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Privacy and Cookies

Privacy
What happens when you give us your personal details?
We only make a note of your personal details when you choose to give them to us. The information we collect is then used in the following ways:

  • To make sure we have an accurate record of all donations received
  • To email you with information (only if you have expressly asked for this)

How we protect your personal details
To protect the rights of everyone using our website, we comply to the United Kingdom Data Protection Act 1998. These are strict security procedures relating to the storage and disclosure of information that you have given us, to prevent unauthorised access or loss of such information. Click here to see a full copy of the Data Protection Act 1998.

For additional protection we also use secure server software (SSL) to encrypt financial information you send to us from our website. This encrypts all of your personal information, including credit card number, name and address, so that your details cannot be read as they are transferred to us over the internet. While we cannot ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of information will not occur, we use our best efforts to prevent this.

Cookies
What are ‘cookies’?
‘Cookies’ are small text files that are stored by the browser (e.g. Internet Explorer or Safari) on your computer or mobile phone. They allow websites to store such things as user preferences. You can think of cookies as providing a “memory” for the website, enabling it to recognise a user and respond appropriately

Information we collect
We collect information on our users through the use of cookies, when you register, make a donation.

Use of Cookies
We use cookies for a number of reasons:

  1. For statistical purposes to help us to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. This user data is anonymous.
  2. Styling cookies to store user preferences for page format, text size and other display preferences.
  3. To generate search results pages when you carry out an internal search on the website.
  4. We also use session cookies to remember information when you make a donation,. These are necessary to the working of the website and if they are disabled then some functionality might not work properly.

Turning off cookies
You can turn cookies off but if you do this you may not be able to use all services on our websites.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.

By using BasicNeeds websites you are agreeing to the use of cookies as described.

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