Privacy Policy

 1.  Introduction

This Privacy Policy (together with our terms and conditions and any other documents referred within) describes the type of information that we collect from you through the use of our website (“Website”) and services, how that information may be used or disclosed by us and the safeguards we use to protect it. is used by accredited Charities and Community Interest Companies (hereinafter referred to as Registered Organisations) to offer new and donated goods for sale to the general public. All organisations using the website are signatories to the BuyCharity User Agreement for Registered Organisations

By signing the BuyCharity User Agreement Registered Organisations are bound by the BuyCharity Privacy Policy and the BuyCharity Terms and Conditions whilst engaged in the process of selling goods and collecting personal data via the BuyCharity website and any services provided as a result of the BuyCharity interaction.

Our Website and Services may contain links to third party websites that are not covered by this Privacy Policy. We therefore ask you to review the privacy statements of other websites and applications to understand their information practices.

We have drafted this Privacy Policy to be as clear and concise as possible. Please read it carefully to understand our policies regarding your information and how we will treat it. By using or accessing our Website or the Services, you agree to the collection, use and disclosure of information in accordance with this Privacy Policy. This Privacy Policy may change from time to time and your continued use of the Website or the Services is deemed to be acceptance of such changes, so please check periodically for updates.

This Privacy Policy was last updated on 01/01/2021 to ensure it is fully compliant and up to date for the launch of Website. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully and ensure that you understand it. Your acceptance of our Privacy Policy is deemed to occur upon your first use of our Website. If you do not accept and agree with this Privacy Policy, you must stop using our Website immediately.

You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK supervisory authority for data protection issues ( We would, however, appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO so please contact us in the first instance. It is important that the personal data we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal data changes during your relationship with us.

Charitek is the administration department for Age UK South Lakeland. If you have any comments on this Privacy Policy, please email them to: [email protected] .

 2.     Who we are

 2.1    Here are the details that the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regards to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, known as General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) says we have to give you as a 'data controller':

 •  Our Website address is

•  Our company name is Charitek CIC, being the administration department of Age UK South Lakeland which is a registered charity, charity commission number 1141415

•  Our registered address is 17 Finkle Street, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4AB

•  Our Data Protection Officer is Hugh Tomlinson and they can be contacted at [email protected]

 2.2    We respect your right to privacy and will only process personal information about OR provided by you in accordance with the Data Protection Legislation. After the 31st of December 2020 the EU GDPR no longer directly applies to the UK. The DPA 2018 enacts the EU GDPR requirements in UK law, therefore this Privacy Policy is applied in accordance with the UK GDPR after the 31st of December 2020.

 3.    What we may collect

3.1    Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).

3.2   We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of personal data about you which we have grouped together as follows:

•  Identity Data includes first name, last name, username or similar identifier.    When you email, phone, live chat or otherwise, we may collect information such as your first name, last name, email address and phone number.

•   Contact Data includes billing address, invoicing address, email address and telephone numbers.

•   Financial Data includes bank account and payment card details.

•     Transaction Data includes details about payments and other details of our Services you have purchased from us.

•   Technical Data includes internet protocol (IP) address, your login data, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this Website.

•   Profile Data includes your username and password, reservations made by you, your interests, preferences, feedback and survey responses.

•    Usage Data includes information about how you use our Website and Services.

•   Marketing and Communications Data includes your preferences in receiving   marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

•  Interaction Data includes any information that you might provide to any discussion forums on the Website.

•   Cookies Data, like many websites we use "cookies" to enhance your experience and gather information about visitors and visits to our websites. Please refer to the "Do we use cookies" section below for information about cookies and how we use them and what kind.

•   Third Parties and Information we receive from other sources. We may receive information about you if you use any of the other websites we operate or through the Services we provide. In this case we will have informed you when we collected that data that it may be shared internally and combined with data collected on our Website. We are also working closely with third parties (including, for example, business partners, suppliers, sub-contractors, advertising networks, analytics providers, and search information providers) and may receive information about you from them.

•    Analytics includes third-party analytics services (such as Google Analytics) to evaluate your use of the Website, compile reports on activity, collect demographic data, analyse performance metrics, and collect and evaluate other information relating to our Website and internet usage. These third parties use cookies and other technologies to help analyse and provide us the data. By accessing and using the Website, you consent to the processing of data about you by these analytics providers in the manner and for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy.

 3.3   We also collect, use and share Aggregated Data such as statistical or demographic data for any purpose. Aggregated Data may be derived from your personal data but is not considered personal data in law as this data does not directly or indirectly reveal your identity. For example, we may aggregate your Usage Data to calculate the percentage of users accessing a specific website feature. However, if we combine or connect Aggregated Data with your personal data so that it can directly or indirectly identify you, we treat the combined data as personal data which will be used in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

 3.4     We do not collect any Special Categories of Personal Data about you (this includes details about your race or ethnicity, religious or philosophical beliefs, sex life, sexual orientation, political opinions, trade union membership, information about your health and genetic and biometric data). Nor do we collect any information about criminal convictions and offences.

