The DEC is committed to safeguarding your privacy. Our data processing practices govern the processing of your data and if you have any queries about our policy, please contact our supporter services here.

How do we collect information?
We can obtain personal information about you when you make an enquiry, register with us, make a donation or otherwise provide us with personal information. We may also receive information about you from third parties.

What information do we collect?
The types of information we might collect includes, names, addresses, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, fax numbers, gift aid status and credit / debit card details.

How do we use your information?
We will use your information to notify you of our overseas disaster appeals and provide you with information you have requested, for administration purposes and to comply with the law. We may need to share your information with our data processing organisations and government agencies for these purposes.

We will not share your information with other like minded organisations for the purpose of marketing.

Do we use 'cookies'?
Yes. 'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that organisation to recognise you when you next visit.
The DEC may store anonymous information about you and your online browsing activity in cookies. We do this to understand how our visitors use our website and to ensure the best possible user experience. 
The DEC uses other services to provide content or social media sharing functionality on the website that may set cookies themselves. We advise those wishing to control this do so in the web browser they’re using. If you’d like to review the cookies currently set by the DEC and third party services please download this PDF.
To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

How do we protect personal information?
DEC is committed to taking reasonable steps to protect the personal data that you provide to us.

Can you gain access to your personal information?
You may request a copy of the personal information we hold about you, for which we may charge a small fee and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected.

Links to other websites
This privacy notice does not cover other websites that we may link to within this site. We encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit.

Changes to your personal information
If any of your personal information changes or you find that our records are out of date, please contact us online via our help and support centre here.

Changes to this privacy notice
We reserve the right to amend this privacy statement at any time. If we do, we will post notice of the change on our website and you will be deemed to have accepted such changes. This privacy notice was last updated May 2012.


Personal Data is any data that identifies you.

The Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) is committed to good practice in the handling of Personal Data and careful compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998. We are registered with the Information Commissioner Office for the UK. We take appropriate measures to ensure that the information disclosed to us is kept secure, accurate and up to date and kept only for so long as is necessary for the purposes for which it is used.