Privacy Policy

Who we are

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What personal data we collect and why we collect it

Development Direct will keep different types of data about you depending on how we have made contact.

DONORS: We will securely store the name, email address, postal address and telephone number given to us personally by a donor. We legally have to keep a record of all donors and donations. If you have agreed to let us claim Gift Aid on a donation, we need to include your name, address and postcode on the claim form for HMRC.

VOLUNTEERS: We will securely store the name, email address, postal address and telephone number given to us personally by a volunteer.

BENEFICIARIES: We will securely store the name, email address, postal address and telephone number given to us personally by a beneficiary.

We never buy, sell or pass data to/from third parties.

Only Development Direct trustees and volunteers may collect or have access to your data.

We collect data to let everyone know how our projects are doing and let you know about our work. We will use your data to alert you to events such as the AGM.

After a certain amount of time, your data may be moved into our archive. This is a paper-based system that we need to keep for legal reasons, such as evidence of donations.

We will keep your data for as long as you are interested. If you tell us that you are no longer interested, we will do our best to remove you completely from our database. However, if you have given us a monetary donation, volunteered your time, or given us a gift, we are legally required to keep a record of this. In these circumstances, we will remove any data that is personally identifiable, such as your address and email address, but will keep your first initial and surname so that we have a record for our accounts.

You have the right to be informed, of access, to rectification, to erasure, to restrict processing, to data portability and to object. You also have the right to file a complaint with a supervisory authority if you think we are not handling your data according to data protection regulations. Please be aware that often we have a legal basis for processing, such as for tax purposes, which will mean that your data cannot be erased. In these circumstances, we will try to anonymise your data to the best of our ability.

If we make any significant changes to the way that we treat your personal data, we will make this clear in our communications to you. If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact [email protected]

Website Privacy


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.