Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Effective: 21 August 2019

Our commitment to protecting your privacy is paramount at EMERGE. This policy sets out when and why we collect personal information, how we use it and how we keep it secure. By using the Service, you agree to the collection and use of information in accordance with this policy.

If you have any queries about this policy please contact EMERGE at Units E1-8, New Smithfield Market, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2WJ, by email ( or by calling 0161 223 8200.



A group of companies comprising of parent charity EMERGE 3Rs t/a FareShare Greater Manchester & Touch Wood (Company No. 3556346) and the subsidiary Social Enterprise EMERGE Recycling (Company No. 03819791).


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Personal Data

Data about a living individual who can be identified from those data (or from those and other information either in our possession or likely to come into our possession). Non-personal data means data that is in no way personally identifiable.

Usage Data

Data collected automatically either generated by the use of the Service or from the Service infrastructure itself (for example, the duration of a page visit).


Small pieces of data stored on your device (computer or mobile device).

Data Controller

The natural or legal person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal information is, or is to be, processed. For the purpose of this Privacy Policy, EMERGE is the Data Controller of your Personal Data.

Data Processor (or Service Provider)

Any natural or legal person who processes the data on behalf of the Data Controller. We may use the services of various Service Providers in order to process your data more effectively.

Data Subject (or User)

Any living individual who is using our Service and is the subject of Personal Data. This term may also be used to refer to a visitor.

A Visitor is someone who browses our website.

Collecting Information

We will collect several different types of information including personal information from you for various purposes to provide and improve our Service to you. You volunteer this information in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, when you use our services, register with us to become a volunteer, sign up to receive our newsletter, make a donation to us or otherwise provide us with personal information.

Types of Data Collected

Personal Data

While using our Service, we may ask you to provide us with certain personally identifiable information that can be used to contact or identify you (“Personal Data”). Personally identifiable information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Email address
  • First name and last name
  • Phone number
  • Address, Postal Code, City
  • Cookies and Usage Data

We may use your Personal Data to contact you with newsletters, marketing or promotional materials and other information that may be of interest to you. You may opt out of receiving any, or all, of these communications from us by following the unsubscribe link or instructions provided in any email we send or by contacting us.

Usage Data

We may also collect information about how the Service is accessed and used (“Usage Data”). This Usage Data may include information such as your device’s IP address, browser type, browser version, the pages of our Service that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, unique device identifiers and other diagnostic data.

Location Data

We may use and store information about your location if you give us permission to do so (“Location Data”). We use this data to provide features of our Service, to improve and customise our Service. You can enable or disable location services when you use our Service at any time, through your device settings.

Usage Data

Use of Cookies – ‘Cookies’ are small files saved to your device that track, save and store information which may include an anonymous unique identifier about your interactions and usage of the website. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and to provide you with a tailored experience within this website. You can find more information here about cookies.

The EMERGE websites use cookies to better your experience whilst visiting our website and to ensure that you can interact with our website successfully. The use of cookies does not give EMERGE access to the rest of your computer or to personal information about you.

We use cookies and similar tracking technologies to track the activity on our Service and hold certain information. Tracking technologies also used are beacons, tags, and scripts to collect and track information to improve and analyse our Service.

You can instruct your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, if you do not accept cookies, you may not be able to use some portions of our Service.

Examples of Cookies we use:

  • Session Cookies are used our Service to link the actions of a user during a browser session, these expire after a browser session ends and are not stored beyond this
  • Preference Cookies are used to remember your preferences and various settings
  • Security Cookies are used for security purposes

Use of Data

EMERGE uses the collected data for various purposes:

  • To provide and maintain our Service;
  • To notify you about changes to our Service;
  • Also: To allow you to participate in interactive features of our Service when you choose to do so;
  • To provide customer support;
  • To gather analysis or valuable information so that we can improve our Service;
  • Moreover, to monitor the usage of our Service;
  • To detect, prevent and address technical issues;
  • To provide you with news, special offers and general information about other goods, services and events which we offer that are similar to those that you have already purchased or enquired about unless you have opted not to receive such information.

Legal Basis for Processing Personal Data under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are from the European Economic Area (EEA), EMERGE’s legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described in this Privacy Policy depends on the Personal Data we collect and the specific context in which we collect it.

