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Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice

At FICS, we recognise that, in the digital age, information is key to how society consolidates and redistributes power. We know that information technologies can be used to surveil and censor and are exploited by the powerful to silence and restrict the civic space of dissenting voices. Privacy and information management are core to defending and expanding civic space and we take your rights seriously.

The Funders Initiative of Civil Society (FICS) is a programme of Global Dialogue, a registered charity (1122052) and limited company (5775827) in England and Wales which promotes human rights and social change by enabling innovative and collaborative philanthropy. As both the Data Controller (the organisation that determines how your data is managed) and Data Processor (the organisation processing the data), Global Dialogue handles and processes the data you provide in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).


Global Dialogue respects your rights to privacy, and this Privacy Notice reflects these rights under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This Note is prepared for our external contacts and partners, and explains when and why we collect personal data, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others, and how we keep it secure. Please read it carefully and contact us if you have any questions or concerns by emailing, phoning us on +44 7494 152 877, or writing to us at Global Dialogue, First Floor, 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE, UK.

How do we collect information from you?

As a data controller we obtain information about you in the following ways:

  • When you provide your contact details to us when requesting information about the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) or any of our initiatives, either via the telephone, online or face to face
  • When you register to attend events organised or co-organised by the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) or its initiatives
  • When you subscribe to newsletters by the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS)

What type of information is collected from you?

The personal data we collect from you might include your name, job title, address, email address, the organisation you work for and your phone number. When you register to attend events organised or coorganised by the Funders Initiative for Civil Society (FICS) we may also ask you for a photo and a short biography.

How do we use your personal data?

We are required by the GDPR to have a legitimate reason – a “lawful basis” – for any personal data that we collect or hold on you. The table below describes how we may use this data, and what we understand to be the lawful basis for our processing it:

PurposeLawful basis for processing
Seek your views or comments on our workOur legitimate interests, which we have balanced
with the rights and freedoms of the data subject
Send you communications which you have
requested and that may be of interest to you. These may include information about events, newsletters,
publications, updates and other information that is
deemed of interest to you
Our legitimate interests, which we have balanced
with the rights and freedoms of the data subject
Facilitate your attendance at one of our events or
seminars (online or in person)
For the performance of a contract or agreement
Facilitate your use of a FICS communication
Your consent
Send you the FICS newsletter, which features
updates on FICS’ projects, publications and other
Your consent

How long do we keep your data?

We keep our retention periods for personal information under review. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract or agreement you hold with us. We routinely update our data to ensure those who are not engaged in our work are removed.

Who has access to your information?

We will not share your personal information with any third parties for them to use for their own marketing purposes. However, we may disclose your personal data if required to do so by law.

Transferring your data outside of Europe

When we use a third party processor, for example Mailchimp or Survey Monkey, your personal data may be transferred outside the European Economic Area (EEA). It will only be transferred to countries that have been identified as providing adequate protection for EEA data (like New Zealand), or to a third party where we have approved transfer mechanisms in place to protect your personal data, for example by entering into the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses. For further information please contact us.

Your choices

You have a number of rights under data protection law, including the right to access, rectify and erase your personal data. The accuracy of your information is important to us and you have a choice whether or not you wish to receive information from us. Find out more about your rights here.

If you do not want to receive communications from us about our work, events, surveys, and other information which we think you might be interested in, you can unsubscribe on each of the communications themselves. Alternatively, please send an email to, phone us on +44 7494 152 877, or write to us at Global Dialogue, First Floor, 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE, UK.

If you would like to exercise any of your rights under data protection law, if you change email address or any of the other information we hold is inaccurate or out of date, please email us at, phone us on +44 7494 152 877, or write to us at Global Dialogue, First Floor, 10 Queen Street Place, London EC4R 1BE, UK.

If you are concerned about the way we have collected and used your personal data, please contact us – we will do our best to help. If you are unhappy with how we have handled your personal data, you have the right to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office in the UK.

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it is treated securely. Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted normally over the internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems. Where we have given (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our websites, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share your password with anyone.

Cookie Policy

Our Cookie Policy explains what cookies are, how we use cookies, how third-parties we may partner with may use cookies on the Website, your choices regarding cookies and further information about cookies.

What are Cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of text sent by your web browser by a website you visit. A cookie file is stored in your web browser and allows the Website or a third-party to recognise you and make your next visit easier and the Website more useful to you.

Cookies can be “persistent” or “session” cookies.

How we use cookies

When you use and access the Website, we may place a number of cookie files in your web browser. We use cookies for the following purposes: to enable the Website to function and to provide analytics.

We use both session and persistent cookies on the Website and we use different types of cookies to run the Website. Please find information below on the cookies that our Website stores on your computer.

Strictly Necessary Cookies:

WordPress (the software used to power this website) sets the following cookies in your browser, if you have logged into the website dashboard:

Cookie NameDescriptionSession
wordpress_WordPress cookie for a logged in user.Session
wordpress_logged_inWordPress cookie for a logged in user.Session
wordpress_test_cookieWordPress test cookie.Session
wp-settings-time-WordPress also sets a few wp-settings-{time}-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface and possibly also the main site interface.1 Year
wp-settings-Wordpress also sets a few wp-settings-[UID] cookies. The number on the end is your individual user ID from the users database table. This is used to customize your view of admin interface and possibly also the main site interface.1 Year
PHPSESSIDTo identify your unique session on the website.Session

Third-party Cookies:

In addition to the essential cookies, we also use various third-party cookies to report usage statistics of the Website. This is done through the third-party Google Analytics (Google Inc.) which is a web analysis service provided by Google Inc. (“Google”). These have been summarised below:

Cookie NameDescriptionSession
_gaUsed to distinguish users. 2 Years
_gidUsed to distinguish users. 24 Hours
_gatUsed to throttle request rate.1 Minute

Cookie Acceptance and Effect of Clicking Agree on our Cookie Banner

By using our Website you consent to our use of cookies and the cookies will be stored on your device unless this functionality is rejected or disabled by your browser.

The first time you visit our Website, our Cookie Banner will appear, notifying your of the fact that the Website uses cookie. If you click on the ‘ACCEPT’ button in this Cookie Banner, the Website will use a cookie to record this fact so that the Cookie Banner will not show up on your screen next time you vitir our Website from your device (using the same browser).

Turning Off Cookies and Ramifications Thereof

You can manage the cookies stored on your device as well as stop cookies from being installed on your browser. To find out more information about how to do this, please visit the help pages of your web browser. Further information can also be found on the following website:

Please note, however, that if you delete cookies or refuse to accept them, you might not be able to use all of the features we offer, you may not be able to store your preferences, and some of our pages might not display properly.

Review of this Privacy Notice

We keep this Notice under regular review. This Notice was last updated in January 2022.

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