Privacy statement

We will not disclose your information to third parties not involved in any transaction process, or use it for other purposes, such as unsolicited mailings.  A more detailed explanation about how we safeguard your personal information is described below.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us:


Information collected

The McPin Foundation collects the following information regarding visitors to our website: IP address, pages accessed, date, time and further information volunteered by you.  We will analyse website data to improve the value of the materials available online.

Information collected for mailing lists

The McPin Foundation maintains email lists to keep subscribers informed about our work via our newsletter.  Users join our mailing lists voluntarily via email and by signing up at our website.  We retain only your email address in order to send our newsletter, and we do not sell, rent, loan, trade or lease email addresses to any third party.

Use of cookies

A cookie is a small data file that websites can write to your hard drive when you visit them.  A cookie can contain information, such as a unique user identifier, that the site uses to track your visit.  This website uses cookies to uniquely identify all users visiting the site.

Many people worry that cookies threaten individuals’ privacy and might affect their own computers’ functioning. While they can be used in all kinds of ways by server-based applications, they pose no risk to you as a user.  Cookies used by The McPin Foundation cannot be used to obtain information about your system or to add you to any mailing lists. They are used to make browsing more efficient.  If you have disabled cookies on your computer access to other areas of the site may be restricted.

Access to your personal information

Under the Data Protection Act, you have the right to request a copy of the personal information The McPin Foundation holds about you and to have any inaccuracies corrected (this is called a Subject Access Request).  Please address requests to The McPin Foundation (see above), and note that we charge a fee for requests.

Data Protection: Subject Access Policy

1.     It is The McPin Foundation’s policy to ensure that all Subject Access Requests are acknowledged in 7 working days.  At the time of acknowledgement, individuals will be asked to complete a Subject Access Request form.

2.     As The McPin Foundation has a commitment to keeping administration charges to a minimum, we will charge £10 per Subject Access Request (the maximum permitted by law).

3.     Individuals will be required to provide proof of identity and residence before information may be disclosed.  This is to prevent a breach of the Act by unauthorised disclosure to third parties.

4.     Where a request is made by an agent on behalf of an individual, a request will only be fulfilled where the agent can provide proof of authority to act on the individual’s behalf.

5.     We will provide Subject Access Request Forms to assist an individual in making a request.

6.     All requests will be dealt with within the timeframe set by the Information Commissioner (40 calendar days) from receipt of £10 and proof of identity.

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