At Global Action Plan, our mission is to tackle our throwaway society by building a better living movement. This requires the support of a lot of businesses and individuals.

To ensure that we communicate with our supporters through their preferred channels, and to enable us to share updates about our work, we need to collect different types of information, including personal data. We understand the trust that our supporters place in us when sharing their data, and we will always do our utmost to respect that trust and protect their personal information. 

Our full privacy policy is explained below, but the main points to note are: 

We will only ever ask for what we really need to know.

We will collect and use the personal data that you share with us transparently, honestly and fairly.

We will always respect your choices around the data that you share with us and the communication channels that you ask us to use.

We will put appropriate security measures in place to protect the personal data that you share.

We will never sell your data.

Should you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact our main office on 020 7420 4444 or email [email protected].

Privacy notice and policy

This is the privacy policy of Global Action Plan. 

Global Action Plan is a registered charity, charity number 1026148, company number 2838296. Global Action Plan are data controllers and processors of your information under the conditions of the Data Protection Act 2018. The 2018 Act replaces the 1998 Data Protection Act from May 25 2018.  

Contact information

Introduction

Ways in which we use your personal information

Our communications

How we hold and process your data

Sharing your data

Keeping your details up to date

Security

Website tracking

Use of cookies

Internet-based transfers and processing

Changes

Access to your personal information

Your rights and acceptance of this policy

Information retention

Email

Sensitive information

Contact information 

Our postal address is: 

9-13 Kean Street, London, WC2B 4AY

We can be reached by phone on +44 (0)20 7420 4444, or by email: [email protected]

Introduction 

At Global Action Plan we take your privacy very seriously and we’re committed to protecting your personal information that you’ve shared with us. 

Our aim is to safeguard your privacy whilst providing a personalised and valuable experience. Collecting personal information is necessary if we are to satisfy the expectations and requirements of our supporters. It’s also a legal requirement for some of the things we do such as processing donations. 

Our commitment to you: 

We will collect, process and use the personal data that you share with us in a way that is fair, transparent, and honest. 

We will only hold and use the personal data that you share with us in the ways you say we can.  

You have the right to amend or withdraw your consent about the ways in which we hold and use your personal data at any time. 

We will always respect your personal data rights as detailed in current data protection legislation. 

As a responsible organisation, we will always comply with our responsibilities and obligations as detailed in current data protection legislation. 

Where we have your consent to do so, we may share the information that you provide to us with other organisations with which we are working; for example, on campaigns or programmes. We will tell you who they are when we ask for your consent to do this. If you don’t want us to share your data with them, you simply need to tell us. You can also amend your consent at any time by contacting Global Action Plan. 

We will update the data that you have shared with us regularly, and ensure it is accurate.  

We will do all that we can to protect the personal data that you share with us through reasonable technical and organisational safeguards and measures. 

We will always comply with the current UK Information Commissioner’s Office guidance. 

All the data that we use is held in accordance with the requirements laid out in current data protection legislation. If you have any requests concerning your personal information or any questions about how we manage our data, please contact us.   

Ways in which we use your personal information 

In some areas of our website and other communications, we may ask you to provide personal information that will enable us to enhance your site visit or contact you with information you request or that may be of interest to you, e.g. when you subscribe to our emails, make a donation, or take an online action. We also collect your details when you email or call us with an enquiry or complaint so we can respond effectively to you. We also collect information about the things you do on the website. This includes personal information such as your name, postal address, phone number and email address. 

We may analyse the personal information you provide to help us to understand you better, to improve the service we’re able to provide and to make sure our communications to you are as relevant as possible.

We keep your personal information only for as long as required for the purposes for which it’s supplied. Where your information is no longer required, we will always make sure it is disposed of in a safe and secure manner. Details of our data retention periods for the different types of personal data that we hold are held in our data protection policy. 

We will only ever use your data in line with our commitments to you. Should you have any concerns about this, please contact us on [email protected] or by calling 020 7420 4444.

