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Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to the Wiltshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (the WFWI). This privacy notice provides information about the different types of personal information that we collect and the ways in which we use it, although please note that not all of this will be applicable to you. If in doubt please feel free to check by contacting us using the contact details listed below.
  1. Who are we?
  2. When do we collect personal information about you?
  3. What personal information do we use?
  4. How we use your personal information
  5. Lawful processing
  6. The Membership Communications System (MCS)
  7. Do we share your personal information?
  8. Securing your personal information
  9. How long do we keep your personal information?
  10. Your rights and preferences
  11. Other websites
  12. Updating this privacy notice
  13. How to contact us
1. Who are we?
The Women's Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation's aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women's organisation in the UK.
The WI is a three-tiered organization:
  • The NFWI is the national charity, set up to represent WI members across the UK and provide guidance and support to federations and WIs. The NFWI board provides overall leadership to the WI organisation.
  • Federations are charities providing opportunities for various activities for WI members in their region. There are 69 federations across England, Wales and the Islands.
  • WIs are independent local charities open to any women over the age of 18. There are approximately 6,300 WIs across England, Wales and the Islands.
Our online services are owned by the Wiltshire Federation of Women’s Institutes (the WFWI). The WFWI is a charity with registration no. 229893.
2. When do we collect personal information about you?
We may hold information relating to you from a number of sources, and will collect personal information about you:
  1. When you give it to us directly
    For example, personal information that you submit through our website by signing up to a newsletter, contacting us through the "Contact Us" form, making a donation, or any personal data that you share with us when you communicate with us by email, phone or post.
  2. When  it is entered into the MCS by your WI or federation
    Your WI’s MCS Rep will store your membership details in the Membership Communication System (MCS). Please refer to clause 6 for more information on the MCS.
  3. When you visit one of our websites
    The NFWI uses cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your experience on our website and this can involve collecting personal data. Please refer to our Cookies Policy for details on the way our use of cookies may affect your personal data.
  4. When you make a purchase through our online shop
    WIE Ltd. will collect your personal information in order to fulfil any purchase of services or goods you make through our online shop.

3. What personal information do we use?
We will collect, store and otherwise process the following information as part of your WI membership:
  1. Your name and postal address
In addition we may collect, store and otherwise process the following kinds of personal information:
  1. Additional contact details including your email address, telephone number(s), and social media identities if you opt to provide them;
  2. Information about our services which you use, such as attendance at WFWI events and meetings with WFWI staff that you have attended and the status of your WI membership; and
  3. Your communication preferences;
  4. Your curriculum vitae and employment experience if you apply for a job with us;
  5. Information about your computer/ mobile device and your visits to and use of this website, including, for example, your IP address and geographical location; and
  6. Any other personal information you choose to share with us.
Special categories of data
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognises certain categories of personal information as sensitive, and therefore requiring more protection. These categories of data include information about your health, ethnicity and political opinions.
In certain situations, the WFWI may collect and/or use special categories of data (for example in order to make adjustments for any disabilities or dietary requirements you may have when attending our events). We will only process these special categories of data if there is a valid reason for doing so and where the GDPR allows us to do so. For instance, we will usually seek your explicit consent to use such data.
4. How we use your personal information
The WFWI may use your personal information:
  1. to provide you with services, products or information (such as the monthly newsletter) that you have requested;
  2. to provide access to “member-only” services such as My WI and WI Training;
  3. to provide updates about our work, services, activities, publications or products (where necessary, and only where you have provided your consent to receive such information such as explicitly subscribing to a specific newsletter);
  4. to invite you to WFWI events we feel that you might be interested in;
  5. to process your donations;
  6. to answer your questions/ requests and communicate with you in general;
  7. to further our charitable aim in general, including for fundraising activities and asking for volunteer support;
  8. to analyse and improve our work, services, activities, products or information (including our website) or for our internal records;
  9. to process your application for a job when you apply by contacting us via our website;
  10. to audit and/ or administer our accounts;
  11. to include your contribution in the monthly newsletter or our website if you contact us with content;
  12. to satisfy legal obligations which are binding on us, for example in relation to law enforcement requests or due diligence checks before accepting major donations;
  13. for the prevention of fraud or misuse of service; and
  14. for the establishment, defence of enforcement of legal claims.
5. Lawful processing
We are required to rely on one or more lawful grounds to collect and use the personal information that we have outlined above. We consider the grounds listed below to be relevant:
  1. Consent
    Where you have provided your consent for our use of your personal information in a certain way, for example where we ask for your consent to send you a newsletter.
  2. Legal obligation
    Where the processing of your personal information is necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject.
  3. Contractual relationship
    Where it is necessary for us to process your personal information in order to perform a contract to which you are a party (or to take steps at your request prior to entering a contract), for example when you order calendars from WI House.
