We Value Your Privacy

At Guaranty Trust Bank (Sierra Leone) Limited. (hereinafter called “GTBank”), we treat your personal information as private and confidential. We are dedicated to protecting your privacy and providing you with the highest level of security at any point of interaction with us. This Privacy Policy describes what personal information we collect, what we do with it and how we protect it.

This policy (together with our Terms and Conditions) sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it. By continuing to visit our website (www.gtb.sl) and other GTBank customer touchpoints, you accept and consent to the practices described in this policy.

Information we collect and use

The Bank will inform you when personal data about you is being collected and your right to have the data protected and be advised of the reasons for obtaining the data.

Data is collected directly from you unless consent to obtain data from elsewhere is granted by yourself.

Where the Bank requires references from third parties on individuals such as employees, borrowers, guarantors, account holders etc. including references from Credit Reference Bureaus of former employers in the case of employees, the Bank is obliged to notify you that the Bank is sourcing such information from a third party.

Non- Personal Information Collected By Us

In order to achieve our goal of providing you with the best banking service, we sometimes collect certain information during your visits to perform certain tasks such as grant you access to some parts of our web site or conduct research on your behaviour on our site in order to improve our services. We will not disclose your information to any person outside our organization except as described in this Privacy Policy.


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Use of Your Personal Information

The collection and use of personal data by GTBank is compliant with the Data Protection Act 2019 which indicates that data shall be processed in accordance with the following principles:

  • In accordance with the right to privacy
  • Lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner
  • Collected for explicit, specified and legitimate purpose
  • Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary
  • Collected only where a valid explanation is provided
  • The data must be accurate and where necessary kept up to date with every reasonable step being taken to ensure that any inaccurate data is erased or rectified without delay.
  • Kept for no longer than is necessary for the purposes which it was collected
  • Not transferred outside Kenya unless consent is obtained or there is proof of adequate data protection safeguards

Any personal information provided by you to GTBank will be used with your consent, or under the following underlisted instances:

  • You provide consent for a specified purpose(s).
  • The processing is necessary to perform a contract, comply with a legal obligation, to protect vital interests of the data subject or other natural person or for legitimate interests pursued by the data controller/processor without prejudice to the rights and freedoms of data subjects.
  • The collection, storage or use of personal data is for a purpose which is lawful, specific and explicitly defined.
  • For historical, statistical, journalistic, literature, art or scientific research purposes
  • Where the data relates to a child, consent is given by the child’s parent or guardian.

Your personal information is used in:

  • Updating and enhancing GTBank’s records
  • Executing your instructions.
  • Establishing your identity and assessing applications for our products and services
  • Pricing and designing our products and services
  • Administering our products and services
  • Managing our relationship with you
  • Managing our risks
  • Identifying and investigating illegal activity (i.e.), such as fraud
  • Contacting you, for example in instances where we suspect fraud on your account or when the need arises to tell you about recent occurrences in the banking sector or some event(s) of significance.
  • Conducting and improving our businesses and improving your experience with us
  • Reviewing credit or loan eligibility.
  • Preventing money laundering or terrorism financing activities.
  • Complying with our legal obligations and assisting government and law enforcement agencies or regulators/supervisors
  • Identifying and informing you about other products or services that we think may be of interest to you.
  • Processing your job application if you apply for a job with us.

We may also collect, use and exchange your information in other ways permitted by law.

Automated Processing

We sometimes use automated systems and software to help us reach decisions about you, for example, to make credit decisions, to carry out security, fraud and money laundering checks, or to process your data when you apply for some of our products and services.

This type of processing is carried out under lawful basis and you can contact us to request that automated processing be reviewed by a human being if you detect any inaccuracies in your personal data.

You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing including profiling except where:

I. Decision is necessary for entering or performing a contract between the Bank and you.

II. Authorized by a law to which the Bank is subject.

III. You have given consent.

Where the Bank takes a decision based solely on automated processing:

I. The Bank must as soon as reasonably practicable notify you in writing that a decision has been taken based solely on automated profiling.

II. The Bank must upon request from you, reconsider the decision or take a new decision that is not solely based on automated processing.

Information We Share

We may share the information about you and your dealings, to the extent permitted by law, with the following:

  • GTBank’s Branches and Subsidiaries
  • Regulators/Supervisors, Government Agencies/courts - It may be necessary by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence for GTBank to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.;
  • External Auditors;
  • GTBank’s staff;
  • Credit Agencies;
  • Correspondent banks;
  • GTBank’s strategic partners/service providers – for the purpose of improving and providing our products and services to you. Your Personal information will not be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes.

We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger, or sale we may transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third party.

Information about our customers and their usage of our website is not shared with third parties for their marketing purposes. We do not disclose any information about any user’s usage of our web site except in specific cases, and we do not share information with any unaffiliated third parties for marketing purposes unless you expressly give us permission to do so

How We Protect Your Information

We take appropriate technical and organizational measures to prevent loss, unauthorized access, misuse, modification or disclosure of information under our control. This may include the use of encryption, access controls and other forms of security to ensure that your data is protected. We require all parties including our staff and third-parties processing data on our behalf to comply with relevant policies and guidelines to ensure confidentiality and that information is protected in use, when stored and during transmission. Our security controls and processes are also regularly updated to meet and exceed industry standards.

Where we have provided you (or where you have chosen) a password which grants you access to specific areas on our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We request that you do not to share your password or other authentication details (e.g. token generated codes) with anyone.

Where We Store Your Information

All Personal Information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers as well as secure physical locations and cloud infrastructure (where applicable). Whenever your information is transferred to another location, we will take all necessary steps to ensure that your data is handled securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

Transfer of Personal Data outside Kenya

The Bank may transfer personal data outside Kenya. However, prior to such transfer the Bank will ensure that valid grounds exist (as provided under section 48 of the Data Protect Act) prior to such transfer and that proper safeguards have been put in place to address the security and protection of such data.

How Long We Store Your Information

We retain your data for as long as is necessary for the purpose(s) that it was collected. Storage of your data is also determined by legal, regulatory, administrative or operational requirements. We only retain information that allows us comply with legal and regulatory requests for certain data, meet business and audit requirements, respond to complaints and queries, or address disputes or claims that may arise.

Data which is not retained is securely destroyed when it is identified that is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected.

Your Rights

  • To be informed of the use for which personal data is to be put;
  • To access personal data in the custody of the Bank or the Bank’s data processors. Your right of access can be exercised by sending an email to customercareke@gtbank.com
  • To object to processing of personal data. We might continue to process your data if there are valid legal or operational reasons;
  • To correction of false or misleading information;
  • To deletion of false or misleading information;
  • To receive personal data in a portable format where personal data is requested;
  • Receive compensation where one suffers damage by reasons of contravention of the Act

You also have the right to:

  • Receive personal data concerning you in a structured, commonly used and machine – readable format and to transmit the said data to another data controller without any hindrance;
  • The Bank will comply within a period of 30 days or longer depending on the nature of the request. No objection or difficulties will be raised by the Bank where you present such a request

Maintaining Accurate Information

Keeping your account information accurate and up to date is very important. You have access to your account information, which includes your contact information, account balances, transactions and similar information through various means, such as account statements, mobile Banking and Internet Banking.

If you discover any inaccuracies in your personal information, please promptly notify us, via our e-channels, branch network or Contact Centre, and provide the required documentary evidence, to enable us to implement the necessary updates or changes.


Questions, comments, and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to cea@gtbank.com.

To contact our Data Protection Officer, kindly address your request to “The Data Protection Officer” at 12 Wilberforce Street, Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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