Privacy Policy

 Introduction  

Everyone has rights to have personal data handled appropriately. This privacy policy sets out how Advocates for International Development (”A4ID”) handles the personal data our benefactors, suppliers, employees, workers and other third parties.

Overview

Advocates for International Development (“A4ID”) is a charity with a vision to see the law and lawyers play their full part in the global eradication of poverty. The mission of A4ID is to be an authoritative voice of the legal community on sustainable development, to inspire and enable lawyers to join the global fight against poverty and to ensure that legal support is available for those engaged in that fight.

Through its pro bono broker service, legal education, thought leadership, rule of law, and business and human rights work, A4ID is helping the legal sector to meet its global corporate social responsibility to bring about sustainable development.

Advocates for International Development (“A4ID”) is a registered charity (No 1118565) and a company limited by guarantee without share capital (No 05907641) in England and Wales, with a registered address at The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9DA.

A4ID main contact number is +44 (0) 203 559 6244. A4ID main email is: info@a4id.org

Personal Data  

The types of A4ID Personal Data that may be processed include the personal data of those who work for or with the Legal Partners, Development Partners, funders, stakeholders, clients, members and partners of A4ID.

The Personal Data may also include data relating to their engagement with A4ID’s main activities, including, but not limited to, the Pro Bono Brokerage, ROLE UK Programme Coordination Activities, Legal Clinics and Secondments, Legal Health Checks, ROLE UK Programme Partnership support, training on law and development, ROLE UK Programme papers, A4ID case studies, testimonials, evidence collection, thought leadership on SDGs including the Legal Guide to the SDGs, the develop of A4ID international offices, and thought leadership on business and human rights.

The specific types of data may include the following:

  • Identity data includes first name, maiden name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth and gender.
  • Contact data includes billing address, delivery address, email address and telephone numbers and any exchanges such as emails, telephone conversations or other electronic communications with our employees and other staff members.
  • Financial data includes bank account and payment card details, as well as information required to comply with our anti-money laundering obligations.
  • Transaction data includes details about payments to and from you and other details of products and services you have purchased from us.
  • Technical data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform, and other technology on the devices you use to access this website.
  • Profile data includes donations made by you, your interests, information about your professional role and background, preferences, feedback, survey responses and messages of support to our beneficiaries.
  • Usage data includes information about how you use our website, products, and services.
  • Marketing and communications data includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.
  • Recruitment data provided to us in your CV and covering letter, as well as the information you have provided on your application form, including name, title, address, telephone number, personal email address, date of birth, gender, employment history, qualifications, criminal conviction data, and any information provided to us during an interview. 

Data Collection

A4ID may collect your personal data in the following circumstances: 

Directly
Most of the personal information we process is provided to us directly by you for involvement in the following activities: the Pro Bono Brokerage, ROLE UK Programme Coordination Activities, Legal Clinics and Secondments, Legal Health Checks, ROLE UK Programme Partnership support, training on law and development, ROLE UK Programme papers, A4ID case studies, testimonials, evidence collection, thought leadership on SDGs including the Legal Guide to the SDGs, the develop of A4ID international offices, and thought leadership on business and human rights.

Indirectly
You may give us your information indirectly when you contribute to A4ID through fundraising sites like JustGiving or Virgin Money Giving. These independent third parties will pass your data to A4ID where you have given your consent or where it is a necessary part of completing a contract with you.

Social Media
We might also obtain your personal data through your use of social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, or LinkedIn, depending on your settings or the privacy policies of these social media and messaging services. To change your settings on these services, please refer to their privacy notices, which will tell you how to do this.

https://www.facebook.com/policy.php
https://twitter.com/en/privacy
https://www.whatsapp.com/legal/#privacy-policy
https://www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy

Publicly Available
We might also obtain personal data about individuals who may be interested in giving major gifts to charities or organisations like A4ID. In this scenario, A4ID may seek to find out more about these individuals, their interests, and motivations for giving through publicly available information. A4ID will not retain publicly available data relating to major donors without their consent, which will be sought at the earliest practical opportunity. Where we decide not to make contact, we will delete all personal data obtained, other than basic contact details, to which we will apply a suppression flag to ensure we do not make contact in the future.

We may also gather information if your activities relate to our work – for instance, if you are a public figure such as a Member of Parliament or you represent an organisation which we work with or which is related to one of our activities we may gather information about you in order to inform our activities and make decisions.

Cookies
Cookies are a useful way for us to understand how supporters use our website. When you visit our web site, we will collect data from your computer or other device such as a smart phone or tablet through the use of “cookies”. Cookies are created by your web browser when you visit our website. Every time you go back to the A4ID website, your browser will send the cookie file back to the website’s server. They improve your experience of using our website, for example, by remembering your preference settings so that you are presented with information likely to be most relevant to you, and by measuring your use of the website to enable us to continuously improve our website to ensure that it meets your needs.

Reasons for Use

A4ID will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • where we need to perform the contract, we are about to enter into or have entered into with you;
  • where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests;
  • where we need to comply with a legal obligation; or
    where we have your consent to do so.
     

We may use your information for the following purposes:

  • to operate, manage, develop and promote our organisation, including managing and administering donations and other support actions;
  • to operate, administer and improve our website and premises and other aspects of the way in which we conduct our operations;
    to protect our organisation from fraud, money-laundering, breach of confidence, theft of proprietary materials and other financial or business crimes;
  • for recruitment purposes to assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for a role, carry out background and reference checks (where applicable), communicate with you about the recruitment process and keep records related to our hiring processes;
    to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations and bring and defend legal claims;
  • if you have given your consent, to provide you (by electronic means only) with information about our news, activities, appeals, campaigns and fundraising;
  • if you have given your consent, to allow selected third parties to contact you about their services or issues which may be of interest to you; and
  • to analyse and better understand the composition and interests of our supporter base.
     

