Mind privacy policy

Our Privacy Principles

We will look after any personal information that you share with us.

This is central to our values as an organisation. We want everyone who supports us, or who comes to us for support, to feel confident about how any personal information they share will be looked after or used.

You can be confident that:

  • We only use personal information in the ways we need to and that is expected of us.
  • We will keep you up to date with our work, including how we are campaigning to improve services, raising awareness, promoting understanding as well as our fundraising activities.
  • But, we only use your personal information to do this if you have previously told us that’s OK.
  • We will make it easy for you to tell us how you want us to communicate with you, including how to opt out from future communications - and we promise your request will respected straight away.
  • We will never release your information to organisations outside Mind for their marketing purposes.
  • We will be especially careful and sensitive when engaging with vulnerable people or those we have reason to believe might be vulnerable
  • We take all reasonable care to safeguard your personal information through security policies and secure business processes.
  • We will always provide easy ways for you to contact us. Our Data Protection Officer is happy to answer any queries you have, at any time.

Mind Privacy Policy

We know that your privacy is very important to you.
We promise that it is even more important to us.

1. How we collect personal information about you

We may collect personal information from you when you interact with Mind. There are many occasions when this could happen, for example: if you enquire about our activities, register with us, make a donation to us, ask a question about mental health, purchase something, apply for a job or volunteering opportunity, if you chose to provide some optional feedback or otherwise provide us with personal information. And, this may be when you phone us, go onto our website, from our shops, through the post, or in person.

2. What information do we collect?

The personal information we collect might include your contact details such as name, date of birth, email address, postal address, telephone number and credit/debit card details (if you are making a purchase or donation), as well as information you provide in any correspondence between us.  

We may also collect health information if you tell us about your experience or the experiences of a friend or relative; however, you can decide if you want to remain anonymous or if you are happy to share your personal details.

We also gather general information about the use of our websites, such as which pages users visit most often and which services, events or facilities are of most interest. We may also track which pages users visit when they click on links in Mind emails. We may use this information to personalise the way our websites are presented when users visit them, to make improvements to our websites and to ensure we provide the best service for users. Wherever possible we use aggregated or anonymous information which does not identify individual visitors to our websites.

3. Cookies

'Cookie' is a name for a small file, usually of letters and numbers, which is download onto your device, like your computer, mobile phone or table when you visit a website.

They let websites recognise your device, so that the sites can work, or work better, and also gather information about how you use the site. A cookie, by itself, can't be used to identify you. 

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you come to our website and also allows us to improve our site.  

The cookies we use

We use the categorisation set out by the International Chamber of Commerce in their UK Cookie Guide.

We use all four categories of cookies:

  • Strictly necessary cookies are essential for you to move around our website and to use its features, like our shopping basket and your account.
  • Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how you use our site, like which pages are visited most. No information that identifies you is kept.
  • Functionality cookies remember choices you make to improve your experience, like your text size or location. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. They are anonymous.
  • Targeting or advertising cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests.

No cookies, please

You can opt out of all our cookies (except the strictly necessary ones). Find out how to control and delete cookies in your browser.

But, if you choose to refuse all cookies you may not be able to use our website properly.

You can also opt-out of Addthis tracking, although we think it improves your web experience.

If you have any questions about how we use cookies, please contact us.

4. How do we use personal information?

We may use your personal information to:

  • Provide you with the important advice and support you’ve asked us for, whether this be over our Information lines, through our publications or other important services;
  • Provide or administer activities relating to all our services: updating you with important administrative messages, to help us identify you when you contact us, and help us to properly maintain our records;
  • Improve your experience with us. We may use your information to enhance the service that our staff provide, to fulfil your orders and gift aid declarations, to improve our information and communications, or to personalise the website to better suit your needs;
  • Provide you with information about our plans. This may be letting you know about new or enhanced services that we hope will be useful and interesting to you, and may include fundraising updates; of course, we will only do this with your consent and you can change your mind and remove or add your consent at any time by contacting us;
  • Analyse the personal information we collect about you so that we can better understand our supporters, their preferences and needs and important trends.
  • We may need to disclose your information if required to do so by law (for example, to comply with applicable laws, regulations and codes of practice or in response to a valid request from a competent authority); or, in order to enforce our conditions of sale and other agreements;

To do some of this, Mind may share your information with our trusted partners and suppliers, but is always carried out under our instruction, and is never for their marketing approaches. We ensure that they store the data securely and delete it when it is no longer needed.

