Privacy Policy

Who we are

Bridge India is a progressive and inclusive non-profit think tank dedicated to discourse on public policy for the betterment of India. More information can be found at www.bridgeindia.org.uk.

We are in the process of obtaining our Charity Commission in England & Wales registration as a CIO and are currently governed by company law, under company number 09019358, which will carry out research and communication activities prior to the formal inception of the CIO.

This company (“we”) take great care to comply with the requirements of the UK Data Protection Act 1998 (“The Act”), the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation 2003 and the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, all relating to the personal information you supply to us.

What information we collect about you

We may collect and process the following data about you:

Personal Data

Information that you provide by filling in forms on our website. This includes information provided at the time of registering to use our website, subscribing to our service, posting material or requesting further services and might include the following:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Name of your organisation
  • Job Role
  • Email (for login)
  • Address
  • Postcode
  • Telephone number

We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with our website.

If you contact us, we may keep a record of that correspondence.

Information relating to your area of expertise as a result of communicating with us.

We may also ask you to complete surveys that we use for research purposes, although you do not have to respond to them.

Information that we obtain from you when taking part in an event or making a donation may, in addition to the above, include credit card, debit card or bank account details, but such information will be stored only by our payment provider, Stripe, and will not be held by us.

Sensitive Personal Data

Information that we obtain from you when you apply for a role at Bridge India or have taken up employment with us. This may include, subject to your prior written consent, sensitive information such as:

  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Religious beliefs
  • Physical and mental health details
  • Trade union membership
  • Sexual orientation
  • Commission of criminal offences and/or involvement in criminal proceedings

Information we get from your use of our website and services

In addition to cookies (for which see the section below entitled What Cookies We Use), we may also collect details about your usage of the website. Those may include, but are not limited to:

  • Traffic data
  • Location data
  • Weblogs and other communication data (whether this is required for our own purposes or otherwise)
  • The resources that you access, such as text journals, newspaper articles or our library catalog

Information from third parties

We may also receive information about you from third party event co-organizers or project funders. This can include information such as:

  • Your name
  • Postal address
  • Email address
  • Emergency contact details
  • Dietary requirements
  • Telephone number
  • Whether you are a tax payer so that we can claim Gift Aid
  • What browser you are using
  • Your IP address
  • The computer operating system you are using

From the public domain:

We may obtain some information from publicly available sources such as news articles or open postings on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

We may obtain some information from publicly available sources such as news articles or open postings on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

How your information may be used

We may use information held about you in the following ways:

  • to ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer
  • to provide you with information, products or services that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes
  • to carry out our obligations arising from any contracts entered into between you and us, for example if you take up employment with us.
  • to allow you to participate in interactive features of our service, when you choose to do so
  • to invite you to events ran by us or our co-partners
  • to administer your donations or support your fundraising, including processing Gift Aid (we do not store credit card details)
  • to notify you about changes to our service
  • to fulfil orders for goods and services
  • to administer your membership
  • to carry out in-house research and analysis, for example data mining, marketing statistics or equal opportunities monitoring
  • to approach you for charitable funding where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes
  • to monitor customer traffic patterns, website usage and related website information in order to optimize your use of our website; data collected in this way will be aggregated and anonymized and passed to a reputable third-party, but these statistics will include no information personally identifying you

You can opt out of your data being used for any of the Purposes of Use by contacting us directly through the email address provided in the Your Rights section below.

The Purposes(s) of Use in relation to:

  • your Personal Data is lawful because it is necessary for us to hold and use your Personal Data so that we can perform our obligations under the contract we have entered into with you;
  • your Sensitive Personal Data is lawful because you have given us your explicit consent to process your data in this way when applying for a role at Bridge India or if you have taken up employment with us; and
  • usage Data and Third Party Data is lawful because it is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by us and/or our web developers in order to keep the website up to date, organise events and functions and provide additional services to our users from time to time.

Legitimate interest

We may process your personal information for certain legitimate business purposes which are in our interests but which we believe also benefit people who we identify as potential supporters of Bridge India.

Those carefully considered and specific purposes might for example include the following:

  • inviting potential speakers and participants in a business / professional capacity to our meetings or events; and
  • engaging with particular individuals holding relevant policy-making positions, hand-picked experts, corporate professional individuals, journalists and those working in other relevant sectors in a business / professional capacity.

 

Bridge India Mailing List

From time to time, we may send electronic copies of bulletins and other material to some of our contacts.  The e-mail software that we use to send this material allows us to collect information about which contacts have received and opened our HTML e-mails. It does so by tracking when images and links contained in each email are retrieved and clicked on respectively. We collect this information to monitor and improve the effectiveness of the material we send by email. You are able to block the collection of this information by adjusting your e-mail software’s privacy settings to prevent the automatic downloading of images (although if you do, some or all of an email’s content may be unavailable unless you manually select to download images in that email) and by choosing not to click on the links. You can update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the relevant links at the bottom of each of our emails. Typically, you will receive only one newsletter email per month. You can update your preferences or unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the relevant links at the bottom of each of our emails

Your rights

We will use and store any personal data we collect in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under the Act, your rights include:

Withdrawing your consent

You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing and donation request purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes. You may opt out of your personal data being used for direct marketing purposes by contacting us at contact@bridgeindia.org.uk.

