Privacy statement website
We're committed to protecting the privacy of the users of our website.
This statement sets out our policy regarding the collection and use of personally identifiable information, such as name, email address, postal address, and other personal details via our website.
At Abbeyfield, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about people who visit our website, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure. We may change this Policy from time to time so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes. By using our website, you’re agreeing to be bound by this Policy. Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Digital Marketing Team, The Abbeyfield Society, St Peter’s House, 2 Bricket Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3JW.
The Abbeyfield Society is a registered charity (no. 200719) and company limited by guarantee (no. 574816). The registered address 2 Bricket Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3JW.
We obtain information about you when you use our website, for example, when you contact us about our homes and services, to make a donation or if you register to receive any content giveaway, such as a newsletter or brochure.
The personal information we collect might include your name, address, email address, IP address, and information regarding what pages are accessed and when. If you make a donation online or purchase a product from us, your card information is not held by us, it is collected by our third party payment processors, who specialise in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions, as explained below. Information such as your name, email and/or postal address is only collected when you contact us using any of the email links to staff members provided on the site, or the information request form.
We may use your information to:
We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations (for example the collection of Gift Aid). We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.
We will not sell or rent your information to third parties and we will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes.
A number of our properties are managed by independent Abbeyfield Member Societies. Where you make an enquiry in relation to a property that is managed by an independent Member Society, we will only share information that is relevant for them to process your enquiry. The relevant independent Member Society is identified in each individual property page.
We may pass your information to our third party service providers, agents subcontractors and other associated organisations for the purposes of completing tasks and providing services to you on our behalf (for example to process donations and send you mailings). However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes, unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.
When you are using our secure online donation pages, your donation is processed by a third party payment processor, who specialises in the secure online capture and processing of credit/debit card transactions. If you have any questions regarding secure transactions, please contact us.
You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you do not want to receive direct marketing communications from us about the vital work we do for older people and our exciting products and services, then you can select your choices by ticking the relevant boxes situated on the form on which we collect your information.
We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or text message unless you have given your prior consent. We will not contact you for marketing purposes by post if you have indicated that you do not wish to be contacted. You can change your marketing preferences at any time by contacting us by email: email@example.com or write to the Digital Marketing Team, The Abbeyfield Society, St Peter’s House, 2 Bricket Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3JW.
The accuracy of your information is important to us. We’re working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that we hold about you. In the meantime, if you change email address, or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to the Digital Marketing Team, The Abbeyfield Society, St Peter’s House, 2 Bricket Road, St Albans, Herts, AL1 3JW.
You also have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you and the form to submit a Data Subject Request, can be found here.
When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely.
Our website is protected by SSL (secure sockets layer) which creates a secure connection between a user’s web browser and our server. This means Information such as names, phone numbers, addresses and any payment details stays private and secure.
Any sensitive information (such as credit or debit card details) is encrypted and protected with the following software 128 Bit encryption on SSL. When you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear on the bottom of web browsers such as Microsoft Internet Explorer.
Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the Internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.
Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.
We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.
For information on how to do this, and about cookies in general, visit www.allaboutcookies.org.
In addition, if you linked to our website from a third party site, we cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of the owners and operators of that third party site and recommend that you check the policy of that third party site.
Abbeyfield is also using Google Advertising Features to collect anonymous visitor demographic and interest data.
To opt out of Google Analytics Advertising Features, including through Ads Settings, Ad Settings for mobile apps, or any other available means please see:
For further information about Google Analytics see www.google.com/analytics/learn/privacy.html
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics visit tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
As previously mentioned Abbeyfield does not sell, trade or rent your information and will never disclose information about you to third parties, except to fulfil your specific requirements a service or request for information if third parties deliver the relevant service.
Other circumstances where we are operationally or contractually obliged to pass on your information may be where third parties administer part or all of the service and to maintain management information for business analysis.
We may, of course, be obliged by law to pass on your information to the Police or any other statutory authority.
We are concerned to protect the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.
As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information which you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy.
If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services.
We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in January 2018.
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