Terms and conditions
A Bigger Life and Stoma Steps cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy, views or comments of contributors to the site and that all views expressed on the site are those of the individual contributors or bloggers.
A Bigger Life and Stoma Steps, either on their own or through links to other sites, is not a substitute for medical advice.
A Bigger Life and Stoma Steps provides this forum to promote a community to connect ostomates and their friends, family and caregivers. Content appearing on this forum does not constitute medical advice, A Bigger Life cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy, views or comments of contributors to the forum and that all views expressed on the site are those of the individual contributor.
While you can view posts on this forum without registering, you must register to use all of the features of the forum, including to post content, or to communicate with other members. When you register for this forum you are required to provide certain information. We will send you an e-mail at the address you provide to confirm your membership, after which your membership will be activated. You will be asked to select a user screen name and password. Any content that you do post will be available for all members and non-members to view.
You are responsible for any and all activities that occur under your account. A Bigger Life is not liable for any loss that you may incur as a result of someone else using your password or account, either with or without your knowledge.
A Bigger Life and Stoma Steps do not control and are not responsible for any comments, messages, profiles or other materials posted on the forum by you or other members. A Bigger Life and Stoma Steps are not obligated to regularly review, monitor, delete, or edit postings. However, A Bigger Life and Stoma Steps reserve the right to do so at any time in its sole discretion, for any reason or no reason, and to delete or edit any posting that is objectionable, offensive, illegal, or in violation of this agreement with or without notice. You are solely responsible for your interactions with other Bigger Life and Stoma Steps members. A Bigger Life and Stoma Steps reserve the right, but have no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and other members.
You are required to use a valid email address when signing up for our newsletter.
1. This is a monthly newsletter service. You will receive free information about living with an ostomy.
2. We will not sell your email and/or any personal details to any third party service.
3. You are free to unsubscribe anytime from our newsletter service by choosing the “Unsubscribe” link at the bottom of all our email newsletters.
A Bigger Life or Stoma Steps may from time to time change the terms and conditions on this site.
What data will the Stoma Steps app collect
If agree to help us improve our application, we will need to collect data as you progress through the journey stages. We will collect the following items to help us understand our demographic and also how you are using the app:
• Date of birth
• Stoma type
• The date you reach each journey stage
• Your recorded mood rating in My Health
• Questions you have chosen to add in My Health
• Fluid intake values you record
• Skin issues you select
• If you choose to view images of a stoma
TG Eakin Limited is part of Eakin Healthcare Group. This privacy notice is to let you know how companies within the Group promise to look after your personal information. This includes what you tell us about yourself, what we learn by having you as a customer, and the choices you give us about what marketing you want us to send you. This notice explains how we do this and tells you about your privacy rights and how the law protects you.
Users contacting this website and/or it’s owners do so at their own discretion and provide any such personal details requested at their own risk. Your personal information is kept private and stored securely until a time it is no longer required or has no use, as detailed in the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.
Our Privacy Promise
• To keep your data safe and private.
• Not to sell your data.
How the law protects you.
As well as our Privacy Promise, your privacy is protected by law. This section explains how that works.
Data Protection law says that we are allowed to use personal information only if we have a proper reason to do so. This includes sharing it outside Eakin Group. The law says we must have one or more of these reasons:
• To fulfil a contract we have with you, or
• When it is our legal duty, or
• When it is in our legitimate interest, or
• When you consent to it.
A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information. But even then, it must not unfairly go against what is right and best for you.
Where we collect personal information from
We may collect personal information about you when you register with this site or when you agree to share your personal information with us on the Stoma Steps app.
Who we share your personal information with
We won’t share your personal information with anyone external to TG Eakin Limited unless required to do so by law or regulation.
Sharing your data with third parties for their own purposes
We may also be required to disclose your personal data to the police or other enforcement, regulatory or Government bodies, in your country of origin or elsewhere, upon a valid request to do so. These requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis and take the privacy of our customers into consideration.
For further information please contact our Data Protection Office using the contact information shown in the How to get a copy of your personal information section.
We may use your personal information to tell you about relevant products and offers. This is what we mean when we talk about ‘marketing’.
The personal information we have for you is made up of what you tell us, and data we collect when you use our services.
We study this to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, may be relevant for you.
We can only use your personal information to send you marketing messages if we have either your consent or a ‘legitimate interest’. That is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information. It must not unfairly go against what is right and best for you.
You can ask us to stop sending you marketing messages by contacting us at any time.
We may ask you to confirm or update your choices, if there are changes in the law, regulation, or the structure of our business.
If you change your mind you can update your choices at any time by contacting us.
This website operates an opt-in email newsletter program, used to inform subscribers about products and services supplied by this website. Users can subscribe through an online automated process should they wish to do so, but do so at their own discretion.
