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Your privacy with Hainault Forest Community Association

This website is administered by the Hainault Forest Community Association (HFCA). The primary purpose of is to share information between the HFCA, its members, the community of Hainault and the general public at large. We want you to feel secure when visiting our site and are committed to maintaining your privacy when doing so. The following provides an overview of how we protect your privacy during your visit.

What information do we gather?

Information on the HFCA website is gathered in two ways: (1) indirectly (for example, through our site's technology); and (2) directly (for example, when you provide information on various pages of the HFCA website). One example of information we collect indirectly is through our Internet access logs. When you access the HFCA website, your Internet address is automatically collected and is placed in our Internet access logs. This is standard practice for most web sites.

We may collect information directly from you in a number of ways, some of which we describe in this Privacy Statement. One way is through the use of cookies. Cookies are small files of information which save and retrieve information about your visit to the HFCA website - for example, how you entered our site, how you navigated through the site, and what information was of interest to you. The cookies we use identify you merely as a number. (If you are uncomfortable regarding cookies use, please keep in mind you can disable cookies on your computer by changing the settings in preferences or options menu in your browser).

We may also collect information when you voluntarily submit it to us. Throughout our site, we may provide the opportunity to register for an event, order a document, participate in an online survey or contribute to a discussion board. When we collect this type of information, we will notify you as to why we are asking for information and how this information will be used. It is completely up to you whether or not you want to provide it. Any message text or attachments you submit to a discussion board is immediately in the public domain and will be visible to anyone with access to the Internet.

How do we use this information?

We analyze it to determine what is most effective about our site, to help us identify ways to improve it, and eventually, to determine how we can tailor the HFCA website to make it more effective. We may also use data for other purposes, which we would describe to you at the point we collect the information.

Will we share this with outside parties?

We do not sell information about individuals under any circumstances. We will disclose information about individuals to third parties only if the intention to disclose the information was specifically stated when the information was collected, or if agreement for the disclosure was subsequently reached with the individuals concerned. Before you submit any information, we will notify you as to why we are asking for it, and it is completely up to you whether or not you want to provide it.

As a local community association, any data we collect is unlikely to be transferred internationally. However, in such an event that a transfer was necessary or required, we respect European law on the said transfer of personal data.

While we take steps to maintain the security of, you should understand that the open nature of the Internet is such that data may flow over networks without security measures and may be accessed and used by people other than those for whom the data is intended.

What about sensitive personal data?

We do not collect, store or process sensitive personal data (as defined by the Data Protection Act) through this site.

We are committed to maintaining your privacy and creating an information resource for your benefit. If you have any concerns or questions about your use of this site or how we handle your data, please contact our webmaster via