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Privacy policy

Unite the Union is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of members, potential members and our website visitors. 

Unite the Union is the “Data Controller” of your personal data; our Head Office address is:-

Unite the Union, 128 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8TN

The processing of personal data by Unite the Union will be in line with the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations. 

To view Unite the Union’s full privacy notice, please go to http://www.unitetheunion.org/legal-information/privacypolicy/

1.0 - Your consent

Your use of this website signifies your consent to us collecting and using personal data about you as specified below in accordance with this policy statement. Should we choose to change these terms for any reason, the changes will be posted here so that you are always kept informed about the collection and use of your personal information, and when we disclose it.

2.0 - How do we collect personal information about you and how is it used?

You may provide personal information when communicating with us.

You may use our services and give your name and e-mail address and other personal information to make a comment about our services or website.

If you enter a competition (such as the “End of Claim Questionnaire”) or promotion we will ask for personal information relating to you in order to be able to verify your membership of Unite and process your entry to the competition/promotion.  We may also use the information you have provided to contact you regarding Unite services which you have expressed an interest in. 

If you complete the Personal Injury Claim Form or the Asbestos Questionnaire we will ask for personal information from you in order to verify your membership of Unite and to process your Application. 

We will collect information about your tastes and preferences, both when you tell us and by analysis of customer traffic, including using "cookies".

It may be that some of the personal information you give us (for example, about your health and age) is sensitive personal data within the meaning of the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations. Such information ("sensitive information") will only be disclosed with your express consent.

We may use personal information collected about you to help us develop the layout of our website to ensure that our site is as useful and enjoyable as possible.

We may use personal information collected about you to let you know about functions on our website or changes to our terms and conditions of use. 

The primary basis upon which we process personal data is it is necessary for the legitimate interest of a trade union.  Certain processing carried out relating to this website is done with your Consent.  For example, by providing personal information on the Personal Injury Claim Form you are consenting to Unite holding this information to register your legal claim.  By completing the Asbestos Questionnaire you are consenting to your details being held on the Unite Database.     

3.0 - Sharing of Information

We may disclose information about you to Unite’s officers, staff, branch officials, workplace representatives or agents, insofar as reasonable necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy policy. 

Unite share some personal information from the website with carefully selected third parties who carry out trade union related data processing activities on Unite’s behalf; including:

  • Unite panel law firms to process the Personal Injury Claim Form and maintain the Asbestos Database
  • Independent Communications Consultancy to provide Website Design, IT Support and Administration
  • Verifying membership information.

We have in place contractual, technical, organisational and security measures in place to protect personal data. 

4.0 - Traffic data 

We may provide aggregate statistics about sales, customers, traffic patterns and information to third parties, but these statistics will not include any information that identifies you.

5.0 - Disclosure policy

We reserve the right to access and disclose individually identifiable information to enable us to comply with applicable laws and lawful government requests to operate its systems and to protect itself or its users.

6.0 - How do we protect your information?

We have strict security procedures covering the storage of your information in order to prevent unauthorised access and to comply with the terms of the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations. This means that sometimes we may ask you for proof of identity or for other personal information before we can process the service you require within the website. 

7.0 - What are cookies and how do we deal with them?

We will collect information about your tastes and preferences, both when you tell us and by analysis of customer traffic, including using “cookies”. 

A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on your computer's hard drive. It is normally sent by a web server to you and enables the server to collect information back from your site visit.

Our cookie statement explains which cookies we use and why, along with where you can find more information about cookies. 

8.0 - Storage of Data

We will keep your personal data only for the period necessary only to enable us to fulfil the purpose(s) for which we collected it, to comply with our legal obligations and/or whilst we maintain a legitimate interest in retaining it. 

9.0 - Updating and Accessing your Information

You have the right to correct the personal data we hold on you or change how we process your data/contact you. You can do this by visiting the MyUnite website www.unitetheunion.org/login or by contacting your Regional Office to do this for you.

You have the right to access the personal data we have kept on record about you. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or would like to request access or deletion of your personal data, you can do this by contacting our Data Protection Officer at dataprotection@unitetheunion.org or by post at the following address:-

Data Protection Officer, Unite the Union, 128 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8TN