Our website may, from time to time, contain links to and from external websites. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

Accessing and managing your personal information

You have the right to request a copy of your Personal Data by making a ‘subject access request’ under The Act and to have any inaccuracies corrected.

You also have the following rights:

  • to request us to erase your Personal Data;
  • to request us to restrict our processing of your Personal Data; and
  • to object to the way in which we are dealing with and processing your Personal Information.

Should you wish to exercise these rights, we will require you to prove your identity with two pieces of approved identification. We want to also make sure that your personal information is accurate and up to date. You may ask us to correct or remove information you think is inaccurate.

If you are not happy about the way in which we have processed or dealt with your information, you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can find the details regarding the same here.

Cookies we use

When you visit this website a small text file known as a cookie may be downloaded to your computer. This allows us to provide a better service by directing you to your preferred country and language settings on subsequent visits.  You can adjust how your computer deals with cookies via your internet browser. The web server may also collect the user’s IP address. We use this information to:

  • work out how many times the Website has been visited;
  • identify where users of our website come from;
  • track which parts of the Website have been visited so we can improve the content and layout.

In most cases, we collect this website usage information in a way which does not identify you and we do not attempt to link this information with the information that we collect about our contacts referred to above. However, if you arrive at our website by clicking a link in an e-mail we send, our software provider may link website usage information to your email address as described in the Bridge India Mailing List section above.

The law states that we can store cookies on your machine if they are essential to the operation of the website but that for all others, we need your permission to do so. You can set your browser not to accept cookies and the above website tells you how to remove cookies from your browser. However, in a few cases some of our website features may not function as a result.

If you do not wish to receive cookies from us or any other website, you can turn cookies off on your web browser: please follow your browser provider’s instructions in order to do so. Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit https://www.aboutcookies.org/ or www.allaboutcookies.org.

Storing and sharing your personal data

We will keep your information secure by taking appropriate technical and organisational measures against its unauthorised or unlawful processing and against its accidental loss, destruction or damage. Unfortunately, the internet is not always secure, therefore, although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data which is transmitted to our website or other products and services via an internet or similar connection and any transmission will be at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Where we use external companies to collect or process data on our behalf, your Data may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (EEA), which means all the EU countries plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. Such staff may be engaged in, among other things, the provision of support services.

We have taken steps to ensure that our hosting provider uses the necessary level of protection for your information but if you do not want your information to be transferred outside the EEA you should not use our website, product or service or contact us via email.

Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our website, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our website; any transmission is at your own risk.

Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

We may share your personal information with third parties in the following circumstances:

  • In the event that we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your Personal Data to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets. In that event, we will attempt to notify you prior to the event and offer you the chance to cease use of the Services and remove your information from our database where we are able to contact you and you require its deletion. In any event, we will endeavour to ensure that your rights and freedoms in respect of the processing of your personal data are adequately and appropriately protected.
  • If we or substantially all of our assets are acquired by a third party, in which case Personal Data held by us about you will be one of the transferred assets.
  • If we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our terms of use and other agreements; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Bridge India, our customers, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of terrorism, fraud protection and credit risk reduction.
  • When acting as agents and data processors carrying out work on our behalf such as fulfilment companies, event partners or program funders. Where we enter into a relationship with an external party, any such arrangements will be subject to a formal agreement between Bridge India and that organization to protect the security of your data.
  • Hotels, airlines and travel agencies should Bridge India arrange your travel and accommodation, for example if you are an invited guest speaker for one of our events.

The Purposes of transfer of your Data (save in the case of Sensitive Data, where we will have obtained your specific consent to do so for one or more of the Purposes) are lawful because it is necessary for us to hold and use your Personal Data so that we can perform our obligations under the contract we have entered into with you for the Purpose(s).

In the event of any of the above scenarios occurring, we will endeavour to ensure that your rights and freedoms in respect of the processing of your personal data are adequately and appropriately protected.

We will not sell your data to any third party.

How long we store your data for

We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary to operate the service in accordance with legal requirements and tax accounting rules.

Where your information is no longer required, we will ensure it is disposed of in a secure manner.

Changes to our privacy policy

We keep our privacy notice under regular review. This privacy notice was last updated on 21 October 2018.

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email.

By continuing to use our website, you shall be deemed to have accepted such changes.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy you can email us at contact@bridgeindia.org.uk.

"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."

– Mahatma Gandhi