Privacy and cookies
Minority Rights Group is committed to protecting your privacy. We ensure that all your personal information is held securely and safely.
Minority Rights Group holds and processes personal details in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. If you have any questions about how your data is handled, please telephone us on +44 (0) 207 422 4200 between 9.30 and 5.30pm GMT.
It is your right to request details of the information we hold about you. For a copy of your personal information held by us, write to the address below together with a cheque for £10 made out to Minority Rights Group International. We will respond within 40 days of receiving your letter. Make sure you also send us the cheque (to cover administrative costs) and proof of identity, such as a copy of your passport or driver’s license, to ensure that there’s no mix-up between your identity and someone else’s.
Minority Rights Group
54 Commercial Street
London E1 6LT
For more information about data protection and your rights, see the information commissioner’s website at http://www.dataprotection.gov.uk
What information do we collect?
We collect data from our websites for a number of reasons, primarily to provide you with the most useful and relevant information and services. We do this through collecting and analysing both anonymous, or aggregate, data, and personal data volunteered by you online.
In some areas of our websites, for example forms, orders, emails, polls and survey submissions, we collect personal data such as your name, address, telephone number and email. We use this information only for the reason you have supplied it or any other reason for which you have given us permission to do so.
Where relevant, information is provided to explain why the data is being collected and how it will be used. In some cases we may ask you to ‘opt-in’ to receive future communications including email, or text marketing. In other cases, when we ask you for information about yourself you may, by ticking the appropriate box provided, tell us that you do not want future communications from us.
Should it be necessary to collect sensitive personal data, you will be asked for your consent for us to process this data. We will also explain why we are asking for it.
In addition to information given explicitly by you, we also collect information about your visit to our website (for example, the date and time of your visit and the pages that you view). This information is not connected to you personally, and is in aggregate form. This kind of data helps us to understand how our visitors use our site so that future website development can better meet your needs.
Cookies are small text files stored by your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, Chrome) on your computer, tablet or mobile phone to enable functionality on a website (for example storing user preferences).
The website creates a ‘user session’ cookie for each user who visits. This cookie doesn’t store any personal information – it simply allows the website to distinguish between one anonymous user and another when serving website pages. This allows the website to provide basic functionality such as a browsing history for a particular user, or to be able count of the total number of users currently viewing the site.
If this website allows users to log in to the site, or has a shop, the user session cookie will allow the website to link the current user to their account and/or to their shopping basket.
This website also uses Google Analytics. Google Analytics is a tool that allows the behaviour of users on a website to be analysed, to help a website owner to provide the best user experience. Google Analytics generates cookies that identify whether you’ve visited the website before, which pages you visit etc. These cookies cannot be used to identify individuals; they are used for statistical purposes only and the data never shows any confidential information. The data itself is only visible to the website owner, the website provider Tincan and the relevant team at Google.
If this website includes functionality to interact with social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Disqus, or uses Share This or Add This services that allow interaction with a wide range of third party social media websites, you should be aware that those sites may set cookies while you’re using this website. For more details please consult the privacy policies of the services in question.
If this website includes video/audio content from You Tube or Vimeo you should be aware that those sites may set cookies while you’re using this website. For more details please consult the privacy policies of the services in question.
You can restrict or block the cookies used by the website through your browser settings but this will impact your user experience. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.
Alternatively, you can visit www.aboutcookies.org which provides directions on how to block cookies on all major browsers. This site also explains how you can delete cookies that have already been stored on your computer as well as general information about cookies.
You should be aware though that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the websites you visit. Why we’re interested
The information we gather helps us to send you the right thing at the right time – to fulfil orders, or send you updates.
We may also use your details to contact you some time in the future to tell you about our work. If there’s a disaster overseas, we may write to you to tell you about the need for more funds, or we may write to tell you about a big campaign about which we think you might want to know more.
Our policy is to email you only if you have said that you want electronic communication from us. This is in accordance with the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations. All our emails will offer you the chance to decline future emails.
Respecting your privacy
As a matter of Minority Rights Group policy, we do not sell, rent or pass on any information about you to other organisations. However, we may need to pass on information when required by law or by a regulatory body (for example, for a Gift Aid audit by the Inland Revenue or if asked for details by a law enforcement agency).
We may provide third parties with overall information about visitors and users to our site, but this information, as explained above, is both aggregate and anonymous. Your privacy is protected. Occasionally, we employ agents to carry out tasks on our behalf, such as fulfilling orders or processing donations. These agents are bound by our confidentiality policy to protect your privacy just as we would ourselves.
We want to make sure the information we hold about you is correct. If you spot any errors, if your contact details change, or if you do not wish to receive information about Minority Rights Group, let us know. You can contact us by telephone on +44 (0) 207 422 4200.
Safe and secure
We maintain a high level of physical and electronic security in relation to the collection, storage and disclosure of your information. We take reasonable steps to ensure that any information we hold about you is protected. When processing financial transactions, we use Secure Socket Layer (SSL) software, which encrypts information given over the internet. The software scrambles data transmitted between your computer and our server, where it is unscrambled securely.
However, as we all know, the internet carries risks. While we make every reasonable effort to ensure that information sent to us is done so securely, we cannot warrant the security of information transmitted to us through the internet. When you transmit information to us via the internet, you do so at your own risk.