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Privacy Policy

To enhance our Data Protection compliance, Mary's Meals International is Data Protection registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

Privacy policy

1. Introduction

1.1 We are Mary’s Meals International Organisation (company registration number SC488380 and charity number SC045223. We operate as Mary’s Meals International, and we have our registered office at Craig Lodge, Dalmally, Argyll, PA33 1AR ("we", "us" or "our"). We are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

1.2 This Privacy Policy (and any other documents referred to in it) sets out the basis on which we will process and use any personal data about our supporters, potential supporters and visitors to our website Please read this Privacy Policy carefully to understand our practices regarding these individuals’ personal data and how we will treat it.

1.3 For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 2018, (the "DPA") and the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016, (the "EU GDPR"), and the GDPR as transposed into United Kingdom national law by operation of section 3 of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and as amended by the Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019 ("UK GDPR"), we are the data controllers and are located at Unit 10 -13 Claremont Centre, 39 Durham St, Glasgow G41 1BSUnited Kingdom.

1.4 We comply with the DPA 2018 and the GDPR in respect of the collection, holding, storage, use, and processing of personal data about our supporters (such personal data is held in both manual and electronic records).

1.5 We may make changes to this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we do so, we will post the changes on this page and they will apply from the time we post them. Individuals should check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this Policy. This Privacy Policy was last updated on 13 November 2023.

2. Personal data that we collect

2.1 Personal data

(a) We collect and use the following types of personal data about our supporters:

(i) personal information such as

  • Name;
  • Postal address;
  • Phone numbers (home, work and mobiles as applicable);
  • Email address(es);
  • Contact preferences;
  • Information given when registering to use or completing forms on our website;
  • Information on donations made;
  • Information that our supporters give us – for example when making donations, such as bank account details for setting up regular direct debits, credit card details for processing credit card payments, employer details for processing a payroll gift, or taxpayer status for gift aid purposes;
  • Information given when using our website; 
  • Information about a supporter’s employment, relationship to Mary’s Meals, or philanthropic interests;
  • Information given when taking part in Mary’s Meals’ social media functions or on our website.

(ii) the marketing preferences of our supporters and whether and when consent to receive marketing communications has been given or withdrawn.

(iii) correspondence between supporters and ourselves (whether by telephone, e-mail or otherwise).

(b) We also collect and use certain technical information about our supporters’ visits to our website which may include, for example, internet protocol (IP) addresses, login information, browser type and version, pages accessed, files downloaded, full Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), clickstream to, through and from the website (including date and time), products viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages and page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks and mouse-overs).

(c) We collect the personal information set out above directly from supporters. We may also collect this information indirectly, such as via third party fundraising platforms, such as Just Giving or events organisers; or from publicly available information such as print and media articles, charity websites and annual reports, corporate websites, public social media accounts, Companies House, The Office of Charity Regulator (OSCR), financial sanctions, or counter-terrorism lists held by the UK government, or the Charity Commission. We only use publicly available, reputable sources, where someone would reasonably expect their information may be read by the public.

(d) Supporters don’t have to disclose personal data to us to browse the website or to use our social media sites, but supporters do need to provide us with certain personal data in order for us to provide them with certain services.

(e) The safety of children is very important to us. We do not knowingly collect the personal data of those who are under 16 years old without the consent of their parent or guardian. If you are under 16 please call us on + 44 (0) 141 336 7094 for further information.

3. Cookies

3.1 Our website uses cookies to distinguish a supporter from other users of the website and to help us to provide supporters with a good experience when they browse our website.  Cookies also allow us to improve our website.  For detailed information on the cookies we use and why we use them see our Cookies Policy:

4. How we use personal data

4.1 We obtain, collect, record, hold, store, organise, adapt, alter, retrieve, consult, disclose, destroy and otherwise use personal data of supporters, as set out in this Privacy Policy, for the following purposes:

  • Providing supporters with the products, services and information that they ask us for.
  • Corresponding with supporters and recording any relevant communications.
  • Sending fundraising and marketing information to our supporters.
  • Keeping records of donations made and actions taken by our supporters.
  • Claiming gift aid on donations.
  • Analysing data so that we can identify supporters and tailor our activities so we can contact supporters in the most appropriate way, with the most relevant products and information, to provide a better experience.
  • For the purposes of due diligence checks, fraud and credit risk reduction.
  • Supporting volunteers.
  • Recording campaigning activities by supporters.
  • Performing our obligations under any contracts that we enter into with supporters.
  • Telling supporters about changes to our services.
  • Ensuring that content from our website is presented effectively for supporters and for their computers.
  • Administering our website and for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes.
  • Improving our website to ensure that content is presented most effectively for supporters and their computers.
  • Allowing supporters to choose to take part in interactive features of our services.
  • Keeping our website safe and secure.
  • We may use information which we hold about you to show you relevant advertising on third party sites (e.g. Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter). This could involve showing you an advertising message where we know you have a Mary's Meals account and/or have interacted with our website.

