Oxfam is committed to safeguarding your personal information. Whenever you provide such information, we are legally obliged to use your information in line with all laws concerning the protection of personal information, including the Data Protection Act 1998.
Oxfam is a registered charity (charity number 202918) and a company limited by guarantee (company number 612172). Oxfam is also registered in Scotland (SC039042). Oxfam’s registered address is Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2JY.
When you contact Oxfam to make a donation, purchase an item online, support our “Tag your Bag” scheme or sign up to any of Oxfam’s activities or online content, such as newsletters, competitions, or message boards, or you telephone, email, write to or text Oxfam, or engage with Oxfam via social media channels, we may receive and retain personal information about you. This can consist of information such as your name, email address, postal address, telephone or mobile number, bank account details to process donations and whether or not you are a tax payer so that we can claim Gift Aid.
By submitting your details, you enable Oxfam (and where applicable any sub-contractors we may use) to raise funds and to provide you with the goods, services, information, activities or online content you select.
We do not usually collect “sensitive personal data” about our supporters, e.g. health status, unless there is a clear reason for doing so – such as participation in a marathon or similar fundraising event or where we need this to ensure that we provide appropriate facilities or support to enable you to participate in an event. Clear notices will be provided on applications for such events so that it is clear what information we need and why we need it.
If you are simply browsing our website as an anonymous visitor, Oxfam may still collect certain information from you, such as your IP addresses (an IP address is a number that can uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on the internet).
Oxfam will use your personal information for a number of purposes including the following:
Oxfam will only contact you for marketing purposes by email or other electronic means if you have agreed to be contacted for these purposes or where you have made a donation by text and have not opted out from receiving further information. Where you have provided your postal address we may send you direct mail about our work unless you have told us that you do not wish to receive such information.
If you wish to contact us either to obtain information about our work or to stop us sending you such information please email us firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0300 200 1300 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or write to Supporter Relations, Oxfam GB, Oxfam House, John Smith Drive, Oxford, OX4 2JY with the details. You may also opt out of marketing emails at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any marketing email from Oxfam.
When Oxfam asks for supporters to send an SMS, that request is usually accompanied with the wording ‘By texting you consent to future telephone contact from Oxfam. Text NOINFO to 70066 to stop future SMS ‘. You can cease SMS communications by texting NOINFO to 70066, this is charged at standard rate only.
We will only use your information within Oxfam for the purposes for which it was obtained, unless you have explicitly agreed that we may share your information with another organisation. Sometimes Oxfam contracts third parties to process your information on our behalf. We require these third parties to comply strictly with our instructions and data protection laws.
We will keep your information confidential except where disclosure is required or permitted by law (for example to government bodies for tax purposes or law enforcement agencies for the prevention and detection of crime, subject to such bodies providing us with a relevant request in writing).
If you post or send offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content to or anywhere on the Oxfam website or otherwise engage in any disruptive behaviour on any Oxfam service, we may use your personal information to stop such behaviour.
Where Oxfam reasonably believes that you are or may be in breach of any of the laws of England and Wales (or the law of Scotland if you live there) (e.g. because content you have posted may be defamatory), we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your employer, internet provider or law enforcement agencies about the content and your behaviour.
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, eg we will keep a record of donations for at least seven years. If you request us not to send you marketing information we will keep a record of your contact details and appropriate information to enable us to comply with your request not to be contacted by us.
Where you contribute material to us, e.g. user generated content or in response to a particular campaign we will generally only keep your content for as long as is reasonably required for the purpose(s) for which it was submitted unless otherwise stated at the point of generation.
The accuracy of your information is important to us. We are working on ways to make it easier for you to review and correct the information that Oxfam maintains about you. In the meantime, if you change email address or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, you can let us know:
Under the Data Protection Act you have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected. (We charge £10 for information requests and require you to prove your identity with two pieces of approved identification).
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