Privacy Policy

This Web site is owned and operated by the International Rescue Committee UK (‘IRC-UK’). We recognise that visitors to our site may be concerned about the information they provide to us, and how we treat that information. This Privacy Policy addresses those concerns.

How does IRC-UK collect personal information?
IRC-UK uses its best efforts to respect the privacy of its online visitors. On our site, we do not collect personally identifiable information from individuals unless they provide it to us voluntarily and knowingly. This means we do not require you to register or provide information to us in order to view our site. IRC-UK only gathers personally identifiable information, such as names, addresses, postal codes, e-mail addresses, etc., when voluntarily submitted by a visitor.

What type of information is ‘voluntarily’ submitted?
This is information collected in order to respond to a stated desire to apply for a position, make a donation online or sign up for an IRC-UK mailing list.

Do Third Parties have access to this information?
Yes. This information is available to IRC-UK and third-party application service providers involved in the operation of this site.

Does that make private information less secure?
No. We make an effort to require all third-party application service-providers to hold personal information in strict confidence. However, while we believe these companies are upstanding and will treat your personal information responsibly, we do not own or control them.

What other type of information does IRC-UK have access to?
As with most other Internet sites, our Web server automatically recognises the domain name of each visitor to the site, but not the e-mail address (where possible). This IP address tells us which domain you visited from (e.g.

What is this used for?
We use the information we record to help diagnose problems with our server, and to improve the content of our Web page. The information is not shared with other organisations for commercial purposes.

Can I control how IRC-UK uses my personal information?
Yes. You can Opt Out from receiving further information from IRC-UK.

How does ‘Opt Out’ work?
If you supply us with your postal address or e-mail address online you may receive periodic mailings from us with information on our programmes and services. If you do not want to receive postal mail and/or e-mail from us in the future, please let us know by sending your request via e-mail to [email protected].

What will IRC-UK do, if I choose not to ‘Opt-Out’?
IRC-UK will never rent, trade or sell your e-mail address. However, we may on occasion share your name and postal address with other organisations unless you opt-out. If you would prefer that your name and postal address not be shared with others, simply send us a request via e-mail to [email protected].

Are there any exceptions to Opt Out?
IRC-UK may disclose personal information if compelled by law or a regularity authority.  In addition, we may need to disclose personal information in special cases where we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is necessary to identify, contact or bring legal action against someone who may be causing injury or interfering (either intentionally or unintentionally) with IRC-UK’s rights or property, IRC-UK Web site users, or anyone else that could be harmed by such activities.

Is my credit card information secure?
Protecting your credit card information is of the utmost importance to IRC-UK. IRC-UK’s online donation site has security measures in place to protect the loss, misuse and alteration of information under our control. 

How do we use cookies? 
Cookies and How they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

Make our website work as you'd expect
Remember your settings during and between visits
Improve the speed/security of the site
Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
Personalise our site to you to help you get what you need faster
Continuously improve our website for you
Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
Pass data to advertising networks
Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
Pay sales commissions
You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

Making our shopping basket and checkout work
Remembering your search settings
Allowing you to add comments to our site
Tailoring content to your needs
Remembering your preferences such as colours, text size and layout
There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily Like or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called analytics programmes also tell us, on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before, helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

Here are the cookies we use on the site:

Cookie Name Number set
Google Analytics 4
Drupal Admin 1
Drupal Session 1 Drupal 1


Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

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