3.5    Under GDPR we will ensure that your personal data is processed lawfully, fairly, and transparently, without adversely affecting your rights. We will only process your personal data if at least one of the following basis applies:

a)  You have given consent to the processing of your personal data for one or more specific purposes;

b)   processing is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are a party or in order to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract;

c)   processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which we are subject;

d)  processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or of another natural person;

e)   processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller; and/or

f)    processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by us or by a third party such as our financial payments, except where such interests are overridden by the fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject, in particular where the data subject is a child.

3.6   If we receive personal information in the course of providing our Services to you from another data subject, we expect you to have complete responsibility for ensuring that the contents of this Privacy Policy are brought to their attention and you have obtained their consent in the process.

3.7   In some instances, it may be appropriate for us to combine your information with other information that we may be holding about you, such as combining your name with your geographic location or your browsing or purchasing history.

 4.     How we may collect and use your data

4.1 We (or third party data processors, agents and sub-contractors acting on our behalf) may collect, store and use your personal information by way of different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

  Direct interactions. You may give us your information by filling in forms via our Website or by corresponding with us by post, phone, email or otherwise. This includes personal data you provide when you:

  a)   present Website content;

  b)   use any of our Services;

  c)   create an account on our Website;

  d)   subscribe to our Services or publications;

  e)   request marketing to be sent to you;

  f)   enter a competition, promotion or survey; or

  g)  give us some feedback.

  h)  request further information about a listed item.

4.3   If you are already our customer and have agreed to be contacted, we will only    contact you electronically about items, similar to those previously sold to you.

4.4   If you are a new customer, you will only be contacted if you have agreed to it.

4.5   We may keep a record of those links which are used the most to enable us to provide helpful information but we agree to keep such information confidential and you will not be identified from this information.

4.6   In addition, if you do not want us to use your personal data for any of the other reasons set out in section 5, you can let us know at any time by contacting us at [email protected]  and we will delete your data from our systems. However, you acknowledge this will limit our ability to provide the best possible products and services to you.

4.7   In some cases, the collection of personal data may be a statutory or contractual requirement, we will be limited in the products and services we can provide to you if you do not provide your personal data in these cases.

4.8   We will only use your personal data when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal data in the following circumstances:

a)  Where we need to perform the contract we are about to enter into or have entered into with you.

b)  Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.

c)  Where we need to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation.

 4.9   Generally we do not rely on consent as a legal basis for processing your personal data, other than in relation to our marketing communications or sending third party direct marketing communications to you via email or text message. You have the right to withdraw consent to marketing at any time by contacting us at [email protected]  and we will either delete your data from our systems or move your data to our “unsubscribe list”. However, you acknowledge this will limit our ability to provide the best possible services to you.

4.10 As indicated above, with your permission and/or where permitted by law, we may also use your data for marketing purposes which may lead to us contacting you by email and/or telephone with information, news and offers on our Services. We agree that we will not do anything that we have not agreed to under this Privacy Policy, and we will not send you any unsolicited marketing or spam. We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that we fully protect your rights and comply with our obligations under the GDPR and the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003, as amended in 2004, 2011 and 2015.

5.     Cookies

5.1   All Cookies used by and on our website are used in accordance with current English and EU Cookie Law.

5.2   We use cookies to distinguish users and improve our Website.

 6.     Where we store your data and security

 6.1   We may transfer your collected data to storage outside the European Economic Area (EEA). It may be processed outside the EEA to fulfil your order and to receive our Services and deal with payment. If we do store or transfer data outside the EEA, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data is treated as safely and securely as it would be within the EEA and under the GDPR. Such steps may include, but not be limited to, the use of legally binding contractual terms between us and any third parties we engage with and the use of the EU-approved Model Contractual Arrangements. Your acceptance of this Privacy Policy shall be your consent permitting us to store or transfer data outside the EEA if it is necessary for us to do so.

6.2   Where we use providers based in the US, we may transfer data to them if they are part of the Privacy Shield which requires them to provide similar protection to personal data shared between the Europe and the US. For further details, see the European Commission: EU-US Privacy Shield.

6.3   Data security is of great importance to us, and to protect your data we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure data collected through our Website. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal data on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

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

6.5   By giving us your personal data, you agree to this arrangement. We will do what we reasonably can to keep your data secure.

6.6   Any payments made by you, will be encrypted.

6.7   We have implemented security measures such as a firewall to protect any data and maintain a high level of security.

