This policy document applies to all websites, projects and programmes that come under The Citizenship Foundation umbrella.
The Citizenship Foundation’s projects and programmes are accessible through the following websites:
- SmartLaw (https://smartlaw.org.uk)
- SMSC Quality Mark (https://www.smscqualitymark.org.uk)
- Young Citizens (https://youngcitizens.org)
1.1 We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; in this policy we explain how we will treat your personal information.
2.1 This document was created using a template from SEQ Legal (http://www.seqlegal.com) and updated to include GDPR requirements
- Collecting personal information
3.1 We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal information:
(a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths);
(b) information that you provide to us when registering with our website (including your email address);
(c) information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our email notifications and/or newsletters (including your name and email address);
(d) information that you provide to us when using the services on our website, or that is generated in the course of the use of those services (including the timing, frequency and pattern of service use);
(e) information relating to any purchases you make of our goods and/or services or any other transactions that you enter into through our website (including your name, address, telephone number, email address and card details);
(f) information that you post to our website for publication on the internet (including your user name, your profile pictures and the content of your posts and any peer to peer fundraising pages);
(g) information contained in or relating to any communication that you send to us or send through our website (including the communication content and metadata associated with the communication and any information gathered on a form);
(h) information relating to any donations you make including your name, address, telephone number, email address, which appeal you are supporting and in the case of direct debits the frequency and date of when direct debits will be taken); and
(i) any other personal information that you choose to send to us.
3.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person’s consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with this policy.
- Using personal information
4.1 Personal information submitted to us through our website will be used for the purposes specified in this policy or on the relevant pages of the website.
4.2 On the basis of our legitimate interest to run our charity, we may use your personal information to:
(a) administer our website and business;
(b) personalise our website for you;
(c) enable your use of the services available on our website;
(d) send you non-marketing commercial communications;
(e) provide third parties with statistical information about our users (but those third parties will not be able to identify any individual user from that information);
(f) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to our website;
(g) keep our website secure and prevent fraud;
(h) verify compliance with the terms and conditions governing the use of our website (including monitoring private messages sent through our website private messaging service);
4.3 In order to complete the service you have requested we may use your personal information to:
(a) send you goods purchased through our website;
(b) supply to you services purchased through our website;
(c) send statements, invoices and payment reminders to you, and collect payments from you;
4.4 Where you have given consent we may use your personal information to:
(a) send you email notifications that you have specifically requested;
(b) send you our email newsletter, if you have requested it (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require the newsletter);
(c) send you marketing communications relating to our business or the businesses of carefully-selected third parties which we have reason to believe may be of interest to you, by post or, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email or similar technology (you can inform us at any time if you no longer require marketing communications);
4.5 We may also use your personal information to:
(a) complete the processing of any donation you have made to us;
(b) enable us to complete automated decision making and profiling in order to administer our business efficiently;
(c) conduct aggregate analysis and develop business intelligence that enable us to operate, protect, make informed decisions, and report on the performance of, our charity; and
(d) your data may also be available to our website provider to enable us and them to carry out analysis and research on demographics, interests and behaviour of our users and supporters to help us gain a better understanding of them to enable us to improve our services. This may include connecting data we receive from you on the website to data available from other sources. Your personally identifiable data will only be used where it is necessary for the analysis required, and where your interests for privacy are not deemed to outweigh their legitimate interests in developing new services for us. In the case of this activity the following will apply:
(e) Your data will be made available to our website provider;
(f) The data that may be available to them include any of the data we collect as described in section 3 above;
(g) Our website provider will not transfer your data to any other third party, or transfer your data outside of the EEA;
(h) They will store your data for a maximum of 7 years;
4.6 If you submit personal information for publication on our website, we will publish and otherwise use that information in accordance with the licence you grant to us.
4.7 Your privacy settings can be used to limit the publication of your information on our website, and can be adjusted using privacy controls on the website.
4.8 We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party’s direct marketing.
- Disclosing personal information
5.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers (including specifically the provider and host of our website or other subcontractor insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
5.2 We may disclose your personal information to any member of our group of companies (this means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and all its subsidiaries) insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
5.3 We may disclose your personal information:
(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
(b) in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
(d) to the purchaser (or prospective purchaser) of any business or asset that we are (or are contemplating) selling; and
(e) to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information.
5.4 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
- International data transfers
6.1 Information that we collect may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy.
6.2 Personal information that you publish on our website or submit for publication on our website may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6.3 You expressly agree to the transfers of personal information described in this Section 6.
- Retaining personal information
7.1 This Section 7 sets out our data retention policies and procedure, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
7.2 Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
7.3 Without prejudice to Section 7.2, we will usually delete personal data falling within the categories set out below at the date/time set out below:
(a) personal data type will be deleted after 7 years.
7.4 Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 7, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
(b) if we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).
- Security of personal information
8.1 We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
8.2 We will store all the personal information you provide on our, and where applicable our supplier’s, secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. This may include data storage services provided in the Cloud.
8.3 All electronic financial transactions entered into through our website will be protected by encryption technology.
8.4 You acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
8.5 You are responsible for keeping the password you use for accessing our website confidential; we will not ask you for your password (except when you log in to our website).
9.1 We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
9.2 You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes to this policy.
9.3 We may notify you of changes to this policy by email or through a private messaging system on our website.
- Your rights
10.1 You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you; provision of such information will be subject to:
(a) the payment of a fee (currently fixed at GBP 10); and
(b) the supply of appropriate evidence of your identity (for this purpose, we will usually accept a photocopy of your passport certified by a solicitor or bank plus an original copy of a utility bill showing your current address).
