We only collect information about you if we need to, for instance to provide and improve our services or to communicate with you.
We collect information when you provide that information to us. We also collect some technical data automatically through this website. We can also collect data from outside sources.
If you sign the October Declaration on our website, you’ll provide information about yourself that way.
We automatically collect information about how you use this website like your IP address (and rough location) and the device you are using, including screen size and so on, and usage data such as what buttons or links you’ve clicked on. We use this information to see how people use the website and in order to improve it. This information is processed by Google.
We can also use open-access resources (like Google Search) to look up information on particular users if they provide us their name and we wish to check their bona fides.
The above information is used to provide services on this website, and we also use all the above information and any data analysis derived therefrom to improve the website, to keep it working properly and to protect our rights. We may also send an email newsletter to people who have agreed to that, and furthermore if you sign the October Declaration and provide your email address then we’ll send you an email in order to verify your email address. If you provide your postcode, we may use that to verify that you are a British citizen or resident. In exceptional circumstances and if we have a reason to do so, we might also write to you personally via email about things related to the website and the October Declaration.
The legal bases for the processing all the above information is: for compliance with a legal obligation; or when such use is necessary in order to protect your vital interests or those of another person; or when there is a legitimate interest in using your information, like updating and improving the website or to protect the website or our intellectual property, as well as to communicate with you; or when you have given your consent.
We don’t sell personal information. Information is shared only: when an employee, contractor or volunteer for us needs to know that information in order to help provide services on the website or to process that information for us; or when a third party vendor needs that information to provide their services used on this website; or when we use web analytics providers like Google Analytics; or when we need to provide information for legal reasons, such as in response to a subpoena, court order or other lawful government request; or to protect the rights and property of us or of others, for instance in the case of a legal dispute or in the case of an emergency affecting the vital interests of someone; or, when you’ve given your consent or at your direction, we may also share information you provide. Finally, if the information is de-identified or aggregated so you can’t be identified from it, we can also share it then.
We keep information until it’s not needed for any of the above purposes.
Changes to this policy may be made from time to time. You should check this policy regularly if you’re particularly concerned about any possible changes.