Every effort has been made to ensure a safe and secure form to email submission process, but we do advise users using this form to email processes that they do so at their own risk.
This website and its owners use any information submitted to provide you with further information about the products / services they offer or to assist you in answering any questions or queries you may have submitted. This includes using your details to subscribe you to any email newsletter program the website operates but only if this was made clear to you and your express permission was granted when submitting any form to email process. Or whereby you the consumer have previously received samples, purchased from or enquired about purchasing from the company a product or service that the email newsletter relates to.
Some subscriptions may be manually processed through prior written agreement with the user.
We use a third-party provider, Mail Chimp, to deliver our monthly e-newsletter
Subscriptions are taken in compliance with UK Spam Laws detailed in the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003. All personal details relating to subscriptions are held securely and in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 you may request a copy of personal information held about you by this website’s email newsletter program. If you would like a copy of the information held on you, please write to the business address at the bottom of this policy.
Email marketing campaigns published by this website or its owners may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. Subscriber activity is tracked and stored in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates, frequency of activity and other unlisted activity. This information is used to refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based around their activity.
In compliance with UK Spam Laws and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, subscribers are given the opportunity to un-subscribe at any time through an automated system. This process is detailed at the footer of each email campaign. If an automated un-subscription system is unavailable clear instructions on how to un-subscribe will by detailed instead.
Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users should always adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links mentioned throughout this website.
The owners of this website cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite their best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk and this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links mentioned.
Adverts and Sponsored Links
This website may contain sponsored links and adverts. These will typically be served through our advertising partners, to whom may have detailed privacy policies relating directly to the adverts they serve.
Social Media Platforms
Communication, engagement and actions taken through external social media platforms that this website and its owners participate on, are custom to the terms and conditions as well as the privacy policies held with each social media platform respectively.
Users are advised to use social media platforms wisely and communicate / engage upon them with due care and caution regarding their own privacy and personal details. This website nor its owners will ever ask for personal or sensitive information through social media platforms and encourage users wishing to discuss sensitive details to contact them through primary communication channels such as by telephone or email.
This website may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.
Shortened Links in Social Media
This website and its owners through their social media platform accounts may share web links to relevant web pages. By default, some social media platforms shorten lengthy URL’s [web addresses].
Users are advised to take caution and good judgement before clicking any shortened URL’s published on social media platforms by this website and its owners. Despite the best efforts to ensure only genuine URL’s are published many social media platforms are prone to spam and hacking and therefore this website and its owners cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any shortened links.
How long we keep your personal information
We will keep your personal information for as long as you are a customer of Eakin Group.
After you stop being a customer, we may keep your data for up to 7 years for one of these reasons:
• To respond to any questions or complaints.
• To maintain records according to rules that apply to us.
We may keep your data for longer than 7 years if we cannot delete it for legal, regulatory or technical reasons. We may also keep it for research or statistical purposes. If we do, we will make sure that your privacy is protected and only use it for these purposes.
How to get a copy of your personal information
You can access your personal information we hold by writing to us at this address:
Data Protection Officer
15 Ballystockart Road,
Alternatively, you can email [email protected]
To facilitate this request as quickly as possible, please use the following template (link to template) to ensure we have all the information required to process your request.
Letting us know if your personal information is incorrect
You have the right to question any information we have about you that you think is wrong or incomplete. Please contact us if you want to do this.
If you do, we will take reasonable steps to check its accuracy and correct it.
What if you want us to stop using your personal information?
You have the right to object to our use of your personal information, or to ask us to delete, remove, or stop using your personal information if there is no need for us to keep it. This is known as the ‘right to object’ and ‘right to erasure’, or the ‘right to be forgotten’.
There may be legal or other official reasons why we need to keep or use your data. But please tell us if you think that we should not be using it.
We may sometimes be able to restrict the use of your data. This means that it can only be used for certain things, such as legal claims or to exercise legal rights. In this situation, we would not use or share your information in other ways while it is restricted.
You can ask us to restrict the use of your personal information if:
• It is not accurate.
• It has been used unlawfully but you don’t want us to delete it.
• It is not relevant any more, but you want us to keep it for use in legal claims.
• You have already asked us to stop using your data but you are waiting for us to tell you if we are allowed to keep on using it.
If you want to object to how we use your data, or ask us to delete it or restrict how we use it or, please contact our Data Protection Office using the contact information shown in the How to get a copy of your personal information section.
How to withdraw your consent
You can withdraw your consent at any time. Please contact our Data Protection Office using the contact information shown in the How to get a copy of your personal information section if you wish to do so.
How to complain
Please let us know if you are unhappy with how we have used your personal information. You can contact our Data Protection Office using the contact information shown in the How to get a copy of your personal information section.
You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. Find out on their website how to report a concern.