Cookies and Legal Policy

Privacy and cookies

UNISON is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

The policy reflects our duties under the Data Protection Act to use information fairly, keep it secure, make sure it is accurate and keep it up to date. This policy applies to all the pages hosted on this site. It does not apply to other organisations to which we may link and whose privacy policies may differ.

Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated. It may change from time to time, so please check back periodically.

Information we may collect

We may collect, and store the following kinds of personal data:

We will collect information which you give to us via email, the various forms on the website or information voluntarily given to us via telephone or postal mail. Some information is gathered when you join or sign up to receive email updates.

Your details may be stored on a "cookie". This is a tiny element of data that our site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive. This small amount of information does NOT contain any private information stored on your computer.

We use Google Analytics to analyse site usage, how our users arrive at our site, what they do on the site, what browser they are using and on what operating system etc. However, this analytics data, collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our site, is not tied to personally identifiable information.

Cookies: Like most websites, we use cookies on our site to help improve your experience. These include, for example, cookies for analytics that tell us how people are using the site to help us improve the information we provide and site navigation. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit http://www.aboutcookies.org for detailed guidance of how to manage cookies.

Currently we operate an 'implied consent' policy which means that we assume you are happy with our use of cookies. If you are not happy, then you could delete your cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser's anonymous usage setting (called "Incognito" in Chrome, "InPrivate" for Internet Explorer, "Private Browsing" in Firefox and Safari etc.). If you choose not to use cookies, it may be difficult to use some parts of our website.

Social media buttons: On some of the pages of the site you will see 'social buttons'. such as share buttons for Twitter and Facebook.

When you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information to improve their services.

You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.

External web services: We use a number of external web services on the UNISON site, mostly to display content within our web pages. For example, to display images we sometimes use Flickr; to show videos we use YouTube. This is not an exhaustive or complete list of the services we use, or might use in the future, when embedding content, but these are the most common.

As with the social buttons, these sites may use information about usage of embedded content. If you are not logged in to these external services, then they will not know who you are but are likely to gather anonymous usage information e.g. number of views, plays, loads etc.

How we may use your information

Personal data submitted on this website will only be used for the purposes it was collected. We may use your personal information to:

administer the website;

improve your browsing experience by personalising the website;

enable your use of the services available on the website;

send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;

deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website;

Sharing of information

We may disclose information about you to any of our employees or agents, insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as set out in this privacy policy.

UNISON will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information to any third party unless we have your permission, or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.

We will not transfer any information outside of the United Kingdom.

Our security

UNISON uses industry standard efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of your personally identifiable information, such as firewalls and SSL (secure socket layers). We make every effort to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. However, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

Updating membership records and email subscriptions online

You can change your member details, and unsubscribe from email updates at: www.unison.org.uk/help/index.asp

Accessing, correcting or deleting your data

At your request we will give you all details of personal information held by UNISON, once your identity has been established and a processing fee of #10 has been received. Incorrect information will be deleted or amended promptly.

We can only accept these requests if sent by email, fax or letter, after which we will take further steps to confirm identity before releasing data. We will provide information related to these requests within 40 calendar days of confirmation of identity and fee receipt. If exceptional circumstances mean that we may take longer to provide you with your information, we will let you know.

Requests for access should be forwarded to:

The Data Protection Officer

UNISON

UNISON Centre,

130 Euston Road,

London NW1 2AY

email : k.dove@unison.co.uk