Privacy Policy

Wee Sleep Out Privacy Policy

We take your privacy very seriously. Please read this privacy policy carefully as it contains important information on who we are and how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal information. It also explains your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.

We collect, use and are responsible for certain personal information about you. When we do so we are subject to data protection laws applicable in the United Kingdom and we are responsible as ‘controller’ of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.


1. Key terms

It would be helpful to start by explaining some key terms used in this policy:

We, us, our
Social Bite Fund with charity number SC045232 and registered address 1 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8LN

Personal information
Any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual.

Special category personal information
Personal information revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs or trade union membership,

Genetic and biometric data,

Data concerning health, sex life or sexual orientation.

2. Personal information we collect about you

We may collect and use the following personal information about you:

- your name and contact information, including email address, postal address, and telephone number and company details;
- your date of birth;
- your gender information;
- confirmation that you are a member of the PVG scheme;
- secondary contact details for you including this person’s name, phone number and email, and confirmation that they are also a member of the PVG scheme;
- information about the services we provide to you;
- details of any feedback you give us by phone, email, post or via social media; and
- information about how you use our website, IT, communication and other systems.

3. How your personal information is collected

We collect most of this personal information directly from you—in person, by telephone, text or email and/or via our website, such as when you make a donation or fill in one of our online forms. However, we may also collect information:

- from publicly accessible sources, eg Companies House, social media websites or Office of the Scottish Charity Register;
- directly from a third party, eg:

- fundraising platform providers (Virgin Money Giving); and
- our events registration portal (Primo Events Ltd).
- from cookies on our website—for more information on our use of cookies, please see our cookies policy [insert link to Cookies Policy]; and
- via our IT systems, eg:

- automated monitoring of our websites and email and instant messaging systems.


4. How and why we use your personal information

Under data protection law, we can only use your personal information if we have a proper reason for doing so. In order to use your personal information, we rely on the following legal bases:

- to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations;
- for the performance of a contract we have with you or to take steps at your request before entering into a contract;
- for our legitimate interests or those of a third party (in particular, in making sure we can keep in touch with you regarding the Wee Sleep Out programme); or
- where you have given us clear consent for us to process your personal information for a specific purpose.

A legitimate interest is when we have a business or commercial reason to use your information, so long as this is not overridden by your own rights and interests.

We will only process special category personal information with your explicit consent.

If consent is the basis for our processing of your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. If you wish to do so, please contact us using the details listed at set out below – see 'How to contact us'.


We collect and process your personal information in order to:

- provide services to you;
- create and manage your Virgin Money Giving account for Wee Sleep Out;
- verify your identity;
- customise our website and its content to your particular preferences;
- notify you of any changes to our website or to our services that may affect you;
- improve our services;
- respond to communications from you;
- provide you with information about events or fundraising activities you may be interested - in or are registered with; and
- process donations.


5. Who we share your personal information with

We routinely share personal information with:

- Our fundraising platform providers, Virgin Money Giving; and
- other third parties we use to help us run our business, eg marketing agencies, mail fulfilment services or website hosts.

We only allow our service providers to handle your personal information if we are satisfied they take appropriate measures to protect your personal information. We also impose contractual obligations on service providers relating to ensure they can only use your personal information to provide services to us and to you.

We may disclose and exchange information with law enforcement agencies and regulatory bodies to comply with our legal and regulatory obligations.


6. How long your personal information will be kept

We will keep your personal information while you have an account with us or we are providing services to you. Thereafter, we will keep your personal information for as long as is necessary:

- to respond to any questions, complaints or claims made by you or on your behalf;
- for after-care services including feedback, distribution of participation certificates and to notify you of the Wee Sleep Out programme running again in the future, unless you ask us not to;
- to show that we treated you fairly; or
- to keep records required by law.

We will not retain your personal information for longer than necessary for the purposes set out in this policy. Further details on how long we retain your personal data are available on request using the contact details set out below – see “How to contact us’.

