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Privacy Policy & Cookies

Privacy Policy

The Philharmonia Orchestra is committed to protecting your privacy. We use the most up-to-date technologies to keep the information you give us secure and confidential, and to prevent unauthorised access to it.

The data we collect, process or use about our audiences and patrons is managed securely and in accordance with this privacy policy, the General Data Protection Regulation 2018, and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003.

This policy was updated 15 May 2018.

Who we are

The Philharmonia Orchestra is a national arts organisation and a registered charity. We receive 20% of our annual revenue from Arts Council England. The rest of our income comes from commercial work and concert engagements, ticket sales, sponsorship, individual donations and trusts and foundations.

This privacy policy is provided on behalf of the following: Philharmonia Limited is a company limited by guarantee (registration number 799297) and a registered charity (charity number 250277); subsidiary companies and charities connected to Philharmonia Ltd are: RITE Digital Ltd; Philharmonia Trust Limited (charity number 254191); Philharmonia Orchestra in Bedford Trust (charity number 1170495); Philharmonia Benevolent Fund (charity number 280370); and the Martin Musical Scholarship Fund (charity number 313937).

Our privacy and data principles

We are committed:

  • To provide clear, honest and open information about how we use your data
  • To give you the choice about how we use your data
  • To use your data appropriately and in a way that would be reasonably expected by you
  • To treat our supporters and donors with respect, as outlined in our Supporter Promise
  • To only share your data with other organisations where you have given your consent for us to do so, or where we need to do so in order to fulfil our contract with you
  • To be accountable and responsible: to take active steps to protect your data from harm, and to have separate and enhanced procedures for the use of sensitive data (such as data relating to under-18s or disability)
  • To ensure our staff and partners (including suppliers and artists) understand these principles and their responsibilities in delivering them

What information do we collect?

Buying tickets and making donations:

We store securely the information you give us when you buy a ticket or a membership, sign up for one of our events, make a donation or gift aid declaration, or communicate with us.

This may include:

  • Name
  • Postal address
  • Telephone number(s)
  • Email address
  • Ticketing history
  • Billing/payment information (we do not store your credit card details, except to process direct debits where applicable)
  • Donation history
  • Communications preferences
  • Access requirements
  • Information acquired via Cookies
  • Qualitative opinions or attitudes about our services and programme through surveys
  • Other feedback (eg. complaints or compliments) you choose to send us

 

Email, Web Activity and Social Media:

We keep a record of the emails we send you, and we may track whether you receive or open them so we can make sure we are sending you the most relevant information. We may then track any subsequent actions online, such as buying a ticket.

Like most organisations, we receive and store certain details whenever you use the Philharmonia website. We use “cookies” to help us make our site – and the way you might use it – better. Cookies mean that a website will remember you and enable online transactions. It also helps us understand how you use our website, where we can make improvements and how best to tell our audiences about events they might be interested in, through recommendations on our own site, or adverts elsewhere on the internet.

 

From Third Parties:

Your name, email address, postal address and booking details may be shared with us by other organisations and websites, such as Southbank Centre and Student Pulse, but only when you have indicated that you give your consent to be contacted by us. You should check their Privacy Policy when you provide your information to understand fully how they will process your data.

 

Information available Publicly:

This may include information regarding directorships or positions held on Trustee/governing boards found in places such as Companies House, the Charity Commission for England and Wales, your biography on your work website or LinkedIn, or as well as on other charity and arts organisations’ websites.

 

Sensitive data:

Any data regarding under 18s, disability or medical need, religion, political affiliation, sexuality or ethnicity is regarded as sensitive, and we take steps to ensure that any such information is only collected where necessary, is subject to enhanced security measures, used only for the purposes agreed, and erased when no longer necessary.

Details of payment card numbers and expiry dates etc. go through a secure server operated by World Pay, our payment service provider, and to which the Philharmonia does not have direct access. We do not keep your payment information for any purpose, except in order to process direct debits, the data for which are securely held.

What do we use your personal information for?

We aim to be open and transparent when we collect your personal data and we will not do anything you would not reasonably expect.

We will use your personal information to:

  • Provide information you have asked us for.
  • Make offers and complete orders of goods and services.
  • Process donations that you make to us and keep you informed of how your donations are used to help the orchestra.
  • Notify you of any changes to events or services, including our concerts and membership schemes, which may be relevant to you.
  • Keep a record of your relationship with us.
  • Analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information most relevant to you.
  • Ask you to participate in surveys and market research.
  • Improve our understanding of our audience through basic profiling, tracking of your activity on our website and your response to emails (or other communications) that we send you.
  • Combine information you provide to us with information available from external sources, in order to gain a better understanding of our audiences, visitors and supporters. This helps us to make appropriate requests to customers and supporters who may be able and willing to give more than they already do. Importantly, it enables us to raise more funds, sooner, and more cost-effectively, than we otherwise would.
  • Personalise adverts on social media that are tailored to your interests (depending on your settings or the privacy policies on social media and messaging services like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you might give third parties like the Philharmonia permission to access information from those accounts or services).

*See Appendix 1 at the bottom of this policy for a table outlining the legal basis for processing the information outlined above.

