Privacy and Cookies

The Christian Institute is the data controller for the purpose of personal data shared with this site. Living Christianity is the name given to a set of Bible study materials developed by the Institute and aimed at Christians who want to be equipped to engage our contemporary world.

The Institute is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1004774) and in Scotland (no SC039220) and a company limited by guarantee (No 2634440). The company is registered in England with its registered office at Wilberforce House, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8DG.

The Institute is committed to safeguarding the privacy of your information. This notice explains how we, The Christian Institute, use and protect personal data which is collected through this website


This policy applies only to your use of this website. This website may contain links to other websites. Please note that we have no control over how your data is collected, stored, or used by other websites and we advise you to check the privacy policies of any such websites before providing any data to them.

How we obtain and use personal information

Personal information we collect:

  • name and email address of those joining Living Christianity mailing list
  • information provided by those who contact us with enquiries about Living Christianity

We use personal information to:

  • keep in touch with those who sign up for email updates
  • manage enquiries and maintain appropriate records of contact
  • carry out reasonable administration of our mailings and sales
  • conduct statistical analysis and improve our communications
  • comply with legal and regulatory obligations and good practice

Financial information

We do not store payment card details on our servers, rather they are passed to our payment gateway providers immediately for processing and removed following a successful transaction.

Basis for processing

  • We only send emails about Living Christianity to those who have given their consent to receive them. A person can withdraw their consent at any time by following the unsubscribe link in any of our emails or by emailing us at
  • Processing personal data by our payment gateway providers is necessary for the performance of a contract.
  • We otherwise process data in line with our legitimate interests in providing a professional service to those who seek it.


We use appropriate security measures to attempt to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of personal information. We use secure server software to encrypt financial and personal information we collect online. However, the transmission of data across the internet is not completely secure. We cannot guarantee that loss, misuse or alteration of data will not occur whilst being transferred.

Sharing information

We never sell financial or personal information for any reason whatsoever.

Sometimes it is necessary to share personal information with third parties who we contract with to enable us to provide our service. For example, we use MailChimp (MailChimp's privacy policy) to deliver email updates to those who have signed up to receive them. However, we remain in control of the information and the service provider is not allowed to do anything with the information other than what we have requested. The service also enables us to gather statistics around email opening and clicks using industry standard technologies including gifs to help us monitor and improve our mailings.

Payment for digital materials is fulfilled by Vektor UK Ltd (Vektor's Privacy Policy) using the payment service Stripe (Stripe's privacy policy).

Worldwide transfer of data

If it is ever desirable to transfer data outside of the European Economic Area, we ensure that robust data-sharing agreements are in place. For example, MailChimp hosts its data in the US, but it has certified its compliance with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework.

How long we keep data

We keep your personal information for as long as we need it to maintain our relationship with you or keeping the information is otherwise necessary. We take into account our need to meet any legal and regulatory obligations. These reasons vary from one piece of information to another. For example, information relating to financial transactions is kept for seven years.

When we no longer need the information, we will dispose of it securely, using specialist companies to do this work for us if necessary.


Cookies are small text files that are downloaded to a user's device when they visit a website.

Why do we use cookies?

We use cookies for the operation, security, monitoring and improvement of our website.

Some cookies are retained in a user's browser for only as long as they visit our website, while others may persist for a longer specified or unspecified period.

Summary of cookies we use

Cookie type Name(s) Purpose
Strictly Necessary PHPSESSID
Used to enable the basic functioning of our website.
Cookie consent cookie_consent Used to remember a visitor's acceptance of our cookie notice.
Analytics (Google) _ga
Used to collect information about how visitors use our Website.
We use them in an anonymised form,
including information to compile reports and to help us improve the website.
The cookies collect information about the number of visitors to the website and blog,
where visitors have come to the website from and the pages they visited.
Google's Privacy Policy
Stripe accounts (Persistent)
livemode (Session)
stripe.csrf (Session)
session (Persistent)
machine_identifier (Persistent)
country (Persistent)
lang (Persistent)
cid (Persistent)
Lists User accounts
Determines dashboard User mode
Prevents cross site request forgery
Provides a unique session identifier for dashboard Users
Provides a unique session identifier for authentication
Sets a country code as determined by IP address
Sets a language code
Sets a value to track User metrics
Stripe's Cookie Policy
Vimeo __gads, __qca, __ssid, _abexps, _fbp,
_gac_UA-76641-8, _gcl_au, _gcl_aw, _gcl_dc,
continuous_play_v3, __ssid, has_logged_in,
has_uploaded, is_logged_in, player, vimeo,
vimeo_gdpr_optin, vuid
These are used for the playing of vimeo videos on our website. Vimeos's Cookie Policy
Cloudfire __cfduid

