal data in the following circumstances: where it is necessary for our legitimate interests, or those of a third party such as the Company (including in relation to the sending of electronic marketing communications) and where your interests and fundamental rights are not overridden by those interests, or where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

If we consider it necessary to obtain your consent in relation to the use of your personal data (such as for sending emails to individuals that have not invested in the Company), we will contact you to request this consent. In such circumstances, we will provide you with full details of the personal data that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent. If you decide to provide your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, although that will not affect the lawfulness of processes based on consent before its withdrawal. To withdraw your consent or to opt out of receiving marketing communication, please contact us at via the Company Secretary at Link Company Matters, Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP or by email at BTEM_CoSec@linkgroup.co.uk or  follow the unsubscribe instructions included in each electronic marketing communication. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.

Links to websites

Where the website provides links to other websites, the Company is not responsible for the data protection/privacy/cookie usage policies of such other websites, and you should check these policies on such other websites if you have any concerns about them. If you use one of these links to leave our website, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting a linked website and such websites are not governed by this policy. You should always exercise caution and review the privacy policy applicable to the website in question.

Cookie

A cookie is a small file which asks permission to be placed on your computer. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular website. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our Website by tailoring it to the needs of users. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Overall, cookies help us to provide a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages users find useful and which they don’t. A cookie does not give us access to a user’s computer or any information about them, other than the data that they choose to share with us.

The browsers of most computers, smartphones and other web–enabled devices are usually set up to accept cookies. If your browser preferences allow it, you can configure your browser to accept all cookies, reject all cookies, or notify you when cookies are set. Each browser is different, so check the “Help” menu of your browser to learn about how to change your cookie preferences.

However, please remember that cookies are often used to enable and improve certain functions on our website. If you choose to switch certain cookies off, it will affect how our website works and you may not be able to access all or parts of our website.

You can set your browser to refuse all or some browser cookies, or to alert you when websites set or access cookies. If you disable or refuse cookies, please note that some parts of this website may become inaccessible or not function properly.

For further details on cookies (including how to turn them off) can be found at www.allaboutcookies.org.

(C) BUSINESS CONTACTS

The following section of this policy sets out how the Company may process personal data (as a controller) about its business contacts and (current, previous and/or potential) service providers (and employees of service providers) and data subjects that have provided a business card to, or have corresponded with the Company.

The kind of information that we hold about you

We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which you provide to us including: name, date of birth, address, email address, telephone numbers, place of work and job title.

We do not collect any sensitive personal data or special categories of personal data about you through our website (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

How we will use information about you

We will use your personal data in the following circumstances: where it is necessary for our legitimate interests, or those of a third party such as the Company, (including in relation to the sending of electronic marketing communications) and where your interests and fundamental rights are not overridden or where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

Your personal data may be processed by the Company or its sub-processors (or any of their affiliates, agents, delegates or sub-contractors) for the following purposes:

Basis on which we process your data and right to withdraw consent

If we consider it necessary to obtain your consent in relation to the use your personal data (such as for sending emails to individuals who have not invested in the Company), we will contact you to request this consent. In such circumstances, we will provide you with full details of the personal data that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent. If you decide to provide your consent, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time, although that will not affect the lawfulness of processes based on consent before its withdrawal. To withdraw your consent or to opt out of receiving marketing communication, please contact us at Link Company Matters, Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP or by email at BTEM_CoSec@linkgroup.co.uk, or follow the unsubscribe instructions included in each electronic marketing communication. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.

Where such processing is being carried out on the basis that it is necessary to pursue the Company’s legitimate interests, such legitimate interests do not override your interests, fundamental rights or freedoms. Such processing may include the use of your personal data for the purposes of sending you electronic marketing communication, in relation to which you can at any time unsubscribe by following the instructions contained in each marketing communication.

3. DISCLOSURES OF YOUR PERSONAL DATA

We will not disclose personal information we hold about you to any third party except as set out below.

We may disclose your personal data to other members of our group, to the board of the Company, to third parties who are providing services to us, including IT service providers, processors of the Company (including printers, registrars, administrators).

We may also disclose personal data we hold to third parties:

4. DATA RETENTION

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes that we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

5. INTERNATIONAL TRANSFERS

We do not, as a matter of course, transfer your personal data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

If your personal data was to be transferred out of the EEA by us (for example if you are based outside the EEA or if it is required to satisfy regulatory requirements), we will ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to it by ensuring at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used when transferring your personal data out of the EEA.

6. DATA SECURITY

The Company has put in place measures to ensure the security of the personal data it collects and stores about you. It will use its reasonable endeavours to protect your personal data from unauthorised disclosure and/or access, including through the use of network and database security measures, but it cannot guarantee the security of any data it collects and stores.

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

7. YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

In certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact the Company Secretary in writing.

You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request in order to speed up our response.

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues (www.ico.org.uk). We would, however, appreciate the opportunity to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance.

8. CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY NOTICE

We may update this privacy notice from time to time, and will communicate such updates through our website. We may also notify you from time to time about the processing of your data.

9. FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any queries about this policy or your personal data, or you wish to submit an access request or raise a complaint about the way your personal data has been handled, please do so in writing and address this to the Company Secretary at British Empire Trust plc, Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter EX4 4EP or by email at BTEM_CoSec@linkgroup.co.uk.

