Privacy policy

Who is collecting your data?

For the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998, Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) of Liberty House, 26-30 Strutton Ground, London, SW1P 2HR, is registered as a data controller with the Information Commissioner in the United Kingdom.

As a non-profit civil liberties and human rights organisation Liberty is committed to protecting and promoting individual privacy.

What kind of information do we collect and what do we use it for?

The type and amount of information we collect depends on how you use the website.

We collect three types of information:

1. anonymous data that is automatically collected from all visitors

2. personal data that visitors voluntarily submit so that we can provide you with a service

3. financial data that visitors voluntarily submit to pay a membership fee, make a donation, order merchandise or publications

Consent to use of your data

By proceeding to use our website, you consent that Liberty may process the personal data (including sensitive personal data) that we collect from you in accordance with this privacy policy. In particular, we will use information that we hold about you for the purposes and in the manner outlined below.

Anonymous Data

You can access all pages on the site without telling us who you are and without revealing any personal information.

We collect some information when you visit our site but this does not allow us to identify you personally. The information we collect includes the browsers visitors use, what time they visit and which pages are most viewed.

This enables us evaluate the site and work to improve it. We do not link any of this anonymous data with any personal data that you may provide to us.

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Personal Data (including sensitive personal data)

We may collect information directly from you which personally identifies you (name, address, email etc) when you participate in the following activities:

  • joining or renewing your Liberty membership
  • making a donation to support Liberty
  • ordering merchandise or publications
  • contacting us to seek information or advice
  • signing up to a campaigning petition or statement
  • emailing your MP
  • subscribing to a campaign email list to receive more information about our campaigning work and how you can get involved or donate
  • attending an event

How will your data be stored?

Your personal data will be kept by Liberty in a secure environment.

For what purposes will your data be processed?

If you are accessing our advice & information service, your data will be used only for this purpose. If you are making a donation, purchase, signing up to an event or supporting a campaign action we will contact you about this specific action and about your future support for Liberty.

Sharing personal data with third parties

We do not disclose your personal data to anyone outside Liberty except:

  • where we have your permission (where you sign one of our campaigning petitions we will take this as consent to your support for the campaign being made public)
  • to other organisations who provide a service to us or you (e.g. payment processing companies, print companies)
  • where we are required to do so by law

If you have agreed to receive email communications from us, we may provide your email address in an encrypted format to Facebook for the purposes of identifying people with similar interests to yours who we can display our advertising to. This data is not retained by Facebook nor used for any other purpose by them. You can opt out of your data being used in this way by contacting us at

Financial Data – Processing of your personal data by third party payment providers

We use two main secure payment gateways for one-off donations, WorldPay and Justgiving. We accept ongoing payments via Direct Debit.

When making a one-off online donation, joining or renewing a Liberty membership through a single payment, or placing an order, your payment details are processed by WorldPay.

When you make a payment, WorldPay asks for your name, address, phone, email address, and credit/debit card information. This information is used to process your payment and to verify credit/debit card data.

Your credit/debit card details will only be retained by WorldPay – a service provided by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc. In the case of a suspected fraudulent transaction, card details may be disclosed to Liberty for the sole purpose of performing further checks.

If you make a secure online donation to the Civil Liberties Trust, you go through to Justgiving.

When you make a payment, Justgiving collects your name, your declaration of tax status, your credit/debit card information and your address. This information is used to process your payment and to verify credit/debit card data, and will only be retained by Justgiving and its acquiring bank.

Creating a new Direct Debit mandate online to support Liberty requires your name, address, email address, and details of your bank account. This information is used to set up a regular Direct Debit payment with your bank and is retained by us securely in order to claim monthly or annual payments from your account as per your instructions. All transactions are covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee.

Your rights and how to contact us

If you have comments, questions or requests regarding the processing of your personal data, please contact or write to us at Communications, Liberty, 24-30 Strutton Ground, London, SW1P 2HR.

Change of Policy

We may amend this privacy statement from time to time. If we do, we will post a notice of the change on the website.

Note about Internet service providers

Liberty reminds visitors that most Internet Service Providers maintain records of all URLs visited by their customers. Visitors should contact their ISP for more information.

Website Legal Statement

The information contained on this site gives only general guidance as to the law as it applies in England and Wales and is written for people resident in, or affected by, the laws of England and Wales only. It should not be relied upon as an authoritative statement of the law. If you think you have a legal problem, you should obtain advice from a lawyer or adviser.

Liberty cannot guarantee that information on the site is accurate, complete or up to date. Visitors who rely on any information do so at their own risk. Availability of information is subject to change without notice.

Liberty will not be held liable (to the fullest extent permitted at law) for any loss, damage or inconvenience arising as a consequence of any use of or the inability to use any information on this site.

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24 November 2017