When it is no longer necessary to retain your personal information, we will delete or anonymise it.


7. Where your personal information is held

Information may be held at our offices, third party agencies, service providers, representatives and agents as described above (see above: ‘Who we share your personal information with’).

Some of these third parties may be based outside the European Economic Area. For more information, including on how we safeguard your personal information when this occurs, see below: ‘Transferring your personal information out of the EEA’.


8. Transferring your personal information out of the EEA

To deliver services to you, it is sometimes necessary for us to share your personal information outside the European Economic Area (EEA), eg:

- with our service providers located outside the EEA; or
- if you are based outside the EEA.

These transfers are subject to special rules under European and UK data protection law.

These non-EEA countries do not have the same data protection laws as the United Kingdom and EEA. We will, however, ensure the transfer complies with data protection law and all personal information will be secure. If you would like further information regarding the mechanisms used to comply with data protection law, please contact us (see ‘How to contact us’ below).


9. Cookies and similar technologies

A cookie is a small text file which is placed onto your device (eg computer, smartphone or other electronic device) when you use our website. We use cookies on our website. These help us recognise you and your device and store some information about your preferences or past actions.

For further information on our use of cookies, please see our Cookie Policy.

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10. Promotional communications

We would like to send you information about future events and projects, fundraising activities and ways you can get involved, which may be of interest to you. Where we have your consent or it is in our legitimate interests to do so, we may do this by post, email, telephone or text message (SMS).

We would also like to do this so that we may send you promotional material, depending on what you agree with us.

We will only ask whether you would like us and other organisations to send you marketing messages when you tick the relevant boxes when you make an account, or sign up to an event.

If you have previously agreed to being contacted in this way, you can unsubscribe at any time by:

—contacting us at [email protected]; or

—using the ‘unsubscribe’ link in emails or ‘STOP’ number in texts.

For more information on your rights in relation to marketing, see 'Your rights’ below.

11. Your rights

You have the following rights, which you can exercise free of charge:

The right to be provided with a copy of your personal information (the right of access)
The right to require us to correct any mistakes in your personal information
To be forgotten
The right to require us to delete your personal information—in certain situations
Restriction of processing
The right to require us to restrict processing of your personal information—in certain circumstances, eg if you contest the accuracy of the data
Data portability
The right to receive the personal information you provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and/or transmit that data to a third party—in certain situations
To object
The right to object:

—at any time to your personal information being processed for direct marketing (including profiling);

—in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information, eg processing carried out for the purpose of our legitimate interests.
Not to be subject to automated individual decision-making
The right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing (including profiling) that produces legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affects you
For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, please contact us or see the Guidance from the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) on individuals’ rights under the General Data Protection Regulation.

If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:

- email or write to us —see below: ‘How to contact us’;
- let us have enough information to identify you (eg. your full name, address and email address);
- let us have proof of your identity and address (a copy of your driving licence or passport and a recent utility or credit card bill); and
- let us know what right you want to exercise and the information to which your request relates.


13. Keeping your personal information secure

We have appropriate security measures to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed unlawfully. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to access it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

We have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure your personal information. Steps we take to secure and protect your personal information include:

- keeping a data processing activities log, which we review every six months to ensure security measures for data processing are sufficient and adhered to;
- securing all personal information in an online cloud based system with restricted access; and
- ensuring we use password protection on files if we ever exchange personal information via emails.

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14. How to complain

We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you may raise about our use of your information.

The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at or telephone: 0303 123 1113.


15. Changes to this privacy policy

This privacy notice was published on 5/6/2019 and last updated on 27/5/2019

We may change this privacy notice as we may deem necessary from time to time, or as may be required by law. Any changes will be immediately posted on our website


16. How to contact us

Please contact us by post or email if you have any questions about this privacy policy or the information we hold about you.

Our contact details are shown below:

Our contact details
Social Bite’s Wee Sleep Out

[email protected]

1 Leith Walk