EMERGE may process your Personal Data because:

  • We need to perform a contract with you;
  • You have given us permission to do so;
  • The processing is in our legitimate interests and your rights do not override it;
  • To comply with the law.

Retention of Data

EMERGE will retain your Personal Data only for as long as is necessary for the purposes set out in this Privacy Policy. We will retain and use your Personal Data to the extent necessary to comply with our legal obligations (for example, if we are required to retain your data to comply with applicable laws), resolve disputes, and enforce our legal agreements and policies.

EMERGE will also retain Usage Data for internal analysis purposes. Usage Data is generally retained for a shorter period of time, except when this data is used to strengthen the security or to improve the functionality of our Service, or we are legally obligated to retain this data for longer time periods.

Volunteer data collected through online forms will be held for at least three months from the last date of interaction with EMERGE.

Transfer of Data

In essence, your information, including Personal Data, may be transferred to and maintained on computers located outside of your country or other governmental jurisdiction where the data protection laws may differ than those from your jurisdiction. If you are located outside United Kingdom and choose to provide information to us, please note that we transfer the data, including Personal Data, to United Kingdom and process it there.

With respect to the website ONLY FareShare Greater Manchester may also share your data within the FareShare National network.

EMERGE will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this Privacy Policy and no transfer of your Personal Data will take place to an organisation or a country unless there are adequate controls in place including the security of your data and other personal information.

Your consent to this Privacy Policy followed by your submission of such information represents your agreement to that transfer.

Disclosure of Data

We do not sell, trade or otherwise transfer your personal date to outside third parties. Non-personal information may be used by EMERGE or provided to other parties for marketing and advertising purposes.

Disclosure for Law Enforcement – under certain circumstances, EMERGE may be required to disclose your Personal Data to enforce our site policies, protect your rights or the rights of others’ property or safety if required to do so by law or in response to valid requests by public authorities (e.g. a court or a government agency).

Legal Requirements – EMERGE may disclose your Personal Data in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • To protect and defend the rights or property of EMERGE
  • Furthermore, to prevent or investigate possible wrongdoing in connection with the Service
  • To protect the personal safety of users of the Service or the public
  • To protect against legal liability

Security of Data – The security of your data is important to us but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Data, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Your Data Protection Rights Under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), you have certain data protection rights. EMERGE aims to take reasonable steps to allow you to correct, amend, delete, or limit the use of your Personal Data.

If you wish to be informed what Personal Data we hold about you and if you want it to be removed from our systems, please contact us at

Certain Circumstances

In certain circumstances, you have the following data protection rights:

  • The right to access, update or to delete the information we have on you.
  • The right of rectification – you have the right to have your information rectified if that information is inaccurate or incomplete. We will do this within 30 days of your request.
  • The right to object – you have the right to object to our processing of your Personal Data.
  • The right of restriction. In essence, you have the right to request that we restrict the processing of your personal information.
  • The right to data portability – you have the right to be provided with a copy of the information we have on you in a structured, machine-readable and commonly used format.
  • The right to withdraw consent – you also have the right to withdraw your consent at any time where EMERGE relied on your consent to process your personal information.

Please note that we may ask you to verify your identity before responding to such requests.

You have the right to complain to a Data Protection Authority about our collection and use of your Personal Data. For more information, please contact your local data protection authority in the European Economic Area (EEA).

Children’s Privacy

Our Services can sometimes address those under the age of 18 (“Children”). This can be because a child chooses to volunteer with us. Here are the relevant conditions for children and young adults. We collect and keep information about you so that we can arrange and manage your volunteering with us, contact you about it and follow our Safeguarding processes whilst you are with us to keep you safe. We’ll tell you why we’re collecting your personal information, explain why, how we use it and for how long. If we need your parent or guardian’s permission, we’ll explain that at the time.

We can only use your personal information if we have a valid reason. We share personal information about you to others, but we never sell your personal information to anyone.

Children and young people have the same privacy rights as adults – you can ask us what personal information we hold about you, as us to correct or delete your personal information and ask us to stop using your personal information. If you are 13 or older you can do this for yourself – if you are under 13 a parent or guardian will probably have to do this for you.


By providing us with your personal information, you understand that we will process and use this in our mutual legitimate interests for the purposes, and in the manner described within this Privacy Policy. It is easy for you to change or withdraw your communication preferences. You can contact us at any time to request changes to how we contact you – or to tell us not to contact you at all. We will always respect your wishes, however, should you wish to opt out from some of our communications this may affect our ability to continue to do business with you.

