Cookies and Privacy


This statement sets out why and how the Gatsby Charitable Foundation ('Gatsby') collects information about individuals (‘personal information’), and how we use and protect that information.

For the purposes of this privacy statement, ‘we’, ‘our’ and ‘us’ refers to Gatsby and any reference to ‘you’ or ‘your’ means you, the user.

Why we collect personal information

We sometimes need to collect and use personal information so that we can fulfil our functions as an organisation. Examples of our functions are described on our website, such as providing funding, running projects and events, evaluating what we do, and communicating with you about our work and services.

Cookie information

We continually seek to improve what is available on our website and in our digital communications to make them more effective. To help us achieve this, we collect information about how our website and communications are used. To do this, we may use cookies, web beacons, server logs and analytics software.

This information is aggregated and does not identify individuals. It may include IP addresses, referring and destination websites, browsing patterns, browser type, operating system, and search terms.

Here you will find information on what cookies may be set when you visit Gatsby’s website and how to reject or delete those cookies.

What is a cookie?

An HTTP cookie (‘cookie’) is a small parcel of text sent backwards and forwards between a web browser and a website. It is used in a number of ways and there are a number of different types.

Session cookie – A session cookie only lasts for the time you are using the website and is then deleted.

Persistent cookie – A persistent cookie lasts longer than this and is used to remember things about your access like your username and password.

Secure cookie – Secure cookies are used if you log into any password-protected areas of our website using a username and password (such as the Plant Science Network).

Third-party cookies – These are cookies set by other services. In our case this is Google Analytics and ShareThis. These are used to: compile statistics about usage, and provide shortened URLs, respectively.

See Wikipedia for full definition of Cookies

First-party cookies (those set by the site you are on) are used to distinguish between different users, or determine the relationship between the pages you visit. They differentiate one user from another and provide continuity. Normally they collect data about your browser, along with the information you request and send. Cookies in themselves do not identify individuals, but are defined by a combination of a computer, a user account, and a browser.

What is the change in the law?

An EU directive relating to cookies says you should know what cookies are used, why they are used, and explicitly accept them as they can track information about your browsing. Some websites set cookies that track your online activity even when you are no longer on that site. The EU regulations are designed to protect you from this.

What is Gatsby doing?

Gatsby will only ever use cookies to deliver a better service and online experience to you. We will never use cookies in a malicious or covert way to gather information about you. We are providing information here on what cookies we use and why. We are also publishing information on what cookies are and how to both block them and delete them.

List of the main Gatsby website cookies

This is a list of the main cookies set by Gatsby's websites, and what they are used for.

Session cookies -

This is a .NET cookie that gives the user a unique session ID. It is deleted when the session is terminated (when the browser is closed). No personal identification is collected or stored.

This is a Sitecore analytics cookie which is set by the underlying content management system. It uses ID numbers to track user behaviours through the site. No personal identification is collected or stored.

Persistent cookies -
This is a Sitecore analytics cookies which is set by the underlying content management system. It uses ID numbers to track user behaviours through the site. No personal identification is collected or stored.

Third party cookies -
A Google Analytics cookie that tracks the number of times you have visited the site.

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Google Analytics cookies that work together to calculate how long you have spent on the website in each session.

A Google Analytics cookie that tracks what search engine you have visited the site from and which search terms you used to find the website.

A ShareThis cookie which enables sharing of content. This cookie tracks click-stream activity and expires after 6 months.

Other third party cookies -
We sometimes embed photos and video content from websites such as YouTube and Vimeo to provide additional useful content such as instructional video clips. As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from these sites you may be presented with cookies from them. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third-party website for more information about them.

Sharing tools

Embedded ‘share' buttons to enable users of the site to easily share items on other social networks may set a cookie when you are also logged in to their service. We do not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third-party website for more information about these.

How to control and delete cookies

Gatsby will only use cookies that collect information in order to offer you services which match your needs. However if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by Gatsby’s website, you can do this by setting your browser to reject them. The 'Help' section on your browser will tell you how to do this. For information on how to do this on your mobile phone you will need to refer to the appropriate manual.

Other ways we may collect and process personal information

When we ask you for personal information, we promise to:

  • make sure you know why we need it
  • only ask for what we need, and not to collect too much or irrelevant information
  • protect it and make sure nobody has access to it who should not
  • make sure we do not keep it longer than necessary.

We may collect and process information about you:

  • when you write to us (including by email)
  • when we speak to you by telephone – we may make and keep a record of the information you share with us
  • when you complete surveys or attend events
  • as part of any application by you for funding or funding agreement with you.

We may also process information about you when it is:

  • collected by us, our delivery partners or other organisations working with us, usually in order to provide you with a service
  • obtained by us from third parties to carry out our functions and in accordance with the Data Protection Act.

Website personalisation

In general you can use our websites without providing any personal information. We will only collect and use personal information where you have chosen to provide it (e.g. by registering on the sites).

By registering for any services on the websites or by providing any information to us, you consent to the collection, use and transfer of your information under the terms of this statement.

Information sharing

We may need to share your information with other organisations that work with us in order to provide our services. In those cases, those organisations may only use the information for that purpose.

We will release personal information where we are required to do so by law, or by rules to which we are subject (including auditing requirements).

We may also exchange information with other organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and reduction of credit risk.

Updating this statement

We may review and edit this statement from time to time. If we make any substantial changes we will notify you by posting a prominent announcement on our web pages.

Contacting us

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding this statement, have any concerns about our website practices, or believe that we are not adhering to our privacy commitments, please contact us.

The Gatsby Charitable Foundation
The Peak
5 Wilton Road