FIGO privacy policy and data processing consent

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Data processing consent

The information supplied by individuals who register for on-demand content is processed via secure registration software held on a secure server.

Data is processed in compliance with UK and EU data protection laws.

By registering for on-demand and other learning content, you are consenting to being contacted by the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) regarding your registration, and for FIGO to securely store and process your personal data in order to maintain the systems you use to access the on-demand and other learning content.

Privacy notice

Who we are and what we do

This website is owned and operated by The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, a company limited by guarantee registered in England Wales under company number 05498067 of 3 Waterloo Court, 10 Theed Street, London, SE1 8ST. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics is a data controller and responsible for your Personal Data (referred to as “FIGO”, “we”, “us” or “our” in this Privacy Policy).  FIGO is also a registered charity under registration number 1113263,

If you donate to FIGO or otherwise engage with us as envisaged within this policy, then we may also act as a data processor in relation to your Personal Data.

If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy, including any requests to exercise your legal rights, please contact [email protected].

We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (‘ICO’) under registration number ZA372653 and you can view more information about our registration online here.

We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your Personal Data. This Privacy Policy will inform you as to how we look after your Personal Data and sets out the basis on which any Personal Data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Your visit to our website (the “Site”) is subject to the terms set out in this Privacy Policy. The Privacy Policy also applies when you correspond with us in person, by letter, by phone, email or any other means.  Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your Personal Data and how we will treat it.

This Privacy Policy will be updated from time to time. The latest version was updated in February 2020 and is the version published on this page of the Site.  All updated versions of our Privacy Policy will also be published on this page of the Site. This Privacy Policy was updated to reflect the changes introduced by the Data Protection Act 2018 (“DPA”) and the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

In this Privacy Policy we seek to abide by the letter and spirit of the guidelines laid out by the ICO on their webpage on the ‘Right to be Informed’.

Information we may collect from you

Personal Data” (as defined in the GDPR) means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data). When you visit our Site or correspond with us in person or by phone, e-mail or otherwise you may give us information that would be classed as Personal Data about you and others you are acting on behalf of. We may collect, use, store and transfer different kinds of Personal Data about you when you do so which we have grouped together follows:

  • Identity Data which may include your first name, last name, username or similar identifier, marital status, title, date of birth, gender and employment status (for Gift Aid purposes).
  • Contact Data which may include your billing address, home address, email address and telephone numbers.
  • Financial Data which may include your bank account or payment card details for donations made to us.
  • Transaction Data includes details about any payments to and from you to FIGO.
  • Technical Data includes your internet protocol (IP) address, browser type and version, time zone setting and location, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform and other technology on the devices you use to access this Site.
  • Usage Data which includes information about how you use our Site and interact with us in relation to our charitable services.
  • Marketing and Communications Data which includes your preferences in receiving marketing from us and our third parties and your communication preferences.

Where we need to collect Personal Data by law, or under the terms of a contract we have with you and you fail to provide that data when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have or are trying to enter into with you.

It is important that the Personal Data we hold about you is accurate and current.  Please keep us informed if your Personal Data changes during your relationship with us.

Keeping your data secure

We know that data security is important to you and it is therefore important to us. We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your Personal Data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed, including up to date virus software and personal protection on our computers and devices. In addition, we limit access to your Personal Data to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your Personal Data on our instructions in accordance with this policy and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected Personal Data breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a breach where we are legally required to do so.

How we will collect your data

We use different methods to collect data from and about you including through:

  • Direct interactions. You may give us any of the categories of data identified above by filling in forms on our Site or by corresponding with us in person or by phone, e-mail or otherwise. This includes (but is not limited to) Personal Data you provide when you:        make a donation to us or contact us through the Site;
    • interact with us in person such as at an event we are involved with;
    • make a request for our services;
    • request marketing communications to be sent to you; or
    • give us some feedback.
  • Third parties or publicly available sources.  We may receive Personal Data about you from various third parties and public sources such as analytics providers, advertising networks and/or search information providers based inside the EEA.
  • Contact, Financial and Transaction Data (if applicable) from providers of technical, payment and delivery services inside the EEA.

