Privacy Policy

Who we are

YesCymru is a non-party political grassroots organisation campaigning for Welsh independence, majority funded by member subscriptions and donations (Our only other income comes from the sale of YesCymru merchandise in our online shop). We are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of all our supporters, whether you are a visitor to our website, a member or have simply signed up to receive our newsletter.

We really value your support in the campaign to achieve independence for Wales – we can’t do it without you! We want to reassure you that we will only collect the minimum of personal data we need from you in order to keep you up to date with our campaigns and enable you to get more involved if you want to.

By reading on below, you can find out more detail about what data we collect and why, as well as how we look after it (the bottom line being that we will never share your personal data with any third party organisations).

Visitors to our website

When someone visits yes.cymru we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Subscribers to our newsletter

People who would like to receive our newsletter without becoming a member can sign up via our website. As part of the registration process for our e-newsletter, we collect the minimum of personal information, just your name, email address and the town you live. We use that information for a couple of reasons: to keep you up to date with our news, campaigns and ways you can get involved; to check our records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied. We don’t rent or trade email lists with other organisations and businesses.

We use a third-party provider, MailChimp, to deliver our newsletter. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our e-newsletter. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice. You can unsubscribe to general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or by emailing post@yescymru.org.

Members

All members will automatically receive our newsletter, so the above also applies to those joining YesCymru – you do not need to sign up for the newsletter separately.

As part of the joining process for YesCymru, we collect the minimum information we need to process your application – your name, postal address and email address, as well as payment details (see below). We use these to keep you up to date with our news and campaigns (so that you know what your membership subscription is helping us to achieve)  and ways you can get more involved. The main way that we will keep you informed is via our monthly newsletter which is delivered via MailChimp (see above).

We will also use the data we collect to check our records are right and to check every now and then that you’re happy and satisfied. We don’t rent or trade email lists with other organisations and businesses.

From time to time, we will provide you with information about specific appeals we are running, for example if we are crowdfunding to raise money for a campaign, but we will keep these communications to a minimum.

If you have an annual membership, we will contact you via email two weeks before your membership comes to an end, to ask if you want to renew. If you have not renewed by the last day of your membership, we will contact you via email once more to ask if you wish to rejoin, and if we do not hear from you in 14 days we will delete your contact details from our system.

If your membership is based on a monthly payment and these payments stop, we will contact you via email to let you know (sometimes this can happen because a bank card has been lost or cancelled). If we have not heard from you after 14 days, we will email you again and then delete your contact details after a further 14 days if your monthly payments have not restarted.

Joining via a paper form

In order to set up a standing order we will collect your bank details. We will transfer your other details from the form onto our membership database and the paper form will then be sent direct to your bank. We will not store any of your bank details.

Joining via our website

If you join via our website you will either need an existing PayPal Account or you will be asked to set one up – you can view PayPal’s privacy statement here. YesCymru will not collect or store any of your bank details.

Sharing your information with local groups

A growing number of YesCymru local groups are starting up in different communities across Wales. We will share a small amount of data about local members (those living within a 30 mile radius of a group) with groups that have satisfied the criteria set out in our constitution.

The only data we will share will be names and email addresses of those local members, and only the Chairperson and the Secretary of the group will have access to this data – they will not be permitted to share it with any third parties. All groups will be asked to confirm that they have read and understood these guidelines before they can receive data about YesCymru members in their area.

Local groups will abide by the privacy policies set out in this document, and will only use the data we share with them (your name and email) to keep you up to date with news about what the group is doing, and to invite you to local events and meetings.

You can request to be taken off the mailing list for your local group at any time by emailing their contact person or clicking on the unsubscribe link if the group uses MailChimp to keep in touch with members.

Customers in our online shop

When you buy something from our online shop, we will collect some information about you in order to process your order. We will only collect the information we need, which will be your name and postal address (so that we can send you the goods you have purchased) and an email and telephone number (so that we can contact you easily if there is a problem with your order). This information will be held on our WooCommerce database (you can view a copy of the Woo Commerce privacy policy here), so that you don’t have to re-register with us as a new customer every time you buy something. We will not use your contact details to contact you about anything other than your purchase. If you haven’t used your account with our online shop for 18 months or more, we will email you to ask if you would like us to delete your account. If we do not receive a reply after 14 days, your contact details will be deleted.

If you contact us in any other way

If you get in touch with us via post or email about any other matter (or you send us your contact details via social media for example by direct message on Twitter), and are not already a member or a subscriber to our newsletter, we will not contact you about any matter other than the topic you have originally contacted us about, and we will delete your contact details once we have finished dealing with your query, unless you ask us not to (for example if you ask at this point to be added to our mailing list to receive our newsletter).

If we meet you face to face (for example at an event) and you give us your contact details in order to keep in touch, we will only collect your name and email address, and we will seek permission from you at the time to contact you via a follow-up email – you will have the option at this stage to join our mailing list for regular updates. If you only want us to contact you about a specific issue, we will delete your details once the issue is resolved.

Any questions

If you have any questions about this privacy statement or about how we use or store data you can contact us at post@yescymru.org

May 24, 2018