Our communications 

We will only ever contact you directly using the methods for which you have given your clear consent. 

We want to give you as much control over the ways we communicate with you as possible.  If you’d prefer we did things differently – or even stop contacting you entirely – all communications from us will always explain how to opt-out of future communications or change your preferences. Our aim is to give you complete control over how we use your personal data that you share with us. 

How we hold and process your personal data 

To ensure that we communicate with you through your preferred channels (e.g. post, email, phone or text message), you can update your preferences at any time. To change your preferences, please contact us or call us on 020 7420 4444.

To be compliant with the Data Protection Act 2018, we need to have a legal basis through which we may hold and process your data. Having completed the relevant assessments, Global Action Plan is using legitimate interest as our legal basis for all postal communication, and for telecommunication where we have existing, GDPR-compliant consent. For all other telemarketing, email and text messaging our legal basis for processing will be consent.  

Sharing your data 

We will never sell your details to other organisations.  

If you’ve given your specific consent for us to share your data, we may share your contact details with the named partners that you have consented to.

If you sign a petition which involves a hand in, for example a petition to be handed in to the government, it may be necessary to include some contact details on the petition hand in. These details will not be shared further. Otherwise we would only disclose your data if we are obliged to do so by law. 

We will sometimes use approved third party partner agencies to process information on our behalf, such as a mailing house to post communications to supporters. Third parties with which we share your information are only authorised to use that information to fulfil their contractual obligations to us. They are not permitted to use it for any other purpose. We retain full responsibility for how your personal information is used and we conduct comprehensive checks on these companies before we work with them and periodically throughout the duration of our relationship. 

Keeping your details up to date 

The accuracy of your information is important to us. If you change your home or email address, or if any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or changes in any way, or even if you simply wish to check that the data you have shared with us is up to date, please contact us on 020 7420 4444 or email us at [email protected].

Security  

We know how much trust you place in us when you share your personal data. Because of that we place great importance on the security of your personal information and will always take appropriate precautions to protect it. This applies both to the physical security of the data that we hold, and the high level of digital security features that we use.  

No data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. So, whilst we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information which you disclose to us online and you must understand that you do so at your own risk. 

We take care to protect your personal information. We take steps to ensure that access to personal information is restricted to employees who need it and that all Global Action Plan staff who handle personal information are fully trained and kept up-to-date on our data management, security and privacy practices. Our employees are notified and reminded about the importance we place on privacy, and what they can do to ensure your information is protected. 

Website tracking  

Our website may collect names, email addresses and other information from schools/groups and teachers/leaders only when submitted via one of our online forms, such as our registration form. This data is used solely by Global Action Plan and named partners and is not shared, traded, or sold to anyone else.

Our web server also records IP addresses from all visitors to our site. An IP address is a number that is automatically assigned to your computer when you use the internet. We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems with our server, to administer our site, to analyse user trends, to track user movement, and to gather broad demographic information – all for the purpose of continually improving our website and delivering personalised, custom content. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information, and their collection is standard procedure in most web server environments.

Use of cookies 

Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website on each subsequent visit so the website can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on the screen.

Like many websites Global Action Plan uses cookies to provide you with a more personalised web service, including monitoring the performance of our web pages, building a profile of the ways in which you use our website and finding people with similar profiles to you, which helps us to provide personalised content on social media sites you visit.

Cookies are a key part of the internet. They make your interactions with websites much smoother and power lots of the useful features of websites. There are many different uses for cookies.

Some cookies are essential in order to enable you to move around the web site and use its features. Without these cookies, services you've asked for can't be provided. These cookies don't gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.

Some cookies are used to keep you logged in during your visit, without cookies you might have to log in on each and every page you go to.
Some session cookies which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly and these are automatically deleted after you close your web browser.

