Privacy Policy

The Multiple Sclerosis Society which is a registered charity (registered charity number 1139257 with registered office at 372 Edgware Road, London, NW2 6ND (“us”, “we”, “our” or “MS Society”), is committed to protecting your privacy and your personal information when you use the Website and the Website Services (as defined in our Terms of Use).  This Privacy Policy explains to you what personal information about you we collect, what we do with it and the methods we use to protect your privacy.  By accessing and using the Website you agree that you consent to the use being made of your personal information which is set out in this Privacy Policy.  If you have any questions about the information we hold about you or this Privacy Policy please contact us at the following email address supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk.

If we change our Privacy Policy we will post the changes to the Website and may place notices on other pages of the Website.  Your continued access and use of the Website will signify that you agree to such changes.

The information we collect

We may ask you to provide us with personal information in order to process your account and allow you to participate in the discussion boards on the Website and use other aspects of the Website Services.  We may ask for information such as your name, date of birth, gender, email address, postal address, the nature of your interest in the MS Society and any other information requested by us using our forms on the Website.  We will keep a record of this information and also any correspondence if you decide to contact us.

What we do with your information

We will use your information in order to provide you with the Website Services, improve and personalise your experience on the Website and to communicate with you about the MS Society on any matter relating to the conduct of your account or your use of the Website Services.

If we collect data for the purpose of organising a specific event, we may occasionally release such information to named co-organisers or co-sponsors.

From time to time we may provide your personal information to carefully selected third parties who have similar interests and goals to the MS Society.  We will only provide such information where you have consented to allow us to do so when you registered with us. If you change your mind at any time and do not wish us to continue sharing your information, please email supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk stating ‘no third parties’.

We may also wish to bring to your attention information about special offers made available to users of the Website Services by carefully selected third party suppliers or business partners which we believed you may be interested in.  This will not result in us disclosing your information to any third party and you will only receive this type of information by email if you have either confirmed to us that you are happy to receive this type of information in this way and/or you have informed us that you do not wish to receive it.  If you would rather not receive this information please send an email to the following email address supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk.

Despite your preference settings there may be occasions when we have to contact you for operational or administrative reasons relating to the Website Services.

Newsletter Subscriptions

After confirming which newsletter subscriptions you would like to receive, you will receive emails about the topics you expressed an interest in or relevant related items. All emails sent in such a way will contain details on how to unsubscribe. You may unsubscribe at any time by emailing supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk.

Submissions on the Website

Any communication or material that you supply to the public areas of the Website will be treated as non-confidential and non-proprietary. The Terms of Use in relation to Your Content shall apply to such material. Personal details will only be published on the Website with your permission or if submitted as part of Your Content.

Cookies

When you access and use the Website the pages that you access, together with a cookie, will be downloaded to your computer.  Cookies are software applications which store information about your visit to our Website on your hard drive.  This information supplied by cookies can help us to provide you with a better experience when using our Website and the Website Services by analysing the way in which the people use the Website.  Cookies do not identify you personally but they do identify your computer. 

You are able to disable cookies using your browser software (for information on how to do this check your browser information/help facilities). You will still be able to browse the Website if you do not enable cookies, but you must enable cookies if you wish to use the areas reserved for registered users.

We may use the information collected by cookies to monitor the performance of the Website and the Website Services. Such information will not disclose your individual identity or personally identifiable data without your permission.

To find out more about cookies and how they work then visit www.cookiecentral.com

How we protect your information

The internet is not a secure medium and therefore it is inherent that any email or information sent to the Website or submitted to enable use of or when using the Website Services may be liable to be compromised.  We have several security procedures in place to try to protect your personal information including firewalls, password protection and encryption.

Sharing or transferring information

Due to the global nature of the internet the information you provide to us may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area when it is in transit over the internet.  As a result it may pass through countries that do not have the same type of data protection laws and protections in place as are complied with by the MS Society.  We have taken the technical steps set out above to try and improve the security of your information when in transit over the internet.  By submitting your information to us you consent to these types of transfer.

We may disclose your information to third parties if we are under a duty to do so to fulfil a legal obligation or to enforce our own contractual agreements or to protect the rights, property or safety of our members and users of the website services or others.  This may include the exchange of information with third parties for the purposes of prevention of criminal activities. 

Third Party Websites

We will not be responsible for the conduct or content of third party websites, including without limitation, any link contained in a third-party website.

SMS Service

The MS Society SMS service is provided by a third party provider.  Data obtained from you in connection with this service may include your mobile number, your network provider’s name, and the date, time and content of your message.

By using this service, you consent to the MS Society transferring your information to our third party provider to enable provision of this service as well as consenting to receiving further information from the MS Society using SMS messages from time to time. You can unsubscribe from the SMS service at any time by replying OUT to the original number you texted or by emailing supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk including the words “mobile phone marketing opt out” in the subject line.

Accessing the Personal Data we hold on you

You may contact us at any time to obtain details of the personal data that we hold about you by any of the following methods:

  • sending an email to supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk;
  • sending postal mail to Supporter Services, MS Society, 372 Edgware Road, London, NW2 6ND; and/or
  • calling by telephone on 020 8438 0700 and asking for Supporter Services.

Updating your information

If any of your information that you have provided to the MS Society changes, for example if you change your email address or name or if you wish to cancel your account please let us know the correct details by sending an email to the following email address supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk.  If you already receive information from the MS Society, we will continue to send it unless you tell us otherwise by writing to us at Supporter Services, MS National Centre, 372 Edgware Road, London, NW2 6ND or by emailing supporterservices@mssociety.org.uk.

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