If you do not have an ongoing relationship with us as a customer or service user but have chosen to remain in contact with us, you will have given us your prior consent. In this case we will not contact you for marketing purposes by email, phone or post unless you have given your prior consent.

To change your communication preferences please contact EMERGE at Units E1-8, New Smithfield Market, Openshaw, Manchester, M11 2WJ, by email ( or by calling 0161 223 8200.

EMERGE keeps your personal information private, and we store it securely. You’ve the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you (possibly subject to a fee). Also, to have us correct any inaccuracies in your information. Moreover, we will never share your information with a third party.

Social Media

The data we receive access to by social media services will vary but will always be in line with the Terms of that service. We will not be able to access your private messages or photos and it will include only what you specifically send to us.

EMERGE’s websites may use social sharing buttons which help share web content directly from web pages to the social media platform in question. Users are advised before using such social sharing buttons that they do so at their own discretion and note that the social media platform may track and save your request to share a web page respectively through your social media platform account.

Behavioural Remarketing

EMERGE may use remarketing services to advertise on third party websites to you after you visited our Service. We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimise and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service.


Remarketing service is provided by Twitter Inc. You can learn more about the privacy practices and policies of Twitter by visiting their Privacy Policy page. You can opt-out from Twitter’s interest-based ads by following their instructions here.


Remarketing service is provided by Facebook Inc. You can learn more about interest-based advertising from Facebook here. You can opt-out from Facebook’s interest-based ads following their instructions here.

Google AdWords

Remarketing service is provided by Google Inc. You can learn more about the privacy practices of Google by visiting their privacy terms page. You can opt-out of Google Analytics for Display Advertising and customise the Google Display Network ads by visiting the Google Ads Settings page.


We may use third-party Service Providers to monitor and analyse the use of our Service.

Google Analytics

Google Analytics a web analytics service from Google that tracks and reports website traffic. In short, Google uses the data collected to track and monitor the use of our Service. Furthermore, they share this data with other Google services. Google may use the collected data to contextualise and personalise the ads of its own advertising network.

You can opt-out of having made your activity on the Service available to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser. The add-on prevents the Google Analytics JavaScript (ga.js, analytics.js, and dc.js) from sharing information with Google Analytics about visits activity.

Email Newsletters

EMERGE produces email newsletters, using the MailChimp Inc platform, that users can subscribe to through an online automated process. Some subscriptions may face manually processing through prior written consent with the user. We will never share your details with a third party or companies or people outside of EMERGE. If you wish to unsubscribe to our newsletter, simply click on the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our email newsletters. You will also find information about how to unsubscribe or change your consent in this Privacy Policy under ‘Communication.’

EMERGE email marketing campaigns may contain tracking facilities within the actual email. EMERGE tracks and stores subscriber activity in a database for future analysis and evaluation. Such tracked activity may include; the opening of emails, forwarding of emails, the clicking of links within the email content, times, dates and frequency of activity, and other activity. We use this information to refine future email campaigns and supply the user with more relevant content based around their activity.

Service Providers

We may employ third party companies and individuals to:

  • facilitate our Service (“Service Providers”);
  • provide the Service on our behalf;
  • perform Service-related services or;
  • assist us in analysing how visitors use our Service.

We and our third-party vendors use cookies to inform, optimise and serve ads based on your past visits to our Service. These third parties have access to your Personal Data only to perform these tasks on our behalf. Moreover, they have an obligation not to disclose or use it for any other purpose.

External Links – Third Party

Our Service may contain links to other sites that we do not operate. Although this website only looks to include quality, safe and relevant external links, users should adopt a policy of caution before clicking any external web links we mention throughout this website or on EMERGE’s social media channels.

EMERGE cannot guarantee or verify the contents of any externally linked website despite our best efforts. Users should therefore note they click on external links at their own risk. Ultimately, you cannot hold EMERGE liable for any damages or implications of visiting any external links we mention.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

We may update our Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you of any changes by posting the new Privacy Policy, with the “date” on the footer, of this document. Ultimately, we advise you to review this Privacy Policy periodically for any changes. EMERGE reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy. The most up to date version will always be available on our website.

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