Sharing your information

We will not share any personal details with any other third parties without your agreement, unless required in order to fulfil our contract with you, or allowed by law.

In general, the third-party providers used by us to fulfil our contract with you will only collect, use and disclose your information to the extent necessary to allow them to perform the services they provide to us. These providers include our Ticketing Systems providers, Payment services (WorldPay), Email and Mail distribution services. We have agreements in place with each to ensure that your data is secure at all times, and cannot be accessed or used for any other purpose.

We may share personal information with other organisations, particularly The Audience Agency, which uses it to analyse ticket sales for national and regional research into patterns of arts attendance in England. This assists with reporting to funders and strategic planning, helping us to make better business decisions. Your personal data is never used by them to contact you, nor passed or sold on to any other agencies or companies, and we have agreements in place to ensure this.

When booking a ticket at Southbank Centre or Bedford Corn Exchange you may be given the choice to hear from them about their own programmes. Where you explicitly agree for us to do so, we will pass your data securely to the relevant venue and they will be in touch with you to communicate their own Privacy and Data Policy. Should you then wish not to hear from them, please get in touch with them direct.

How long do we keep your personal details?

The personal data collected by the Philharmonia Orchestra is evaluated periodically to determine whether it is current and still needs to be held.

Data is held by us for as long as is legally or practically necessary for our business. Once that period of necessity has passed, we have a regular programme of data suppression and deletion. This ensures that your data is not held indefinitely on our systems.

Subject to any legal retention requirements (e.g. VAT regulations require appropriate financial records to be retained for six years, Gift Aid regulations require appropriate records to be retained for seven years), you may notify the Philharmonia if you do not wish your data to be held.

Keeping your details safe and secure

When you book a ticket or tickets through this website or our box office, or give the Philharmonia information for any other purposes such as joining the mailing list, your personal information is entered into our secure database, Tessitura, a ticketing system which is operated by the Southbank Centre Consortium.

The current members of this consortium are Southbank Centre, Philharmonia Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and London Sinfonietta. Other similar arts organisations may become members should they become resident at the Southbank Centre in future, and they will also be able to view your contact details, although none will be able to contact you unless you are also a customer of that organisation.

If we collect your data on a paper form (for example: during an audience development project), your personal data will be uploaded securely to Tessitura and, once that process is complete, your personal data will not be kept in hard copy.

Your data is always held securely. Access to customer information is strictly controlled, and can only be accessed by people who need it to do their job. Certain data, for example some sensitive information, is additionally controlled and is only made visible to members of staff who have a reason to work with it.

We may need to disclose your details if required to the police, regulatory bodies or legal advisors.

We will only ever share your data in other circumstances if we have your explicit and informed consent as detailed above.

All information received by us is retrieved using secure technology. In order to provide a safe and secure environment for your personal information we use up to date technology with a view to protecting that information against loss, misuse or unauthorised alteration.

Receiving fundraising communications

The Philharmonia Orchestra is a registered charity and we rely on generous philanthropic donations from our supporters. We are committed to treating our donors with respect, as outlined in our Supporter Promise.

We encourage you to opt-in to receive information about ways to show your support to the Philharmonia. Log in to your Profile and update your preferences to receive information by email about our fundraising appeals, events and higher-level memberships.

We may send you information about our fundraising appeals, events and high-level memberships by post. To identify whether or not these might be suitable, we may look at your ticket history, if you have made a donation in the past, if your name has been suggested by a current supporter, or a volunteer member of one of our Committees. We will only send these when we feel they would be relevant and of interest to you. If you would prefer not to receive any information about our fundraising activities, please be in touch using the contact details at the end of this policy.

Giving you control

If you would rather NOT receive postal communications from us about relevant events and opportunities to support our work, you can ask to be removed from these lists (full details at the bottom of the policy).

When supplying your email address as part of a booking, you will be given the option to ‘opt-out’ of marketing communications about similar concerts and events, and unless you do so we will continue to send you information of this kind by email. You can unsubscribe at any point, using the link on each email, or by contacting us.

If you have opted out of marketing communications, we may still get in touch with you regarding your booking. For example, we may email you to give you important information about the event you’ve booked for with any changes that affect you.

If you have opted out of fundraising communications via email, we may still get in touch with you to service any active memberships of updates regarding existing event bookings (for example: artist or time changes for an Open Rehearsal).

If you do not respond to communications from the Philharmonia for up to 10 years, we will not contact you again unless you re-activate your engagement with the Orchestra (i.e. request to receive marketing communications or book a ticket to a concert or attend an event).

Your rights

You have certain rights related to your personal data, which are outlined here. These include:

  • The right to request a copy of personal information held about you
  • The right to request that inaccuracies be corrected
  • The right to request us to stop processing your personal data
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office or Fundraising Regulator

Contact us

Please contact us if you have any questions about how your data is used, wish to be removed from any communications or data processing activities, or employ any of the rights listed above.

