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4 things you need to know about GDPR

1. What is GDPR?

You may have heard about 'GDPR' (the General Data Protection Regulation) in the news or directly from organisations who are busy preparing for it. It is new EU-level legislation and is the biggest change to UK privacy law in 20 years.

GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018, strengthening the rights of individuals and making organisations more accountable for data protection. All organisations, including Oxfam, will have to review how they manage personal data. Oxfam is fully committed to complying with GDPR.

2. It will give you more control over your personal data

GDPR means you will have genuine choice and control over how your personal data is used. Organisations must ensure you are aware when they obtain your personal data, and must stop using it if requested. They must also make it easy for you to opt out of marketing if you wish.

3. Your data will be kept safe and secure

GDPR also aims to make sure that all organisations holding personal data have the right processes in place to protect it. Those who put customer data at risk will face hefty penalties.

4. You can change your mind at any time

Under the new rules, it should be easier to choose how you want organisations to contact you. Just because you give your permission doesn't mean you can't change your mind.

What to do next

Please let us know how you'd like to hear from Oxfam about the difference you make and how you can help. We will not sell or share your data with any other organisation for their own marketing purposes unless you give us permission (we never have), we'll keep it safe and secure, and you can change your mind at any time.

Update your preferences 

Alternatively, you can call our friendly Supporter Relations team on 0300 200 1300 (Monday to Friday, 9-5), or you can email us anytime at to update your preferences.

Read our full privacy policy