Unite Unity Left is committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of its supporters, email recipients and website visitors. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

Unite Unity Left is the “Data Controller” of all personal data entered on this website. Our contact details are:


L Robertson, 2 Newmiln Smithy Cottage, Guildtown, Perthshire, PH2 6AE

Email: [email protected]

Whilst Unite Unity Left is made up of members of Unite the Union, we are a separate data controller and not-for-profit grouping of members that support the aims of Unite Unity Left as set out on www.uniteunityleft.co.uk  

The type of personal information we collect

We currently collect and process the following information:

  • Name and contact details provided by you as a supporter
  • Questions and information provided by you on our website
  • Information on disputes and/or messages of support submitted via our website (when the function becomes available)

The personal data you supply to us will be held in electronic format.

The processing of personal data by Unite Unity Left will be in line with the Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  This policy reflects our duties to use information fairly, keep it secure, make sure it is accurate and keep it up to date.

Please read the following policy to understand how your personal information will be treated. It may change from time to time, so please check back periodically. It was last updated in December 2020.

How we use your personal data as a supporter

All information that the Unite Unity Left holds concerning you as an individual (your personal data) will be held and processed in accordance with the provisions of the GDPR.

We collect and may process your personal data as a supporter for the following purposes: 

  1. the administration and management of your details we hold on file 
  2. to provide you with information and updates about Unite Unity Left activities and campaigns
  3. to build for, organise and notify you of Unite Unity Left’s support for candidates seeking nomination for or standing for election in Unite the Union elections for General Secretary and Executive Council elections and any other membership election within Unite the Union 
  4. to notify you of Unite Unity Left meetings at a regional and/or national level as well as to organise and conduct internal Unite Unity Left elections, polls and ballots
  5. to record and process your supporter membership payments
  6. to comply with any legal requirements 

    We will keep your personal data confidential and will take appropriate measures to protect it against loss, theft or misuse and to safeguard your privacy. By supporting Unite Unity Left you should understand that we may use some or all of the personal data you have provided for the above purposes. Where other purposes apply, we will notify you when you provide your data.

    Unite Unity Left may contact you by telephone, SMS or email. You can unsubscribe from our contact list using the unsubscribe function on either an email from us or contacting us at [email protected]

Sharing of information 
We may disclose information about you to Unite Unity Left regional coordinators, insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as set out in this privacy policy.  

Third parties 
Unite Unity Left may share some supporter information with carefully selected third parties, who carry out data processing activities on our behalf, including;

  • The distribution of authorised electronic communications from the Unite Unity Left regarding and in support of our objectives, campaigns, policies or other matters relating to your support for the Unite Unity Left
  • With Unite Unity Left supported candidates as appropriate to the position sought, who are standing for election for General Secretary and/or Executive Council positions within Unite the union.
  • Email/web platforms and surveys

How we may use your information as a visitor to the website or as a potential supporter 

Personal data submitted on this website will only be used for the purposes (or closely related purposes) that it was collected. 
We may use your personal information to:

  • administer the website;
  • improve your browsing experience by personalising the website;
  • enable your use of the services available on the website;
  • send you email updates you have specifically requested;
  • deal with questions asked by you on the website

Any personal data provided by you on any social media or other external website or service (including any that you link to from this website) will be subject to and governed by the privacy notice and policies of the organisation that operates the relevant platform/website.  

  • How we may use information provided by you on disputes and/or messages of support 

We will use the data that you have given to us to send messages of support to the disputes, and to pass on the messages of support that you have provided for that purpose.

 Privacy and cookies 

We will collect your personal data that you give to us for the purposes (or closely related purposes) for which you give it to us. Some information is gathered when you join or sign up to receive email updates.

We will collect information about your tastes and preferences, both when you tell us and by analysis of customer traffic, including using ‘cookies’.   
A cookie is a piece of information that is stored on your computer’s hard drive. It is normally sent by a web server to you and enables the server to collect information back from your site visit.

Each cookie is unique to your web browser. It will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier, website’s domain name, and some digits and numbers.

What types of cookies do we use?

Analytical cookies

These cookies enable us and third-party services to collect aggregated data for statistical purposes on how our visitors use the website. These cookies do not contain personal information such as names and email addresses and are used to help us improve your user experience of the website.

How to delete cookies?

If you want to restrict or block the cookies that are set by our website, you can do so through your browser setting. Alternatively, you can visit www.internetcookies.org, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers and devices. 

Storage of data 
We will keep your personal data only for the period necessary to enable us to fulfil the purpose(s) for which we collected it, to comply with our legal obligations and/or whilst we maintain a legitimate interest in retaining it. 

Updating, Accessing and Erasing your information 
You have the right to correct, access and erase the personal data we hold on you (the right of erasure is not absolute). You can do this by contacting our Data Protection Officer at [email protected] or by post at the following address;

To: Unite Unity Left Data Protection Officer 
L Robertson, 2 Newmiln Smithy Cottage, Guildtown, Perthshire, PH2 6AE

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office. 

Amending this policy 
We may amend this policy at any time by posting a revised version on the website.

Contacting us

If you have any questions about this policy or our use of cookies, please contact us 

[email protected]