Preservation of your privacy is important to A Heart For China and we are committed to letting you know how we use your personal information and to making only responsible use of your data.
References to “we”, “us”, “you” or “our” in this privacy statement are references to A Heart For China, an International Charity Volunteer Organisation with headquarters in Shenzhen - China.
This statement relates to the various contact types associated with A Heart For China, including members, individual contacts of members, supporters, mentors and mentees.
1. What personal data we collect
A Heart For China is a membership organisation and as a result, we collect details about our members when they register.
You are responsible for making sure you give us accurate and up to date information. If you provide information on behalf of another person, you will need to tell them how to find this privacy statement and make sure they agree to us using their information for the purposes set out in it.
We will also collect personal data when you access the services we offer. Depending on the service you use, the way we collect data is including but not limited to the following:
- Downloadable resources – name and email address.
- Support line – name, email address, organisation, job title and query details.
- Event sign up – name, email address, job title, organisation, location, photograph consent for all events and payment details for paid events only.
- Mentee sign-up – name, email address, job title, organisation and query details.
- Online feedback or research surveys – name, organisation and email address.
- In all instances where we collect the data from individuals it’s in order to deliver our charitable services.
2. How we use your personal data
We use your personal information to manage your membership account on our customer relationship management system and/or to provide the services you have requested from us. We never share your information with third parties, unless it is necessary to deliver the service you have requested from us. Primary examples of this include, but are not limited, to:
- Sharing data with our event venues for security and safety purposes, or to ensure our accessibility obligations are met.
- Sharing data with our external event staff or volunteers, including our trainers.
- Sharing data with your mentor if you have signed up for the mentoring programme.
- Sharing your data with an expert referral partner if you have contacted our support line.
We never share your information with third parties for marketing purposes without asking for specific, unambiguous consent. For example, some of our events are delivered alongside a relevant partner (e.g. community voluntary service organisations). On some occasions, we might ask you if we can share those details with the partner. This will be very clear on the event sign up form. If in any case, this consent is not received then your data will not be shared.
From time-to-time, we may use your feedback and attribute it to you (e.g. by quoting a name and organisation alongside the feedback). We take this information from the surveys you are asked to complete and we do so to talk about our services publicly or demonstrate the impact of the charity to key stakeholders e.g. funders. We never share your information without asking for specific, unambiguous consent. This will be very clear on the relevant forms you complete. If in any case, this consent is not received then your data will not be shared.
3. Member communications
As a member of A Heart For China, you will receive regular, relevant communications from us (e.g. a monthly digest and an events bulletin). Signing up as a member, supporter or mentor includes automatic subscription to these communication channels. From time to time, we may also contact you to ask you to engage with various campaigns we run on behalf of small charities.
You have the right to withdraw your consent from receiving our communications at any time. For more information, see section 4 below. You can unsubscribe from communication channels without affecting your membership status with A Heart For China.
4. Your rights to be informed
- To update your data
If you wish to access or rectify personal data that has been collected (see section 1 for examples) or if you wish to receive any personal data we hold on you, please contact us by the contact form on this website and we will respond to your request within one calendar month.
- To delete your data
If you wish to have your data removed entirely from our records, please contact us by the contact form on this website and we will respond to your request within one calendar month.
Please note that for legal reasons we are required to keep financial/transactional records for a minimum period of six years from the end of the financial year in which the transaction was made.
- To move your data
If you wish to have your data transferred from A Heart For China to another organisation, please contact us by the contact form on this website and we will respond to your request within one calendar month.
- To withdraw your consent
If you wish to withdraw your consent from receiving our email communications, this can be done by clicking ‘update your preferences’ or ‘unsubscribe’ at the bottom of an email you receive from us.
Please note that this does not apply to emails sent by A Heart For China services team which relate directly to the service you have requested or purchased, these emails may not have an unsubscribe function. However you can reply to these emails at any time with any concern or questions about your personal data.
- To object to, or restrict data processing
If you object to the processing of your personal data, or wish to restrict the way in which it is processed by us, please contact us by the contact form on this website and we will respond as soon as possible. Please note that this may affect our ability to deliver our services to you.
5. How long we retain your data
We retain your personal data for as long as is considered necessary for the purpose for which it was collected (including as required by applicable law or regulation, typically 6 years). In addition, personal data may be securely archived with restricted access (and other appropriate safeguards) where there is a need to continue to retain it.
We will ask you on a regular basis to update your membership details with A Heart For China.
Financial records, including those of event payments and refunds, will be retained for a minimum period of six years from the end of the financial year in which the booking was made in order to comply with statutory obligations.
6. Questions or complaints
If you have questions or a complaint about the way your personal data has been processed by A Heart For China, please email us by the contact form on this website and we will look in to this for you as a matter of priority.
7. Changes to our privacy statement
Updates to this privacy statement will appear on this website. This privacy statement was last updated on 09/03/2020.