Tesco Mobile (“the Website”) is owned and operated by Tesco Mobile Limited, part of the Tesco Group. This policy, together with our Terms and Conditions, explain how Tesco may use information we collect about you, as well as your rights over any personal information we hold about you. Please read this policy and our Terms and Conditions carefully; by accessing the Website you confirm to have understood and agreed to them.

  1. Information we collect about you
  2. Using your information
  3. Clubcard information
  4. Market and research
  5. Cookies
  6. What is a cookie?
  7. Cookies used on the Website
  8. Strictly necessary cookies
  9. Performance cookies
  10. Functionality cookies
  11. Targeting or advertising cookies
  12. Behavioural advertising and online privacy
  13. Using browser settings to manage cookies
  14. Disclosing your information
  15. Credit Reference agencies
  16. Fraud Prevention agencies
  17. Data Retention
  18. Other websites
  19. Accessing your information
  20. Changes to our policy
  21. Contacting us

1. Information we collect about you

We collect information about you when you:

  • Visit the Website, and other sites accessible from the Website.
  • Register with and buy products or services on the Website.
  • Take part in promotions, competitions, customer surveys and questionnaires.
  • Contact us by writing to us or calling our customer services.

We may supplement the information we collect about you with information we receive from other sources eg public registers such as the electoral roll. This allows us to assess the accuracy of the information we hold about you in order to send you relevant offers and information.

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2. Using your information

Collecting your personal information helps us and the Tesco Group to better understand what you need from us. We collect and use your information to:
•    manage and improve the Website
•    personalise our services to you
•    administer and operate your account
•    process your orders and allocate Clubcard points to your account
•    tell you about important changes to the Website and our services
•    understand your shopping behaviour to develop and improve our products and services
•    manage promotions, competitions, customer surveys and questionnaires
•    check and verify your identity, and prevent or detect crime.

In performing verification and identity checks, your information may be disclosed to credit reference agencies, who may keep a record of that information. This is not a credit check and your credit rating will be unaffected.


We may share your personal information across the Tesco Group so they can provide you with relevant products and services.
Your personal information is safe with us and will never be released to companies outside the Tesco Group for their marketing purposes.
We may use and share anonymised information outside the Tesco Group. However, we would like to reassure you that this never includes your personal information.

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3. Clubcard information

We access the information recorded through the use of your Clubcard to help us improve our service to you and to make our communications more relevant.

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4. Marketing and research

If you agree, we may contact you:

  • with offers and information about Tesco products or services
  • with offers and information about partners’ products or services
  • for customer research to help improve our services

Of course, the choice is entirely yours, but if you say you do not want to receive marketing information from us this will prevent you from receiving great offers or promotions that may be of interest to you.

When you register online you can access a "Self Care" page that allows you to tailor our commercial communications to your preferences.

To change your contact preferences simply click "Your Account" in the top frame and click "Your Contact Preferences". If you do not want to receive commercial communications from us, select your choices by using the boxes available on that page.

We like to hear your views to help us improve our service. From time to time, we may contact you to ask your opinions. Again, if you do not want to be contacted for this purpose, make your choice on the "Contact Preferences" page.

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5. Cookies

We use a system of classifying the different types of cookies which we use on the Website, or which may be dropped by third parties through our websites. The classification was developed by the International Chamber of Commerce UK and explains more about which cookies we use, why we use them, and the functionality you will lose if you decide you don't want to have them on your device. Please be reassured that we are working on other privacy and cookie-related improvements to the Website.

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6. What is a cookie?

Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device.

Persistent cookies - these cookies remain on a user’s device for the period of time specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.

Session cookies - these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. They can also help to ensure that adverts you see online are more relevant to you and your interests. You can find more information about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org and www.youronlinechoices.eu.

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7. Cookies used on the Website

A list of all the cookies used on the Website by category is set out below.

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8. Strictly necessary cookies

These cookies enable services you have specifically asked for. For those types of cookies that are strictly necessary, no consent is required.

These cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the Website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the Website. Without these cookies services you have asked for, like shopping baskets or e-billing, cannot be provided.

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9. Performance cookies

These cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. By using the Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

These cookies collect information about how visitors use the Website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how the Website works.

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10. Functionality cookies

These cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience. By using the Website, you agree that we can place these types of cookies on your device.

These cookies allow the Website to remember choices you make (such as your user name, language or the region you are in) and provide enhanced, more personal features. These cookies can also be used to remember changes you have made to text size, fonts and other parts of web pages that you can customise. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. The information these cookies collect may be anonymised and they cannot track your browsing activity on other websites.