British Empire Trust plc is a closed ended property investment company registered in England and Wales (registered number 00028203) and its registered office address is Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter Devon EX4 4EP

© 2018 British Empire Trust plc. All rights reserved

Data Protection and Privacy Policy

Last updated: 24 May 2018

AVI Japan Opportunity Trust p.l.c is referred to as ‘AJOT’ throughout the website. AJOT’s investment managers, Asset Value Investors are referred to as ‘AVI’

AJOT currently conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by Independent Financial Advisers (“IFAs”) in the UK to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so. The shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because they are shares in an authorised investment trust. © AVI Japan Opportunity Trust plc. 2018 Registered in England No: 11487703. An investment company under Section 833 of the Companies Act 2006. Registered Office: Beaufort House, 51 New North Road, Exeter, EX4 4EP. Managed by Asset Value Investors Ltd. which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Past performance should not be seen as an indication of future performance. The price of investments and the income may fall as well as rise and investors may not get back the full amount invested. AJOT may use gearing techniques (leverage) which will exaggerate market movements both down and up which could mean sudden and large falls in market value. Please refer to the Key Features Document for further details of the risks affecting your investment. Performance figures are cumulative and based on Price total return and do not include Plan charges. For more information, please call 03458 500181. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances and may be subject to change in the future. Asset Value Investors Ltd do not offer Innovative Finance ISAs.

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USE OF THIS WEBSITE:

THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO OFFER OR TO PROMOTE THE OFFER OR SALE OF THE SHARES (THE “SHARES”) OF AVI JAPAN OPPORTUNITY TRUST PLC (THE “COMPANY”) IN THE UNITED STATES OR TO ANY “U.S. PERSONS” AS DEFINED IN REGULATION S (“US PERSONS”) UNDER THE US SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE “SECURITIES ACT”).

THE MATERIALS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE NOT FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION OR DISTRIBUTION, AND MUST NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, TO US PERSONS OR INTO OR WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, JAPAN, SOUTH AFRICA OR IN ANY OTHER JURISDICTION WHERE, OR TO ANY OTHER PERSON TO WHOM, TO DO SO WOULD CONSTITUTE A VIOLATION OF APPLICABLE LAW OR REGULATION.

The contents of this website are communicated by Asset Value Investors Limited (“AVI”), which is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority, with registered number 01881101 and which has its registered office at 25 Bury Street, London SW1Y 6AL, United Kingdom.

The information contained in this website does not constitute or form a part of any offer to sell or issue, or the solicitation of any offer to purchase, subscribe for or otherwise acquire, any securities in the United States or in any jurisdiction in which, or to any person to whom, such an offer or solicitation would be unlawful.

Nothing in this website is to be taken as investment or tax advice.  If you are unclear about any of the information on this website or its suitability for you, you must contact your financial or tax adviser, or an independent financial or tax adviser before making any investment or financial decisions.

The Company has not been and will not be registered under the US Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the “Investment Company Act“), and as such holders of the Shares are not and will not be entitled to the benefits of the Investment Company Act. The Shares have not been and will not be registered under the Securities Act, or with any securities regulatory authority of any state or other jurisdiction of the United States, and may not be offered, sold, resold, pledged, delivered, assigned or otherwise transferred, directly or indirectly, into or within the United States or to, or for the account or benefit of, any US Persons. There has been and will be no public offer of the Shares in the United States. The offer and sale of the Shares have not been and will not be registered under the applicable securities laws of Australia, Canada, Japan or South Africa. Potential users of the information contained  in this website are requested to inform themselves about and to observe all applicable restrictions.

General risk warning:  All investment is subject to risk. The value of the Shares may go down as well as go up. Past performance is no guarantee of future returns and there is no guarantee that the market price of the Shares will fully reflect their underlying net asset value. There is also no guarantee that the Company’s investment objective will be achieved.

The information contained in this website may contain forward-looking statements. Any statement other than a statement of historical fact is a forward-looking statement. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by any forward-looking statement.  You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement.

Neither the Company nor AVI undertakes any obligation to update or revise any information in this website, including without limitation, any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, and neither the Company nor AVI will confirm the accuracy or completeness of any information at any given time.

This website may contain links to third party websites. These links are provided for your information and convenience only, and do not amount to a recommendation or endorsement by the Company or AVI of that third party or its website. Neither the Company nor AVI has any control over the content of any third party website and neither the Company nor AVI has verified the accuracy of any content on any third party website. Accordingly, neither the Company nor AVI is liable for the content or availability (or lack of availability) of such third party websites.

This website is provided for your use “as is” without any warranties (whether express or implied) of any kind including, but not limited to, the warranty of non-infringement of third party rights or freedom from computer virus. As a result, neither the Company nor AVI accepts any ongoing obligation or responsibility in respect of any errors, omissions, interruptions or delays in service which may occur. Internet is not a secure medium of communication unless the data being sent is encrypted. Neither the Company nor AVI accepts any responsibility for unauthorised access by a third party or the corruption of data sent to it.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to the exclusion by the Company and AVI, to the extent permitted by applicable law and regulation, of any and all liability for any direct, indirect, punitive, consequential, incidental, special or other damages, or any loss of profits, revenue or data arising out of or relating to your use of and our provision of this website and its content. The Company may change these terms and conditions from time to time and any such changes will be posted on this website. Your access to this website is governed by the version of these terms and conditions then in force.

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