Privacy Policy


Your online privacy and security is very important to the British Humanist Association

Personal information collection

When you are on or other British Humanist Association sites, and are asked for personal information, you are sharing that information with the British Humanist Association alone unless stated otherwise.

We may collect the following information from visitors

  • IP addresses for analytics purposes (we do not store these with your profile or membership record)
  • Any information volunteered by the visitor, such as name, address, email address, etc.

Google Analytics / Hotjar

When someone visits we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour – such as which pages are visited, and how long is spent on each one. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site, and how people are using our site. These website statistics and data are collected by Google Analytics and Hotjar. This system also provides us with non-personally-identifiable ‘Interest’ and ‘Demographics’ data, which is collected using the widely-used Google Advertising Network DoubleClick cookie (see here for more information on this cookie, including how to opt-out). The BHA collects this data so that we can find out the kinds of people visiting our site, and we use this data to help us deliver our messages as effectively as possible. We do not display Google Adverts on our site.

See below for more information about cookies, and here for a way to opt out of Google Analytics on all websites you visit.

Cookies on the BHA site

Your web browsers allows control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit See also ‘Ad Tracking’ below.

Ad Tracking

We may also from time to time work with third-parties such as Twitter or Facebook to judge the effectiveness of our advertising. This involves tracking whether you respond directly to an advert on these services, or whether you engage with us having seen an advert. This is known as ‘conversion tracking’, and uses cookies on your machine.

We do not provide these third-parties with identifiable information. However, if you have an account on these services it will be possible for them to match up this account to the visit to our site, and as such may use this to inform future advertising. In a nutshell, if you are logged in to your Twitter account and visit a page on our site with ‘conversion tracking’ enabled, Twitter will know about it and may use this in their advertising algorithms.

Currently we are only working with Twitter in this regard, and we will update this page if this changes. You can opt-out of this kind of tracking on Twitter using the instructions on this page.

Sharing information

The British Humanist Association will not disclose any of your personally identifiable information, except when we have your permission to do so, or under special circumstances, such as when we believe in good faith that the law requires it.  The British Humanist Association may share individual information to our agents for mail distribution purposes and such agents will be bound not to further transmit this information or use it in any other way. The British Humanist Association may also use such information itself to contact people for marketing or administrative purposes. From time to time, we agree with other likeminded organisations to write to some of each other’s supporters, for the mutual benefit of both; in this case marketing material is exchanged but not your individual information.

We use the information we collect about visitors to the site to help us with understanding more about how our site is used and to be able to send you appropriate communications.

What does the British Humanist Association do with the personal information you provide?

If you provide us with personal information (for example, when creating your profile, or when taking part in a campaign) your details are stored securely and used only for the purpose for which you have signed up. We do not pass your details to other organisations without your express consent (except if you use our secure financial pages – in which case they are passed to our financial partners for payment processing and validation purposes only).

The information you give us will be stored on a database and may be used by us where appropriate.  This data helps us to know what campaigns and appeals are working well and informs future activity across the organisation, helping us to be more effective in our activities. It is also used for routine administration such as distribution of the members’ newsletter, membership renewals and regular donations.

Who else can access your personal information?

If you use our secure financial pages to join the British Humanist Association or to donate money to us online, you will be redirected to one of our reputable financial partner companies: PayPal or RSM2000. These companies handle all the secure financial transactions on the British Humanist Association website on our behalf. The information you provide as part of any online financial transaction (such as your credit card number and contact information) is collected only so that the transaction can take place.

The website is hosted by Rackspace, and information provided to us during registration and subsequently when authenticated on the site may be logged and stored securely by them for the purposes of tracing any site errors.  They will not use or transmit your personal information for any other purposes.

Information security

When you give the British Humanist Association personal information, we take steps to ensure that your information is treated securely. Unfortunately, it is not possible to guarantee the total security of any data transmitted over the Internet. While we strive to protect your personal information, the British Humanist Association cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you therefore do this at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

Once we receive your data, we do everything we can to make sure that it is secure on our systems.