We like to keep track of what pages and links are popular and which ones don’t get used so much to help us keep our sites relevant and up to date. It’s also very useful to be able to identify trends of how people navigate through our sites and if they get error messages from web pages.
This group of cookies, often called “analytics cookies” are used to gather this information. These cookies don’t collect information that identifies a visitor. The information collected is anonymous and is grouped with the information from everyone else’s cookies. We can then see the overall patterns of usage rather than any one person’s activity. Analytics cookies only record activity on the site you are on and they are only used to improve how a web site works.
Some of our websites and some of the emails you might get from us also contain small invisible images known as “web beacons” or “tracking pixels”. These are used to count the number of times the page or email has been viewed and allows us to measure the effectiveness of its marketing and emails. These web beacons are anonymous and don’t contain or collect any information that identifies you.

Cookies are also used to improve your browsing experience. These cookies allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and provide enhanced features. 
You may avoid the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser (more details of how to change this will depend on which browser you are using (e.g. Google Chrome or Microsoft Internet Explorer). Please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of our website. 

Internet-based transfers and processing

The Internet works as a global environment. This means that using it to collect and process personal data often involves the international transmission of data, and on occasions processing of personal data by third parties (including social media companies) outside the European Economic Area. 

Although this may happen, you can be reassured that the data will always be held securely and in line with the requirements of UK data protection legislation. However, we want you to be aware that by communicating electronically with us, you understand and agree to our processing of personal data in this way. If you do not agree to your personal data being processed by social media companies, please contact us on 020 7420 4444 or email us at [email protected].

Changes 

We may make changes to this policy from time to time. If we change our Privacy Policy we will post the changes on this page, and will hold a record of the changes that we make. When we make significant changes to this policy we will communicate with our supporters to tell them what has changed. Please revisit the policy when you want to confirm how we use your personal information. 

This policy was last revised 26 April 2018. 

Access to your personal information 

Under the General Data Protection Regulation, you have the right to request and be sent: 

confirmation that your data is being processed; 

access to your personal data; and 

other supplementary information that we hold about you.  

You can make a request by emailing [email protected] or by post using our contact information. We will take steps to confirm your identity before releasing any information to you. We will not charge you for providing the information that you request. We will respond to your request within one calendar month of the request, unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

Your rights and acceptance of this policy 

By sharing your consent preferences, and using our sites, you consent to the collection and use of information by Global Action Plan in accordance with our Privacy Policy. If you do not agree to this policy, please do not use our sites. 

Any personal information submitted via our websites is treated in accordance with current UK data protection legislation (from May 25 2018, we will be working in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018). To find out more about your entitlements under the current and future data protection legislation, visit the Information Commissioner's website .

Information retention 

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is appropriate for the activity that you are supporting (for example participating in a campaign or making a donation to support our work). If you ask for your personal information to be deleted we will manage your request in a transparent way, and in line with our data retention policy. We may, however, retain a secure anonymised record for research and analytical purposes. 

We regularly review the data we hold to ensure it is held in line with consent of the person who shared it with us. 

Email 

Whilst we will take all reasonable steps to protect and secure your personal data, we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of any messages transmitted between you and us via email as these are potentially accessible by the public. We will not be liable to you or anyone else for any loss relating to any email message sent by you to us or by us to you. 

Like many organisations, we can estimate how many supporters open our emails by counting how many have downloaded the images in them. We also track how many supporters click the links in our emails. By keeping track of which emails our supporters open and click, we can find out what content is popular, and therefore send more of the kind of emails our supporters read. It also means that if a supporter – like yourself – appears to have stopped opening or clicking emails, we can ask them why. This feedback helps us to improve our emails for the future.

Sensitive information 

When using or subscribing to our services, you may choose to provide us with information which is defined as sensitive personal information under the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018. Examples of sensitive information include details of your ethnicity or state of health. As with all the personal information which you provide to us, we shall use and store this information carefully in accordance with this privacy policy. We will always explain why we are collecting this kind of information if we ever ask for it, and we will always ask for your consent to use this data. 

This privacy policy is governed by the laws of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.