Privacy Policy

UNISON is committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors and people using our services; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

UNISON will handle your personal data securely and in line with the Data Protection Act 1998.  We need it to provide you with the information about current and future UNISON campaigns which may be of interest to you and it will not be shared with any other part of UNISON.  We will only contact you in ways that you have agreed that we can.  You can update your details and preferences at anytime.  This allows you to choose the areas about which contact you.   

Privacy and cookies

Information we may collect

We may collect, and store the following kinds of personal data:

  • We will collect information which you give to us via email, the various forms on the website or information voluntarily given to us via telephone or postal mail. Some information is gathered when you join or sign up to receive email updates.
  • our details may be stored on a "cookie". This is a tiny element of data that our site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive. This small amount of information does NOT contain any private information stored on your computer.
  • We use Google Analytics analytics to analyse site usage, how our users arrive at our site, what they do on the site, what browser they are using and on what operating system etc. However, this analytics data, collected via a JavaScript tag in the pages of our site, is not tied to personally identifiable information.

Cookies: Like most websites, we use cookies on our site to help improve your experience. These include, for example, cookies for analytics that tell us how poeple are using the site to help us improve the information we provide and site navagation. If you do not know what cookies are, or how to control or delete them, then we recommend you visit for detailed guidance of how to manage cookies.

Currently we operate an 'implied consent' policy which means that we assume you are happy with our use of cookies. If you are not happy, then you could delete your cookies having visited the site, or you should browse the site using your browser's anonymous usage setting (called "Incognito" in Chrome, "InPrivate" for Internet Explorer, "Private Browsing" in Firefox and Safari etc.). If you choose not to use cookies, it may be difficult to use some parts of our website.

Social media buttons: On many of the pages of the site you will see 'social buttons'. such as share buttons for Twitter, and Facebook 'Like' buttons.

When you click on any of these buttons, these sites will be registering that action and may use that information to improve their services.

You should check the respective policies of each of these sites to see how exactly they use your information and to find out how to opt out, or delete, such information.

External web services: We use a number of external web services on the UNISON site, mostly to display content within our web pages. For example, to display images we sometimes use Flickr; to show videos we use YouTube. This is not an exhaustive or complete list of the services we use, or might use in the future, when embedding content, but these are the most common.

As with the social buttons, these sites may use information about usage of embedded content. If you are not logged in to these external services, then they will not know who you are but are likely to gather anonymous usage information e.g. number of views, plays, loads etc.

Email tracking: Some emails that we send you have no tracking in at all. Other emails we send we put in tracking so that we can tell how much traffic those emails send to our site but we do not know who has clicked, so the data is anonymous e.g. our Million voices campaign emails.

How we may use your information

Personal data submitted on this website will only be used for the purposes it was collected.

We may use your personal information to:

•administer the website;

•improve your browsing experience by personalising the website;

•enable your use of the services available on the website

•send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;

•deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website;

•for the purpose of direct marketing if you have opted in to a particular service

Access to your personal records

As an individual, you have a right under the Data Protection Act to obtain information from us, including a description of the data that we hold on you. For detailed information on how UNISON manages requests for access to data, see:

Making a request to access your personal data from UNISON

and should you have any queries concerning this right please contact our Data Protection Officer, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY.

If you would prefer to receive any of the information contained in this document in print, please write to :

The Data Protection Officer

130 Euston Road

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