Privacy & Cookie Policy

Privacy Policy

 

Purpose of policy

We are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold about you. Using personal information allows us to develop a better understanding of our customers, and in turn, to provide you with relevant and timely information about the range of work that we do - both on and off the stage. As a charity, it also helps us to engage with potential donors and supporters.

 

The purpose of this policy is to give you a clear explanation about how we collect and use the information we collect from you directly and from third parties. We use your information in accordance with all applicable laws concerning the protection of personal information. This policy explains:

  • What information we may collect about you
  • How we may use that information
  • In what situations we may disclose your details to third parties
  • Our use of cookies to improve your use of our website
  • Information about how we keep your personal information secure, how long we maintain it for and your rights to be able to access it

If you have any queries about this policy, please contact the Data Protection Officer, Jenny Roberts at Rifco Theatre Company by emailing [email protected]  


Who we are

Rifco Theatre Company is a charity and is funded by Arts Council England as well as various trusts, foundations, individual donors and supporters. Our registered charity number in England and Wales is 1123986 and we are also registered as a company in England and Wales under registration number 04625212

Information collection

We collect various types of information and in a number of ways:

Information you give us

For example, when you join our mailing list either online or by filling in a form at one of our tour venues or when you join our Friends and Family scheme or make a donation we’ll store personal information you give us such as your name, email address and postcode. We will also store a record of your donations.

Information about your interactions with us

For example, when you visit our website, we collect information about how you interact with our content and ads. When we send you a mailing we store a record of this, and in the case of emails we keep a record of which ones you have opened and which links you have clicked on.

Information from third parties

We occasionally receive information about you from third parties. For example, we may receive information about your Rifco Theatre Company ticket bookings from third party theatre venues if you have consented to this.

Sensitive personal data

Data Protection law recognises that certain categories of personal information are more sensitive such as health information, race, religious beliefs and political opinions. We do not usually collect this type of information about our patrons unless there is a clear reason for doing so. (For example, when we occasionally run workshops we collect health and emergency contact information about participants).

Legal basis

There are three bases under which we may process your data:

Contract purposes

When you make a purchase from us or make a donation to us, you are entering into a contract with us. In order to perform this contract we need to process and store your data. For example we may need to contact you by email or telephone in the case of problems with your payment.

Legitimate business interests

In certain situations we collect and process your personal data for purposes that are in our legitimate organisational interests. However, we only do this if there is no overriding prejudice to you by using your personal information in this way. We describe below all situations where we may use this basis for processing.

With your explicit consent

For any situations where the two bases above are not appropriate, we will instead ask for your explicit consent before using your personal information in that specific situation.

Marketing communications

We aim to communicate with you about the work that we do in ways that you find relevant, timely and respectful. To do this we use data that we have stored about you, such as your email address and postcode.

We use our legitimate organisational interest as the legal basis for communications by email. In the case of email, we will give you an opportunity to opt out of receiving them during our first contact with you. If you do not opt out, we will provide you with an option to unsubscribe in every email that we subsequently send you, or you can alternatively use the contact details at the end of this policy.

Other processing activities

In addition to marketing communications, we also process personal information in the following ways that are within our legitimate organisational interests:

  • We may analyse data we hold about you to ensure that the content and timing of communications that we send you are as relevant to you as possible.
  • We may analyse data we hold about you in order to identify and prevent fraud.
  • In order to improve our website we may analyse information about how you use it and the content and ads that you interact with.
  • We may analyse data we hold about you if you have made a donation to us. For example, we may use publicly available information to assess whether to approach you about other fundraising initiatives.

In all of the above cases we will always keep your rights and interests at the forefront to ensure they are not overridden by your own interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. You have the right to object to any of this processing at any time. If you wish to do this, please use the contact details at the end of this policy. Please bear in mind that if you object this may affect our ability to carry out tasks above that are for your benefit.

Third parties

There are certain circumstances under which we may disclose your personal information to third parties. These are as follows:

  • To the subsidiaries described above when it is necessary for them to be able to provide you with products or services that you’ve requested.
  • To our own service providers who process data on our behalf and on our instructions (for example, our website operator (Feast) who host our mailing list service and the organisation that collects donations on our behalf (Charity Checkout). In these cases we require that these third parties comply strictly with our instructions and with data protection laws, for example around security of personal data.
  • Where we are under a duty to disclose your personal information in order to comply with any legal obligation (for example to government bodies and law enforcement agencies).

Cookies

A cookie is a small file, which asks permission to be placed on your computer's hard drive. Once you agree, the file is added and the cookie helps analyse web traffic or lets you know when you visit a particular site. Cookies allow web applications to respond to you as an individual. The web application can tailor its operations to your needs, likes and dislikes by gathering and remembering information about your preferences.

We use traffic log cookies to identify which pages are being used. This helps us analyse data about web page traffic and improve our website in order to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes and then the data is removed.

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website, by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us.

You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. This may prevent you from taking full advantage of the website.

Your debit and credit card information

If you use your credit or debit card to make a donation, we will ensure that this is carried out securely and in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS).

Maintaining your personal information

We store your personal information indefinitely, however, if there are aspects of your record that are inaccurate or that you would like us to remove, please use the contact details at the end of this policy. Any objections you make to any processing of your data will be stored against your record on our system so that we can comply with your requests.

Security of your personal information

We will put in place appropriate safeguards (both in terms of our procedures and the technology we use) to keep your personal information as secure as possible. We will ensure that any third parties we use for processing your personal information do the same.

We will not transfer, process or store your data anywhere that is outside of the European Economic Area.

Your rights to your personal information

You have a right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in this data corrected. Please use the contact details at the end of this policy if you would like to exercise this right.

Contact details and further information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about any aspect of this privacy policy, and in particular, if you would like to object to any processing of your personal information that we carry out for our legitimate organisational interests.

Jenny Roberts, [email protected]

Data Protection Officer / Executive Director

Rifco Theatre Company

Watford Palace Theatre

20 Clarendon Road

Watford

WD17 1J