A special note about the Sensitive Information we hold   

If you contact us at national Mind through our Helplines (such as our Infoline, Legal Line, and our Blue Light Infoline), through Elefriends, or in other more general communications with us such as blogs or general emails, you may choose to provide details of a sensitive nature.

We only use it for the purposes of dealing with your enquiry, training, and quality monitoring or evaluating the services we provide. We will not pass on your details to anyone else without your express permission except in exceptional circumstances. Examples of this might include anyone reporting serious self-harm or posing a threat to others, children contacting us and sharing serious issues.

If you provide us with any Sensitive Personal Data by telephone, email or by other means, we will treat that information with extra care and always in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Your personal information and details of the enquiries received are stored on a secure database for no longer than is necessary for the purposes of its use. We carry out periodic deletion of data whose retention period has expired and/or when the need to continue holding such data is no longer necessary.

5. Your choices

We’d like to keep our all valued supporters up to date with our progress. So, to update you on what we’re doing and ask whether you’d be able to support us , where you have given us your consent, we’d like to keep in touch with you (by post, phone, email, text and other electronic means) about our progress and how you can continue to help us in this important mission.

Please be reassured that respect lies at the heart of everything our committed staff and volunteers do: we respect any information that you share with us and you can change your mind and remove or add your consent at any time, by simply contacting us on (link)

You consent to Mind transferring your information to countries or jurisdictions which may not provide the same level of data protection as the European Economic Area ("EEA"). At present, Mind does NOT transfer nor store your personal information outside the EEA. If we chose to do so in the future, we will update this Policy and we will comply fully with our legal obligations as a data controller and take all steps necessary to ensure that your personal information is treated securely and in accordance with legislation.

6. Who sees your personal information?

The personal information we collect about you will be used by our staff (and volunteers) in Mind so that they can support you; also, by a few selected organisations that work with us or on our behalf to deliver our services; and possibly to legal and regulatory authorities if required to by law.

This never involves us selling or sharing your personal information with organisations so that they can contact you for any marketing activities. Nor do we sell any information about your web browsing activity.

7. Your Information Security

We take the security of your personal information extremely seriously.

We've implemented appropriate physical, technical and organisational measures to protect the personal information we have under our control, both on and off-line, from improper access, use, alteration, destruction and loss.

And, we only keep it as long as is reasonable and necessary, which may be to fulfil statutory obligations (for example, the collection of Gift Aid).

Here are some of the ways we protect your personal information:

  • If you provide personal information to us online the transmission of that information to us is protected by (what encryption?).  Encryption is the process through which sensitive information is scrambled before it is transmitted so that it remains private even if it is intercepted. However, unless your internet browser supports (what encryption?) you will not be able to take advantage of this level of security
  • Offline, your personal information is kept securely in our databases and offices, or, where relevant, by our partner companies.
  • We will take all reasonable steps to protect your personal information, but data can never be guaranteed as 100% secure. Please note that we will not be liable for any breach of security unless we have been negligent.
  • Links to other Websites and their security and privacy policies.Our Web site may contain links to other sites. While we try to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites. Please be aware that advertisers or Web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. This privacy statement does not cover the information practices of those Web sites or advertisers.
  • Any credit are details we receive on our website are passed securely to sage pay our payment processing partner, according to the Payment Card Industry Security Standards.

8. Your communication with our teams at Mind

Your communications with our teams (including by telephone or email) may be monitored and/or recorded for training, quality control and compliance purposes to ensure that we continuously improve our customer service standards.

9. How to update or access your personal information

You may ask us at any time to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate.

You have a right to know what personal information Mind holds about you.

You can ask us to update your details, or request a copy of your personal information we hold, by contacting Mind:

Writing: Mind; 15 – 19 Broadway; London E15 4BQ

Tel: 02082152243

Email: dataprotection@mind.org.uk  

10. Changes to our Privacy Policy

Our Privacy Policy is reviewed regularly to ensure that it reflects how we use your information. Any changes will be notified to you by updating this policy so please check this Policy to see if any changes have been made that are important to you. Where appropriate, changes will be notified to you by email.

This Privacy Policy (version 1.0) was last updated on 14/07/2016

11. Who we are

Here at Mind, we are committed to protecting your personal information and to reassure you that that you have control over the information we store about you and what types of information you would like to receive from us.

For further information about our privacy practices, please contact our Data Protection Officer by:

•        Writing to Mind, 15-19 Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 4BQ

•        Calling us on 02082152243

•        Emailing to dataprotection@mind.org.uk

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