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Privacy Policy

What this policy is about

This privacy policy explains how World Jewish Relief processes your personal information (‘data’). In this policy, “processes” means collects, stores, shares and otherwise uses for lawful purposes. “We” and “our” means World Jewish Relief and it covers all the instances where we might process personal information of supporters, event attendees, beneficiaries and other relevant parties of World Jewish Relief. This policy was updated in March 2018 to reflect the new data protection legislation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR). The policy was further updated in July 2021 to include further details about how we might use your personal information.

If you have any questions about this policy or how we use your personal information, please contact us using the contact details given below.

Organisations are permitted to process data if they have a legal basis for doing so. World Jewish Relief processes data on the basis that in furtherance of our charitable objects:

  • Express and informed consent has been given by the person whose data is being processed; and/or
  • World Jewish Relief has a legitimate interest in processing the data; and/or
  • It is necessary in relation to a contract or agreement which the person has entered into or because the person has asked for something to be done so they can enter into a contract or agreement; and/or
  • There is a legal obligation on World Jewish Relief to process data.

Where World Jewish Relief is relying solely on consent as the basis for processing data, we are required to obtain your expressed consent and you can modify or withdraw this consent at any time by notifying us in writing, although this may affect the extent to which World Jewish Relief is able to provide services to or interact with you in future.

World Jewish Relief may change this policy from time to time and any such changes will be published on our website. Notwithstanding any change to this policy, we will continue to process your personal data in accordance with your rights and our obligations in law.

Your personal information: what we collect

The personal information we collect about you will depend on whether you are supporting us by giving a gift, purchasing a ticket for an event, requesting information on your family history or expressing interest in a community activity. It includes (but isn’t limited to):

  • your name, address, telephone number, date of birth, gender and email address;
  • debit or credit card information, your bank account number, sort code and other banking information, information required to validate your identity and prevent fraud;
  • your preferences and interests, we may utilise your preferences to ensure we send you the most relevant communication in the future;
  • other information you provide to us from time to time which is relevant and necessary for us to collect and process
  • your activity online concerning your visit/s to our website and when we send you an email
  • information on your family’s background, or your own, specifically so that we can find your record in our archive collection;

You, as the data subject, may change your preferences or request deletion of your data at any time in writing, subject to any overriding legal obligation that we may have for its retention. We may keep such data on a ‘suppression list’ so we know not to contact you or process your data in future until further notice.

You also have the right to raise any issues of concern about us regarding data protection and our processing of your information to the data protection regulator, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Here is a helpful link to their website.


We would never sell your information to a third party.

How we use your personal information

We use your personal information for the following purposes:

  • to confirm that your donations and ticket purchases have been processed correctly or to validate your Gift Aid claim;
  • for providing the relevant information to you regarding the work we do to support vulnerable people, fundraising, event or community activities and for invoicing purposes when you donate to us;
  • to send you administrative notices, relating to our organisation and its activities, where relevant;
  • for our internal purposes such as management, research, analytics, organisational reporting, and ways that will improve efficiencies;
  • to check with you that you are content with regards the type of communications that you receive;
  • to market our events, fundraising opportunities, and other ways to get involved with World Jewish Relief, including occasionally third-party events or activities that may be of interest to you by the appropriate means and in accordance with the GDPR and the PECR.
  • we may use cookies and other similar technologies on our online channels or platforms to help you have a better experience when you engage with us;
  • to create anonymous and aggregated reports about our supporters, customers or members to ensure our organisation is communicating with and delivering the best possible services.
  • to help the emergency services if required;
  • to prevent and detect criminal activity and fraud;
  • to comply with applicable laws, regulations, court orders, government and law enforcement agencies’ requests, to operate our systems properly and to protect ourselves, our beneficiaries and our supporters;

We may use wealth profiling techniques to provide us with information about you. Such information is compiled using publicly available data about you or information that you have already provided to us. This research helps us to understand more about you as an individual so we can focus conversations we have with you about fundraising and volunteering in the most effective way, and ensure that we provide you with an experience as a donor or potential donor which is appropriate for you.

As a fundraising organisation, we undertake in-house research and from time to time engage specialist agencies to gather information about you from publicly available sources, for example:

  • Companies House
  • Electoral Register
  • Company websites
  • ‘Rich lists’
  • Social networks such as LinkedIn
  • Political and property registers
  • News archives

We may also carry out wealth screening to fast track the research using trusted third-party partners. You will always have the right to opt out of this processing.

