Your privacy is important to us and we comply with the Data Protection Act 1998.
Why we collect information
We collect information from visitors to our website to help us understand how the site is used, to process orders placed through our online shop and to send out information to you when you have requested this.
Information we collect
We record and store information about all visits made to the FPA website. This information will not identify you; it may include:
- which pages are being visited
- how visitors arrive at the website
- which browsers and operating systems visitors use
- the internet domain and IP address visitors use to access the website.
If you have a Google account and have previously logged into it on the device you are using to access our website, we may collect information from Google such as your age group, gender and interests. We can't and don't link this information to you or use it to identify you.
If you place an order, register an account, request information (for example, about fundraising events, campaign weeks or training courses) or wish to opt in to email updates or become a member you may need to provide us with personal details such as your email address, name, address or telephone number.
If you place an order you will need to give us your payment card details, unless you pay with Paypal. We will not store your card details after we have processed your order.
When you are logged into our website you are no longer anonymous to us and we will collect information about any orders you make.
If we give you (or you choose) a username and password to access certain parts of this site, you are responsible for keeping these confidential.
A cookie is a small text file stored on your computer. We use a number of different cookies on our website. We use them to give you a better experience or to help us learn what we are doing well and where we can improve.
We hope you will be happy for us to use these cookies but, if not, please take one of the following actions:
- Delete our cookies after visiting the website (you can set your browser to delete all cookies when you close it).
- Make sure your web browser is set up to reject cookies and/or to let you browse anonymously.
- Don’t visit our website at all.
Analytics advertising cookies We may use Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting service. This helps us understand information about our website visitors such as age group, gender and interests. This information is gathered and stored by Google. We can't identify you from this information. Google records information using cookies named ‘AID‘ and ‘TAID‘. These can be used to link your activity across different devices if you’ve previously signed in to your Google Account on another device. More information about Google advertising cookies. You can use Ads Settings to control which advertising cookies you receive.
Session cookie If you log in your account on our website we use a session cookie to remember that you’ve logged in. Without it, you would need to log in every time you visited a new page. The cookie only lasts until you close your browser.
Controlling and deleting cookies If you prefer not to have cookies stored on your computer you can use your browser to reject them. You can also delete any cookies already stored on your computer. More information about cookies and how to control and delete them can be found at www.aboutcookies.org.
What we do with the information we collect
Any anonymous information is used to help us improve our website.
Any personal details you provide will be stored on the FPA database(s) and may be used by us:
- to process and send your order
- to process and reply to your request for information
- to keep in touch with you by email or post where requested. You may opt out or alter your preferences at any time.
We do not store your payment card details.
The information we collect from our website is for the use of FPA only, unless stated otherwise.
We will never pass your personal information to a third party without your consent, except
- to companies acting on our behalf in performing our normal business
- when obliged to do so by law.
My contraception tool
My Contraception Tool is our anonymous contraception decision aid. The details required will not identify you.
We may store the data submitted by you in order to monitor and improve the service. We may also pass statistical information, for example number and type of enquiry, to third parties such as funders.
Online donations to FPA are handled through the following secure websites:
Accessing your personal information
You are entitled to find out if we hold any personal information about you and to access this information. You can ask us to amend and/or delete this information should it not comply with the Data Protection Act. Please email [email protected] or write to FPA, 23–28 Penn Street, London N1 5DL for more information.
For information about online orders, including our delivery, cancellation, refund and returns policies please see the Customer help section of our shop.
The information on this website can only give you general information about sexual health. This information is based on the evidence and medical opinion available at the time this information was produced. Different people may give you different information and advice about certain points. More about our sexual health information.
Requesting a link to or from the FPA website
You do not need permission to create a link from your website to most pages of our website. However, please do not link to our PDFs, Word documents or image files without written permission. You can request permission by emailing [email protected]. We reserve the right to request the removal of any link to any part of our website.
If you would like FPA to link to your website please email [email protected]. We get many requests so you may not hear back from us straightaway. Our policy is to link only to sites which provide accurate, up-to-date and UK-applicable information around sexual health. We do not link to directories. We will contact you by email to let you know of our decision. We reserve the right to choose which sites we link to and will not enter into any correspondence about our decision process.
You may not download any of our files (for example PDF versions of our leaflets) and host them on another website. Please see our copyright information.
Links to external websites from this site
FPA is not responsible for the content or policies of external websites we link to.
We may link to websites which also offer commercial services. The inclusion of a link to an external website from the FPA website is not an endorsement of that website, the site's owners or their products/services.
Our policy on linking to private organisations
We will consider adding links to private organisations from Where else can I get help?.
Please read the requirements below and if you fulfil these, then email [email protected] for inclusion on our website. All requests will be thoroughly checked and you may be emailed if additional information is required.
Your organisation will need to provide evidence that:
- The information you provide is clinically accurate in accordance with FPA criteria. We make sure that all our clinical information is in line with guidance from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and British Association of Sexual Health and HIV. If information is not clinically sound FPA will not link to it.
- The information you provide is factually accurate. We make sure that our site uses the most current and up–to-date research and statistics available.
- You are registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Medical Council (GMC). Under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, any service provider who carries out a regulated activity must register with the CQC. All doctors working in the UK (including in private practice) must be licensed medical practitioners. This means they will have to hold both registration with the GMC and a licence to practise.
- If you are a pharmacy you need to be registered with the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and to be on the MHRA’s list of UK registered online retail sellers. You also need to display the EU common logo on every page of your website offering medicines for sale. This must be done even if you are also using the General Pharmaceutical Council’s voluntary internet pharmacy logo to indicate that not only are you registered, but that you are also regulated by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
As a general rule FPA does not take funding from private services listed, instead we include information which is relevant to our user group, for example details of private clinics that provide testing for sexually transmitted infections.
There may be cases where we do provide a link to an organisation which has sponsored an event, such as one of our awareness weeks. However, we would only provide the link if the information fulfilled the main requirements and checks as outlined in this policy. We do not link to directories.