David Hume Institute: Privacy Policy


This policy sets out how the David Hume Institute uses and protects any information we collect about you. Your data will be stored and used in line with this policy and data protection obligations. The policy was last updated on 7th August 2019. Data controller: The David Hume Institute, c/o CodeBase, 3 Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9DR.

You have the right to withdraw your consent to us using your data. Should you wish to withdraw your consent, please contact the David Hume Institute at enquiries@davidhumeinstitute.com.


What we collect  

We collect information about you when you register for updates on our activities via our mailing list, register to attend events organised by or involving the David Hume Institute, or donate to support our activities. Information collected may include your name, profession, employer and contact details, including phone number, address and email. We may share your data with partners and event venues.

We use Eventbrite for events. Eventbrite’s privacy policy can be found here. We use Mailchimp for our mailing list. Mailchimp’s privacy policy can be found here. We use the Charities Aid Foundation CAF Donate system, and they will collect financial information in order to process donations. CAF Donate’s privacy policy can be found here.



Website usage data may also be collected using cookies. Cookies are files placed on your computer to collect standard internet log and visitor behaviour information. The David Hume Institute may use this information to track visitor use of this website, compile reports on website activity and improve our website. You may choose to accept or decline cookies.


How we use your information

The David Hume Institute uses data to further our mission and provide you with a user-friendly experience. Our mission is to contribute to the development of, and public engagement with, evidence-based public policy. We use your data to:

a) update you about our activities

b) organise and promote our research and events

b) fundraise

c) fulfil our legal obligation as a charity

d) maintain our internal records including accounts

e) process Gift Aid


Safeguarding your information  

We are committed to safeguarding any information you provide and have in place reasonable procedures to protect and securely store the information we collect online. Information is retained for only as long as is deemed necessary for the purposes outlined above. The David Hume Institute will not share your information for marketing purposes with other companies or organisations.


Accessing your information

You have individual rights in accordance with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This includes the right to request a copy of any information we hold about you. If you would like to do so, please contact us at enquiries@davidhumeinstitute.com. You may also ask us to correct or remove any information.


Mailing list

When you subscribe to receive updates about our activities, including research projects, publications and events, you will be asked to opt in to give your consent for your personal data being stored and used for this purpose. You can unsubscribe from this list at any time by using the link at the bottom of emails received or contacting us at enquiries@davidhumeinstitute.com


Other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites. This policy applies only to the David Hume Institute’s website and we cannot be held responsible for the privacy of any information you provide when visiting other websites. We encourage you to exercise caution and refer to other websites’ privacy policies.



We are committed to safeguarding your information as outlined above and in accordance with GDPR. If you feel that this has not been upheld you have the right to complain and can do so by contacting the Information Commissioners Office.