Free To Disagree is a campaign of The Christian Institute. The Christian Institute is the data controller for the purpose of personal data shared with us.
The Institute is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1004774) and in Scotland (no SC039220) and a company limited by guarantee (No 2634440).
We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of personal information. This notice explains how we use and protect personal data which is collected through this website.
How we obtain and use personal data
Those who join our Free to Disagree email list (our ‘supporters’) provide their name, email address and post code. We ask for a post code to enable us also to send specific local information.
We may also keep a record of contact and correspondence with supporters.
Those who volunteer to campaign for us provide us with their contact details so we can draw upon their support.
We use personal data to:
- keep in touch with our supporters
- carry out reasonable administration of our mailings
- administer enquiries from supporters and others and keep an appropriate record of correspondence
- manage our volunteers
- improve our communications
We keep personal information up to date. This includes using publicly available sources to make sure we do not send emails to addresses which are no longer active.
We only send email mailings to those who have given their consent to us to do so. However, a person can change their mind at any time and withdraw their consent. Every email has a link to help the recipient unsubscribe if they wish to stop receiving emails.
All personal information shared with this website is used solely for the purposes of the Free to Disagree campaign. We will not share personal information with another organisation for their own purpose and we will never sell or trade personal information.
There are a few situations where our legitimate interests involve us using service providers who we have contracted to provide specific services for us. For example, we use MailChimp to deliver to our supporters the emails they have signed up to receive. However, we remain in control of the information and the purpose for which it can be used. This service also uses industry standard technologies including gifs to help us monitor and improve our emails. This is done by gathering information around email opening and clicks (see: https://mailchimp.com/legal/cookies/). Although MailChimp hosts its data in the US, their contract with us requires that they abide by our data protection laws.
How long we keep personal information
If a supporter unsubscribes from our emails they are removed from our mailing list. A list of unsubscribed email addresses may be kept to ensure that we do not send emails to those who no longer wish to receive them.
We do not keep personal information longer than is necessary to maintain our support. In any event, at the conclusion of the Free to Disagree campaign we will destroy all data relating to it using secure means.
We are committed to ensuring personal information is secure.
We keep personal information secure with appropriate security measures in place to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of personal information.
The transmission of data across the internet is not completely secure. We cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of data will not occur whilst data is being transferred.
What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to a user’s device when they visit a website.
Some cookies are retained in a user’s browser for only as long as they visit our website, while others may persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.
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How do I change my cookie settings?
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
We collect the request made by a user’s browser to the server hosting this website. This includes the IP address, the date and time of connection and the page selected. We have legitimate interests in using this information to ensure the security of our website, for system administration, and to inform improvements to the website. The information is retained only for a short period of time.
Data Subject Rights
A person has the following legal rights in relation to their personal data:
Right to access
Subject to some exemptions, the right to access a copy of the personal information that we hold about them.
Right to correct
The right to obtain from us the rectification of inaccurate or incomplete personal information we hold concerning them.
Right to erase
The right to ask us to erase their personal information in certain circumstances.
Right to restriction of processing
The right to ask us to restrict the processing of their personal information in certain circumstances.
Right to object
The right to object to our use of their personal information where we use it on the basis of legitimate interest. We shall no longer process a person’s personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing. A person also has the right to object to processing of their personal information for direct marketing purposes.
Right to request transfer
The right to request transfer of their personal information in a structured, commonly used, machine-readable format. This right only applies to automated information where the processing is based on consent or under a contract.
Right to withdraw consent
The right to withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process the person’s personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before the withdrawal of consent.
More information about these rights can be found on the website of the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Accuracy of personal information
We aim to keep our information about our supporters and those who contact us accurate as possible. If a person wishes to access, review or change the information supplied to us, they can contact us as set out below.
To make enquiries in relation to this privacy notice, exercise any of the above rights, or to make a complaint about our use of your personal information, please contact us or write to us at The Christian Institute, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8DG.
If a person is not satisfied with the way we deal with any complaint in relation to the use of their personal information they may be able to refer their complaint to the relevant data protection regulator which in the UK is the Information Commissioner’s Office.
We keep this notice under regular review. It was last updated on 17 July 2020.