threads takes your privacy seriously. The information you provide through our website will be held under the Data Protection Act 1998.

We know that your privacy is very important to you. We recognise the importance of protecting the privacy of information that we may collect from online visitors.

We aim to be as clear as possible about how and why we use information we may gain from you via this website. If your questions are not fully answered by the information below, please contact our data protection officer who will be happy to help. Email t.manley@eauk.org

Compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998 underlies all of our personal information privacy practices. We also have a Data Protection policy which governs how we use the information that we collect about you on this website.

Data Protection Statement

threads’ data protection statement is as follows:

Data Protection Act 1998 : By providing your personal details you agree to allow the Evangelical Alliance on behalf of threads to contact you by mail, email, telephone or SMS text message in connection with its charitable purposes. The Evangelical Alliance does not make personal data available to external individuals or organisations. threads is an initiative of the Evangelical Alliance.

How we collect information about you

threads does not capture and store any personal information about individuals who access this website, except where you choose to give us your personal information.

These could include becoming a member, requesting resources, booking into an event, making a donation, or by sending us an email.

threads does not receive or hold any credit card details for donations/payments made via this website. All credit card payments are handled by our agents ‘Securetrading’. Secure Server Software (SSL) is used to encrypt all credit card information sent from this website.

Why we collect information about you

To provide you with information about our work including membership related mailings, events, resources, fundraising and any other services described on our website.

To make sure we have an accurate record of all donations received.

To enhance or improve your experience on our website. When you indicate your preferences through our registration forms or through your use of our site, we may use this information to personalise the site to better meet your needs.

Who sees your information?

The information we collect through our website will be used exclusively within threads and the Evangelical Alliance. We do not pass any of your personal information to any other organisations and/or individuals without your express consent with the following exception:

Where such details are provided we have confidentiality agreements in place that restrict the use of your information to the purpose for which it is provided and ensure it is kept no longer than necessary.

To minimise the risk of unauthorised disclosure of your information, we will use some of your information to verify who you are when you contact us.

Our use of your information

The information that you provide to threads will be used to provide you with information about our work including membership related mailings, events, resources, fundraising and other services and activities described on our website.

By providing information you are agreeing to receive mailings that communicate the work of threads.

By providing your email address you are agreeing to your email address being used for the purposes of receiving emails that communicate the work of threads.

threads uses MailChimp to send regular emails. By providing us with your details you are giving threads your express permission to transfer your data to MailChimp. If you do not give this permission then threads will not be able to send emails to you.

Each time you receive an email you will be able to update your preferences and subscribe or unsubscribe from regular emails via MailChimp.

How long do we keep your information?

How long we keep your information collected through our website depends on the context in which you provided it.

We will keep information that is necessary for us to provide membership mailings, other resources and for statistical purposes.

Viewing the information we hold about you

You may request details of all the information threads holds about you by submitting a written request to our data protection officer. There is a charge for this service of £10 for each request. Write to: The Data Protection Officer, Evangelical Alliance, 176 Copenhagen Street, London, N1 0ST. Please include a telephone number and/or email address to enable us to contact you.

What is a Cookie?

A cookie is a piece of information in the form of a very small text file that is placed on an internet user’s hard drive. It is generated by a web page server, which is basically the computer that operates a web site. The information the cookie contains is set by the server and it can be used by that server whenever the user visits the site. A cookie can be thought of as an internet user’s identification card, which tell a web site when the user has returned.

What is the purpose of cookies?

Cookies make the interaction between users and web sites faster and easier. Without cookies, it would be very difficult for a web site to allow a visitor to fill up a shopping cart or to remember the user’s preferences or registration details for a future visit.

Web sites use cookies mainly because they save time and make the browsing experience more efficient and enjoyable. Web sites often use cookies for the purposes of collecting demographic information about their users.

Cookies enable web sites to monitor their users’ web surfing habits and profile them for marketing purposes (for example, to find out which products or services they are interested in and send them targeted advertisements).

Are cookies dangerous?

No. Cookies are small pieces of text. They are not computer programs, and they can’t be executed as code. Also, they cannot be used to disseminate viruses, and all modern browsers allow users to set their own limitations to the number of cookies saved on their hard drives.

Can cookies threaten users’ privacy?

Cookies are stored on the computer’s hard drive. They cannot access the hard drive – so a cookie can’t read other information saved on the hard drive, or get a user’s e-mail address etc. They only contain and transfer to the server as much information as the users themselves have disclosed to a certain web site.

How we use cookies

threads uses cookies to determine how our website visitors use the site and to enable some features to function, such as webpage comments and video players. Details of all the cookies that are set whilst using the threads website are listed below along with links to any relevant third party privacy policies.

Essential site cookies

Provider Name Purpose Typical content Expires
threads cc_cookie_accept This cookie is set automatically, unless you have clicked “Decline Cookies”. I t is also set if you click “Accept Cookies” below. 0 or cc_cookie_accept 1 year
cc_cookie_decline When you click “Decline Cookies”, a cookie is set in order to remember your preference. cc_cookie_decline 1 year

You can opt in (accept) or opt out (decline) of the following optional cookies using the links below, however the act of opting out (declining to accept cookies on this site) will also disable the features that require these cookies in order to work. To enable these features you will need to reset and then accept the use of cookies on this site – note you will always have the ability to opt in or out of using these optional cookies on this site by using the links below.

