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How we use your personal data
At Growing Communities, we take your privacy very seriously. We’re committed to protecting personal information that you’ve shared with us when visiting our site, communicating electronically with us or coming to one of our events.
By using our website you’re agreeing to be bound by this policy.
To ensure that we communicate with our customers, volunteers and other interested parties through their preferred channels, and to enable us to share essential updates about the running of our services, we need to collect different types of information, including personal data. As controllers and processors of that data, we understand the trust placed in us when sharing data, and we will always do our utmost to respect that trust and protect personal information.
In running and operating our business we may collect and process certain data and information relating to you. This data and information is detailed below:
The information we collect is used for our own use. In addition, we may use the information for the following purposes:
We keep your personal information only for as long as required for the purposes for which it’s supplied. Where your information is no longer required, we will make sure it is disposed of in a safe and secure manner. Details of our data retention periods for the different types of personal data that we hold are held in our data protection procedures.
We will never sell your data to a third party.
We may share your personal information when we are compelled to do so by a legal authority acting in compliance with the law.
If you are a member of our fruit and veg scheme, or a member of staff, you enter a contractual relationship with Growing Communities. We use your data (postal address, telephone number and email address) to give you essential information and updates about the running of the scheme and the organisation.
We will only send promotional material by email to those who have given consent, usually to send you updates on our projects. Occasionally, our promotional material may – for example – invite you to an event or promote items for sale.
Applicable law allows personal information to be collected and used if it is reasonably necessary for our legitimate activities. These are the following:
We use Textmarketer to send text messages about the scheme to veg scheme members. Their information security statement is here.
You may find links to third-party websites on our website. These websites should have their own privacy policies which you should check. We do not accept any responsibility or liability for their policies whatsoever as we have no control over them.
You can disable cookies by adjusting the settings on your browser (see your browser help for how to do this). Be aware that disabling cookies may affect the functionality of this and other websites that you visit.
This site uses Google Analytics to help us understand how you use the site and ways that we can improve your experience. These cookies may track things such as your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, how long you spend on the site and the pages that you visit so we can continue to produce engaging content.
We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will set cookies through our site which may be used to enhance your profile on their site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.
You can request to see the data we hold about you by contacting us.
Where you give us consent to process your data we will keep a clear record of how and when this consent was obtained. You can withdraw your consent at any time, or request that all your personal data be deleted by contacting us.
This policy was last revised in May 2018 to comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018.
Our postal address is: The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX
We can be reached by phone +44 (0)20 7502 7588.
Our Data Protection Officer can be contacted via the above address or phone number or by email.