10.2 We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
10.3 You may instruct us at any time not to process your personal information for marketing purposes.
10.4 In practice, you will usually expressly agree in advance to our use of your personal information for marketing purposes.
10.5 You may request that any information we hold about you is deleted or removed. We will only refuse such a request if there is a specific legal exemption.
- Third party websites
11.1 Our website includes hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites.
- Updating information
12.1 Please let us know if the personal information that we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.
13.2 A cookie is a file containing an identifier (a string of letters and numbers) that is sent by a web server to a web browser and is stored by the browser. The identifier is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server.
13.3 Cookies may be either “persistent” cookies or “session” cookies: a persistent cookie will be stored by a web browser and will remain valid until its set expiry date, unless deleted by the user before the expiry date; a session cookie, on the other hand, will expire at the end of the user session, when the web browser is closed.
13.4 Cookies do not typically contain any information that personally identifies a user, but personal information that we store about you may be linked to the information stored in and obtained from cookies.
13.5 We use both session and persistent cookies on our website.
13.6 The names of the cookies that we use on our website, and the purposes for which they are used, are set out below:
|Cookie Name||Used by||Description||Expiration|
|__utma||Google Analytics||Stores the amount of visits of a user, the time of their first visit, the previous visit, and the current visit. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes.||2 years from set/update|
|__utmz||Google Analytics||This performance cookie stores where a user came from (eg. search engine, search keyword, link).||6 months from set/update|
|_ga and _gid||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish between website users in Google Analytics.||2 years and 2 hours|
|_gat_UA-XXXXXXXX-X (where the Xs are replaced by the Google Analytics ID number)||Google Analytics||Used to moderate calls to the Google Analytics service.||1 minute|
|__unam||ShareThis||Set as part of the ShareThis service and monitors “click-stream” activity, e.g. web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page etc. The ShareThis service only identifies a user if they have separately signed up with ShareThis for a ShareThis account and given them consent. Checks how long you stay on a site: when a visit starts, and ends. It does not contain any personal information and is used only for analytical purposes.||14 months|
|cc_cookie_accept||Website||Stores whether the user has accepted the cookie message or not.||365 days|
|ASP.NET_SessionId||Website||Used for authenticating a user’s session after logging in. Closes when you exit the browser.||End of session|
|ARRAffinity||Website||Tells our infrastructure which server to handle the request.||End of session|
|MemberLoggedIn||Website||A binary flag which stores whether a user is logged in or not.||End of session|
|ai_session and ai_user||Website||Tracks users as they navigate the website predominately for infrastructure performance insights.||1 day|
|DisplayName||Website||Keeps track of a donors preference to show their name during a Direct Debit.||End of session|
13.6 We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website.
(a) Our analytics service provider generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies.
(b) The analytics cookies used by our website have the following names: _ga, _gid, _gat, __utma, __utmt, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz and __utmv.
(c) The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of our website.
13.7 Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer (version 11) you can block cookies using the cookie handling override settings available by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy” and then “Advanced”;
(b) in Firefox (version 47) you can block all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options”, “Privacy”, selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, and unticking “Accept cookies from sites”; and
(c) in Chrome (version 52), you can block all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Content settings”, and then selecting “Block sites from setting any data” under the “Cookies” heading.
13.8 Blocking all cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.
13.9 If you block cookies, you will not be able to use all the features on our website.
13.10 You can delete cookies already stored on your computer; for example:
(a) in Internet Explorer (version 11), you must manually delete cookie files (you can find instructions for doing so at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/internet-explorer/delete-manage-cookies#ie=ie-11);
(b) in Firefox (version 47), you can delete cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Options” and “Privacy”, then selecting “Use custom settings for history” from the drop-down menu, clicking “Show Cookies”, and then clicking “Remove All Cookies”; and
(c) in Chrome (version 52), you can delete all cookies by accessing the “Customise and control” menu, and clicking “Settings”, “Show advanced settings” and “Clear browsing data”, and then selecting “Cookies and other site and plug-in data” before clicking “Clear browsing data”.
13.11 Deleting cookies will have a negative impact on the usability of many websites.
- Data protection registration
14.1 We are registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office.
14.2 Our data protection registration number is Z5368144.
- Our details
15.1 This website is owned and operated by The Citizenship Foundation, trading as Young Citizens.
15.2 We are registered in England and Wales under registration number 801360 and our registered office is at 37 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ.
15.3 Our principal place of business is at 37 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ.
15.4 You can contact us:
(a) by post, using the postal address given above;
(b) using our website contact form;
(c) by telephone, on the contact number published on our website from time to time; or
(d) by email, using the email address published on our website from time to time.
Our Data Protection Officer (DPO) is Ray Ayivor, and can be contacted via any of the above means.
If you have a complaint about us, or the treatment of your data, you can contact the Charity Commission. The Charity Commission is the independent watchdog for charities.
You can make a complaint about a charity on their website at www.charity-commission.gov.uk.
If you’ve got a complaint about our fundraising activities you can also complain to the Fundraising Standards Board (FRSB).
To find out whether a charity is an FRSB member and how to go about making a complaint, go to the FSRB public website at www.givewithconfidence.org.uk
This document last updated 20th July, 2021.