The Together Initiative


The Together Initiative is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. This policy explains when, why and what personal information we collect about people who visit our website, complete our surveys or sign up to hear more from us. It explains how we use your data, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure. We may change this policy from time to time so please check this page for updates. If you have any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices, please be in touch via email with

Who we are?

The Together Initiative is the governing entity for the Together Campaign, a coalition that everyone is invited to join, from community groups to some of the UK’s best-known organisations. Our aim is to bring people together and bridge divides, to help build a kinder, closer and more connected society.

Data Protection Officer:

Mr Marcus Peffers is the Together Initiative’s Data Protection Officer and is a member of the Together Initiative’s Board of Trustees.

How do we collect information from you?

We obtain information about you when you use our website, when you sign up to stay in touch with Together, when you become a partner, or when you fill in one of our surveys.

What type of information is collected from you?

  • Your name
  • The name of the organisation you work for
  • The date and time when you took the survey or submitted the form
  • Your responses to survey questions and form fields
  • Your IP address
  • Contact details which you may provide, such as your email address
  • Cookies like performance monitoring cookies

Use of 'cookies'

Like many other websites, Together uses cookies. 'Cookies' are small pieces of information sent by an organisation to your computer and stored on your hard drive to allow that website to recognise you when you visit. They collect statistical data about your browsing actions and patterns and do not identify you as an individual. This information helps us to improve our website. It is possible to switch off cookies by setting your browser preferences. Turning cookies off may result in some of our website features not functioning. For further information on cookies visit

How is your information used?

Where you have consented, or a rule of law applies whereby your consent is not required, your data will be automatically collected when you sign up to our services.

We may use information held about you in the following ways:

  • To ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
  • To monitor customer traffic patterns, website usage and related website information in order to optimize your use of our website. Data collected in this way will be aggregated and anonymized.
  • To inform the research that we carry out. We may use trusted third-party agents to help us conduct research and, in such cases, we enter into specific data protection and confidentiality terms with those agents to ensure they protect your personal data.
  • To provide you with information, products or services, or to invite you to events run by us or our co-partners, that you request from us or which we feel may interest you, where you have consented to be contacted for such purposes.

Please do let us know if you would not like your data to be used for any of the purposes of use by emailing

What we do with the information that we gather from surveys and research

In obtaining your cooperation to participate in research, we undertake not to mislead you in any way about the nature of the research we are conducting, the way in which the data is collected and the use that will be made of research results.

All the information that you provide will be treated as confidential and will only be used for research purposes. Your comments will not be identified as belonging to you, instead they will be combined with those gathered from other research participants and will be analysed as part of a group.

If we or research contractors ask you for personal information that enables you to be identified - e.g. your name, e-mail address or telephone number, we will clearly state why we are asking for it and get your permission to use it for that purpose. For example, it might be to contact you for follow-up research.

Your participation is voluntary. You are entitled to ask that part, or all, of the record of your involvement in any surveys you participate in be deleted or destroyed.

We may use some of the information you provide for direct marketing or other non-research activities, for example, letting you know about a forthcoming event or activity that you may be interested in. You can unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

Lawful use of data

Your sensitive personal data is lawful because you have given us your explicit consent to process your data in this way. Usage data and third party data is lawful because it is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by us and/or our web developers in order to keep the website up to date, organize events and functions and provide additional services to our users from time to time.

Legitimate interest

We may process your personal information for certain legitimate purposes which are in our interests but which we believe also benefit people who we identify as potential supporters of Together. Those carefully considered and specific purposes might for example include engaging with particular individuals holding relevant policy-making positions, hand-picked experts, corporate professional individuals, journalists and those working in other relevant sectors in a business / professional capacity.

How long is the information held for?

We keep our retention periods for personal information under review. We are legally required to hold some types of information to fulfil our statutory obligations. We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity.

Who has access to your information?

We will not sell or rent your information to third parties. We will not share your information with third parties for marketing purposes. However, when we use third party service providers, we disclose only the personal information that is necessary to deliver the service and we have a contract in place that requires them to keep your information secure and not to use it for their own direct marketing purposes. Please be reassured that we will not release your information to third parties unless you have requested us to do so, or we are required to do so by law.

Your choices

You have a choice about whether or not you wish to receive information from us. When you sign up to find out more or take part in a survey, we will ask you to agree to be contacted by Together. We would love to let you know about our work, campaigns, events, surveys etc. which we think you might be interested in but you can unsubscribe from these emails anytime.

How you can access and update your information

The accuracy of your information is important to us. You have the right to request a copy of the information we hold about you so that you can ensure its accuracy. You can do this by sending an email to

Security precautions in place to protect the loss, misuse or alteration of your information

When you give us personal information, we take steps to ensure that it is treated securely. Non-sensitive details (your email address etc.) are transmitted over the internet, and this can never be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your information, we make our best effort to ensure its security on our systems.

Links to and from other websites

For your convenience, this site contains links to a number of other websites, both inside and outside This privacy policy applies only to our website‚ so we encourage you to read the privacy statements on the other websites you visit. We cannot be responsible for the privacy policies and practices of other sites even if you access them using links from our website.

Under 16s

We are committed to protecting the privacy of children aged 16 or under. If you are aged 16 or under‚ please get your parent/guardian's permission beforehand whenever you provide us with personal information.

Review of this Statement

We may change our Privacy Statement from time to time. We therefore ask you to check it occasionally to ensure that you are aware of the most recent version that will apply each time you access this site.

Last updated on 03/07/2020

We would like to thank all the funders who have supported this campaign, especially the Aviva Foundation