__stripe_mid, __stripe_sid, __cfduid, _biz_flagsA,
_biz_nA, _biz_pendingA, _biz_uid,
_gac_UA-10218544-16, _gac_UA-10218544-2, _gac_UA-10218544-25, _gac_UA-10218544-29, _gac_UA-113010760-1, _gcl_au 1, _gcl_aw, _hp2_id.3538148622, gclid, sparrow_id, sparrow_init.
used to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis.

used for the delivery of content

In the course of a person's visit to our website third-parties providing services on our website or having content embedded in our website may also place cookies on a user's device to enable the functionality of their services and for their own purposes. We do not control how these third parties use cookies so our website users should refer to the third party's own privacy and cookie policy. The table below details the third parties we have identified who may place cookies on a user's device.

Facebook We enable users to follow our Facebook Page from our website. To provide this service Facebook places cookies on a user's device for advertising purposes. If a user visits our site while logged-in to Facebook, they may place further cookies on a user's device. Facebook's Privacy Policy
Instagram We enable users to follow our Instagram Channel from our website. Instagram's Privacy Policy
Twitter We enable users to follow our Twitter Feed from our website. Twitter's Privacy Policy
Vektor Payment for digital materials is fulfilled by Vektor UK Ltd using the payment service Stripe (see below). Vektor's Privacy Policy
Stripe Stripe is the service Vektor use to provide secure financial transactions by Debit or Credit Card. To monitor the use of its services, and to provide security, Stripe may place cookies on a user's device. Stripe's privacy policy
Vimeo Vimeo is the service used to host videos for Living Christianity. Vimeo's privacy policy
DoubleClick (Google) As we use services from Google, they may also place cookies on a user's device for targeting advertising across the web. Google's Privacy Policy

How do I change my cookie settings?

Our website users can delete cookies or instruct their web browser to delete or refuse cookies. However, if a website user deletes cookies or refuses to accept them, they might not be able to use all of the features we offer, they may not be able to store their preferences, and some of our website pages might not display properly.

Find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit

IP addresses

We collect the request made by a user's browser to the server hosting this website. This includes the IP address, the date and time of connection and the page selected. We have legitimate interests in using this information to ensure the security of our website, for system administration and to inform improvements to the website

Data subject rights

Under data protection law, a person has the following rights in relation to their personal data:

Right to access: Subject to some exemptions, the right to access a copy of the personal information that we hold about them.

Right to correct: The right to obtain from us the rectification of inaccurate or incomplete personal information we hold concerning them.

Right to erase: The right to ask us to erase their personal information in certain circumstances.

Right to restriction of processing: The right to ask us to restrict the processing of their personal information in certain circumstances.

Right to object: The right to object to our use of their personal information where we use it on the basis of our legitimate interests. We shall no longer process a person's personal information unless we can demonstrate compelling legitimate grounds for the processing. A person also has the right to object to processing of their personal information for direct marketing purposes.

Right to withdraw consent: The right to withdraw consent at any time where we are relying on consent to process the person's personal data. However, this will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before the withdrawal of consent.

More information about these rights can be found on the website of the Information Commissioner's Office.

Accuracy of information

We take steps to keep our information about our supporters and others is accurate. Our supporters can help us by informing us of any changes to their details when they occur.


To make enquiries in relation to this privacy notice, exercise any of the above rights, or to make a complaint about our use of your personal information, please contact us or write to us at Living Christianity, 4 Park Road, Gosforth Business Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE12 8DG.

If you are not satisfied with the way we deal with your complaint, you have the right to refer it to the Information Commissioner's Office. You are also entitled to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner's Office without first referring it to us.


We keep this notice under review. It was last updated on 01 March 2019.