We use direct marketing to let you know about our work and how your support makes a difference, and to ask for other support. We'll send you direct marketing by post unless you indicate that you don't want to hear from us this way. We send these communications on the basis of it being within our legitimate interests to do so or if you've consented to receive this. We'll also send you direct marketing by e-mail, SMS and phone if you've consented to hear from us this way. We'll always respect your preferences and endeavour to send you information that you’ll find interesting, in the format you prefer.

4.2   We will only retain your personal information for as long as required to fulfil the purposes set out above, where it is required for legal, tax or accounting purposes, or where we notify you otherwise. If you object to the retention of your data, see the ‘individuals’ rights’ section below.

5. How we share personal data

5.1 We will only share supporters’ personal data if:

  (a)  we are working with partners whom we have carefully selected to carry out work on our behalf, such as service providers and sub-contractors (for example, IT services providers and providers of technical, payment and delivery services) to perform any contract we enter into with them.  The kind of work we may ask them to do includes processing, packaging, mailing and delivering purchases, answering questions about us and any services we provide, carrying out research or analysis to assist us in our mission and processing credit card payments. 

We only choose partners we trust and only pass personal data to them where they have undertaken to keep your personal data secure.  We do not allow these partners to use your data for their own purposes or disclose it to other third parties and we will take all reasonable care to ensure that such partners keep your data secure; or

  (b)  we are legally required to do so e.g. by law or by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction.

We will not sell supporter’s information. We will not share supporter’s information with other organisations other than as stated above.

 5.2 We occasionally participate in advertising such as Google’s Remarketing and Facebook’s “Custom Audience” targeting which enables us to display adverts to our existing supporters via Google and Facebook. We provide personal information such as your email address to Google and Facebook to enable them to determine if you are a registered account holder. Our adverts may then appear when you access Google, Facebook and on your Facebook feed. Your data is sent in an encrypted format that is deleted by Google and Facebook if it does not match with a Google or Facebook account.

If you want to stop personalised services from us, or do not wish for your data to be used in any of the ways stated within this privacy policy, please email: .

6. Legal basis for processing personal data

We rely on various legal basis to justify our processing of supporters’ personal data.  Further details of these are set out below.

(a) The supporters have given their consent to the processing of their personal data for the specific purposes mentioned above. 

The supporters may withdraw their consent to this processing at any time by contacting us using the contact details set out in the “Contact and Complaints” section of this Privacy Policy below, but this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing of their personal data which was carried out before they withdrew their consent.

(b) The processing is necessary for our legitimate interests. These legitimate interests include processing, packaging, mailing and delivering purchases, answering questions about us and any services we provide, carrying out research or analysis to assist us in our mission and processing credit card payments.

(c) The processing is necessary to perform a contract to which the relevant supporters are parties or to take steps that they have asked us to take before entering into a contract, such as buying a book or a DVD or requesting a free film screening pack about our work.

(d) The processing is necessary for us, as the data controller, to comply with our legal obligations, such as sharing personal data where we are legally required to do so e.g. by law or by an order of a court.


7. Where we transfer and store personal data

7.1 The personal data that we collect from supporters may be transferred to and/or stored at destinations outside the UK, but within the European Economic Area, (the “EEA”). As such, adequate protection for such personal and sensitive personal data will be ensured. However, it may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for one of our suppliers (e.g. IT service providers) – in these instances, we carefully select suppliers with whom we have appropriate contractual arrangements in place to ensure safeguarding of our supporters’ personal data. This includes staff involved in, among other things, providing support services and processing payment details.  We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that supporters’ personal data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and applicable law.

7.2 All information that supporters provide to us is stored on our secure servers and/or on the servers of our suppliers who we have engaged to host various IT systems for us. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using TLS technology.  Where we have given supporters (or where they have chosen) a password which enables them to access certain parts of our website, they are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask them not to share this password with anyone.