If you would rather your personal data was not used for the purposes of wealth screening, you can contact us on info@worldjewishrelief.org

Who we share your personal information with

We do not sell or share personal details to third parties for the purposes of marketing.  But, if we run an event or fundraising activity, it may require the service of a third party and then we might need to share your details with them. This would happen if your data was required to deliver the specific activity, for example we would share your data with an outsourced mailing house provider, in order for us to send you a fundraising appeal.

If we share your data with colleagues or programme partners, including outside of the European Union, we will only do so if we are confident that they adhere to the same high standards that we do when processing data and protecting its privacy and security.

When we share your information with other organisations or data processors we don’t allow them to use your information for their own purposes and they have to follow our strict instructions whilst complying with appropriate security measures. We regularly assess their security measures and we continue to monitor their compliance throughout the time we use their services.

We may also share your data with law enforcement agencies, regulators, courts, public authorities or emergency services when required to do so.

As above, we may share your data with trusted third party organisation who undertake research on our behalf to gather information about you from publicly available sources. When working with third party organisations we enter into a data sharing agreement with them so that they cannot use the data provided in any other way than agreed. They may also carry out wealth screening. You will always have the right to opt out of this processing by contacting us on richardb@worldjewishrelief.org

Cookies and other similar technologies

We use cookies and similar technologies to collect and store information (which may include your personal information) about how you interact with our website. We may use these technologies to help us deliver relevant information about our organisation.

Cookies are small text files placed on your device which uniquely identify your device. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your device.

For more information about our use of these technologies please contact our Head of Individual Giving and Legacies, Richard Budden 

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. Once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy policy. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy policy applicable to the website in question.

How long we keep your personal information

The period for which we keep your information depends on the purpose for which your information was collected and the use.  We will not keep your personal information for longer than necessary for those purposes or for any other legal requirements. If you would like more details in relation to your personal data, please contact us.

We review all data retention periods every two years. Data collected for accounts purposes are kept for seven years plus an additional period of six months. You can request data relating to donations to be forgotten.

Keeping your personal information up to date

We want to make sure that any personal information we hold about you is up to date. So if you think your personal information is inaccurate, you can ask us to correct or remove it at no charge to you. This is called your right to rectification. Please contact our office on 020 8736 1250 or info@worldjewishrelief.org if you would like to change any information that we may hold on you.

Under the GDPR, you have a right to know what personal information we hold about you. To request any information, please fill in the Subject Access Request Form and send it to The Data Controller, World Jewish Relief, 54 Crewys Road, London NW2 2AD. Alternatively email us at info@worldjewishrelief.org and we will make sure that this is handled in a swift and appropriate manner.

If you do not want to receive information from us, or would only like to receive information about a certain aspect of what we do (e.g. events or emergencies), or you would like to opt out of your data being processed for wealth screening, please get in touch with us and we will change your preferences: 020 8736 1250 or info@worldjewishrelief.org

How we protect your personal information

We maintain the highest standards of data privacy and security to protect your personal details and other information about you because we want you to feel completely confident about the communications you receive from us. We regularly review our processes and procedures to protect your information from unauthorised access and use, accidental loss and/or destruction.

Our historical records

World Jewish Relief offers a service to provide a personal, archived record of the support given by the organisation, then Central British Fund (CBF), to tens of thousands of refugees before, during and after the Holocaust. All files are reviewed before they are sent in order to ensure that matters are dealt with sensitively, in order to minimise the risk of any distress to the recipient. The organisation has a legitimate interest in promoting understanding and awareness in respect of the support given by CBF at that time. Based on our legitimate interest, we will not delete this historical data. This service is available, for free, to first generation and their family members in order that they can understand more about their family history. The information that you provide to us in order to find your records will be stored and used by the organisation to ensure that the information sent to you is accurate relating to your family history. We may also use your information to provide relevant information to you regarding the work we do to support vulnerable people, fundraising, events or community activities. Your information may also be used for other purposes as listed in the section on ‘how we use your personal information’. As per the section on ‘what we collect’, you may withdraw your consent for us to process your information at any time.

How to Contact Us

Please contact our Head of Indvidual Giving and Legacies at richardb@worldjewishrelief.org or 020 8736 1250.