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Privacy Statement

Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid will only collect, process and store information about you that you have willingly provided. We aim to be open about collecting this information and clear about what we will use it for.

When you give us a donation or sign up to support us in other ways we will ask for your information. We use this information to manage your engagement with us, such as processing your donation and telling you what we do with the support we receive, supporting your event with follow up information and information about related activities, sending you information about our campaigns so that you can take part in supporting our work, to provide you with a service and to record how you would like to hear from us.

We will process your personal data on the basis of your consent and/or our legitimate interests (which include the administration and improvement of our website, the provision of information about our services, campaigns and fundraising activities, management of relationships with our volunteers, donors and other supporters and for compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations).

We will never sell or swap your details. We may share your information with third parties in the process of managing your engagement with us, such as payment processors for donations, partners who manage sponsored events.

If you change your mind after ‘opting in’ to receive our information, you can unsubscribe using the link in an email, write to info@bswaid.org or call 0121 685 8687 and let us know. Our data protection officer is Eva Alos Melchor.

We ensure that there are appropriate technical controls in place to protect your personal details. For example, our online forms are always encrypted and our network is protected and routinely monitored.

We use external companies to collect or process personal data on our behalf. We undertake checks on these companies before we work with them, and put a contract in place that sets out our expectations and requirements, especially regarding how they manage the personal data they have to collect or have access to.

Some of our suppliers run their operations outside the European Economic Area (EEA). Although they may not be subject to same data protection laws as companies based in the UK, we will take steps to make sure they provide an adequate level of protection in accordance with UK data protection law. By submitting your personal information to us you agree to this transfer, storing or processing at a location outside the EEA.

There are times when we may be forced to share your information with police, regulatory bodies or legal advisors without your permission (sometimes referred to as ‘breaching confidentiality’). This could be for one of the following reasons:

  • where the user is disclosing information about an act of terrorism;
  • where a court orders Women’s Aid to disclose information;
  • where there is reasonable cause to suspect that an adult’s life may be in immediate danger;
  • where there is reasonable cause to suspect that a child or young person may be experiencing or at risk of experiencing significant harm.

 

Building profiles of supporters and targeting communications

We may use profiling and screening techniques to ensure communications are relevant and timely and to provide an improved experience for our supporters. Profiling also allows us to target our resources effectively, which donors consistently tell us is a key priority for them. We do this because it allows us to understand the background of the people who support us and helps us to make appropriate requests to supporters who may be able and willing to give more than they already do. Importantly, it enables us to raise more funds, sooner, and more cost-effectively, than we otherwise would.

When building a profile we may analyse geographic, demographic and other information relating to you in order to better understand your interests and preferences in order to contact you with the most relevant communications. In doing this, we may use additional information from third party sources when it is available. Such information is compiled using publicly available data about you, for example, addresses, listed Directorships or typical earnings in a given area.

Cookies

When you visit our website we collect information to help us to understand how supporters use our site and to make improvements. This information consists of your IP address, your browser (e.g. Internet Explorer), when you visited and which pages you visited or downloaded during your visit. We cannot use this information to find out further personal information about you, and will not share any individual information unless required to do so by law.