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Privacy Policy


When we collect your information, we take care that it is handled securely and processed in accordance with the law. This policy explains when and why we collect personal information, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.


Who are we? 


D'sign Arts is a registered charity  in Northern Ireland (number SC038926). hereafter referred to as D'sign Arts.   

For the purposes of this privacy policy D'sign Arts is the data controller. 

Data Protection Officer 
<name of data protection officer>
Tel: <need contact no> 



What type of information do we collect from you?


Most of the information we process is provided to us directly by you for one of the following reasons:

  • You have made an enquiry to us

  • You have requested our services

  • You have subscribed to our newsletter

  • You have visited our website

  • You wish to attend, or have attended an event or classess


D'Sign Arts collects personally identifiable information, such as your email address, name, home or work address textphone or telephone number and in some occasions, financial information.

D'Sign Arts also collects anonymous demographic information which is not unique to you such as your postcode, age, gender, preferences, interests and information regarding what pages are accessed and when.

There is also information about your computer hardware and software that is automatically collected by D'Sign Arts when you visit our website. This information can include your IP address; browser type; domain names; access times, referring website addresses and any of our cookies you have previously consented to. 

Links to other websites:

Our web sites and electronic communications may contain links to other websites, both those of government departments and of other organisations. This privacy policy applies only to our site, so you should always be aware when you are moving to another site and read the privacy statement of any site that collects personal information. 


We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purposes. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.


The Data Protection Act 2018 & the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides rights for individuals: 


The right to be informed 
You have the right to be informed about how and when we may process personal data.  
This is typically done via a privacy notice.  


The right of access 
You have the right to ask us for copies of your personal information. This right always applies, there are some exemptions which means that you may not always receive all the information we process.

You can request access from the Data Protection Officer by completing our Subject Access Request Form.

The right to rectification 
You have the right to ask us to rectify information you think is inaccurate. You also have the right to ask us to complete information you think is incomplete.

The right to erasure
The right to erasure is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’. 
You have the right to ask us to erase your personal information in certain circumstances where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing, for example; upon the withdrawal of consent for direct marketing.

The right to restrict processing 
You have the right to ask us to restrict the processing of your information in certain circumstances.


The right to data portability 
This only applies to information you have given us. You have the right to ask that we transfer the information you gave us from one organisation to another, or give it to you. This right only applies if we are processing information based on your consent or under, or in talks about entering into a contract and the processing is automated.

The right to object to processing 
You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data if it is for: processing based on legitimate interests or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling); direct marketing (including profiling); and processing for purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics.

Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling. 
The GDPR provides safeguards for individuals against the risk that a potentially damaging decision is taken without human intervention. You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing, including profiling.

The right to withdraw consent at any time, where relevant 
We are required to make it as easy to withdraw consent as to give consent.


The right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority 
The Information Commissioner for Northern Ireland may be contacted here:


Information Commissioner's Office 
3rd Floor 
14 Cromac Place 
BT7 2JB 
Tel: 028 9027 8757 or 0303 123 1114 

Or Online at 



The legal basis for the processing and the purpose of the processing. 


Data protection law says that we must have a ‘lawful basis’ to process your personal information. There are five lawful bases that we can rely on depending on why we are processing your information.


We may analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information relevant to you. We may make use of additional information about you when it is available from external sources to help us do this effectively. We may also use your personal information to detect and reduce fraud and credit risk. 

Like many other websites, our website uses cookies. 'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. For example, we use cookies to store your country preference. This helps us to improve our website and deliver a better, more personalised service.  

It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. For more information on how to switch off cookies on your computer, visit our full cookies policy. Turning cookies off may result in a loss of functionality when using our website. 


Digital Marketing, Social Media Monitoring & Advertising 
As part of our marketing and communications activity, we collect technical, web and aggregated data for the purposes of digital marketing including search engine marketing and on-line advertising.  We use advertising options available on social networks to target specific audiences using interest, location and demographic data made available in the social network and search engines. 

To ensure compelling and integrated communications, there are occasions where we may integrate a user's activity by tracking user's behaviour with a combination of cookies and pixel tagging data on our website with relevant social media advertising and web site advertising channels. 

We also use social media listening software to surface and bring publicly available social content to our attention. 


Your marketing choices 
You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. If you want to receive direct marketing communications from us then you can select your choices by ticking the relevant boxes situated on the form on which we collect your information. 

We will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, post, phone or text message unless you have given your prior consent.

You can change your marketing or research preferences at any time by clicking the ’unsubscribe’ link on any email we send you. You can also do this by contacting us via:​

  • ‘Contact Us’ form on the website

  • Post

  • Telephone: (028) ???? ????

How long do we keep your information? 
We review our retention periods for personal information on a regular basis. 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 as described in our approved disposal and retentions schedule, or as long as is set out in any relevant contract or agreement you hold with us. 


Who has access to your information? 
We will not sell or rent your information to third parties. 
Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties for them to use for their own direct marketing purposes without your prior consent.


Organisations we may share information with:  
We work closely with a number of third party service providers, agents, subcontractors and other organisations for the purposes of  providing services to you on our behalf such as arranging events, workshops, courses, trips, webinars etc.

List of Organisations:

The list of 3rd party organisations we may share information with is included in Annex A of this document.


We may also be required to disclose your information by law, for example, by a court order, or when we receive a Freedom of Information request, or for the purposes of prevention of fraud or other crime.

People who subscribe on
When a subscription is entered we collect the personal information of the applicant. This information is used for the delivery of the service requested and for subsequent monitoring and reporting. When we receive a subscription request, we will notify all those persons involved that we have received their application and that we are processing their personal information for that purpose only. We will not share or use the supplied personal information for the purposes of direct marketing without your explicit consent. Where you have given consent you can withdraw it at any time. 

D'sign Arts will publish aggregated anonymised data on its performance on its website. We will keep personal information contained in application files in line with our retention policy. This means that information relating to subscribers will be retained for a minimum of 5 years. It will be retained in a secure environment and access to it will be restricted.


Securing your information 
When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it’s treated securely. We restrict access to personal data to volunteers, contractors and agents who need to know such personal data in order to operate, develop or improve the services that we provide. We ensure that we have appropriate physical and technological security measures to protect your information; and we ensure that when we outsource any processes that the service provider has appropriate security measures in place.
We will implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risks that are presented by the processing of your personal data. In particular, we will consider the risks presented by accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed.

All information submitted to our websites is encrypted. When you are on a secure page, a lock icon will appear on the top of web browsers such as Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome. 

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. 


16 or Under 
We do not run courses or events for children and as such do not store or process children's information. In the event that we do ever have to hold information on children aged 16 or under‚ It will only be done so with  parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information. 



Transferring your information outside of Europe 
As part of the services offered to you through this website, the information, which you provide to us, may be transferred to countries outside the European Union (“EU”). By way of example, this may happen if any of our servers are from time to time located in a country outside of the EU. These countries may not have similar data protection laws to the UK. By submitting your personal data, you’re agreeing to this transfer, storing or processing. If we transfer your information outside of the EU in this way, we will take steps to ensure that appropriate security measures are taken with the aim of ensuring that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this Policy. 

If you use our services while you are outside the EU, your information may be transferred outside the EU in order to provide you with those services. 


Review of this Policy 
We keep this Policy under regular review. This Policy was last updated in December 2020.





Annex A

D'sign Arts – 3rd Party Organisations we may share Information with.

  • NI Local Authorities and Councils

  • Charities commission

  • Arts council NI

  • Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

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