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World Owl Trust – Privacy Policy

The World Owl Trust (WOT) is registered under the Data Protection Act. We are committed to protecting your privacy and have taken steps to explain this in full below. We use the information we collect to enhance and improve your experience of using our website. We do not disclose your information to anyone outside of WOT. We explain here, for your reassurance, why we ask for information and how this information is likely to be used. You can then make informed choices about the information you provide on the WOT website.

  1. About WOT: where your information goes - and where it does not go. When you give us information on the WOT website, it may be analysed and used occasionally by WOT, but it will certainly not be disclosed to any other external third parties. The usage of this information is listed below.
  2. Your personal information - what it is used for.
    1. To enable us to provide you with news or information and to give better customer services: If you have requested information, applied for membership, applied to adopt an owl, or to change your contact details, we ask for your full contact details. We can then reply to your queries, tell you about news that we think will be of interest to you, or to update our Membership database, or reply to your requests for membership, owl adoption or information. We aim to keep our contact with you to an acceptable level. You will only ever receive information from WOT and we will absolutely not disclose your details to external third parties.
    2. To provide an improved service: The information that we ask for allows us to update and improve the contents of our website.
    3. To learn about what our members/visitors want: In addition, the extra information we ask for helps us to understand more about the kinds of people who benefit most from using our website. We think it's important to understand our members/customers well enough to keep improving our service for them.
  3. Subject Access Notice
    Under the Data Protection Act you are entitled to a copy of the information we hold about you. If you would like a copy of your information please write to the address below for an application form. Please note that there may be a charge of £10 for this service as permitted under the Act.
EU Cookie Law A new European Union law on cookies demands that you, as a website user, are given the opportunity to understand how cookies are used on our website and consent to cookies being stored on your computer (laptop/mobile/tablet).

What are cookies? A cookie is a small text file, typically of letters and numbers, downloaded to your computer when you access a website or web page. Typically, they contain the following information: a site name and unique user ID, the duration of the cookie's abilities and effects, and a random number. As a rule, cookies cannot be used to reveal your identity or personally identifying information.

When you visit a website that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your computer. The next time you visit that website, your computer checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the website. The website then notes that you have been there before, and in some cases, tailors what pops up on screen to take account of that fact. They also might record how long you spend on each page on a site, what links you click, even your preferences for page layouts and colour schemes.

Generally, the role of cookies is beneficial, making your interaction with frequently-visited sites smoother with no extra effort on your part. Without cookies, online shopping would be much harder. Without cookies, some websites will become less interactive with the cookie option turned off.

Most Common Cookies Session Cookies These cookies expire when you close your web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome). These cookies are used for various reasons, for example, remembering what you have put in your shopping basket as you browse a website. They can also be used for security to access your Internet banking or E-mail.

Persistent Cookies These cookies are still stored on your computer after you have closed your web browser which allows your preferences on websites to be remembered. These cookies are used for a variety of purposes, for example, remembering your preferences on a website (your language choice or your user name on a particular website).

First and Third Party Cookies This refers to the website placing the cookie. First party cookies are cookies set by the website you are visiting. Third party cookies are set by another website; the website you are visiting may have advertising on the page and this other website will be able to set a cookie on your computer. The main web browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer) allow third party cookies by default. Changing the settings on your browsers can prevent this.

Exceptions There are some exemptions to the above where it is essential for a website to store information on your computer, for example, to provide a service to you that you have requested.

World Owl Trust Cookies The World Owl Trust uses session cookies on two area of the website: Members Area and Sparky's Nest Box Area.
These two areas are password protected so cookies are used to allow access to the pages within the areas without the need to enter the password for each page accessed.

Members Area Cookies In order to comply with the EU Cookie Law when accessing the Members Area you will be prompted to accept or decline the setting of two cookies: Consent_Cookie and Members_Area.

Sparkys Nest Box Cookies In order to comply with the EU Cookie Law when accessing Sparkys Nest Box you will be prompted to accept or decline the setting of two cookies: Consent_Cookie and Sparkys_Area.

More information on Cookies Further information can be found at here and here.

World Owl Trust
The Owl Centre
Muncaster Castle
Ravenglass
Cumbria. CA18 1RQ
United Kingdom


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