Information last updated on November 20, 2018

Detention Action is committed to protecting your privacy in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and we want to ensure that you feel comfortable with our data and privacy processes. This Privacy Notice sets out how we collect, use and store your personal information (information that identifies or could identify you).

Detention Action is a national charity (no. 1065066) that aims to change the way that migrants are treated by immigration detention policy in the UK. We defend the rights and improve the welfare of people in detention by combining support for individuals with campaigning for policy change. We only collect and process data which is necessary to support these aims.

For the purposes of GDPR, we are a “data controller” which means that we are responsible for determining the purposes and means of processing your personal information. For the delivery of our services we may rely on “data processors”, such as email delivery platforms. These “data processors” will be responsible for processing your data and will not share your data with third parties unless you have given them express consent to do so.

When you visit our website we gather anonymised browsing information, which includes things like which pages you visit, how you arrived at the site (via a search engine or social media, for example). We may use ‘cookies’ which are stored on your computer and help us recognise you when you revisit our website and to help us monitor traffic. We may also track which pages you visit when you click on links in our emails or other communications.

If you sign up for our email newsletter we will ask for your first name, surname and email address. By signing up to our newsletter you will receive roughly one email a month on the latest news and campaigns from Detention Action and issues relating to immigration detention in the UK. You can opt out of these emails at any time by clicking unsubscribe at the bottom of the email or by getting in touch with

If making a monetary donation to Detention Action we may collect certain information via a third party donation platform such as Just Giving. This information will include the data needed to process the donation and associated actions such as Gift Aid. This data will not be used for other purposes such as news updates unless you have given your express consent.

We only keep your data for as long as is reasonable and necessary for the relevant activity. For ongoing activities such as newsletter updates, we will keep your data until such time as you request otherwise.

You retain your rights to the personal information that we hold about you. These include the right to:

  • request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, and information about why we use it, who we share it with and how long we keep it.
  • object to the way in which we process your personal information.
  • withdraw your consent at any time.
  • ask us to rectify and inaccurate or incomplete personal information about you.
  • ask us to delete your personal information if you have withdrawn consent or we have no lawful basis for keeping it

You can exercise any of these rights, make a complaint or request more information about our privacy processes by emailing or calling 020 7226 3114 and asking to speak to the person responsible for data protection.

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