At Protect Our Winters UK (POW UK), we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy in accordance with the UK GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018. This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website (www.protectourwinters.uk), how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.
We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by e-mail using our Contact Us page or by writing to Protect Our Winters UK, 13/3 Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh, EH4 1PU.
POW UK’s mission is to change the narrative on climate change, educating and empowering passionate individuals to take simple and rewarding actions, which will in turn create consumer and corporate pressure for sustainable products and investments.
POW UK is a registered charity (no. SC047595). The registered address is 13/3 Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh, EH4 1PU. POW UK is part of the wider network of Protect Our Winters International, a group of charities worldwide to co-ordinate climate change activism on national and international levels.
POW UK is the data controller of any personal information provided via or collected by the POW UK website.
We obtain information about you when you use our website to contact us, purchase a product or service from us, make a donation or if you register to receive our newsletter.
For volunteers and job applicants we collect your personal data from the CV or application you submit to us.
We generally collect the following types of personal information about you:
We may use your personal information to process the following:
If we collect personal information from you, we’ll only do so with your consent, or where we need it in order to:
We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations (for example the collection of Gift Aid). We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us. We will contact you every three years to obtain continued consent to receive communications from us.
In the case of volunteer and job applications, we will hold your information for one year after your application, or for the duration of your involvement with or employment by Protect Our Winters UK and for two years afterwards, or longer if we are required to do so to fulfil statutory duties and comply with legislation regarding employment or regulated activities, as defined in the relevant legislation.
We use eSputnik to manage our e-mail lists and communications. eSputnik are an industry leader in e-mail communications, however they have no access to your data. Your data remains solely accessible by POW UK.
We will not sell or rent your information to third parties without your consent.
We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes without your consent.
Third Party Service Providers working on our behalf: We may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (for example to process donations, provide training or POW Pledge services, and send you mailings). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties beyond the POW UK Network for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes, unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.
When you are using our secure online donation pages, your donation is processed by a third party payment processor, who specialises in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions. If you have any questions regarding secure transactions, please contact us at [email protected].
We will not contact you for marketing purposes by e-mail, phone or text message unless you have given your prior consent. We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of newsletter e-mails or writing to us at Protect Our Winters UK, 13/3 Clarendon Crescent, Edinburgh, EH4 1PU; or by e-mailing [email protected]
You have the right under the UK GDPR to request free of charge:
When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. Any sensitive information (such as credit or debit card details) is encrypted and protected with 128 Bit (or higher) encryption on SSL. When you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear in the URL bar on browsers such as Safari and Google Chrome. Non-sensitive details (your e-mail address etc.) may be transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information and attempt to force SSL on all of our pages, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our system
We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.
Local storage is a little known means of storing data. Cookies are normally used to store user data, however there are occasions where we use local storage to remember certain things on your device, specifically, we use local storage to remember your Google Analytics ID. This is a unique and random value assigned to you by Google Analytics and does not contain any identifying information. It enables us to tie sessions together in order to better understand our website usage and provide a more comprehensive view to improve our site and message.
We do not knowingly target or collect information from children under the age of 13.
Anyone under the age of 16 is recommended to get your parent/guardian’s permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information. We are also unable to accept volunteers under the age of 18 due to the remote and devolved nature of our team.
Following Brexit, the UK and European Union (EU) have facilitated transfers of data between the UK and all EU countries. The UK has also recognised adequacy decisions made by the European Commission. If we transfer your information outside of the EU or to a country which has not received an adequacy decision, we will ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place to protect your data.
We keep this Policy under regular review and update inline with changes to our practices, UK GDPR, Data Protection Act 2018 and any other applicable UK law.