6.8   Notwithstanding the security measures that we take, it is important to remember that the transmission of data via the internet may not be completely secure and that you are advised to take suitable precautions when transmitting to us data via the internet and you take the risk that any sending of that data turns out to be not secure despite our efforts.

6.9   If we give you a password upon registration on our Website, you must keep it confidential. Please do not share it.

6.10 We will keep personal data for as long as is necessary which is usually the life of our relationship and up to a period of seven years after our relationship has ended. We may however be required to retain personal data for a longer period of time to ensure we comply with our legislative and regulatory requirements. We review our data retention obligations to ensure we are not retaining data for longer than we are legally obliged to.

 7.    Disclosing your information

7.1    We are allowed to disclose your information in the following cases:

7.1.1 If we want to sell our business, or our company, we can disclose it to the potential buyer.

7.1.2 We can disclose it to other businesses in our group.

7.1.3 We can disclose it if we have a legal obligation to do so, or in order to protect other people's property, safety or rights.

7.1.4 We can exchange information with others to protect against fraud or credit risks.

7.2    We may contract with third parties to supply services to you on our behalf. These may include payment processing, search engine facilities, advertising and marketing. In some cases, the third parties may require access to some or all of your data.

7.3    Where any of your data is required for such a purpose, we will take all reasonable steps to ensure that your data will be handled safely, securely and in accordance with your rights, our obligations, and the obligations of the third party under GDPR and the law.

 8.    Your rights

 8.1 When you submit information via our Website, you may be given options to   restrict our use of your data. We aim to give you strong controls on our use of your data (including the ability to opt-out of receiving emails from us which you may do by unsubscribing using the links provided above in this Privacy Policy.

8.2   Under the GDPR, you have the right to:

•  request access to, deletion of or correction of, your personal data held by us at no cost to you;

• request that your personal data be transferred to another person (data portability);

•  be informed of what data processing is taking place;

•  restrict processing;

•  to object to processing of your personal data; and

•  complain to a supervisory authority.

8.3   You also have rights with respect to automated decision-making and profiling as set out in section 11 below.

8.4  You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes.

8.5  To enforce any of the foregoing rights or if you have any other questions about our Website or this Privacy Policy, please contact us at: Charitek CIC, c/o Age UK South Lakelnd, 17 Finkle Street, Kendal, LA9 4AB. Email: [email protected]

9.   Links to other sites

 9.1   Please note that our terms and conditions and our policies will not apply to other  websites that you get to via a link from our Website. We have no control over how your data is collected, stored or used by other websites and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

10.   Changes

 10.1   If we change our Privacy Policy, we will post the changes on this page. If we decide to, we may also email you.

11.    Automated Decision-Making and Profiling

 11.1   In the event that we use personal data for the purposes of automated decision-making and those decisions have a legal (or similarly significant effect) on you, you have the right to challenge such decisions under GDPR, requesting human intervention, expressing their own point of view and obtaining an explanation of the decision from us.

11.2   The rights described in section 11.1 do not apply in the following circumstances:

a) the decision is necessary for the entry into, or performance of, a contract between you and us;

b) the decision is authorised by law; or

c) you have given us explicit consent.

11.3   Where we use your personal data for profiling purposes, the following shall apply:

a) Clear information explaining the profiling will be provided, including its significance and the likely consequences;

b)  Appropriate mathematical or statistical procedures will be used;

c)  Technical and organisational measures necessary to minimise the risk of errors and to enable such errors to be easily corrected shall be implemented; and

d)  All personal data processed for profiling purposes shall be secured in order to prevent discriminatory effects arising out of profiling.

 12.   Terms and Conditions

 12.1   Please also visit our Terms and Conditions section establishing the use, disclaimers, and limitations of liability governing the use of our Website.

 13.    Your Consent

 13.1.   By using our Website and by way of acknowledgement you consent to our Privacy Policy.

 14.    Data Protection Dispute Resolution

 14.1   The Parties will use their best efforts to negotiate in good faith and settle any dispute that may arise out of, or relate to, this Privacy Policy or any breach of it.

14.2   If any such dispute cannot be settled amicably through ordinary negotiations between the parties, or either or both are unwilling to engage in this process, either party may propose to the other in writing that structured negotiations be entered into with the assistance of a fully accredited mediator before resorting to litigation.

14.3  All negotiations connected with the relevant dispute(s) will be conducted in confidence and without prejudice to the rights of the parties in any further proceedings.

14.4   If the parties agree on a resolution of the dispute at mediation, the agreement shall be reduced to writing and, once signed by the duly authorised representatives of both parties, shall be final and binding on them.

14.5   Any dispute shall not affect the parties’ ongoing obligations under this Privacy Policy.