Privacy Policy

The Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development is committed to safeguarding the privacy of its website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

(1) What information do we collect?

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:

(a) information about your computer and about your visits to and use of this website (including your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views);

(b) information that you provide to us for the purpose of posting a comment on our blog or other pages of this website (for example in order to participate in a website forum discussion);

(c) any other information that you choose to send to us.

(2) Cookies

This site uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. This cookie text file consists of information sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The information is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.

WordPress Cookies

This website has been built in WordPress. WordPress uses cookies to store information about visitors who comment on the blog. This is purely a convenience, so that the visitor won’t need to re-type all their information again when they want to leave another comment. Three cookies are set for commenters:

  1. comment_author
  2. comment_author_email
  3. comment_author_url

The commenter cookies are set to expire a little under one year from the time they’re set.

Another cookie is set by wordpress as a test of the browser’s ability to set cookies:

  1. wordpress_test_cookie

WordPress also uses cookies to store information about users who log in to the website. As login details are only provided to a controlled, small group of people, these cookies will not be used for most people who visit the site:

  1. wordpress_[hash]
  2. wordpress_logged_in_[hash]
  3. wp-settings-{time}-[UID]

All the data in the cookies is stored hashed. It is very difficult to take a hash and “unhash” it to find the original input data, which means you don’t have to worry about someone acquiring your personal information by reading the cookie data. When a visitor returns to the blog, WordPress checks for the existence of their cookie, and then tries to compare their hashed data with the values stored in the WordPress database.

Plugin Cookies

Some of the plugins created for WordPress also make use of cookies. On the FDSD website we use the Share This button provided by Lockerz which uses cookies to record information about your visit to our site. These include:

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  4. uuid
  5. uvc

Asyou interact with the services that Lockerz links to, more cookies are likely to be set. The Lockerz privacy policy has more information.

The plugin that has been installed to tell you that we use cookies also sets a cookie if you accept cookie use on this site. This is so that the message about cookies will not keep appearing once you have accepted it.

Other plugins not listed here may also use cookies.

Google Analytics

We use Google Analytics to analyse the use of this website. Google Analytics generates statistical and other information about website use by means of cookies, which are stored on users’ computers. The information generated relating to our website is used to create reports about the use of the website. Google will store this information. Google’s privacy policy is available here. Google analytics stores five cookies containing information about this website and how people use it:

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  4. __utmz
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Content from external websites

We sometimes use external web services such as YouTube and Vimeo to display content on our site (such as on our Resources Multimedia page). When you interact with content provided through these services they may use cookies to record how you use their service. The information they collect will be anonymous unless you have an account with the service and are logged into it. Examples of the cookies they may set are:

  1. PREF
  3. demographics

Disabling Cookies

Most browsers allow you to reject all cookies, whilst some browsers allow you to reject just third party cookies. For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector. For other browsers we suggest consulting the Help section. Blocking all cookies will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many websites.

For Further information take a look at the About Cookies website.

Our cookies policy is also available online as a separate page.

(3) Using your personal data

Personal data submitted on this website will be used for the purposes specified in this privacy policy or in relevant parts of the website.

We may use your personal information to:

(a) administer the website;

(b) send you general (non-commercial) email communications relating to our work which we think may be of interest to you (you can inform us at any time if you no longer want to receive these kinds of communications);

(c) provide our non-commercial partners and funders or contractors working with us to develop or manage our website with aggregated general statistical information about our users – but this information will not be used to identify any individual user;

(d) deal with enquiries made by or about you relating to the website

We will not provide your personal information to third parties save insofar as this may be necessary for purposes of backing up data held on our website and computers to secure password-protected off-site servers.

Any donations made via the link provided from the homepage of our website are handled through Charity Choice ( who make use of a secure encrypted payment system. The Charity Choice website also gives you the option of making an anonymous donation in which case your identity is not revealed to us. You should only provide any personal information to Charity Choice after reviewing the privacy policy governing the Charity Choice website. This is available from the link provided here.

(4) Disclosures

We may disclose information about you to any of our employees, contractors or officers insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as set out in this privacy policy.

In addition, we may disclose information about you:

(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;

(b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings; and/or

(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention).

Except as provided in this privacy policy, we will not provide your information to third parties.

(5) International data transfers

Information that we collect may be stored and processed in or transferred between countries in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this privacy policy or to hold it securely (for example by means of off-site backups).

You should be aware that information which you provide for publication on the website could potentially be transferred to countries which do not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Economic Area.

In addition, personal information that you submit for publication on the website will be published on the internet and may be available, via the internet, around the world.

You expressly agree to such transfers of personal information.

(6) Security of your personal data

We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information. However, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

(7) Policy amendments

We may update this privacy policy from time-to-time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.

(8) Your rights

You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you. Provision of such information may be subject to the payment of a fee (which is currently fixed at £10.00).

You may instruct us by email at any time (to not to process your personal data for purposes of occasional email communications about our work.

(9) Third party websites

The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.

(10) Updating information

Please let us know if you would like us to correct or update any personal information which we hold about you.

(11) Contact

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal data, please write to us by email to or by post to FDSD, 3rd Floor, Downstream Building, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG.

(12) Data protection registration

As a registered charity collecting and processing personal information for limited purposes, we do not hold a data protection registration number.