Privacy Policy

Our compliance with Data Protection legislation, including GDPR

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Mythic Beasts Ltd provides a variety of internet hosting services. These services include domain registration, SSL certificate procurement, DNS configuration, running shared servers to host customer websites and email, providing virtual servers and dedicated servers, co-locating customer hardware, managing servers on behalf of customers, and providing backups. Providing these services can result in Mythic Beasts processing personal data. In doing so, it is our policy to comply with all applicable provisions of the Data Protection Acts and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and to make all reasonable efforts to keep personal data secure and up-to-date.

The GDPR makes a distinction between personal data that we collect for our own purposes, and personal data which we process on behalf of third parties, typically a customer. For the former class of data, Mythic Beasts are the data controller; in the latter case, we are the data processor acting for a third-party data controller. It is the data controller who has ultimate responsibility for ensuring data is only processed for legitimate purposes, is kept secure, and is not retained longer than necessary.

When are Mythic Beasts the data controller?

  1. We are the data controller for all systems which are for our internal use. This includes our systems for customer support, billing, finances and human resources.

  2. We are the data controller for all personal data on our mail hubs. Customers have no access to these (other than to send mail through them) and have relatively little control over how mail is processed on them.

  3. We are the data controller for all personal data on our nameservers, other than any personal data which customers may have put into their zone files, for which we are just a data processor.

  4. We are the data controller for all personal data in server logs on our shared hosting servers, except where we have given the user control over what is logged and how long the logs are retained, and the ability to delete logs, in which case we are just a data processor.

  5. We are a data processor of all user data on shared hosting servers or shared database servers. This includes data stored on websites, in mailboxes, or in databases.

  6. We are a data processor for all personal data on any customer’s virtual server, dedicated server or co-located server which we have been given permission to access, whether via a server management contract or through some other arrangement.

  7. We are a data processor for all personal data which is backed up to our backup servers, unless the data being backed up is data for which we are data controller, in which case we are data controller for the backup too.

  8. We are neither the data controller nor a data processor of personal data on any virtual server, dedicated server or co-located server which the customer has not given us permission to access, notwithstanding the fact that it may sometimes technically be possible for us to gain access to them.

Our responsibilities as a data controller

This section describes the types of personal data Mythic Beasts is responsible for as a data controller, how long we retain it, what we do with that data, and when we are permitted to disclose that data to a third party.

What information do we collect?

We hold and process the following types of personal data:

  1. Contact information of anyone authorised to liaise with us on behalf of a customer. This information includes the contact’s name, organisation name, email address, postal address, phone number and fax number.

  2. Details of payments made to us or by us. This may include the contact information of the card holder or account holder from whom a payment was received. It does not include the bank account number when paying by bank transfer or direct debit, nor does it include the card number when paying by credit or debit card.

  3. Payroll and human resources information for employees and job applicants. This includes employee health and absence information which is special category data in the meaning of the GDPR.

  4. Administrative records such as contact details, bank account details (where provided for electronic payment), accounting records, correspondence files and contact information for suppliers and others.

  5. Access credentials (typically usernames and passwords) created by or provided to customers and other users in order to access our services.

  6. Server logs. These generally detail of the service being accessed, the date and time of the connection, the IP address used to connect to the service, and any username used to authenticate access to the service. Passwords are never logged.

    a. Web server logs include the URL being accessed (including any “GET” CGI parameters), and the user-agent string which typically identifies the name and version of the web browser or operating system. Content in the bodies of HTTP requests or responses is not logged.

    b. Email server logs include the envelope sender and recipients, and the subject line of the email being sent. Content in the bodies of email messages is not logged, but may be processed by spam detection software and the result of this logged.

  7. A log of major operations performed via our control panel, such as when a server is rebooted, or the nameservers for a domain are changed.

  8. Network monitoring data. We record data from network protocol headers (specifically Ethernet, IPv4, IPv6, ICMP, TCP and UDP headers) for a sample of packets passing through our routers (currently 1/1000). This includes source and destination IP addresses, packet size and protocol, and source and destination ports. Other than these headers, the content of packets is not stored.