7.3 Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect supporters’ personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to our website; any transmission is at supporters’ own risk. Once we have received personal information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access as far as possible.

7.4 Our mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities. We will keep supporters’ information only for as long as they engage with us in any of the above ways, and only as long as we need it:

(a) to administer their relationship with us;

(b) to comply with the law; or

(c) to ensure we do not communicate with supporters who have asked us not to.

To assist us in this process we will review on a regular basis the personal data of supporters that we collect and hold to ensure that such data is only kept for an appropriate length of time.




8- Retention Rights

8.1  We will not hold your personal information for any longer than is necessary, unless we are required to keep your personal data longer to comply with the law and any regulatory requirements. Depending on how we interact with you we may hold your data for different periods.

8.2  If you have made a donation or a recurring donor we will hold your membership information for a period of seven years after your last point of contact.

8.3  For individuals that are only supporters (and are not also donors) we will destroy most of your personal information if you opt–out from receiving updates but we may retain some very basic information for the purposes of our suppression list to ensure that we do not contact you again.

8.4  Recruitment applications and applicant data will be held in line with the retention periods set out in our Applicant Privacy Statement.

9. Individuals’ rights

9.1 Supporters have certain rights in respect of the personal data that we hold about them. To exercise any of the rights set out below, please contact us using the contact details set out in the “Contact and complaints” section of this Privacy Policy below: 

(a) Access. We will confirm to supporters whether or not we are processing and using personal data about them, at their request and, if so, provide them with access to and a copy of such personal data and the other details to which they are entitled.   

(b) Rectification. We will correct any inaccurate personal data and complete any incomplete personal data (including by providing a supplementary statement) that we hold about supporters without undue delay at their request.

(c) Prevention of processing likely to cause damage or distress. We will respect our supporters’ rights to require us to cease or not to begin processing their personal data for a specific purpose, or in a specific way, that is likely to cause unwarranted damage or distress, either to the relevant individual or a third party.

(d) Erasure. We will erase personal data concerning a supporter at their request without undue delay in certain circumstances, (for example, among other things, if their personal data is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected or otherwise used). 

(e) Restriction. We will restrict the processing of supporters’ personal data in certain circumstances (for example, among other things, if they believe that their personal data held by us is inaccurate), if requested by them to do so. 

(f) Data portability. We will respect the rights of supporters to receive personal data about them that they have provided to us in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and to transmit such personal data to another data controller without hindrance from us in certain circumstances. 

(g) Right to object. We will respect the general rights of supporters to object to the processing of their personal data in certain circumstances. 

(h) Right to object to marketing. We will respect supporters’ rights regarding use of their personal data for direct marketing purposes. In particular, we will not begin or we will cease processing any personal data of individuals for direct marketing purposes if at any time individuals ask us not to do so. Individuals can stop targeted advertising messages on third party sites by amending their preferences by emailing 

(i) Automated individual decision-making, including profiling. Where requested, we will not make decisions based on automated processing, including profiling and we will ensure that you can always obtain a review by one of our staff members of any automated decisions and are able to express your point of view and contest any such decisions.

We will not make any automated decisions based on sensitive personal information unless we have obtained your explicit consent to do so, or this is otherwise necessary for substantial public interest reasons based on applicable law.

9.2 We will process all personal data in line with supporters’ rights in each case to the extent required by and in accordance with applicable law only (including, without limitation, in accordance with any applicable time limits and requirements regarding fees and charges). 

9.3 We will respect supporters’ rights regarding use of their personal data for direct marketing purposes.  In particular, we will not begin, or we will cease processing any personal data of individuals for direct marketing purposes if at any time a supporter asks us to stop. 

9.4 Supporters can exercise their rights by contacting us using the contact details set out below in the “Contacts and complaints” section of this Privacy Policy.

 10. Contact and complaints

10.1 Questions, comments, requests or complaints regarding this Privacy Policy and/or our use of supporters’ personal data should be addressed to or Mary’s Meals International Organisation,  Claremont Centre, Unit 10 -13 , 39 Durham St, Glasgow G41 1BSUnited Kingdom.

10.2 If supporters have any complaints regarding this Privacy Policy, they may also contact the UK Information Commissioner by telephone on 0303 123 1113 (within the UK), +44 1625 545 700 (outside the UK) or at

10.3 We are not a ‘public authority’ as defined under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and we will not therefore respond to requests for information made under that Act.