Email us mydata@philharmonia.co.uk

Call us on 020 7921 3907

Or write to us at: MyData, The Philharmonia Orchestra, 6 Chancel St, London SE1 0UX

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998, the data controller is the Finance Director and Company Secretary, Philharmonia Limited, 6 Chancel Street, London SE1 0UX

Philharmonia Limited, 6 Chancel Street, London, SE1 0UX

© Philharmonia Limited 2018

 

*Appendix 1: Legal Basis for Processing

What we use your personal data for

Legal grounds

Our legitimate interests

– Providing information you have asked us for

– Making offers and completing orders of goods and services

Consent

Fulfilment of a contract

– Processing donations that you make to us

– Keeping you informed of how your donations are used to help the orchestra

Fulfilment of a contract

Legitimate Business Interests

To ensure that we maintain our relationship with you as a donor
– Notify you of any changes to events or services including concerts, offers, membership schemes and opportunities to support us which may be relevant to you Legitimate Business Interests To ensure that our changing programme of activities is made available to as many people as possible
– Keep a record of your relationship with us Legitimate Business Interests To provide you with the most relevant information, and make our communications as effective as possible
– Analyse your personal information to create a profile of your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information most relevant to you Legitimate Business Interests To provide you with the most relevant information, and make our communications as effective as possible
– Ask you to participate in surveys and market research Legitimate Business Interests To use customer feedback to improve and modify our products and services; to provide feedback to our funders
– Improve our understanding of our audience through basic profiling, tracking of your activity on our website and your response to emails (or other communications) that we send you Legitimate Business Interests To provide you with the most relevant information, and make our communications as effective as possible
– Combine information you provide to us with information available from external sources Legitimate Business Interests To gain a better understanding of our audiences, visitors and supporters to improve our fundraising and marketing methods
– Personalise adverts on social media that are tailored to your interests. Depending on your settings or the privacy policies on social media and messaging services like Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter, you might give third parties (like the Philharmonia) permission to access information from those accounts or services Legitimate Business Interests To provide you with the most relevant information, and make our communications as effective as possible
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Cookies policy

Cookies help us to provide you with the best experience when using our website through insights into how the website is used. They also allow us to provide the full features of our website including logging in, registration and online purchases.

This page contains information on what ‘cookies’ are, how we use cookies and how to switch off cookies in your browser.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small files that are temporarily stored on your device. They allow websites to store such things as your preferences or remember your login details to make using the website easier. You can manage all these small files yourself and learn more about them from allaboutcookies.org

The below table shows the types of cookies which are frequently used by websites today, together with their purpose.

Cookie type

Description

Essential Cookies Most websites use essential cookies for security and transactional purposes. These cookies store info on whether you are logged in or if you’re making a purchase.
Performance Cookies Performance cookies collect and report on aggregate non-identifiable information, which helps to report on performance of the website by providing insights into how the website is used and can be improved.
Functional Cookies These cookies help to support a websites functionality by identifying a users device on a unique but anonymous basis. They also help to identify the users language preferences.
Third Party Cookies Third party cookies are placed on a users device. These are cookies from an alternative domain to the one the user is visiting. Third party cookies are often allowed by a web browser, however, they may be blocked, as they are widely used by advertisers to track browsing history.

How do we use cookies?

We use cookies to help you get the most out of the Philharmonia Orchestra website and provide you with a better service. The below table sets out which cookies we use on the Philharmonia Orchestra website, how long they last and their purpose.

Cookie name

Duration

Type

Purpose

__cfduid 1 year from date set Functional Applies security settings to the session. Set via our third party provider Cloudflare. Ensures HTTPS content is served.
_ga 2 years from date set or updated Performance These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.
gaexp 4 months from date set Performance
_gat When browsing session ends Performance
_gid 1 week from date set Performance
philharmonia_cookie_shown 1 year from date set Essential This cookie allows us to know whether or not you have given consent to the use of cookies and therefore do not need to be presented with this consent request message again.
PHPSESSID 7 hours from time set Essential Allows session cookies to be stored for the site to function.
sy_lang 3 years from date set Functional Sets the language of the session to help with translation.

Third-party cookies

These cookies may be set through our website by other companies. Data may be collected by these companies that enable them to serve up adverts on other sites that are relevant to your interests.

Google Analytics

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The information collected is anonymous and does not identify a visitor. The data includes the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come from and the pages they visited.

For more information, visit Google’s Privacy Policy

Click here to opt out of Google tracking across all websites

Facebook

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We use Facebook cookies to help us understand how much impact our ads are having. Facebook does not use cookies to create a profile of your browsing behaviour on third-party sites or to show you ads, although it may use anonymous or aggregate data to improve ads generally. You can remove or block cookies using the settings in your browser, but in some cases, this may impact your ability to use Facebook.

For more information, visit Facebook’s Cookie Policy

YouTube

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We embed videos from our official YouTube channel. YouTube may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode.

For more information, visit Youtube’s embedding videos information page

 

How do I turn cookies off?

It is usually possible to stop your browser accepting cookies, or to stop it accepting cookies from a particular website. However, please note that doing this will mean you cannot login to this site and will not be able to buy tickets from our box office.

All modern browsers allow you to change your cookie settings.  In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful.

Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
Cookie settings in Firefox
Cookie settings in Chrome
Cookie settings in Safari web and iOS.