Humanists International is the global representative body of the humanist movement, uniting a diverse community of non-religious organizations and individuals. (Read more on our About page.)
This privacy and data protection policy gives detailed information as to when and why we collect personal information, how we keep it secure and how we use it.
How we collect personal information
We only collect and store information with consent and for a specific purpose which is made clear when we ask for consent. We collect information when people interact with us, including signing up for our emails, registering as an individual supporter, making a donation or registering for an event.
We collect personal information in one of the ways described below:
If you have an account and you log in to any of our websites (which all use the WordPress platform) we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.
When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.
If you edit or publish an article (for example if you are a volunteer on the Freedom of Thought Report website), an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.
Embedded content from other websites
Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.
We use Google Analytics to collect information on overall traffic to our websites.
What information we collect
We collect information that is necessary to perform the services you have requested or that was otherwise necessary for us to operate and develop our organization.
We collect the following information (depending on the situation and what individuals decide to submit):
Where relevant we may have also collected:
We may also have classified personal contact data based on how a person interacts with us and information submitted by the person in question. For example, our database will record if someone is associated with one of our Member organizations and in what capacity, has made a donation, has registered to attend events, and some minimal history such as when that person gave us their data and permission to use it.
We may also obtain information available from other external sources about you and combine it with information we hold about you. This will only be done if this information is publicly available or if you have given permission to a third party to share this information.
Why we collect personal information and how we use it
We use the information we hold about people for a number of purposes including to provide information that the person has asked for, to provide a service or fulfill orders that the person has requested from us, to request additional information, to develop and improve our services and to raise money for and otherwise operate and develop our organization. Below we describe how and why we use this information and how long we retain it.
We may use your information in the following ways:
To fulfill our obligations under a contract with you and to otherwise carry out our business.
When we have a legal obligation to do so
In appropriate circumstances we shall use your information to fulfill our legal obligations which may include:
When it is in our legitimate interest to do so
We may use information where it is in our legitimate interest to do so, to:
How long we retain personal information for
We will keep personal information as long as necessary for the legal purposes set out above.
How we share data with third parties
We will never sell your personal information to third parties and we will never share your personal information with third parties for their own marketing purposes. However, there are some situations where we will need to share your personal information with third parties, for example where they are performing services on our behalf, in order to comply with our legal obligations or in order to enforce our rights, property or the safety of Humanists International, its staff, visitors or others.
We may share personal information with the following organizations:
If we have your permission, or it is otherwise made expressly clear in advance, we may share personal information with:
If we are required to do so by law (for example under money laundering or charity law legislation, or under a court order) we may share your personal information with the police, other law enforcement or regulatory bodies or a government authority investigating unlawful activities.
Data protection rights of our contacts
Our contacts have certain rights under data protection laws in relation to the personal information we hold and are using. To contact us about your data protection rights, please see the end of this page.
Your rights include asking for a copy of the information we hold about you, having any inaccurate information we hold about you corrected, or to request that we stop using your personal information in a particular way. Your data protection rights are summarized under the tab immediately below.
You have the following rights under data protection laws in relation to your personal data, these rights include:
Should you contact us to exercise these rights, we may need to request additional information so that we can verify your identity (and to ensure your personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it). This may include:
We may contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to help us enact your rights in accordance with the law.
We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. However, occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complicated or you have made a number of requests. In such circumstances, we will notify you.
Security of your personal data
Humanists International is committed to keeping personal data secure. We use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect personal information from unauthorized access and use.
The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (‘EEA’). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the fulfillment of an order, the processing of payment details and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Data Protection policy. This is done in a number of different way including:
In all such cases we shall ensure that any transfer of your information is compliant with data protection law.
However, please note that the transmission of data via the Internet is not completely secure. Your communications may be routed through a number of countries before being delivered. We cannot guarantee the security of any data transmitted to our Websites, however, once we have received your data, we will use adequate security procedures to prevent unauthorized access.
Changes to this privacy and data protection policy
We keep this notice under review. We will let contacts know about any substantive changes made to it by email or another suitable method of communication. The latest version of this notice will always appear on this page.
Contact us about your personal data
If you would like more information or would like to raise any queries, exercise your rights or make a complaint in relation to our use of your personal information, you may contact Humanists International by emailing [email protected] or writing to:
Humanists International, 272 Bath Street, Glasgow, G4 2JR, United Kingdom