Last updated 27 November 2020.
TaxWatch is committed to safeguarding your privacy. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the use of your personal data, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Data – any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.
Processing – any operation or set of operations which is performed on Personal Data or on sets of Personal Data.
The data we collect
www.taxwatchuk.org is provided by TaxWatch (formerly Tax Watch Limited), company number 11609849, charity number 1189585.
The personal data we collect from you includes:
- Questions, queries or feedback you leave, including your email address if you contact TaxWatch
- Your email address and subscription preferences when you sign up to our email alerts
- How you use our emails – for example whether you open them and which links you click on
- Information on how you use the site, using cookies
Data we request from individuals on the consent basis will be held in compliance with the rules and processes set out in the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). How, why, and what data we hold on this basis is set out below, along with your rights with regard to that data.
In addition – TaxWatch may also collect data in the course our investigations which we hold with a view to publication in one of our reports or articles. In this case the data we hold is exempt from the provisions of the GDPR under the Special Purpose Exemption. More information on this exemption can be found at the end of this document.
Data held under the GDPR
Why we need it
We use wordpress.org to collect information about how you use taxwatchuk.org. We do this to help make sure the site is meeting the needs of its users and to help us make improvements.
wordpress.org stores information about:
- the pages you visit on taxwatchuk.org
- how you got to the site
- what you click on while you’re visiting the site
WordPress.org does not collect or store your personal information (for example your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are.
We use the MailerLite.com software to store subscriptions to our email database. MailerLite.com allows us to send emails to people who have subscribed to our email list, and collects data about whether our emails are being opened.
If you no longer wish to be contacted by us, you can unsubscribe directly from our newsletter.
What we do with your data
The data we collect is held by TaxWatch and by the services we use to store our data (WordPress.org and mailerlite).
We will not:
- sell or rent your data to third parties
- share your data with any third parties
How long we keep your data
We will only retain your personal data for as long as:
- it is needed for the purposes set out in this document
- the law requires us to
In general, this means that we will only hold your personal data for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 7 years.
Children’s privacy protection
Our services are not designed for, or intentionally targeted at, children 13 years of age or younger. We do not intentionally collect or maintain data about anyone under the age of 13.
How we protect your data and keep it secure
We are committed to doing all that we can to keep your data secure. Data held by TaxWatch is stored on encrypted hard drives, and/or a secure cloud system provided by Nextcloud.
We also make sure that any third parties that we deal with keep all personal data they process on our behalf secure.
You have the right to request:
- information about how your personal data is processed
- a copy of that personal data
- that anything inaccurate in your personal data is corrected immediately
You can also:
- raise an objection about how your personal data is processed
- request that your personal data is erased if there is no longer a justification for it
- ask that the processing of your personal data is restricted in certain circumstances
If you have any of these requests, get in contact with us at email@example.com
Data held under the Special Purpose Exemption
Under the UK’s Data Protection Act 2018 (which implements the EU’s GDPR) data held and processed for the purposes of journalism is exempt from the requirements of the GDPR. This exemption is designed to protect freedom of speech and expression.
Data obtained by TaxWatch in the course of researching one of our publications will be subject to this exemption.
In this case, your rights under the GDPR with regard to any data we may hold on you do not apply.
TaxWatch will only apply this exemption if the data held is in relation to an intended publication. The policy and the appropriate use of the exemption are kept under regular review.
Third Party Links
Our website may contain links to other websites provided by third parties not under our control. When following a link and providing information to a third-party website, please be aware that we are not responsible for the data provided to that third party. When you visit other websites, even when you click on a link posted on taxwatchuk.org, you should read their own privacy policies.
Changes to this policy
If these changes affect how your personal data is processed, will take reasonable steps to let you know.