Your privacy

At Marie Curie, we are committed to protecting your personal information and privacy. This Privacy Policy describes how we collect and use personal information.

We may update this Privacy Policy from time to time so please check back periodically. We will notify you of significant changes by placing a notice on our website.

If you have any queries about this Privacy Policy, please contact our dedicated Supporter Relations Team on 0800 716 146 or

By visiting our website, using our services or participating in our activities, you agree to your personal information being collected and used in the manner set out in this Privacy Policy as updated from time to time.

How do we collect personal information?

We collect personal information about you when you interact with us (e.g. by phone or online), register with us, enquire about our activities, make a donation, participate in an event, buy from our shops, apply to work or volunteer with us, visit our website or otherwise provide us with your personal information. We record and monitor telephone calls for quality control purposes.

We may also receive information about you from third parties that we work with, for example JustGiving or eBay, where you have consented to them sending us your information.

What personal information do we collect?

Personal information we collect about you may include your name, postal address, email address, phone numbers, date of birth, credit or debit card details, and whether you are a tax payer so that we can claim Gift Aid.

We do not collect “sensitive personal data” about our supporters unless there is a legitimate reason for this (e.g. if you participate in an event for which we may need to provide support.) 

We also collect information about how our website is used and track which pages users visit when they follow links in Marie Curie emails. We use this information to monitor and improve our website, services and activities e.g. to personalise website presentation or to see which services or events are of most interest. Where possible we use anonymous or aggregated data that does not identify individuals. See further information about cookies below. 

How do we use personal information?

We use the personal information collected from users for a number of purposes, including:
  • to provide you with services, products or information you have requested;
  • to provide further information about our work, services, activities or products;
  • to process donations or payments we have received from you;
  • to further our charitable aims, including for fundraising activities;
  • to fulfill sales made online or through our shops;
  • to invite voluntary participation in research or surveys;
  • to register, administer and personalise online accounts;
  • to register and administer your participation in events for which you have registered;
  • to analyse and improve our work, services, activities, products or information (including our website) or for our internal records;
  • to use IP addresses and monitor website use to identify locations, block disruptive use, record website traffic or personalise the way information is presented to you;
  • for administration purposes (e.g. contact about an event you have registered for);
  • to process your application for a job or volunteer role with us; and
  • for fraud prevention, credit risk reduction or otherwise as required by law or regulation.

We may analyse your data for research purposes to improve our services, or to try to understand your preferences in order to contact you in the most appropriate and relevant way. 

When you use our secure online donation or payment pages you will be directed to a specialist supplier company, who will receive your credit card number and contact information to process the transaction. We do not retain your credit or debit card details.

Care and support services

If you, a relative, or a friend are cared for or supported by Marie Curie’s terminal illness services, the personal and/or sensitive personal information you provide to us will be used only for the purposes of providing you with services, or training or monitoring the quality of our services.  Marie Curie will not disclose your personal information to any third party without your consent, except in the following circumstances:

  • to healthcare professionals and organisations involved in the provision of care
  • exceptionally, to professional bodies or otherwise as required by law, regulation or codes of practice
  • Marie Curie uses the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN), a data network for health and care organisations to access and share information.  The HSCN is provided by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (also known as NHS Digital).  Marie Curie may share your personal data with NHS Digital, or a third party contractor acting on its behalf, for NHS Digital to process personal data on Marie Curie’s behalf and/or to share your personal data with NHS Digital in its capacity as a data controller. For further details on how NHS Digital may use your information, please see their privacy policy 

We will not use your information for other purposes without your permission. If you tell us about your own experience with terminal illness or the experience of someone else we will explain how we will use that information. If you don’t want to use such information for other purposes or change your mind at any time, it will not affect any services we provide.

Your updates and preferences

It is important that we keep your personal information up to date. You can contact us at any time if your circumstances change.

It is your choice whether and how you receive information from us about our work, fundraising and ways you get involved. We may use your contact details and personal preferences which you have told us about, which we have derived from cookies (see our section below on cookies), or which we have inferred from your service usage or market research about your profile. You can stop receiving emails or texts by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link in our marketing emails or sending us an “opt out” text message.

You can update your contact preferences by calling us on 0800 716 146 or contacting the Supporter Relations team on

We will not use your details for marketing purposes if you tell us not to, however, we will retain your details on our suppression lists to help ensure that we do not contact you.

Registering with the free Telephone Preference Service gives you the opportunity to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls. The Mailing Preference Service will enable you to register to have your name taken off direct mailing lists. 

Do we provide information to other parties?

We will never sell your data to any third party. We will not share your details with other charities for marketing purposes.

We will only share information with other organisations where we have your permission to do so in accordance with this Privacy Policy, where it is necessary for a legitimate reason connected with the services we offer or where it is required by law or regulation.

Sometimes, we may need to share your information with a small number of trusted partners (service providers, agents and affiliated companies) for the purposes outlined above (e.g. a supplier that produces promotional material or delivers goods for us or a supplier that processes payments securely). Where we use third parties, we require them to adhere to appropriate controls to protect personal information.

You consent to us sharing your information with our service providers for profiling purposes to enable us to provide marketing to people who may wish to be a supporter of Marie Curie.  To withdraw your consent to this profiling, please contact the Supporter Relations team on

We use Microsoft Office 365 and Azure products, which are multi-tenant cloud services, for our internal office use; this means that internal documents and information which are generated at Marie Curie are stored in cloud services which are hosted within the EEA.

Exceptionally, we may use tools or services which process data outside the EEA; in these cases we require suppliers to ensure adequate protection for personal data e.g. Microsoft may provide us with emergency support for Office 365 from outside the EEA in rare circumstances.

Data Security

Marie Curie is committed to keeping your personal information safe and secure and we have security policies and technical measures in place to help protect your information (for example, we require specialist suppliers who process secure payments to comply with PCI DSS standards).

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, Marie Curie cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us, and you do so at your own risk.

As a user you can help protect the integrity of any data you transmit to Marie Curie by taking common precautions such as regularly allowing patching for your operating system, ensuring you are running up to date and supported anti-virus software, and only transmitting data where HTTPS appears at the beginning of the page URL (this refers to the security technology Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and indicates that the data is being transmitted securely).


We use these to improve the user’s experience of our website, temporarily store data and understand the parts of the website that users are visiting. If you are registered with us, a cookie will identify you when you visit and help us to personalise our website for you. If you are not registered with us, a cookie will help us gather statistics on the use of our website anonymously. You can set your browser to not accept cookies, but this may affect the functionality of the website. See our Cookie Policy for more information about cookies.

Right of Access and Complaints

You have the right to ask us for a copy of the personal information we hold about you or ask us to change it if you think it is wrong. Please contact us for more information. If you are unhappy with our use of your personal data, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office  . We would encourage you to contact us in the first instance so we can attempt to resolve any concerns.

Links and third parties

This policy only applies to Marie Curie and its subsidiary companies, so when you go through to our partner companies (e.g. to donate or pay in the shop) please read their own privacy policies.

When you make a donation through Text to Donate, your donation will be managed by your network provider in accordance with their terms and conditions and privacy policy. For more information on our Text to Donate subscription service, please see the mobile Terms and Conditions.

Marie Curie

In this Privacy Policy, “Marie Curie” means Marie Curie (registered charity in England & Wales (207994) and Scotland (SC038731) and company limited by guarantee (00507597) and/or Marie Curie Trading Limited (registered company 02292795), whose registered offices are at 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP.


February 2016


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