We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes. You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time.

Marketing

We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain personal data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising. We will get your express opt-in consent before we share your personal data with any third party for marketing purposes.

You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages at any time by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time.

Sharing Data

A4ID may share your personal data with the parties set out below:

  • your colleagues within the organisation that you represent;
  • service providers who host our website or other information technology systems or otherwise hold or process your information on our behalf, under strict conditions of confidentiality and security;
  • a person who takes over our organisation and assets, or relevant parts of them; or
  • in exceptional circumstances:
    • to competent regulatory, prosecuting and other governmental agencies, or litigation counterparties, in any country or territory;  or
    • where we are required by law to disclose;
  • third parties to whom we may choose to sell, transfer or merge parts of our business or our assets. Alternatively, we may seek to acquire other businesses or merge with them. If a change happens to our business, then the new owners may use your personal data in the same way as set out in this privacy policy.

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal data and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Whenever we transfer your personal data out of the EEA, we ensure a similar degree of protection is afforded to your data by ensuring that at least one of the following safeguards is implemented:

  • We will only transfer your personal data to countries that have been deemed to provide an adequate level of protection for personal data by the European Commission.
  • Where we use certain service providers, we may use specific contracts approved by the European Commission, which give personal data the same protection it has in Europe.
  • Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield, which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between Europe and the US.

Please contact us if you want further information on the specific mechanism used by us when transferring your personal data out of the EEA/UK.

Basis for Processing

The law on data protection sets out a number of different reasons for organisations to collect and process your personal data. When collecting your personal data, we will always make clear to you which data is necessary for a particular purpose. A4ID relies on the following legal bases in our data processing activities.

Consent
Wherever possible, we will ask for your consent to send you marketing information. We will do this through a clear statement of what you will receive and allow you to select only those channels that you wish to hear from us by.

For example, sign up to our mailing list, you will be asked whether you would like us to keep in touch about our projects, fundraising activities and other activities.

Legitimate interest
In specific situations, we process your data to pursue our legitimate interests in ways which might reasonably be expected and which do not materially impact your rights, freedom or interests. A4ID’s use of legitimate interest includes the following.

Sending direct information by email, to keep our audiences updated on A4ID activities. A4ID will only do this where we have reason to believe that this information will be of interest.  To help identify businesses who may wish to support A4ID, we send emails to individuals where relevant to their job, for instance people working in Pro Bono, Sustainable Development, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Legal compliance
If the law requires us to, we may need to collect and process your data.

For example, where you sign up to the Gift Aid scheme, we will process your data for the purposes of submitting a Gift Aid claim to HMRC.

Public Interest
In limited situations we may use data in the public interest. It is likely to be in the public interest to collect data to prevent crime or dishonesty, ensure that we are fair in our practices by carrying out equality and diversity monitoring, or safeguard the wellbeing of people with whom we work.

Storing Data

A4ID will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, for example we will keep a record of donations subject to gift aid for at least seven years to comply with HMRC rules.

If you request that we stop sending you marketing materials, we will keep a record of your contact details and appropriate information to enable us to comply with your request not to be contacted by us.

Keeping Data Safe

A4ID will ensure that there are appropriate technical controls in place to protect your personal details. For example, our database has enterprise level data security protections, and we routinely use multifactor authentication.

A4ID undertakes regular reviews of who has access to information that we hold to ensure that your information is only accessible by appropriately trained staff, volunteers and contractors.

A4ID uses external companies to collect or process personal data on our behalf. We do comprehensive 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 collect on our behalf, or have access to.  These Data Processors also have legal liability for the way in which your data is used, providing you with additional protection.

Your Data Rights

Under data protection law, you have rights including:

Your right of access – You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information.

Your right to rectification – You have the right to ask us to rectify personal information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.

Your right to erasure – You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to restriction of processing – You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to object to processing – You have the the right to object to the processing of your personal information in certain circumstances.

Your right to data portability – You have the right to ask that we transfer the personal information you gave us to another organisation, or to you, in certain circumstances.

You are not required to pay any charge for exercising your rights. If you make a request, we have one month to respond to you.

Please contact us at andrew.mackay@a4id.org or The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9DA if you wish to make a request.

Sharing Concerns

How to complain

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us at andrew.mackay@a4id.org or The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9DA.

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:  Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113

ICO website: https://www.ico.org.uk

Cookies

A cookie consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website.  Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers.  The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information.  Google’s privacy policy is available at: http://www.google.com/privacypolicy.html.

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies.  For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.  Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

Cookie Name Purpose
Session cookie SESS<…> When required, cookies beginning with ‘SESS’ are used to track an individual’s persistent status, such as whether they are logged in.
Google analytics _utma _utmb _utmc _utmz These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.
JavaScript has_js We use this cookie to track which browsers are capable of processing JavaScript. JavaScript is a scripting language which provides enhanced interactivity and visual effects.
Cookieacceptance cookied-agreed-en This cookie is used to record if a user has accepted the use of cookies on this website.

 Queries/Requests

Please address all your requests and/or queries about our Policy to info@a4id.org.

Privacy Policy Revisions

This Policy which governs your use of the Site may be changed from time to time without notice.  By using the Site, you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions contained in the Policy.  Our use of your Personal Information is subject to the terms and conditions of our Policy in force at the time when we use the information in question.

Privacy Support

Please contact us by any means if you are in any way unhappy and we are sure we can resolve any problems or issues you may have.  If you are not satisfied with our response you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner at www.ico.gov.uk.

Jan 2021