Privacy Policy

Here at Awakenings, we are committed to maintaining the trust and confidence of the visitors to our website. All personal information that you provide to us is held confidentially, and the content of any course assignments submitted, or readings purchased is never disclosed to a third party without your consent. We promise that we won’t sell, rent or trade email lists or any personal data collected here with other companies and businesses.

In this Privacy Policy, we’ve provided lots of information on when and why we collect your personal information, how we use it, the limited conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

Types of data we collect

Website Cookies

You should be aware that when you use our website or mobile site, we may collect information by using ‘cookies’. When you first visit our website, you will be asked to consent to our use of cookies. If you prefer not to give consent, that’s absolutely fine but it’s possible that some of the functionality of our site may not work quite as well without cookies being enabled.

What are cookies and how do they work?

Cookies are small bits of text that are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website. Your browser sends these cookies back to the website every time you visit the site again, so it can recognise you and can then tailor what you see on the screen.

What do we use cookies for?

Cookies are an important part of the internet. They make using websites much smoother and affect lots of the useful features of websites. Whilst there are many different uses for cookies this site uses them where required by a feature of the website to provide you with a smooth web browsing experience.

Here are some examples of how cookies might be used on our site:

Some cookies help you move around the website and use its features. Without these cookies, services you’ve asked for can’t be provided. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you’ve been on the internet.

When you add something to an online shopping basket, cookies make sure it’s still there when you get to the checkout.

Some are session cookies which make it possible to navigate through the website smoothly. However, these are automatically deleted after you close your web browser.

Some cookies allow the website to remember choices you make, such as your language or region and they provide improved features.

Here are a few more examples of the ways that cookies are used to improve your experience on our website:

  • Remembering your preferences and settings.
  • Remembering if you’ve filled in a survey, so you’re not asked to do it again.
  • Remembering if you’ve been to the site before. If you are a first-time user, you might see different content to a regular user.
  • Enabling social media components, like Facebook or Twitter.
  • Showing ‘related article’ links that are relevant to the page you’re looking at

Google Analytics

When someone visits our website, we use a third-party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to find out things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site. This information is only processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting our website.

Mailing Lists

As part of the sign-up process for our mailing list, we collect your name and email address. We use that information to inform you of things you’ve asked us to tell you about:

  • when we publish new blog posts
  • information about other developments at Awakenings

We may also use this information to contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information; to check our records are right and to check every now and then that you want to remain on our mailing list. We don’t rent or trade email lists with other organisations and businesses.

We use a third-party provider, Mailchimp, to deliver emails to people on our mailing list. We gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies to help us monitor and improve our mailings. For more information, please see MailChimp’s privacy notice.

You can unsubscribe to our general mailings at any time of the day or night by clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of any of our emails or by emailing us using our contact page.

Sharing your information

As already mentioned, we don’t sell, rent or trade personal data with other companies and businesses. The only circumstances in which we will share any such data are:

  • If you sign up to our mailing list, we share your name and email address with Mailchimp so that we can provide you with the emails you have requested
  • If you purchase a product on our site you will be redirected to the website for PayPal, the payment processor we use. We will not collect any of your banking information as the entire financial transaction will be carried out on PayPal’s site. In that sense, we will not actually be sharing information with PayPal as you will be providing it to them direct but we’re mentioning this here to be completely transparent. Here is PayPal’s privacy policy.
  • In the very unlikely event that we are required to disclose details of data we hold by law

Access to your personal information

You are entitled to view, amend, or delete the personal information that we hold. Email your request using our contact page.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

We review this policy at least annually. It was last updated on 25th May 2018