Cookies are files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your personal computer, mobile or other device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie.
Cookies allow a website to recognise a user’s device, storing settings that are personal to the user’s use of an individual website, or keeping a record of items placed by them in a virtual shopping basket, for example. When a cookie is set, it is given an expiry date. On the expiry date it is automatically deleted.
Spread the Word uses Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting to collect anonymised information such as age, gender and interests about our website users. You can opt out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customise Google Display Network adverts by visiting Google’s Ads Settings page.
- The Help menu on the menu bar of most browsers will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies, how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie and how to disable cookies altogether.
- You can also disable or delete similar data used by browser add-ons, such as Flash cookies, by changing the add-on’s settings or visiting the website of its manufacturer.
Spread the Word is committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of its visitors to our website and to the security of the data we collect. Under the Data Protection Act, we have a legal duty to protect any personal information we collect from you.
It is Spread the Word’s policy that personal or company information, such as your name, postal and email address, telephone number, services, concepts or ideas are private and confidential. The personal information you provide is stored in a secure location, is accessible only by designated staff, and is used only for the purposes for which you provide that information. We will not sell, rent or trade your information to any third parties unless you have given us permission to do so.
We do not intend to collect personal details about children on this website. If you are under 16, always check with a parent or guardian before giving personal information to anyone online.
This policy applies to information we collect about:
- Visitors to our website;
- People submitting information, for example applications to our open programmes, prize entries or emails;
- People who book places for our programme of workshops and events;
- People who subscribe to our newsletter;
- People who become a member of the organisation;
- Job applicants.
Why we do this
We need this information to understand your needs, provide you with a better service and to promote our work as a charity, and in particular for the following reasons:
- Internal record keeping. This may include the secure holding of data with third-party organisations who provide us with services;
- We may use the information to improve our services and other activities;
- We may aggregate information anonymously to provide statistics to evaluate our work and to feedback to our funders/ supporters about our performance;
- If you have elected to receive them, we may periodically send emails or printed materials to tell you about our courses or other information which we think you may find interesting using the details you have provided.