Privacy Policy

Purpose

Soil of Amhara (SOA) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This policy explains when and why we collect personal information, how we use it, how we keep it secure and the conditions under which we might disclose it to others.
We may change this policy from time to time, so please check this page on a regular basis.  By using our website, you are agreeing to be bound by this policy.

Any questions regarding this policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to stevcale@gmail.com by writing to Soil of Amhara, c/o 16 Londgen Ave, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, Sy3 7RL.

Who are we?

The aim of SOA, registered charity number 1193420, is to release the potential of young people in the Amhara region of Ethiopia through supporting ventures and community projects. For the purpose of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) the data controller is the charity Soil of Amhara.

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website (https://www.soilofamhara.org/) for example, when you contact us about our work or make a donation electronically.  In order to perform any of these options you may be required to disclose personal data through one of our online forms.

What type of information is collected from you?

The personal information we collect might include your name, salutation, address, email address, postal address, telephone number and IP address.  If you are kind enough to support our work online financially, your information may be taken by a third-party payment processors (such as Just-Giving), who specialise in the secure online capture and processing of financial transactions.  At the current time, we do not have a direct link with any third-party company, but if we were to do so we would insist on a signed agreement to comply to GDPR standards.

How is your information used?

We may use your information to:

• process a donation;
• seek your views or comments on the support services we provide;
• notify you of changes to our services;
• send you communications which you have requested, with information about campaigns, appeals or other fundraising activities;
• send you a newsletter to keep you up to date with our work.

We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis.  We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations (for example the collection of Gift Aid), but will only hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract you hold with us.

Who has access to your information?

We will never sell or rent your information to third parties.
We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes and will not release your information to anyone unless required to do so by law, for example, by a court order or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

Your Rights

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you. This is called a Subject Access Request.  If you wish to make a Subject Access Request please write to [address and email].  Please note that we will require information on what you want to see as well as proof of your identity so Subject Access Requests must be made by post with the relevant supporting information.

For further information see Information Commissioner’s guidance https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-data-protection/principle-6-rights/subject-access-request/

You may ask us to rectify information you think is inaccurate, and you may also ask us to remove information which is inaccurate.  Where you inform us of this, we will correct our records accordingly.  If you would like us to stop using your personal data for this purpose, or if you would like to exercise any of your rights please contact us and we will act in accordance with your instructions as soon as reasonably possible.

You have the right to refer a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office ("ICO") who can be contacted https://ico.org.uk/concerns

We are committed to protecting the privacy of the young people that support us through fundraise events or engage on our website.  Where necessary we will obtain the consent of a parent or guardian in order to collect and use personal data of children.  However, if you are a child and would like to get involved, please ensure that you have the consent from a parent or guardian before providing your personal information to us.

We will retain your personal data in line with our retention policy, unless a valid business reason exists which means we need to retain personal data for longer.

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For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them see Cookie policy.

Review of this Policy

We keep this Policy under regular review.  This Policy was last updated in June 2021.

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