Boston Foodbank is committed to protecting your privacy when using our online services and will process any personal data in accordance with the current Data Protection Legislation. In this policy we explain how and why we collect your information, what we do with it and what controls you have over our use of it.
Your acceptance of these Privacy Statement terms
Why do we collect data?
Boston Foodbank collects and processes information about you in order to;
(i) identify your device, browser and operating system to enhance your web experience with us;
(ii) improve our Services and website;
(iii) carry out research on the demographics, interests and behaviour of users
(iv) send you information we think you may find useful, to keep in touch with you and supply you with information relating to our work
You may be asked for information about yourself, such as your name, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number when you attempt to contact us. You are under no obligation to provide this information, but if you don’t then we may not be able to provide you with the best service.
Log Files/IP Addresses
When you visit our website, we automatically log your IP address (the unique address which identifies your computer, or mobile device, on the internet) which is automatically recognised by our web server. We use IP addresses to help us administer our websites and to collect broad demographic information. Non-personal information about you is used to collect such information as the type of internet browsers used, the site from which you linked to our websites or the type of device you are using to access our website. You cannot be identified from this information and it is only used to assist us in providing an effective service on our websites as stated in “why do we collect data”.
How long do we store your data?
We will keep the information and data relating to your use of the website only for as long as we consider it necessary in relation to the reasons we set out in “what data do we collect and how do we use it.”
Where is the information stored?
Information which you submit via our website is stored on a computer located in the European Economic Area (This is necessary in order to process the information and to send you any information you have requested). In addition, if you use our Services while you are outside the EEA, your information may be transferred outside the EEA in order to provide you with those Services.
Boston Foodbank places a great importance on the security of all information associated with our users. We have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of any user data under our control.
For example, our security and privacy policies are periodically reviewed and enhanced as necessary and only authorised personnel have access to user information. With regard to our websites, we use secure server software (SSL) to encrypt financial information you input before it is sent to us. While we cannot ensure or guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of data will not occur, we use our best efforts to prevent this.
Information about Products and Services
It is very important to us that we provide you with the highest level of service. If you have subscribed to regular updates from Boston Foodbank we may send you details of activities and opportunities which we think may be of interest to you. If at any time you do not wish to receive these details, please e-mail us at [email protected]. In this instance, we may keep suppression data – this is a record that you have either unsubscribed or indicated that they you no longer wish to be contacted by us. We retain just enough data to make sure that you are not included in any future communications.
Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to your hard drive to store and sometimes track information about your activity on a website. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but if you prefer, you can change your browser to prevent that. However, you may not be able to take full advantage of a website if you do so. First party cookies are specific to the server that created them and cannot be accessed by other servers, which means they cannot be used to track your movements around the web. Third party cookies are added by scripts added to the website, examples include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Although they do identify a user’s computer, cookies do not personally identify customers or passwords. Credit card information is not stored in cookies.
Cookies We Use and Why
CookieConsent: Stores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain
_dc_gtm_UA-#: Used by Google Tag Manager to control the loading of a Google Analytics script tag.
_ga: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
_gat: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate
_gid: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
ads/ga-audiences: Used by Google AdWords to re-engage visitors that are likely to convert to customers based on the visitor’s online behaviour across websites.
Collect: Used to send data to Google Analytics about the visitor’s device and behaviour. Tracks the visitor across devices and marketing channels.
PREF: Registers a unique ID that is used by Google to keep statistics of how the visitor uses YouTube videos across different websites.
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE: Tries to estimate the users’ bandwidth on pages with integrated YouTube videos
YSC: Registers a unique ID to keep statistics of what videos from YouTube the user has seen.
How do I change my cookie settings?
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit www.allaboutcookies.org
Our website contains links to the sites of third parties. When you visit these sites, we suggest that you read their privacy policies. Boston Foodbank is not responsible for the privacy policies or the content of such sites.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Social Media (applicable to Foodbanks who own social media accounts ONLY)
Boston Foodbank also maintains a presence on social media channels including Facebook & Twitter.
If you share content from one of Boston Foodbank’s social media websites, a cookie may be used by the service you have chosen to use to share that content. Boston Foodbank does not control these cookies. You should check the relevant third party main website for more information.
Your right to information
You have the right to a copy of the information we hold about you. This is known as a subject access request. For more information on this, please visit: https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/personal-information/
Please e-mail any questions, concerns or comments you have about cookies to [email protected]
 A record of those who have unsubscribed is referred to as suppression data. If a supporter clearly indicates that they no longer wish to be contacted, it is extremely important that their wishes are honoured. This is best done by keeping a suppression data record. This should contain just enough data to make sure that the party is not included in future communications – e.g. name, address, email address, and date of unsubscribe.
 Google Analytics is a free web analytic service that provides statistics and basic analytical tools for search engine optimisation and marketing purposes for the managers of online content.