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Privacy and cookies

How do we collect your information?

We collect information from you in a number of ways, for example when you:

  • Make a donation.
  • Sign up to our campaign.
  • Sign up to stay updated.
  • Complete questionnaires.

We won’t collect or record your personal information unless you choose to give it to us.

What do we do with your personal information?

We use the information you give us in the following ways:

  • To make sure we have an accurate record of all the donations we receive.
  • To email you with news and information about Sightsavers and our campaigns, but only if you have agreed to this.
  • To make sure you are receiving the most appropriate and relevant information for you.
  • To find out more about you and the people who are visiting our website, donating or joining our campaign.

How we protect your personal details

We protect the privacy of everyone using our website and comply with the United Kingdom Data Protection Act, 1998. The Act includes strict rules on the storage and disclosure of the information you give us and is designed to prevent unauthorised access or loss of your information.

Read the Data Protection Act

We use secure server software (SSL) to encrypt any financial information you send when you donate or buy something. This software encrypts all your personal data so that these details cannot be accessed as they are transferred to us over the Internet.

Cookies

What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files that your web browser creates every time you visit a website. A good way of thinking about them is as a small memory for the website. The most common use of cookies is to help provide you with a better experience by remembering your preferences when you visit a website and helping you get around more easily.
Read more about cookies at the All About Cookies website

Information we collect

Like many websites we use cookies to improve your experience with us. Below is a list of the different types of cookies used on this site, and an explanation of what they are used for.

  • Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are necessary for the website to function. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services, such as logging in or filling in forms. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work. These cookies do not store any personally identifiable information.

  • Performance Cookies

These cookies allow us to count visits and traffic sources so we can measure and improve the performance of our site. They help us to know which pages are the most and least popular and see how visitors move around the site. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

  • Functionality Cookies

These cookies enable the website to provide enhanced functionality and personalisation. They may be set by us or by third party providers whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies then some or all of these services may not function properly.

  • Targeting Cookies

These cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store any personally identifiable information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

You can turn off cookies at any time, if you do you may notice that the site does not work as well and you may not be able to use every service.

Here are some of the tools and services that we use which rely on cookies:

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to understand how the site is being used so that we can improve it for other visitors. The data we collect is always anonymous.

Social buttons

Most of the pages on the site include social buttons. These buttons allow you to share pages with your friends using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. In order to connect to those sites we use cookies.

You should also be aware that these websites are likely to be collecting information about you and your use of the Internet. Check the policies of each site to find out how they collect information and how to opt out or delete the information.

External web services

We use a number of external web services on our site to display content within our web pages. For example, to display video we use YouTube. As with the social buttons, we cannot prevent these sites, or external domains, from collecting information on your use of the content we embed on our site.

Turning off cookies

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings. The Help function of your web browser will tell you how.

By using the Sightsavers websites you are agreeing to the use of cookies as described.

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