Privacy policy

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We are strongly committed to protecting your privacy when you use our website and its content, and our products and services. If you have questions regarding our privacy policies, or require assistance in opting out of our contact lists, please contact us.

We fully comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). When you give us any personal information, for whatever purpose, we will not share that information with anybody else. We receive no statutory funding so we need to fundraise from individuals and organisations to do our work. We may use your personal data for this purpose as well as to inform you of any conservation campaigns or activities you may want to be involved with. We may also use your personal data for research purposes which could occasionally include comparing our records with centrally held national databases to ensure data remains as up to date as possible, reviewing data against publicly available information, and wealth screening. We do this to gain a better understanding of our supporters and it helps us to avoid sending fundraising materials ineffectively. This in turn saves us money so that we can focus most of our valued resources on our cause.

We will only request the personal details that are necessary for the purpose, such as: wildlife surveys – name and address to identify the surveyor and the site; enews requests – name and email to send information to. Any data you submit as part of a survey will be anonymised and/or presented in aggregate.

The personal details collected at www.ptes.org and via other means are stored in a secured file. We rigorously check the security policies of all third party suppliers and proscribe them from using the data for any other purpose.

Use of cookies

Most websites you visit will use cookies in order to improve your user experience by enabling that website to ‘remember’ you, either for the duration of your visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

A cookie is a very small and simple file that a website sends to your computer. Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, storing your preferences, and generally improving your experience of a website. Cookies make the interaction between you and the website faster and easier. If a website doesn’t use cookies, it will think you are a new visitor every time you move to a new page on the site – for example, when you enter your login details and move to another page it won’t recognise you and it won’t be able to keep you logged in.

Cookies are very small and simple text files. They are not computer programs, they can’t carry computer viruses, and they can’t access any information on your computer’s hard drive.

If you don’t want to accept cookies, please set your browser and/or firewall to block them. You will still be able to access most of our website’s content, but you may not be able to download information.

The bottom line

If you choose to give us your personal details, such as your name and email address, we promise to treat them with respect and never to abuse the privilege of being able to contact you. Furthermore, you will always easily be able to withdraw your personal details and we will make that easy for you to do.

If we have your personal details we will never provide them to a third party without your written authorisation, unless compelled to do so by a court with appropriate authority.

If you have questions regarding our privacy policies, or require assistance in opting out of our contact lists, please contact us.

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