  4. Legitimate interests
    We rely on this basis where applicable law allows us to collect and use personal information for our legitimate interests and the use of your personal information is fair, balanced, and does not unduly impact your rights. For instance, it is in our legitimate interest to promote the aims and objectives of the WFWI and to use the personal data of members in order to do so.

6. Membership Communication System (MCS) Database
When you become a member of the WI, your local representative provides us with your personal information and it is stored on the MCS database which we are responsible for. The MCS database is our internal database of all WI members  and is only accessible to your WIs MCS Rep and Federation and NFWI staff, who will use the information to administer your WI membership (for example to send you copies of WI Life, or if you have provided your email address to authenticate your WI membership allowing you to access My WI and WI Training). If you are an officer, a committee member or have another role within the WI we also use your information to assist in the administration of those roles.
Please note that you are in full control of the information held in the MCS. If you would like to update any of your details, or would like to see the information held within the MCS please speak to your WI’s MCS Rep.
7. Do we share your personal information?
The WFWI will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to others. However, we may disclose your personal information to selected third party processors (such as agents or sub-contractors) for the purposes outlined at clause 4. The third party in question will be obligated to use any personal data they receive in accordance with our instructions. 
When you ask us to provide you with information about your “current location” in order to find your closest WI, you will be prompted to allow your web browser (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari etc.) to send us your estimated location. How this is determined will vary depending on the web browser you use, but for a general overview please refer to In addition, when you add your postcode to identify your location, it is not saved on our website.
We reserve the right to disclose your personal information to third parties:
  1. when you provide your personal information in our contact form, the form may be forwarded to the appropriate regional contact, such as a local WI officer, member of staff or volunteer, in order to accommodate your request;
  2. for auditing purposes e.g. finance audits where we employ chartered accountants;
  3. if we are under any legal or regulatory obligation to do so; and
  4. in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.
8. Securing your personal information
The WFWI will take all reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. We restrict access to those who have a need to know and we train staff in handling the information securely. The WFWI will store all the personal information you provide on secure servers.
9. How long do we keep your personal information?
Unless still required in connection with the purpose for which it was collected and/or processed, we will generally remove your personal information from our records six years after the date that it was collected. For instance, if you cancel your WI membership, we will usually delete your personal data from our records 6 years after your cancellation. However, before this date: (i) if your personal information is no longer required in connection with such purpose(s); (ii) we are no longer lawfully entitled to process it; or (iii) you validly exercise one of your rights of erasure under clause 12, we will remove it from our records.
10. Your rights and preferences
The WFWI may contact you by post unless you request otherwise, and by telephone, email, social media or other electronic means depending on the communication preferences you have previously indicated.
Where we rely on your consent to use your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.
When we use your personal information you have the right to:
  1. Ask us for confirmation of what personal information we hold about you, and to request a copy of that information. If we are satisfied that you have a legal entitlement to see this personal information, and we are able to confirm your identity, we will provide you with this personal information.
  2. Request that we delete the personal information we hold about you, as far as we are legally required to do so
  3. Ask that we correct any personal information that we hold about you which you believe to be inaccurate.
  4. Object to the processing of your personal information where we: (i) process on the basis of the legitimate interests ground; (ii) use the personal information for direct marketing; or (iii) use the personal information for statistical purposes.
  5. Ask for the provision of your personal information in a machine-readable format to either yourself or a third party, provided that the personal information in question has been provided to us by you, and is being processed by us: (i) in reliance on your consent; or (ii) because it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party; and in either instance, we are processing it using automated means.
  6. Ask for processing of your personal information to be restricted if there is disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.
At any point you can request to unsubscribe from any WFWI newsletters you have subscribed to, or remove your personal information from the database by contacting us using the details listed in clause 14.
Please note that where you ask us to delete your personal information we will maintain a skeleton record comprising your name and contact details to ensure that we do not inadvertently contact you in the future.  We may also need to retain some financial records for statutory purposes, for example Gift Aid.
Please note that you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at
11. Other websites
The WFWI is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of linked web sites. Please review the privacy notices of such websites.
12. Updating this privacy notice
The WFWI may update this privacy notice by posting a new version on this website. If we update this privacy notice in a way that significantly changes how we use your personal information, we will bring these changes to your attention. Otherwise, we would recommend that you periodically review this privacy notice to be aware of any other revisions.
13. How to contact us
The WFWI’s Privacy Officer is responsible for monitoring compliance with relevant legislation in relation to personal information.  You can also contact the Privacy Officer if you have any questions about this privacy notice or our treatment of your personal information:
Telephone: 01380 739340
Post: Privacy Officer, WI House, 17 Couch Lane, Devizes SN10 1EB, UK.
Who are we?
Collect Personal Information
What personal information do we use?
How we use your personal information
Lawful processing
MCS Database
Do we share your personal information?
Securing your personal information
How long do we keep your personal information?
Your rights and preferences
Other websites
Updating this privacy notice
How to contact us
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