Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is: We are a local supporters’ group for Freedom from Torture.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

The collection and use of personal data by us is in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (the “GDPR”). 

We collect a limited amount of data automatically from our website users. This includes information such as demographic data, location data, device categories and settings, and browsing patterns. Once we collect this information, we use it in aggregate form such that it would not identify you.

Like most websites, we also use “cookies” for the above and to carry out targeted advertising to you on third party websites.

How do we use your data?

We may use your information in a number of different ways. 

We may use your information to:

  • provide you with the services, products or information you asked for
  • keep you informed about upcoming events
  • respond to or fulfil any request, complaints or queries you make to us
  • send you correspondence and communicate with you
  • personalise our communications e.g. pre-filling forms on our website when you have already provided this at an earlier time, in order to improve your experience on our website
  • help reporting and segmentation, to improve our fundraising and communications and for improving our website
  • keep a record of your relationship with us
  • manage our events
  • further our charitable objectives
  • conduct due diligence and ethical screening
  • carry out fraud prevention and money laundering checks
  • process your application for a job or a volunteering position
  • audit and administer our accounts
  • meet our legal obligations
  • invite you to participate in surveys or research

Whether or not you are a Freedom from Torture supporter, if you have indicated that you are interested in receiving regular information about Freedom from Torture’s work and activities in and around Edinburgh, we will send you regular communications including fundraising, by email, post and / or phone, in accordance with your marketing preferences.

If you no longer wish to receive marketing communications from us, you may:


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you complete a contact form on our site, we only use those data for the purposes of enabling us to contact you in relation to your query or message.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We don’t.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

What third parties we receive data from

We don’t.