EU Watch Privacy Policy

EU Watch has been set up so that those interested, can keep their eye on the European Union, the Commission, Council and Parliament. Every day more decisions are being taken in Brussels and Strasbourg, and there must be accountability for every member of the European Commission. We may also facilitate you to contact elected representatives your to express your views on a range of issues.

EU Watch is committed to protecting the privacy of those with whom we interact with, and recognises the need to respect information that is disclosed to us.  This privacy policy sets out how we use any information you may give us when you visit this website, as well as how we may disclose that information. Whenever you provide personal information we will treat that information in accordance with current UK Data Protection legislation.

How is your personal information collected?

EU Watch uses Google Analytics to collect, store and use data about its visitors.  You may give us personal data including your name, address, email address and post code. This includes where you might “follow,” “like” or otherwise link your social media accounts to a campaign via a third-party website.

Any correspondence you send electronically may be retained, such as the content of your email messages, your email address and any response.  We may also retain and use any information you upload or post on our website and any of our campaign websites which may include photos and personal comments.  Provision of whatever you freely upload or provide to us is treated as being impliedly licenced on a royalty free basis for use.

Your personal log information relates to information about your visit to, and any interactions with, this website.  This includes your IP address, length of visit and number of page views.  This information is required for the website to work correctly and allows us to improve the performance and functionality of the website.

We use Google Analytics to record information from your device or web browser when you interact with our site.  This may include gathering location data, operating system and links you have clicked on, including through email and social media. Our website uses Google Analytics for traffic analysis, which enables Google Analytics to collect data about our traffic via Google advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers, in addition to data collected through a standard Google Analytics implementation.

How does EU Watch use your information?

 When you complete any forms provided on our website, we will collect the information you give to us and we may use it to communicate with you or to interact with you digitally.

EU Watch will keep in touch with our supporters and send them relevant content periodically.  We may therefore use your personal data to deliver information, and for administration and internal record keeping so that we have a record of your relationship with us.  We will access the information recorded through the use of your registration to help us improve our service to you and to make our communications more relevant.

We will use your information to record and administer any donations you have made and to say thanks. We may also use your information for market research, and to help us design our messages for marketing and campaigns using social media.

How is data stored?

We follow security best practices to ensure that your personal information is stored securely on our servers.  We follow security best practices to ensure that your personal information is stored securely on our servers. We take steps to safeguard your information by putting in place appropriate security measures to prevent personal data from being accidently lost, used, accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed.  We limit access to your personal data but cannot guarantee or warrant that security measures will prevent data breaches, and we have procedures in place to deal with suspected breaches. We will notify you and the relevant regulator of any data breach as required by law.

Data Retention

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements.  We review what data we hold annually, and only keep what we still need.

When deciding what the correct time is to keep the data for, we look at its amount, nature and sensitivity, potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure, the processing purposes, if these can be achieved by other means and legal requirement.

In some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

Cookies

‘Cookies’ are small pieces of information stored by your web browser to your computer, which enables the server to collect information about how you navigate the EU Watch website.

You can find out more about the way cookies work here: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matter/online/cookies/

Cookies are only used on this site to hold data from one page to another.  They are not used to store personal information.

Analytics cookies are used by us and by third parties who may process data for us for analytics purposes (e.g. Google Analytics) so that we can manage and improve the performance and design of our sites and for monitoring, auditing, research and reporting.

Most browsers allow you to turn off the cookie function.  If you want to know how to do this, please look at the help menu on your browser.  However, if you turn off the cookie function you will not receive the full functionality of the website.

 Consent

 At EU Watch we will only use your personal data which you have provided to us if you have expressly given permission for us to contact you.  You may give permission when you sign up through our website or when you take action using our pages on digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or other digital platforms. To change your setting on external services, please see the links below and refer to their privacy notices.  This is the main lawful basis under which we process your personal data, though we may also process it due to a legal obligation or in our legitimate interests in running this informational service.

If you have taken action to email an elected representative through our website, we will only facilitate this once you have provided your specific consent.

To opt-out of Twitter communication, please visit the Digital Advertising Alliance’s consumer choice tool at optout.aboutads.info to opt out of seeing interest-based advertising from Twitter in your current browser.

To opt-out or manage your Facebook ads please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences

Newsletter

 You may choose to sign up for our newsletter by providing your name and email address.  We provide direct unsubscribe links in all of our newsletters for easy removal.  Newsletter subscriptions are managed by EU Watch using the MailerLite platform.

 Opting-out

 You may withdraw your consent and opt-out of our communications at any time by emailing unsubscribe@euwatch.org

 Other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites which are outside our control and are not covered by this Privacy Policy.  If you access other sites using the links provided, the operators of these sites may collect information from you which will be used by them in accordance with their privacy policy, which may differ from ours.

 Changes to EU Watch Privacy policy

This Privacy Policy is reviewed and updated from time to time.  Accordingly, we recommend that you check this page periodically in order to review the latest version.

We welcome your questions regarding privacy.  Please contact Emma at:

contact@euwatch.org