Liberal Democrats

What information do we collect?

The Party will collect information about you from different sources. For example, we may collect information from you in person, or when you join/donate to the party. We may also hold information about you from other sources, where we have permission or legitimate grounds to do so.

Any information we collect about you will always be handled securely and in compliance with the UK Data Protection Act (1998) and other relevant legislation.

What we collect directly from you

We may collect information from you when you choose to interact with us (e.g. by participating in our campaigns, registering for a Party conference, joining or donating the Party, through door to door canvassing activity).

Below are some examples of the information we may, with your permission, collect from you:

  • Name
  • Contact details (e.g. email address, address, telephone / mobile number)
  • Date of birth
  • Future communication preferences
  • Payment information for membership / donations
  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Family details
  • Political opinions
  • Religious or other beliefs
  • Issues you raise

Updating your information

If you want to update the information you have previously given to us (e.g. if you have recently moved house or changed your email address), you can contact the Party at:

Member Services
8-10 Great George Street

Tel: 020 7022 0988

What we collect when you visit our site

We will collect information when you visit our sites through cookies and web logging technologies (e.g. web beacons). The following are examples of information we may collect:

  • Information about your device browser or operating system
  • IP address
  • Links you click and pages you view on our site
  • Username or social media ‘handle’, and any other information you share when using a third party sites (e.g. a tweet, using the “Like” function on Facebook)

What we collect from other sources

We may also collect information about you from other legitimate sources, such as the Electoral Register, Land Registry, Companies House, or other commercially available sources. Before we use information about you from other sources, we will check that you have provided permission for your information to be shared, or whether we have legitimate legal grounds to do so.

Examples of the information we may collect from other sources may include:

  • Lifestyle and social circumstance
  • Goods or services purchased
  • Charities you support

Electoral Register

There are two versions on the electoral register: a “full” register and an “edited” register.  

It is a legal requirement to provide information to an electoral registration office for inclusion in the full register. This information includes your name, address, nationality and age. The full register is used by electoral registration officers for purposes related to the election process, and is made available to political parties and elected representatives by law, for the purposes of campaigning and checking eligibility to donate. The Council publishes updates to the electoral register on a regular basis including adding people to the register, deleting people from the register and making changes, such as to names following a marriage. We work to ensure that we collect and process these updates as quickly as possible.

The ‘edited’ register contains the same information as the full register. However, it is not a legal requirement to have your details included in the edited register, and you are provided with an opportunity to opt out each year. The edited register can be sold to any organisation or person, and may be used by companies for direct marketing.  

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