Privacy and cookies
Our use of your data, cookies, and external services: what you should know, and how to opt out if you want to.
- I don't want my name visible to everyone when I sign a pledge!
- You can add yourself secretly to a pledge by unchecking the 'Show my name on this pledge' box when you sign up. Alternatively, you can sign up by SMS (in the UK only). If you are about to make a sensitive pledge, you may want to make it private, which means only people with a PIN you give them can view the pledge page.
- Who gets to see my email address?
- We will never disclose your email address to anyone, including the creator of your pledge, unless we are obliged to by law. We do let the pledge creators send emails to pledge subscribers to explain what's going on, to motivate them etc. However, we don't show the pledge creator the addresses of the subscribers getting their email. If you reply to an email from the pledge creator yourself, you will give them your email address—please be aware!
- Will you send nasty, brutish spam to my email address?
- Nope. After you sign up to a pledge we will send you emails in relation to your pledge. These will be a mixture of status emails from PledgeBank itself, and missives from the pledge creator, trying to encourage you into greater support. We will never give or sell your email addresses to anyone else, unless we are obliged to by law.
To make our service easier or more useful, we sometimes place small data files on your computer or mobile phone, known as cookies; many websites do this. We use this information to, for example, remember you have logged in so you don't need to do that on every page, or to measure how people use the website so we can improve it and make sure it works properly. Below, we list the cookies and services that this site can use.
|pb_person_id||A digitally signed token of the logged-in user's numeric ID, and when they logged in||When browser is closed, or four weeks if “Remember me” is ticked when logging in|
|pb_test_cookie||"1", to test if cookies are supported||When browser is closed|
Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do it better. Google Analytics stores information such as what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here, what you click on, and information about your web browser. IP addresses are masked (only a portion is stored) and personal information is only reported in aggregate. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data for any purpose besides providing us with analytics information, and we recommend that any user of Google Analytics does the same.
If you’re unhappy with data about your visit to be used in this way, you can install the official browser plugin for blocking Google Analytics.
The cookies set by Google Analytics are as follows:
|__utma||Unique anonymous visitor ID||2 years|
|__utmb||Unique anonymous session ID||30 minutes|
|__utmz||Information on how the site was reached (e.g. direct or via a link/search/advertisement)||6 months|
|__utmx||Which variation of a page you are seeing if we are testing different versions to see which is best||2 years|
Google’s Official Statement about Analytics Data
Bits of wording taken from the gov.uk cookies page (under the Open Government Licence).