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11. Targeting or advertising cookies

These cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

These cookies are used to deliver adverts more relevant to you and your interests. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advertisement as well as help measure the effectiveness of the advertising campaign. They are usually placed by advertising networks with our permission. They remember that you have visited a website and this information is shared with other organisations such as advertisers. Quite often targeting or advertising cookies will be linked to site functionality provided by the other organisation.

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12. Behavioural advertising and online privacy

A guide to behavioural advertising and online privacy has been produced by the internet advertising industry which can be found at www.youronlinechoices.eu. The guide contains an explanation of the IAB’s self-regulatory scheme to allow you greater control of the advertising you see.

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13. Using browser settings to manage cookies

The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether. You can also disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on's settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.

However, because cookies allow you to take advantage of some of the Website’s essential features, we recommend you leave them turned on. For example, if you block or otherwise reject cookies you will not be able to add items to your Shopping Basket, proceed to Checkout, or use any of our products and services that require you to Sign in. If you leave cookies turned on, remember to sign off when you finish using a shared computer.

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14. Disclosing your information

We will never disclose your information to anyone outside the Tesco Group except where we have your consent; where we are required or permitted to do so by law; to other companies who provide a service to us; or any successors in title to our business.  Your information will never be released to companies outside the Tesco Group for their marketing purposes.

Whenever we transfer personal information to countries outside the European Economic Area we will ensure that appropriate security measures are taken.

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15. Credit Reference agencies

We will search your record at credit reference agencies who will supply us with credit information, as well as information from the Electoral Register, about you. We will also add to your record with the credit reference agency details of your credit agreement with us, the payments you make under it and any default or failure to keep to its terms. The credit reference agency will record details of our search, whether or not your application proceeds. We may use credit scoring or other automated decision-making systems when assessing your application and to verify your identity. Credit searches and other information which is provided to us and/or the credit reference agencies, about you and those with whom you are linked financially may be used by us and other companies to make other credit decisions about you, or other members of your household. This information may also be used for debt tracing and the prevention of money laundering as well as the management of your account. Information held about you by the credit reference agencies may already be linked to records relating to one or more of your partners and you may be treated as financially linked, which means your application will be assessed with reference to any associated records.  Prior to such an assessment you will first need to get your partner’s consent before their information is disclosed. 

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16. Fraud Prevention agencies

If false or inaccurate information is provided and fraud is identified or suspected, details may be passed to fraud prevention agencies. Law enforcement agencies may access and use this information. We and other organisations may also access and use this information to prevent fraud and money laundering, for example, when: checking applications for, and managing credit and credit related or other facilities; recovering debt; checking insurance proposals and claims; checking details of job applicants and employees. We and other organisations may access and use from other countries the information recorded by fraud prevention agencies.

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17. Data retention

The personal information that we collect from you will be kept for the period of time that is necessary for us to provide our services to you and to conduct all of our related business functions.  In some instances, we may be required by law to keep your personal information for longer.

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18. Other websites

The Website may contain links to other sites which are outside our control and not covered by this policy. The operators of these sites may collect information from you that will be used by them in accordance with their policy, which may differ from ours.

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19. Accessing your information

If you would like to obtain a copy of the information we hold about you, there’s a £10 charge. Please either call us on 0845 301 4455 or 4455 from your Tesco Mobile phone or write to us at: Tesco Mobile Limited, Dumers Lane, Radcliffe, Bury BL9 9QL enclosing a cheque for £10 payable to Tesco Mobile Limited and any details to help us identify and locate your information.
As the information held by the Credit Reference Agencies operating in the UK may differ, you may want to contact each agency at the contact information set out below:
CallCredit, Consumer Services Team, PO Box 491, Leeds, LS3 1WZ or call 0870 0601414 
Equifax PLC, Credit File Advice Centre, PO Box 3001, Bradford, BD1 5US or call 0870 010 0583 or log on to www.myequifax.co.uk
Experian, Consumer Help Service, PO Box 8000, Nottingham NG80 7WF or call 0844 4818000 or log on to www.experian.co.uk
A small statutory fee may apply

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20. Changes to our policy

We reserve the right to change the policy at any time if we do change the way we collect or use your information.  However the current version of our privacy policy will always be available on this website. 

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21. Contacting us

If you have any queries, please contact our Customer Care team.

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