Non-essential site cookies

Provider Name Purpose Typical content Expires More information
Google Analytics _utma These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. Randomly generated numbers 2 years An overview of privacy at Google
_utmb Randomly generated numbers 30 minutes
_utmc Randomly generated numbers When you close your browser
_utmz Randomly generated numbers and information of how the site was reached 6 months
Addthis __atuvc This cookie created and read the AddThis javascript in order to make sure the user sees the updated count if they share a page and return to it before our share count cache is updated. No data from that cookie is sent back to AddThis and removing it when disabling cookies would cause unexpected behaviour for users. Numbers 2 years More information on the cookies set by AddThis

Non-essential third party cookies

Provider Name Purpose Typical content Expires More information
Disqus disqus_unique We use a third party solution (Disqus.com) to handle our website comments, this solution stores cookies to ease return use of the website, further information can be found on their privacy policy. Randomly generated number 1 year The Disqus privacy policy
__qca Randomly generated number 5 years
test Number When you close your browser
testCookie Number When you close your browser
disqusauth how you logged into disqus.com, a randomly generated alphnumeric string and your disqus.com avatar 1 month
sessionid Randomly generated alphnumeric string 2 weeks
__utma Google Analytics cookies stored by disqus.com these cookies maybe set when a visitor opens a page with a disqus comment feature embedded into the page. Randomly generated numbers 2 years An overview of privacy at Google
__utmb Randomly generated numbers 30 minutes
__utmc Randomly generated numbers When you close your browser
__utmz Randomly generated numbers and information of how the site was reached 6 months
Addthis uvc We use AddThis to provide social media sharing functionality (share to facebook, twitter, Google +, email, etc). These cookies provide analytical information about where and how often our content is shared using Addthis. They also allow Addthis to customize their buttons to your useage patterns. Addthis cookies also generate data for Addthis to provide you advertising across the internet more relevant to you. Numbers 2 years The AddThis privacy policy
ssh Randomly generated alphnumeric string 2 years
sshs Services you have used (e.g. facebook, twitter, etc) 2 years
ssc Services you have used (e.g. facebook, twitter, etc) 2 years
uit Number 1 day
di Randomly generated alphnumeric strings 2 years
dt X 1 month
uid Randomly generated alphnumeric string 2 years
loc Country Code and randomly generated alphnumeric string 3 months
psc Number 2 years
Vimeo aka_debug We use Vimeo for the majority of our video content these cookies are set when a visitor opens a page with a Vimeo video embedded into the page and interacts with the video (e.g. sets the volume, makes the video full screen, switches to HD) Debugging information When you close your browser The Vimeo privacy policy
hd_preference 0 or 1 10 years
pl_volume Numeric value 10 years
__utma Vimeo use Google Analytics – stored by player.vimeo.com – these cookies are set when a visitor opens a page with a Vimeo video embedded into the page. Randomly generated numbers 2 years An overview of privacy at Google
__utmb Randomly generated numbers 30 minutes
__utmc Randomly generated numbers When you close your browser
__utmz Randomly generated numbers and information of how the site was reached 6 months
issuu __qca We use issuu.com to provide our digital magazines (such as idea), booklets, brochures and leaflets.These cookies maybe set when a visitor opens a page with an issuu document embedded into the page. Randomly generated alphanumeric string 5 years The issuu privacy policy
__utma issuu also use Google Analytics these cookies maybe set when a visitor opens a page with an issuu document embedded into the page. Randomly generated numbers 2 years An overview of privacy at Google
__utmb Randomly generated numbers 30 minutes
__utmc Randomly generated numbers When you close your browser
__utmz Randomly generated numbers and information of how the site was reached 6 months
Soundcloud xtvrn We use soundcloud.com to provide our audio content. These cookies may be set when a visitor opens a page with a Soundcloud player embedded into the page. Randomly generated number 10 years The Soundcloud privacy policy
xtan Randomly generated numbers 10 years
xtant Number 10 years
__qca Randomly generated alphanumeric string 5 years
__utma Soundcloud also use Google Analytics these cookies maybe set when a visitor opens a page with a Soundcloud player embedded into the page. Randomly generated numbers 2 years An overview of privacy at Google
__utmb Randomly generated numbers 30 minutes
__utmc Randomly generated numbers When you close your browser
__utmz Randomly generated numbers and information of how the site was reached 6 months

We also embed videos from YouTube using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

More information

Overall, cookies help us provide you with a better website by enabling us to monitor which pages you find useful and which you do not. A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you.

For more information about cookies, including instructions on deleting and controlling cookies, visit: www.aboutcookies.org

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

If you are wondering about the new privacy law on cookies that came into effect on Thursday 26th May 2011, what it means for you, and what you should do, read this article on “how to comply with the new cookie regulations” written by our website developers.

How can I control cookies?

Browser controls

You can use your web browser (eg Internet Explorer) to:

  • delete all cookies
  • block all cookies
  • allow all cookies
  • block third-party cookies
  • clear all cookies when you close the browser
  • open a ‘private browsing’ session
  • install add-ons and plug-ins to extend broswer functionality
Browser Where to find information about controlling cookies
Internet Explorer http://support.microsoft.com/kb/278835
Chrome https://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en-GB/more/privacy.html
Firefox http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/Clear%20Recent%20History
Safari http://support.apple.com/kb/PH5042
Opera http://www.opera.com/browser/tutorials/security/privacy/

Links to other sites

This website includes links to other sites. threads cannot be held responsible for their privacy policies or the way in which they handle personal information.

This statement may be subject to updates and changes. Please revisit it each time that you consider giving personal data through this site.