  9. Correspondence sent to or by the company, or its employees and contractors when acting on the company’s behalf.

How long do we retain this data?

  1. Contact information for customer account contacts is held until either it is replaced, or 11 years has elapsed since the account last had an active service or product attached to it. This includes the name of the company or organisation holding the account.

  2. The amount and date of customer payments, the type of service or product purchased, and the applicable customer account number is retained indefinitely. However the deletion of the account contact information, as described above, leaves this information anonymised.

  3. Financial and administrative records, including payroll information and any additional details associated with customer payments, may be held for up to 11 years in order to conform to the current EU VAT requirements.

  4. Human resources information is held for 8 years. Information on unsuccessful candidates is deleted within a year of application, unless otherwise requested by the applicant (which consent may be withdrawn at any time).

  5. Access credentials are held only for as long as they are valid. They are deleted once the service to which they pertain is cancelled, or the credentials are changed.

  6. Server logs are normally held for 30 days or less. In some cases, it is necessary to store logs for a longer period to comply with the Investigatory Powers Act or other legislation. For this reason, email logs are normally retained for 12 months.

  7. Network monitoring data is held for 30 days.

  8. The log of major operations performed through the control panel is retained for 3 years.

  9. Correspondence may, at the company’s discretion, be held indefinitely.

How do we use this data?

We use your contact information to contact you as necessary to provide the services or products you ordered, including when issuing invoices, to remind you when a product or service is about to expire, to inform you of any changes which may affect your account or the services we are providing to you, or to alert you to any problems with your account or services we are providing to you. We also use your contact information to identify you when you contact us.

If you have explicitly opted to receive such communications, we may also use your contact information to send you occasional informational or marketing materials about Mythic Beasts and our services and products. You may withdraw your consent at any time, either through our control panel or by contacting us.

We process personal data, particularly server logs, to detect illegal activity or unauthorised use of our server, such as in sending or relaying of unsolicited bulk email (spam), attempting to gain unauthorized access to other equipment connected to the Internet, or mounting denial of service attacks on other equipment; and to identify the cause of any such activity detected.

We may use personal data to review and improve the services we offer. This may include analysing our logs to understand how our services are used, and reviewing past correspondence to understand what difficulties have arisen.

Access credentials are used to ensure only authorised persons can access our services. Passwords are always stored using a one-way hash.

Disclosure of your data to third parties

Mythic Beasts Ltd will not disclose your personal data except as described below.

  1. We contract a third party to your personal data for administrative reasons. In such a situation, the third party will be acting as the data processor under us as data controllers, and the data processor will be based in the United Kingdom or European Economic Area.

  2. If you register a domain, you are required to provide contact information which we pass to the domain registry, which may disclose the information further (via the whois service or otherwise). We allow you to customise the information provided, but it is not normally possible to opt out of providing this information altogether. There can be costs associated with subsequently changing this contact information, and other restrictions may be placed on changes to the provided information. We believe it is likely that the compatibility of this process with the GDPR will be tested in court in the near future, and it will very probably have to be changed as a result.

  3. If you use a service which requires sending you an SMS message – such as if you enable two-factor authentication on your account or configure SMS monitoring of a server – we may disclose your phone number to an SMS provider who may be outside the European Economic Area.

  4. Your data will be disclosed or shared if there a legal duty to do so, or as ordered by a competent court or law enforcement agency.

  5. We may disclose, share or transfer your personal data to any future subsidiary company or holding company.

  6. In the event that Mythic Beasts Ltd sells all or substantially all of its assets to a third party, your personal data will be transferred to that party.

Our responsibilities as a data processor

We are a data processor of customer data on some customer or shared servers. Unless the customer has informed us, we do not in general know whether the data includes personal data, and if so whether is special category data as defined by the GDPR. However we assume by default that it will contain unspecified personal data.

About us

Mythic Beasts Ltd is a privately owned limited company registered in England and Wales, company number 04052652. In this policy, Mythic Beasts Ltd is sometimes referred to as “we”, “us” or “our”, depending on context. Our postal address is PO Box 1363, Cambridge, CB1 0FJ. Our email address is