Privacy policy

Privacy policy

FIGO is committed to protecting your privacy.  The following statement tells you how we collect, store and manage personal information online to comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.  If you have any queries about how FIGO collects, stores or manages your personal information, please contact

How do we collect information?   We ask you to register in order to access some sections of the website and carry out certain transactions through the site. 

How do we use this information? We use your personal information to provide the information, services and products you have requested, as well as for administrative purposes. Sometimes we may want to share your information with carefully selected third parties.  When we collect your information, we will ask you if you want us to do this or not.  Whatever you decide, you can change your mind at any time by contacting us at We may also need to disclose your information if required to do so by law.

Do we use cookies?   We may also store information about you using cookies.  These are files which are sent by us to your computer which we can access when you visit our site in future.  We do this for a number of reasons, including administering the site's registration system.  Cookies cannot be used by themselves to identify you or transmit personal information. Information on controlling cookies is available at

Please note that by deleting our cookies or disabling future cookies you may not be able to access certain areas or features of our site.  

EU Directive on Cookies

In May 2011, EU privacy legislation came into effect requiring websites to seek informed consent before storing or retrieving any information on a web-accessing device. Websites in the UK are expected to comply with this law by 25 May 2012. 

The law is intended to protect the user’s privacy, preventing unauthorised use of tools such as tracking cookies, used in targeted advertising. The vast majority of cookies will be affected by the legislation (for example, third party services such as Google Analytics and social media tools will require user consent to function).

Only cookies that are ‘strictly necessary for a service requested by a user’ are excluded. Cookies used to remember what has been placed in a shopping basket, for example, could be considered as ‘strictly necessary’, as the user implicitly expects selected items to be remembered at the point of checkout. The law applies to all EU-registered companies, regardless of where their website may be hosted. The body in charge of enforcing the UK law is the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):  is complying with the EU Directive on Cookies and has developed an opt-in cookie module which will provide a way for users to consent to receiving third party cookies.  

More information is below.

Types of cookies relating to


The following first party cookies are currently being placed by  These cookies can be set without asking for users’ consent.


Cookie Name SESS …     

What does it do? This is a session cookie, used to track logged-in status.  The cookie name is usually suffixed with a random ID.  Eg. SESS1234abc 

Cookie Name SERVERID

What does it do?    Load balancer cookie.  If a site uses multiple servers, this cookie helps distribute tasks. 

Cookie Name  has_js        

What does it do? Records whether the user has Javascript enabled on the browser.  This cookie alters available functionality based on whether the user is allowing Javascript.  


The following third party cookies are currently being placed by Action may be required in order to continue placing these cookies on users’ machines.


Cookie Name  __utma, __utmb, __utmc, __utmz      

What does it do?  This is a Google Analytics cookie. It’s used to track user activity on the site. The cookie domain is actually, but as the code that sets it is from, it’s a third party cookie. This contains anonymous information on links, buttons clicked on the site, what pages have been visited and for how long.


The following third party cookies are currently being placed by services that integrates with. Because a different service is placing these cookies, it is not FIGO’s responsibility to seek acceptance for them.


Cookie Name  <26 cookies>        

What does it do?  Paypal sets a variety of cookies with dynamic cookie names to allow payments to be made (Paypal is used for donations).

For further information, visit these links: 

How do we protect personal information?

We take appropriate measures to ensure that the information you give us is kept secure, accurate and up to date.  We will only keep it for as long as is necessary for the purpose for which it is used.

How do I change the information you hold on me? If your personal details change, please help us to keep your information up to date by going to ‘My Profile’ and updating your details.

Can you see the information we hold on you?

You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold about you (for which we will charge a small administration fee), and to have any inaccuracies in your information corrected.  To submit a request, please email

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