Why we will use your data

The lawful bases for processing Personal Data are set out in Article 6 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We may process your Personal Data on more than one lawful ground depending on the specific purpose for which we are using your data. Please contact us if you need details about the specific legal ground, we are relying on to process your Personal Data where more than one ground has been set out below. At least one of these must apply whenever we process Personal Data:

  • Consent:  you have given clear consent for us to process your Personal Data for a specific purpose for example if you wish to make a donation to FIGO.  
  • Contract:  the processing is necessary for a contract we have with you or because you have asked us to take specific steps before entering into a contract. 
  • Legal obligation:  the processing is necessary for us to comply with a legal or regulatory obligation (not including contractual obligations). 
  • Vital interests:  the processing is necessary to protect someone’s life. 
  • Legitimate interests: the processing is necessary for our legitimate interests (for example to administer and maintain our website) or the legitimate interests of a third party unless there is a good reason to protect your Personal Data which overrides those legitimate interests. We make sure we consider and balance any potential impact on you (both positive and negative) and your rights before we process your Personal Data for our legitimate interests.  We do not use your Personal Data for activities where our interests are overridden by the impact on you (unless we have your consent or are otherwise required or permitted to by law).

We rely on the following legitimate interests when processing your Personal Data:

  • To manage our business and comply with our obligations to our patients, staff and suppliers
  • To protect our proprietary and commercially sensitive information
  • To administer and maintain our website.

Where was ask for your consent we will do so in order to comply with the principle that any processing must be lawful, fair and transparent and ensure that your consent is

Disclosing your personal data

We may have to share your Personal Data with the parties below in order to provide our services to you. We require all third parties to respect the security of your Personal Data and to treat it in accordance with the law, and when they are processing Personal Data on our behalf we do not allow our third-party service providers to use your Personal Data for their own purposes and only permit them to process your Personal Data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions and in accordance with the law. Examples of our third parties include:

  • Our charities trading company ‘Figo Trading Limited’;
  • Third parties who you authorise to provide services to you;
  • Mail Chimp to deliver our email newsletter to you in accordance with their privacy policy;
  • Sub-contractors for the performance of any contract we enter into with them or you;
  • Service providers acting as processors who provide IT and system administration services; and
  • Professional advisers including lawyers, bankers, auditors and insurers based who provide consultancy, banking, legal, insurance and accounting services.

We do not transfer your Personal Data outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Change of purpose

We will only use your Personal Data for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If you wish to get an explanation as to how the processing for the new purpose is compatible with the original purpose, please contact us.

If we need to use your Personal Data for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.

Please note that we may process your Personal Data without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.


We strive to provide you with choices regarding certain Personal Data uses, particularly around marketing and advertising.

We may use your Identity, Contact, Technical, Usage and Profile Data to form a view on what we think you may want or need, or what may be of interest to you. This is how we decide which products, services and offers may be relevant for you (we call this marketing).

You will receive marketing communications from us if you have requested information from us or purchased products or services from us and, in each case, you have not opted out of receiving that marketing.

We will always get your express opt-in consent before we share your Personal Data with any other company for marketing purposes.

You can ask us or third parties to stop sending you marketing messages by following the opt-out links on any marketing message sent to you or by contacting us at any time.

How long we will keep your data

We will only retain your Personal Data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for Personal Data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the Personal Data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your Personal Data, the purposes for which we process your Personal Data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.

In some circumstances we may anonymise your Personal Data (so that it can no longer be associated with you) for research or statistical purposes in which case we may use this information indefinitely without further notice to you.

Your legal rights

Under certain circumstances, you have rights under data protection laws in relation to your Personal Data. Please click on the links below to access the Information Commissioner’s Office website to find out more about the following rights:

If you wish to exercise any of the rights set out above, please contact us using the details outlined within this Privacy Policy.  If you are unhappy with how we are processing your Personal Data, you have the right to complaint to the Information Commissioner Office.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Wycliffe House

Water Lane




No fee usually required

You will not have to pay a fee to access your Personal Data (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with your request in these circumstances.

What we may need from you

We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access your Personal Data (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is a security measure to ensure that Personal Data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it. We may also contact you to ask you for further information in relation to your request to speed up our response.

Time limit to respond

We try to respond to all legitimate requests within one month. Occasionally it may take us longer than a month if your request is particularly complex or you have made a number of requests. In this case, we will notify you and keep you updated.


Consider whether you want a digital log of your visit to our Site to be recorded in your browser. If you don’t want a record to be kept, you can choose to delete your browser history afterwards or view our pages in incognito mode / private browsing, which won’t store your browser history, cookies, or search history after you’ve closed your browsers. However, you are not invisible. Using incognito mode / private browsing does not hide your browser history from your internet service provider, us or your employer (if you are using a company device).

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