PRIVACY POLICY AND LEGAL TERMS – WALK FREE

Introduction

Walk Free is a not-for-profit initiative that oversees the Walk Free Movement, including the walkfree.org website, other social media accounts and related databases.

This policy explains how we use, disclose and protect the personal information of people who use our website or otherwise join or support the Walk Free Movement in the ways described below. Walk Free values and respects the privacy of our members.

What information do we collect?

Walk Free collects limited personal information about our members and supporters such as contact details, the country you are from and how you came into contact with us. We collect this information in a range of different situations, such as when someone visitors our website, when they sign a petition, when they come to an event or when a partner organisation joins a campaign that Walk Free is running. Our information systems also collect information about the way that you use our website, so that we can continue to improve our website and our campaigns.

How do we use your personal information?

Walk Free collects, holds, uses and discloses personal information where necessary for operation of the Walk Free Movement, including staying in contact with you and letting you know of new campaigns and other opportunities to take part in the fight against modern slavery, as well as for any secondary purpose that is reasonably related to this primary purpose. Walk Free may also hold, use or disclose your personal information where you have expressly or implicitly consented to the holding, use or disclosure, or where the holding, use or disclosure is authorised or required by law. If Walk Free wishes to hold, use or disclose your personal information in other circumstances, we will obtain your prior consent to do so. Further information about this is provided in the remainder of this policy.

When might we give anyone else access to your personal information?

Walk Free will not disclose your personal information to any third parties except:

  • to our related companies, but only in exceptional circumstances;
  • to third parties appointed by Walk Free, including our contractors, website and data hosting providers, email or SMS providers, technology service providers, advertising partners, campaign partners and other persons who perform services for us – in which case, Walk Free uses reasonable steps to ensure such third parties keep your personal information confidential and do not use or disclose your personal information for any purpose other than the purpose of providing those services to us;
  • to our professional advisers, accountants, insurers, lawyers and auditors on a confidential basis;
  • if Walk Free or its assets are or may be acquired by a third party, the information may be provided to that third party and its advisors;
  • in exceptional circumstances, Walk Free may be required or permitted by law to disclose personal information, for example when it is necessary for something you have requested from us and when necessary to protect someone’s safety, rights or property; or
  • otherwise with your consent.

We do not hand our membership lists over to other groups. From time to time we might let you know about an exciting or important campaign being run by a partner organisation in the fight against modern day slavery. When we do this, Walk Free will let you know, and will not hand over member information without consent and without securing a suitable written agreement with the other organisation for the proper use of this information.

For our campaigns to be effective, it is important that our members and supporters make a public stand in the fight against slavery. So if you participate in specific campaign actions such as adding your name to a petition, uploading a video to our site or writing a letter to a news media organisation, your information will be available publicly on our website. We may also include on our website your comments, along with your first name, last initial, and where you are located (city, state or country).

Walk Free may disclose your personal information to third parties located outside of the country in which your personal information is collected, if it is reasonably necessary for the Walk Free Movement. Walk Free will take reasonable steps to ensure that any foreign recipient protects your personal information in the manner provided in this policy. By providing Walk Free with personal information, you consent to us disclosing personal information to a foreign recipient.

Use of our website email tool

In some campaigns, we offer a function in which members can write a message to their head of state, a company CEO, a news organisation or other decision makers. These messages are sent in your name, with your contact information such as your email address as the return address. Please review the content of these messages carefully because as they are sent from your email address and not from Walk Free, you are responsible for the content of these messages.

How can you stop receiving email from Walk Free?

If at any time you would like to unsubscribe from our email list, you may do so by clicking on the Unsubscribe link included in each of our emails or by emailing info@walkfree.org with “unsubscribe” in the subject heading and we will remove your name from our lists. We will act quickly to implement such requests but please note there may be time lags of up to a month to remove names from our database.

Financial transactions

If you make a financial transaction with Walk Free, your credit card or other payment information will be used only for this transaction through our secure online payment system. Walk Free does not retain payment information without your consent.

How does Walk Free keep your information secure?

Walk Free endeavours to take all reasonable steps to keep secure any information that we hold about you, and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Your information is transmitted internationally to be stored on secure servers that are protected in controlled facilities. We require our employees and data processors to respect the confidentiality of any personal information.

What technologies do we use to analyse traffic on the Walk Free website?

Like most websites, we collect basic web traffic information (such as IP addresses) to monitor overall usage of our site. This helps us understand traffic patterns and know if there are problems on the site. We use embedded images in emails to track open rates for our campaigns, so that we can know what campaigns members support most strongly and we can learn better how to keep members of our movement engaged with the fight against modern slavery. We also use URLs (website links) in emails with an identifier that allows us to correctly identify the person who takes an action using a web page, so we can know who are our most active members and what campaigns they support.

Cookie technology is used on several parts of our website. Cookies are pieces of information that a website transfers to a computer, tablet or smartphone to analyse website usage and to facilitate transactions and a more personalised website experience. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. If you do not wish to receive any cookies you may set your browser to refuse cookies. This may mean you will not be able to take full advantage of all the functions on the Walk Free website.

Children’s privacy

We do not intend to solicit personally identifying information from children. Visitors who are under 13 years of age should ask their parent or guardian for guidance before they enter any personal information on our website.

Gaining access to your information

If at any time you want to know exactly what personal information Walk Free holds about you, you are welcome to request access to your record by e-mailing us at info@walkfree.org. As a standard procedure to protect anybody else gaining access to your personal information, we will ask for some proof of your identity before disclosing this information to you.

Links to other websites

The Walk Free website contains links to other websites. Walk Free is not responsible for the practices or privacy policies of those sites.

Future revisions

Walk Free’s website and activities will continue to grow and change as we add new ways to campaign and make your voice heard in the fight against slavery. That means there will be continued changes in how we communicate with our members and run campaigns. Because of this, from time to time, our privacy policy will be reviewed and revised. Whenever we change our privacy policy we will post an updated version on our website, including the last date of revision.

This privacy policy was last revised on 27 January 2016.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about how we handle your personal information and protect your privacy, please feel free to contact us at info@walkfree.org.