This policy sets out the different areas where user privacy is concerned and outlines the obligations & requirements of the users, the website and organisation (North Herts CVS). Furthermore, the way this North Herts CVS processes, stores and protects user data and information will also be detailed within this policy.
Whilst using our website, software applications or services, you may be asked to provide personal information (name, address, email, account details, etc.).
We will use this information to administer our website, applications, client databases and marketing material.
We will ensure that all personal information supplied is held securely in accordance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2018.
Further, by providing telephone and email details, you consent to North Herts CVS contacting you using that method.
You have the right at any time to request a copy of the personal information we hold on you.
Information collection and use
How do we collect information?
North Herts CVS collects information for four reasons:
There are circumstances in which you may provide us with personal data to fulfil a legal obligation or contract, for example the processing and submission of a Disclosure and Barring Check (DBS), in which we would have to collect and verify the information, before sending the form off for processing by the Disclosure and Barring Service.
If the law requires us to, we may need to collect and process your data.
Examples of this would be attendance at events for insurance purposes; or records of donations and payments for services for financial purposes due to HMRC regulations.
We may also pass on details of people involved in fraud or other criminal activity affecting our organisation to law enforcement.
In specific situations, we can collect and process your data with your consent. For example, when you tick a box on one of our websites or on a form to receive email newsletters.
When collecting your personal data, we’ll always make clear to you which data is necessary in connection with a particular service.
Sometimes, our use of your personal information is not strictly necessary for us to be able to provide you with our products and services, or for them to work properly. In those circumstances, we have what's called a "legitimate interest" in handling your personal information; our "legitimate interest" may be to:
- detect and prevent fraud;
- keep our websites, apps, products and IT systems secure;
- ensure that our own processes, procedures and systems are as efficient as possible;
- analyse and enhance the information that we collect;
- determine the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns and advertising; and
- customise and improve the way that you shop and engage with us in future.
How long do we keep your data for?
North Herts CVS will not retain your personal information longer than necessary. We will hold onto the information you provide either while your account is in existence, or as needed to be able to provide the services to you, or (in the case of any contact you may have with one of our staff members) for as long as is necessary to provide support related to your enquiry or requested service.
If legally required or if it is reasonably necessary to meet regulatory requirements, resolve disputes, prevent fraud and abuse, or enforce our Terms and Conditions, we may also retain some of your information for a limited period of time as required, even after you have closed your account or it is no longer needed to provide the services to you.
Choosing how we use your data
North Herts CVS will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information, gathered as a result of filling out the site registration form, to anyone.
Personal Data will ONLY be provided to a partner organisation with your express, specific permission, for legal or contractual purposes only (i.e. Personal Data put in a DBS application, when the application is sent to the Disclosure and Barring Service for processing).
We understand that you trust us with your personal information and we are committed to ensuring you can manage the privacy and security of your personal information yourself.
With respect to the information relating to you that ends up in our possession, and recognising that it is your choice to provide us with your personally identifiable information, we commit to giving you the ability to do all of the following:
- You can verify the details you have submitted to North Herts CVS by contacting our Information and Communications Officer (see https://www.nhcvs.org.uk/about-us/meet-the-team ).
Our security procedures mean that we may request proof of identity before we reveal information, including your e-mail address and possibly your address.
- You can also contact us by the same method to change, correct, or delete your personal information controlled by North Herts CVS regarding your profile at any time. Please note though that, if you have shared any information with others through social media channels, that information may remain visible, even if your account is deleted.
- You are also free to close your membership with us through our Information and Communications Officer. If you do so, your membership will be deactivated. However, we may retain archived copies of your information should we be required by law or for legitimate business purposes (including to help address fraud and spam).
- You can always feel free to update us on your details at any point by contacting our Information and Communications Officer, with the updated piece of information and what it is replacing
(E.g. Hi, my name is XXXXX, I’m registered on your E-bulletin, my new email is XXXXXX@XXX,co,uk, it was previously YYYYY@YYY,com , can you please update my details.)
- You can unsubscribe from receiving marketing emails from us by clicking the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email. Once you do this, you will no longer receive any emails from us.
If you are subscribed to more than one of our mailing lists, and wish to remove your details from all of them, please email us directly and request the removal of your details from all our mailing lists.
Please note, we are constantly reviewing how we process and protect data. Therefore, changes to our policy may occur at any time. We will endeavour to publicise any changes.
Using our Website
This website and its owners take a proactive approach to user privacy and ensure the necessary steps are taken to protect the privacy of its users throughout their visiting experience.
This website complies with all UK national laws and requirements for user privacy.
Depending on your settings or the privacy policies for other online services such as web browsers, you may give us permission to obtain information from your account with those other services.
For example, this can be via social media or by choosing to send us your location data when accessing our website from your smartphone, these services have their own policies explaining how they use and share your personal data, you should carefully review those privacy policies before you use these sites to make sure that you are happy with how your personal information is being collected and shared.
We provide links to other websites which are not operated and controlled by North Herts CVS.
We have no control over and are not responsible for the content of those sites or how the third parties responsible for them collect and use your personal information.
We do not endorse or make any representations about third party websites.
Third party websites usually have their own privacy policies explaining how they use and share your personal information.
You should carefully review those privacy policies before you use these websites to make sure that you are happy with how your personal information is being collected and shared.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small files saved to the user’s computer’s hard drive that track, save and store information about the user’s interactions and usage of the website.
This allows the website, through its server to provide the users with a tailored experience within this website.
Most of the cookies we set are automatically deleted from your computer when you leave our website or shortly afterwards.
We use anonymous session cookies (short-term cookies that disappear when you close your browser) to help you navigate the website and make the most of the features.
This website uses tracking software to monitor its visitors to better understand how they use it.
The software will save a cookie to your computer’s hard drive in order to track and monitor your engagement and usage of the website, but will not store, save or collect personal information.
Should users wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website onto their computer’s hard drive, they should take necessary steps within their web browser’s security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.